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East Anglian Air Ambulance marks milestone 25,000th patient

East Anglian Air Ambulance marks milestone 25,000th patient

22-May-2024Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has this week marked a milestone of treating 25,000 patients since its inception in 2000. This has only been possible thanks to the kind support of others. EAAA receives no regular government funding, provides advanced critical care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to the most seriously ill and... Read more

India – Airbus Helicopters and SIDBI sign financing MoU

India – Airbus Helicopters and SIDBI sign financing MoU

22-May-2024Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), the Government of India’s principal financial institution for promoting, financing and developing the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for financing the purchase of Airbus’ helicopters in India. The MoU was signed by Rahul Priyadarshi, Chief General... Read more

LCI and SMFL announces 14 orders and 7 options – for Airbus H145, H160 and H175

LCI and SMFL announces 14 orders and 7 options – for Airbus H145, H160 and H175

21-May-2024Source: LCI

LCI, a leading aviation company, and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL), have announced an order for up to 21 of the latest generation helicopters from Airbus. The major new order from LCI and SMFL’s joint venture leasing operation, SMFL LCI Helicopters (SMFLH), consists of 14 firm​ orders​ plus 7 options. It is... Read more

Airbus finalises acquisition of Aerovel and its UAS Flexrotor

Airbus finalises acquisition of Aerovel and its UAS Flexrotor

7-May-2024Source: Airbus

Airbus has finalised the acquisition of U.S.-based Aerovel and its unmanned aerial system (UAS), Flexrotor, in a move to strengthen its portfolio of tactical unmanned solutions. Flexrotor is a small tactical unmanned aerial system designed for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions at sea and over land. “We see more and more armed... Read more

5+ more helicopters for Carabineros de Chile

5+ more helicopters for Carabineros de Chile

25-Apr-2024Source: HeliHub.com

Following the announcement at the recent FIDAE Air Show in Chile of the delivery of a new Airbus H125, we can now reveal that Carabineros de Chile also have plans to add both an H135 and an H145 in the short term. An Airbus H135 is in the process of being procured for the Maule... Read more

Airbus Helicopters’ Racer takes to the skies

Airbus Helicopters’ Racer takes to the skies

25-Apr-2024Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters’ Racer demonstrator, developed in the frame of the European Research Clean Sky 2 project, has performed its first flight, in Marignane. The aircraft flew for about 30 minutes, allowing the flight test team to check the overall behavior of the aircraft. This important milestone launches the flight campaign which will take two years... Read more

Wales Air Ambulance gets green light for base changes

Wales Air Ambulance gets green light for base changes

23-Apr-2024

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity has welcomed an NHS Wales decision to move forward with improvements to the service it provides – a development that will save even more lives across the country. An independent review of the Charity’s NHS medical partners, the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS), identified that: On average, there... Read more

UK orders six Airbus H145s

UK orders six Airbus H145s

19-Apr-2024Source: Airbus

The UK Ministry of Defence has ordered a further six Airbus H145 helicopters as the next step in renewing its rotary fleet and cutting the number of different types in service. The new aircraft will be deployed to Cyprus primarily for emergency response duties and to Brunei to support UK military training in jungle warfare and... Read more

Airbus delivers first H125 to Carabineros de Chile

Airbus delivers first H125 to Carabineros de Chile

11-Apr-2024Source: Airbus

 Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first H125 to the Carabineros de Chile Air Prefecture, within the framework of a fleet growth plan to expand the air coverage of Carabineros de Chile throughout the country. “The incorporation of this aircraft shows the commitment that Carabineros de Chile has in terms of security towards our citizens. This... Read more

NHV Denmark gains first North Sea approval for “Heli SA Cat 1” Ops

NHV Denmark gains first North Sea approval for “Heli SA Cat 1” Ops

15-Mar-2024

NHV is delighted to announce that NHV Denmark are the first operator in the North Sea to be approved to provide “Operations with Operational Credits — Helicopter Special Authorization Category I (Heli Sa Cat I) Operations” from EASA – European Union Aviation Safety Agency This new approval has been introduced to increase the number of available... Read more

NHV wins marine pilot contract extension – upgrades 365N3 to H145D3

NHV wins marine pilot contract extension – upgrades 365N3 to H145D3

11-Mar-2024Source: NHV

NHV Group has announced the contract extension for helicopter services for Dutch Pilots’ Organisation, a crucial partnership supporting maritime pilotage services in the Netherlands. The long-term contract awarded to NHV will continue to support the Dutch pilotage service from Pistoolhaven (Rotterdam) and will replace the current fleet with new generation aircraft. NHV’s helicopter services play... Read more

Saudia Technic becomes first Airbus-approved service centre in Saudi Arabia

Saudia Technic becomes first Airbus-approved service centre in Saudi Arabia

6-Mar-2024Source: Saudia Technic

Saudia Technic is proud to announce its newly signed service center agreement with Airbus Helicopters, marking a significant milestone as the first Airbus-authorized helicopter service center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This strategic partnership was officially unveiled at a signing ceremony held on the sidelines of the MRO Middle East 2024 in Dubai, emphasizing... Read more

HealthNet Aeromedical Services orders four Airbus H135s

HealthNet Aeromedical Services orders four Airbus H135s

28-Feb-2024Source: Airbus

HealthNet Aeromedical Services, headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia, will soon expand its all-Airbus fleet with the addition of four H135 helicopters. As one of the largest hospital-based air medical programmes in the country, the helicopters will be used to serve adult, pediatric and neonatal patients across the state of West Virginia. “HealthNet has been a... Read more

THC signs historic framework agreement for up to 120 Airbus helicopters

THC signs historic framework agreement for up to 120 Airbus helicopters

28-Feb-2024Source: Airbus

The Helicopter Company (THC), Saudi Arabia’s premier provider of commercial helicopter services and fully owned by the Public Investment Fund, has signed a historic framework agreement with Airbus at the HAI Heli-Expo, currently taking place at Anaheim Convention Center, California. The framework agreement will include up to 120 Airbus helicopters of various types set to... Read more

DRF Luftrettung orders up to 10 more H145s

DRF Luftrettung orders up to 10 more H145s

28-Feb-2024Source: Airbus

German helicopter emergency medical services operator DRF Luftrettung and Airbus Helicopters have announced orders for up to ten H145 helicopters (seven firm orders, three options). “It is the mission of DRF Luftrettung to continuously improve medical care for people in need. With the new order of ten additional H145s, we continue to ensure the optimal service for our patients by... Read more

LCI to collaborate with Airbus on Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) ecosystems

LCI to collaborate with Airbus on Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) ecosystems

27-Feb-2024

LCI, a leading aviation company, and Airbus have announced a collaboration agreement to ​jointly develop ecosystems for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). The collaboration will focus on the development of partnership scenarios and business models in three core AAM areas: strategy, commercialisation and financing. Both partners will collectively develop AAM market perspectives and forecasts, conduct industry... Read more

CITIC Offshore Helicopter leases two S92s and an EC225 from Milestone

CITIC Offshore Helicopter leases two S92s and an EC225 from Milestone

27-Feb-2024Source: Milestone

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, today announced that it has signed lease agreements for three heavy helicopters with CITIC Offshore Helicopter Company Limited (“COHC”). The agreements include the placement of two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters and one Airbus H225 helicopter, all of which are configured for offshore passenger transport... Read more

HSI delivers completed H125 to Florida Keys Mosquito Control District

HSI delivers completed H125 to Florida Keys Mosquito Control District

27-Feb-2024Source: HSI

One of the nation’s leading helicopter sales and support companies has recently delivered on a completion contract with Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD). Helicopter Services Inc. (HSI) of Spring, Texas, announced finishing aircraft completion services for the agency’s new Airbus H125 helicopter, which will help protect residents in south Florida from the dangers brought by... Read more

Future UK military helicopter reaches next competition stage

Future UK military helicopter reaches next competition stage

27-Feb-2024Source: UK MoD

The next stage of the New Medium Helicopter (NMH) Programme has been announced by the Minister for Defence Procurement, James Cartlidge, today. The NMH Programme is an initiative to acquire a modern medium-lift support helicopter, which will deliver up to five rotary wing requirements using a single aircraft-type. This means that the platform will be... Read more

Astronautics to make AeroSync comms available on Airbus H125

Astronautics to make AeroSync comms available on Airbus H125

27-Feb-2024Source: Astronautics

Astronautics Corporation of America’s AeroSync Mission miniature wireless airborne communication system (mini-WACS) is the line-fit connectivity solution for Airbus Helicopters’ new production H125 and H130 rotorcraft.  It will be available second semester 2024 for retrofit with an Airbus service bulletin for Airbus H125 from S/N 9112. Astronautics’ AeroSync Mission is a secure, integrated, wireless data... Read more

StandardAero enters 40th Year supporting Airbus Helicopter dynamic components MRO Services

StandardAero enters 40th Year supporting Airbus Helicopter dynamic components MRO Services

27-Feb-2024Source: StandardAero

StandardAero’s Airbus helicopter dynamic components MRO facility, located in Richmond, BC, Canada, recently celebrated the company’s 40th year of supporting Airbus Helicopter dynamic components services.  The facility is a full-fledged, D Level rated, MRO shop, supported by Airbus factory trained technicians covering all MRO, VDI and BBOV disciplines for servicing Airbus helicopters. The Richmond site offers... Read more

EASA Certifies Meeker Aviation EC145 C2/D2 & D3 Step Mount

EASA Certifies Meeker Aviation EC145 C2/D2 & D3 Step Mount

26-Feb-2024Source: Meeker Aviation

Meeker Aviation, a leading provider of aircraft payload mounts, today announced that it has received EASA approval for its Utility Step Mount for all models of the Airbus H145 aircraft, including the newest D3 variant. This Utility Step Mount has already received FAA and Transport Canada certification. “Our very popular H145/BK117 Utility Step Mount provides... Read more

StandardAero begins installing Thales 4-axis autopilot on Airbus H125

StandardAero begins installing Thales 4-axis autopilot on Airbus H125

26-Feb-2024Source: StandardAero

In partnership with Thales, StandardAero is pleased to begin providing kits and installations of the world’s first full 4-axis autopilot specifically engineered for H125 helicopters, starting this June.  The company is currently taking orders for kits and reservations for production slots. Based on Thales’ Compact Autopilot System, this new solution, commercially known as StableLight, is... Read more

UK union criticises Airbus suggestion of H225 and Super Puma offshore return

UK union criticises Airbus suggestion of H225 and Super Puma offshore return

22-Feb-2024Source: RMT

Offshore workers union, RMT has criticised the possible re-introduction of the Super Puma helicopter by Airbus to offshore oil and gas operations. Last year was the tenth anniversary of the last fatal Super Puma incident in the UK sector, which claimed the lives of four offshore workers, including RMT member Sarah Darnley. 33 offshore workers... Read more

Ex-Change Parts parting out SAR EC225

Ex-Change Parts parting out SAR EC225

14-Feb-2024Source: Ex-Change Parts

Ex-Change Parts, a Swedish global leader in helicopter aftermarket parts and solutions, proudly announces its latest milestone with the disassembly of an EC225 helicopter, further strengthening its position as a key player in the Airbus Super Puma family. With over 25 years of industry expertise and a commitment to quality, reflected in their ISO 9001:2015... Read more

UK to lease five Airbus H135s to Australia

UK to lease five Airbus H135s to Australia

8-Feb-2024Source: HeliHub.com

The British military acquired five new Airbus H135 helicopters in 2022 under a program known as “Project Matcha”, with the intention that they would operate in Northern Ireland to replace Gazelle helicopters operating in the province. At some point after agreeing to purchase these aircraft, a different decision was made and the requirement evaporated.  Consequently,... Read more

Airbus Helicopters to set up H125 final assembly line in India

Airbus Helicopters to set up H125 final assembly line in India

26-Jan-2024Source: Airbus

In a major boost to ‘Make in India’, Airbus Helicopters has announced that it is partnering with the Tata Group to establish a Final Assembly Line (FAL) for helicopters in the country. The FAL will produce Airbus’ best-selling H125 helicopter from its civil range for India and export to some of the neighbouring countries. The... Read more

Falcon Aviation adds five sightseeing H130s

Falcon Aviation adds five sightseeing H130s

11-Dec-2023Source: Falcon

This delivery will expand Falcon Aviation’s fleet to nine H130s, solidifying its position as one of the leading sightseeing heli-tour operators in the UAE. The first H130 was delivered in February 2023, and the remaining four are currently en route from the Airbus Helicopters facility in Marignane, France. Falcon Aviation Services has acquiring five cutting-edge... Read more

Babcock to support Sécurité Civile H145 fleet

Babcock to support Sécurité Civile H145 fleet

1-Dec-2023Source: Babcock

Babcock and Airbus Helicopters have been awarded a new contract to support the Airbus H145-D3 fleet of the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Civile, an agency of the French Ministry of Interior who performs rescue services throughout France. The four-year contract, awarded by the French Ministry of Defence’s Directorate of Aeronautical Maintenance (DMAé), includes Maintenance... Read more

First flight for German Navy NH90 Sea Tiger

First flight for German Navy NH90 Sea Tiger

30-Nov-2023

The first NH90 Sea Tiger took off on-schedule for its maiden flight, at Airbus Helicopters’ site in Donauwörth, Germany. The German Bundeswehr ordered 31 NH90 Sea Tiger multi role frigate helicopters for the German Navy’s shipborne operations in 2020. Airbus Helicopters is now entering a qualification phase that will focus on flight testing the helicopter... Read more

Lithuanian State Border Guard Service orders three H145s

Lithuanian State Border Guard Service orders three H145s

29-Nov-2023Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters and the Lithuanian State Border Guard Service have announced a contract for three five-bladed H145 multi-mission helicopters at the 2023 European Rotors trade show, expanding the service’s fleet. These three additional H145s bring the total number of Airbus helicopters in service with the Lithuanian government to eleven, further strengthening Airbus Helicopters’ position in... Read more

HMotion – new H135/H145 sim centre planned by ADAC HEMS Academy and Airbus

HMotion – new H135/H145 sim centre planned by ADAC HEMS Academy and Airbus

28-Nov-2023Source: Airbus

During European Rotors, Airbus Helicopters and ADAC HEMS Academy announced the establishment of the joint venture HMotion, a new simulator training centre for the H135 and H145 family helicopters. HMotion will offer a wide range of cost-effective training courses for helicopter personnel, including mission and critical flight training. Subject to approval by the relevant regulatory... Read more

ÖAMTC Air Rescue continues fleet update with two Airbus H135s

ÖAMTC Air Rescue continues fleet update with two Airbus H135s

28-Nov-2023Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters and ÖAMTC Air Rescue announced a new contract for two H135s during the third edition of European Rotors. The announcement follows an initial contract for five H135s signed at the end of 2020. “It’s a matter of course for us to constantly develop and improve our fleet so that we can provide our... Read more

Airbus flies a fully automated helicopter with a tablet

Airbus flies a fully automated helicopter with a tablet

27-Nov-2023Source: Airbus

Airbus has successfully tested a new simplified human machine interface (HMI) along with advanced autonomous features through a project code-named Vertex. These technologies, developed by Airbus UpNext, are controlled by a touchscreen tablet and aim to simplify mission preparation and management, reduce helicopter pilot workload, and further increase safety. The Airbus Helicopters’ FlightLab flew fully... Read more

Uzbekistan plans 10 Airbus H145s for new EMS service

Uzbekistan plans 10 Airbus H145s for new EMS service

22-Nov-2023Source: HeliHub.com

A Uzbek-French business forum took place on 2nd November in Samarkand, involving around 20 organisations who supply to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan As part of the whole event, Minister of Health of Uzbekistan Amrillo Inoyatov met with representatives of Airbus Helicopters. The Ministry of Health has reported that discussions surrounded... Read more

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega launches Full-Flight Simulator from Reiser

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega launches Full-Flight Simulator from Reiser

20-Nov-2023Source: Swiss Air-Rescue Rega

Rega strives for new helicopter pilot and crew training levels by adopting the innovative FFS, underscoring their strong commitment to safety and sustainability in air rescue operations. The latest addition to the RST FFS family is officially handed over to Rega at the Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) Site in Opfikon, Switzerland, on November 16th.  This... Read more

UK military to sell five surplus Airbus H135s

UK military to sell five surplus Airbus H135s

17-Nov-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The British military acquired five new Airbus H135 helicopters in 2022 under a program known as “Project Matcha”, with the intention that they would operate in Northern Ireland to replace Gazelle helicopters operating in the province. At some point after agreeing to purchase these aircraft, a different decision was made and the requirement evaporated.  Consequently,... Read more

Royal Air Force plans for six Airbus H145s raise Value For Money questions

Royal Air Force plans for six Airbus H145s raise Value For Money questions

16-Nov-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The Royal Air Force (RAF) in the UK announced that they plan to order for six H145 helicopters from Airbus under a sole supplier agreement.  Assuming the announcement progresses to an actual order, the aircraft will be operated in Brunei and Cyprus, replacing Bell 212 and 412 (Griffin) aircraft respectively.  At present there are RAF... Read more

Omni to add seven super-mediums to fleet – both H175 and AW189

Omni to add seven super-mediums to fleet – both H175 and AW189

16-Nov-2023Source: Omni

Lisbon-based Omni Helicopters International (OHI), Latin America’s largest provider of air mobility and delivery solutions, announced that it has secured seven (7) additional Super Medium helicopters for delivery in 2023 & 2024 to meet new customer demands, citing sustainability and product reliability benefits. OHI´s Group Chief Operating Officer, Duncan Moore said “We decided to step... Read more

LEVL Leasing closes Sale and Leaseback on six H145s with Avincis

LEVL Leasing closes Sale and Leaseback on six H145s with Avincis

15-Nov-2023Source: LEVL Leasing

LEVL Leasing Limited, a joint venture between Lobo Leasing Limited and EMP Structured Assets GmbH, closed a EUR 50m sale and leaseback transaction of six Airbus H145D2 and D3 helicopters with Avincis, Europe’s largest aerial emergency services operator. All of these helicopters are now being operated on long term Emergency Medical Support (EMS) contracts in... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders third Airbus H145

Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders third Airbus H145

15-Nov-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Yorkshire Air Ambulance has placed an order for a third Airbus H145, with delivery expected in Autumn 2024.  This will provide greater coverage during maintenance downtime periods on the two primary aircraft – one of which is seen in the image below. The existing pair were delivered in April and June 2023. In the recently... Read more

Airbus and Naval Group collaborate with DGA and French Navy

Airbus and Naval Group collaborate with DGA and French Navy

2-Nov-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and Naval Group, in collaboration with the French Armament General Directorate, DGA (Direction génerale de l’armement), and the French Navy, have tested the SDAM demonstrator (Système de Drone Aérien Marine/ Naval Aerial Drone System) from a multi-mission frigate (FREMM). The trials took place on board the French Navy frigate, Provence, in the Mediterranean... Read more

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office takes AS350B3 on five year agreement

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office takes AS350B3 on five year agreement

26-Oct-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Sheriff Mark J Dannels (seen below) has recently been very pleased to introduce a new helicopter to the citizens of Cochise County in Arizona.  The Airbus H125 will be known by the name “Hawkeye.” The helicopter is the result of a grant from a state grant, and Sheriff Dannels made a point in a social... Read more

Irish EMS operation re-brands its EC135s

Irish EMS operation re-brands its EC135s

23-Oct-2023

Online announcements by Aero Tech Paint of Thruxton UK show that the Irish EMS operation of two Airbus EC135s is going through a change of branding. Previously using a red scheme fully based on the scheme of Thames Valley Air Ambulance (from where one of the two 135s was acquired), the scheme is now yellow... Read more

South African Air Force helicopter fleet is 83% grounded

South African Air Force helicopter fleet is 83% grounded

22-Oct-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The maintenance situation of the South African Air Force (SAAF) fleet is woeful, and has been highlighted in a recent parliamentary Written Response by the Minister of Defence to a Question to a question posed by S J F Marais of the Democratic Alliance party.  Mr Marais is a member of both the Joint Standing... Read more

CAA of Nepal suspends Manang Air’s Operator Certificate

CAA of Nepal suspends Manang Air’s Operator Certificate

17-Oct-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Nepalese operator Manang Air has had its Air Operator Certificate withdrawn by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. This follows an accident on 14th October in which an Airbus H125 was written off, and only three months after a fatal accident with another H125 in the operator’s fleet. The accident on 14th October resulted in... Read more

New CEO appointed at Airbus Helicopters Mexico

New CEO appointed at Airbus Helicopters Mexico

12-Oct-2023Source: Airbus

With the purpose of strengthening and promoting operations, products and services in benefit of customers, the country and its society, Airbus announced the appointment of Guillaume Leprince as its new General Director for Airbus Helicopters Mexico. With over 20 years of experience in the rotary wing industry, Guillaume is responsible for overseeing sales, customization, support,... Read more

Airbus testing significant upgrades to H135

Airbus testing significant upgrades to H135

22-Sep-2023Source: HeliHub.com

A recent sighting at the Airbus Helicopters plant at Donauworth is this H135, with a large number of upgrades over the current production models. Our analysis suggests the taller profile gives increased cabin headroom, and the side windows thus providing greater visibility for pilots – although there is no aft cabin window as found in... Read more

PHI signs for 20 Airbus H175s and 8 H160s

PHI signs for 20 Airbus H175s and 8 H160s

13-Sep-2023Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters and PHI Group (PHI) have signed a framework agreement that includes commitments for 20 super-medium H175 helicopters and 8 H160s to serve the energy market worldwide, including in the US. These 28 state-of-the-art helicopters will better position PHI to respond to the energy market’s expected growing offshore transportation needs.These commitments are composed of... Read more

Two German states make joint order for four Airbus H145s

Two German states make joint order for four Airbus H145s

30-Aug-2023

Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (aka Niedersachsen und Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) are jointly purchasing four new Airbus H145 police helicopters – two for each federal state. The contract for the cross-border cooperation has now been awarded to the company Airbus. Joint procurement takes place via the Lower Saxony Logistics Center (LZN), which saves effort, time and money.... Read more

Offshore Helicopter Services UK extend Serica contract

Offshore Helicopter Services UK extend Serica contract

16-Aug-2023Source: OHS

Offshore Helicopter Services UK (OHSUK) have signed a new multi-year contract extension with Serica Energy. The five-year deal with potential for further extensions, takes the relationship between partners at least beyond eight years. Serica will use H175 and S92 aircraft to service their current North Sea operations, in particular the Bruce platform. Offshore Helicopters UK... Read more

SPAES Installs MD302 Standby Attitude Module in EC120

SPAES Installs MD302 Standby Attitude Module in EC120

7-Aug-2023Source: SPAES

SPAES is delighted to announce the successful installation of the state-of-the-art MD 302 Standby Attitude Module on the RH side of the instrument panel of an EC 120 helicopter for one of its esteemed customers. The MD 302 Standby Attitude Module is a groundbreaking avionics unit that provides essential flight information, including altitude, attitude, airspeed,... Read more

UK Army Air Corps lose Dauphin in accident

UK Army Air Corps lose Dauphin in accident

3-Aug-2023

One of the six Airbus AS365N3 Dauphin helicopters operated by the Army Air Corps in the UK has had an accident, the manufacturer has confirmed in an document released in the public domain.  The severity of the accident has put the aircraft beyond economic repair. In the latest edition of its “List of potentially scrapped,... Read more

JCB cancels order for two Airbus H160s

JCB cancels order for two Airbus H160s

11-Jul-2023Source: HeliHub.com

In a LinkedIn post made on 9th July by Lenny Brown, MD of Airbus Helicopters UK, the company implied that excavator manufacturer JCB has not yet accepted or taken delivery of their first H160. We reported this helicopter’s arrival into the UK over five months ago on 28th January. Brown was reporting the arrival of... Read more

EBACE – Airbus confirms sale of 18th ACH130 Aston Martin Edition

EBACE – Airbus confirms sale of 18th ACH130 Aston Martin Edition

22-May-2023

At a press conference at EBACE in Geneva this morning, Fred Lemos – head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters – announced that they have now sold the 18th ACH130 Aston Martin Edition.  This product starts as a standard H130, but has a very specialist interior fitted at Airbus Helicopters UK facility at Oxford Airport, which is... Read more

Ghana – McDan Aviation adds EC135 to fleet

Ghana – McDan Aviation adds EC135 to fleet

22-May-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Ghana’s McDan Aviation, part of the McDan Group, has added two aircraft recently – a Beech King Air B200 and an Airbus EC135T1 helicopter. The EC135 has been leased in from Gulf Med Aviation, and flies from its base at Accra airport on a Maltese registration.  The Beech 200 is on the local Ghanaian register,... Read more

Suffolk County NY approves Airbus H145 purchase

Suffolk County NY approves Airbus H145 purchase

3-May-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Suffolk County legislators have this week approved the acquisition of an Airbus H145 in a fleet modernisation move, with the project priced at $13.1 million. Funding for the new aircraft is in three parts. $5 million was budgeted in 2021, an estimated $600K will be realised through the sale of their oldest helicopter in the... Read more

Airbus hands over first two H145 helicopters to Bavarian Police

Airbus hands over first two H145 helicopters to Bavarian Police

21-Apr-2023Source: Helibras

Airbus has delivered the first two of eight five-bladed H145s to the Bavarian Police. These first two helicopters will be used in the training of pilots and crews which will begin shortly, ensuring a smooth transition from the current H135 fleet which has been in service for more than twelve years, to the larger H145... Read more

Airbus selects Cobham Aerospace Communications for HIL’s integrated audio radio management system

Airbus selects Cobham Aerospace Communications for HIL’s integrated audio radio management system

29-Mar-2023Source: Cobham Aerospace Communications

Cobham Aerospace Communications has been selected by Airbus Helicopters for a critical mission system of the HIL program (French Armed Forces’ multirole light joint helicopter, based on the H-160 platform), lead by the French Armament General Directorate: the integrated audio/ radio management system. This system is an integrated audio management system that is fully compliant... Read more

Germany to buy 82 Airbus H145M helicopters

Germany to buy 82 Airbus H145M helicopters

21-Mar-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Business Insider are reporting that Germany is on the point of ordering 82 H145M helicopters from Airbus, 24 of them armed with anti-tank missiles.  This follows the rejection of further upgrades to their Tiger gunship fleet. The Germany military currently have a fleet of 51 Tigers, but only a fraction of those are operational at... Read more

CityAirbus NextGen and Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation to develop medical missions

CityAirbus NextGen and Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation to develop medical missions

10-Mar-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has partnered with the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation to develop CityAirbus NextGen’s future missions for medical services in Norway. To this end, the parties will jointly measure the added value of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for a selection of medical services use cases across the country to integrate the operational... Read more

German Bundespolizei signs HCare Classics contract for H120s

German Bundespolizei signs HCare Classics contract for H120s

10-Mar-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

The German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) has signed a long-term HCare Classics support contract for 10 H120 helicopters. The fleet of H120 helicopters are used for training pilots at the Bundespolizei aviation school in St. Augustin. The support contract will secure the availability of H120 parts, as well as obsolescence management and technical support. “Our pilot... Read more

Ghana Police show their three helicopters in public for the first time

Ghana Police show their three helicopters in public for the first time

7-Mar-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The Ghana Police Service have this week held their 66th Independence Day Anniversary Parade. As part of this event, they made a fly-past with their three helicopters – two Gazelles and an Airbus H125. While the purchase of these helicopters was announced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in late 2021, confirmation of their delivery... Read more

Eurotec showcases upgraded AS350 B3e at Heli-Expo 2023

Eurotec showcases upgraded AS350 B3e at Heli-Expo 2023

7-Mar-2023Source: Eurotec

EuroTec, a leading helicopter sales and service center of more than twenty years, will have on display its upgraded AS350 B3e helicopter, at the upcoming Heli Expo in Atlanta, GA. Equipped for a variety of missions including search and rescue, utility, and firefighting operations, this B3e has USFS provisions and is ready for the 2023... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance receives first five-blade Airbus H145

Yorkshire Air Ambulance receives first five-blade Airbus H145

1-Mar-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Yorkshire Air Ambulance has today taken delivery of their first five-blade Airbus H145, registered G-YAAA, after a flight from Airbus Helicopter’s UK base at Oxford where it has been fitted out over the last six months. The second one of the two ordered by the charity arrived in the UK by road on 12th February... Read more

Gama Aviation concludes £65M Wales Air Ambulance contract negotiations

Gama Aviation concludes £65M Wales Air Ambulance contract negotiations

24-Feb-2023Source: Wales Air Ambulance

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity has announced that its new aviation partner will be Gama Aviation Plc, following the conclusion of contract negotiations. (Editor note – Gama had been announced as the preferred bidder in November 2022) Gama Aviation has successfully bid for the seven-year contract to provide aviation services to the air ambulance in... Read more

Airbus H175 blades snapped off at the root

Airbus H175 blades snapped off at the root

20-Feb-2023Source: HeliHub.com

An Airbus H175 helicopter operated by Offshore Helicopter Services UK (OHS) has suffered significant damage. G-MCSH flew a 130 mile sector to the Elgin rig on the North Sea, due east of Aberdeen on the morning of Friday 17th February, departing just before 7.30am. Unfortunately the aircraft had a tail rotor issue prior to its... Read more

Castilla-La Mancha renews EMS contract with Babcock Spain

Castilla-La Mancha renews EMS contract with Babcock Spain

15-Feb-2023

Babcock MCS España has retained the EMS contract for the Spanish province of Castilla-La Mancha for the next four years. The company will continue to provide two Airbus H135 and two H145 helicopters from bases at Albacete, Toledo, Ciudad Real and Cuenca. Contract value is around 43 million euros.  Two of the four aircraft included... Read more

ASD reports on UAM and Sustainability

ASD reports on UAM and Sustainability

14-Feb-2023Source: ASD

The Aerospace, Security and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) published today a White Paper on Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Sustainable Development. The report – conducted by Envisa, a leading research and sustainable aviation company – was elaborated with the support of several companies and associations, including Agoria, Airbus, Avio Aero, BDLI, FACC, GIFAS, Leonardo, Rolls-Royce, SAAB and TEDAE. The White Paper aims to meet two main needs of... Read more

ÖAMTC expands contract in Burgenland region of Austria

ÖAMTC expands contract in Burgenland region of Austria

10-Feb-2023Source: ÖAMTC Air Rescue

[electronic translation] On February 7, 2023, Governor Hans-Peter Doskozil and the managing directors of ÖAMTC air rescue, Reinhard Kraxner and Marco Trefanitz, announced at a joint press event in Eisenstadt that the yellow Christophorus emergency medical helicopters would continue to take off for their life-saving missions in Burgenland in the future . New location in the... Read more

Heliport approved at Ocean Medical Center

Heliport approved at Ocean Medical Center

1-Feb-2023Source: Brick Shorebeat

The Eurocopter EC-135 was tied down at a temporary helipad at Ocean Medical Center on Thursday afternoon, its side emblazoned with its “AirMed 2” callsign, and covers on its rotor tips. But less than an hour later, it was in the air, passing over the Herbertsville section of Brick Township on its way to Jersey... Read more

First Airbus H160 arrives in UK for JCB Excavators

First Airbus H160 arrives in UK for JCB Excavators

31-Jan-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The first H160 has been delivered to the UK, the fourth civil market delivery to date from the production line in Marignane, France, and the second H160 this year.  The aircraft arrived at Oxford Airport on Saturday 28th January. The helicopter is in the colours of the global brand JCB Excavators, and is one of... Read more

Uzbekistan Helicopters considering buying two Airbus H145s

Uzbekistan Helicopters considering buying two Airbus H145s

31-Jan-2023Source: Uzbekistan Helicopters

On January 24-26, 2023 the management of Uzbekistan Helicopters LLC, which is a structural subdivision of Uzbekistan Airways JSC, is in France and Germany with official visit. Current visit provides for further cooperation between two sides on the supply of new Airbus H145 helicopters. The increase in the fleet with modern helicopters of new modifications... Read more

Airbus reports 2022 numbers – orders down 11%, deliveries up 2%

Airbus reports 2022 numbers – orders down 11%, deliveries up 2%

25-Jan-2023Source: Airbus

In 2022, Airbus Helicopters logged 374 gross orders (net: 362) (Ed – down 10.74% from 419 in the bounce-back year of 2021), highlighting the ongoing market recovery with an impressive 216 light single engine helicopters sold. Deliveries increased from 338 in 2021 to 344 in 2022 (Ed: Up 1.77%), contributing to Airbus Helicopters’ preliminary 52%... Read more

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance report on 2022 missions

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance report on 2022 missions

23-Jan-2023

Life-saving charity Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance responded to 1,814 missions throughout the last 12 months – making it the busiest year for the charity since before the Covid-19 pandemic. The doctors, paramedics, pilots and dispatch assistants that make up the charity’s critical care teams responded to 244 more incidents than in 2021.... Read more

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