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Queensland AW139 fleet sets 30,000 hour record

Queensland AW139 fleet sets 30,000 hour record

14-May-2024Source: Queensland Government

Queensland Government Air (QGAir) has become the first emergency medical services helicopter operater in Australia to exceed 30,000 operational flight hours. During the 2023 Cairns floods, QGAir was responsible for carrying out aeromedical transfers in Cooktown, in addition to search and rescue welfare checks at several properties, ensuring the safety of Queenslanders affected by the floods.... Read more

Skyportz adds 300 investors including Australian airport construction specialist

Skyportz adds 300 investors including Australian airport construction specialist

1-May-2024Source: Skyportz

Skyportz has been assembling the pieces of the Advanced Air Mobility puzzle in Australia for the last 5 years. Its focus is on breaking the nexus between aviation and airports and enabling property owners to activate their sites with vertiports. This emerging industry is focused to launch in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with the two... Read more

Toll Aviation and ASU partner for new NVG Centre in Australia

Toll Aviation and ASU partner for new NVG Centre in Australia

26-Apr-2024Source: ASU

Toll Aviation and Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) have partnered to create an NVG Centre and provide unparalleled support and swift, efficient maintenance servicing and repair of Night Vision Goggles (NVG) for the Oceania Region. In 2007, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia conducted a trial involving the use of Night Vision Goggles (NVG)... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded additional $13M contract for 105 mission computer retrofit kits

Lockheed Martin awarded additional $13M contract for 105 mission computer retrofit kits

17-Apr-2024Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded a $13,175,866 modification (P00035) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001920F0350) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This modification exercises an option to provide 105 mission computer retrofit kits (101 for the Navy, three for the government of Australia and one for the government... Read more

eVTOL infrastructure start-up Skyportz plans operating division

eVTOL infrastructure start-up Skyportz plans operating division

15-Apr-2024Source: Skyportz

Electric air taxi infrastructure start-up, Skyportz, has announced the establishment of Wilbur Air – as a wholly owned subsidiary to operate electric and hybrid aircraft from its future network of vertiports. Wilbur Air will have priority access to the Skyportz vertiport locations to be developed around the country. A range of aircraft partners will facilitate... Read more

Skyportz opens equity to retail investors

Skyportz opens equity to retail investors

27-Mar-2024Source: Skyportz

The dominant vertiport company in the Australian market, Skyportz has opened an expression of interest for small retail investors to purchase equity in the company. The crowd source funding regime in Australia is regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission which requires a detailed Offer document to be prepared and ongoing reporting requirements. “Skyportz... Read more

LifeFlight launches behind-the-scenes tourist attraction

LifeFlight launches behind-the-scenes tourist attraction

26-Mar-2024Source: LifeFlight

The Maranoa region is now home to a brand-new interactive attraction, giving visitors and locals not only a taste of the Queensland Outback, but a behind-the-scenes experience of what it takes to run LifeFlight – Queensland’s leading aeromedical organisation. Guests can wander through the exhibit, interact, explore and learn about the world of aviation and medicine... Read more

Ryan Aerospace of Australia ships 500th flight simulator

Ryan Aerospace of Australia ships 500th flight simulator

25-Mar-2024Source: Ryan Aerospace

Gold Coast Australia – 21 March 2024. RYAN AEROSPACE (Australia) has achieved an amazing milestone, the shipping of its 500th flight simulator. From humble beginnings, RYAN AEROSPACE started producing rotary wing simulators in 2005 and later ventured into the fixed wing flight training market. Whilst traditional, certified simulators are part of RYAN’s product offering, virtual and mixed reality... Read more

Tech entrepreneur to embark on epic expedition with Airbus ACH125

Tech entrepreneur to embark on epic expedition with Airbus ACH125

11-Mar-2024Source: Airbus Corporate Helicopters

Singapore, Australian tech entrepreneur John-Paul Thorbjornsen (JP) has ordered an ACH125 helicopter for an expedition traversing seven continents in 300 flight hours. “My passion for flying started when I took my first lesson at 16, and I’ve never looked back. The ACH130 Aston Martin Edition brought me on a cross-globe journey where I experienced different cultures, made new friends,... Read more

Leonardo secures order for 2 more AW139 from LifeFlight Australia

Leonardo secures order for 2 more AW139 from LifeFlight Australia

7-Mar-2024Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has announced a further growth in presence of the AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter in Australia at Heli-Expo 2024, with orders for three more aircraft by LifeFlight Australia. These add to two additional aircraft for LifeFlight’s joint venture partner StarFlight, that had been ordered in late 2023. The helicopters will be used to carry out... Read more

Helitak Firefighting Equipment to expand operations into US

Helitak Firefighting Equipment to expand operations into US

5-Mar-2024Source: Helitak

Helitak Firefighting Equipment, an Australian-based aerial firefighting tank manufacturer, announced on February 22, 2024, that the company was expanding its operations in the United States. The company has recently secured the lease of a 20,000-foot property at Camarillo Airport in California, where it will grow its operations in the United States. The new 20,000-foot facility... Read more

LifeFlight Australia to add another three AW139s

LifeFlight Australia to add another three AW139s

28-Feb-2024Source: LifeFlight Australia

LifeFlight Australia has expanded its fleet of helicopters to meet increasing demand and to provide more emergency aeromedical care to Queenslanders. Leonardo and LifeFlight announced three new AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters this week at HAI Heli-Expo in California. The helicopters, expected to arrive later in the year, will provide emergency medical services and search and rescue response... Read more

Sikorsky Australia’s Apprenticeship Scheme Grows Aviation Talent Pipeline

Sikorsky Australia’s Apprenticeship Scheme Grows Aviation Talent Pipeline

27-Feb-2024

Sikorsky Australia, a Lockheed Martin Company, is continuing its commitment to expand Australia’s aviation industrial workforce in 2024 by growing its apprenticeship numbers year on year. In 2024, Sikorsky Australia welcomed five new apprentices into the program, which now totals 16 apprentices, representing nearly 20% of the technical workforce and an annual investment of over... Read more

Microflite adds new five-bladed H145

Microflite adds new five-bladed H145

21-Feb-2024Source: Airbus Helicopters

Australian commercial aircraft operator Microflite has ordered a second five-bladed H145 to support its growing training, commercial, utility, fire observation and rescue operations. Microflite is Airbus’ largest civil helicopter customer in Australia, currently operating an Airbus fleet of 20 rotorcraft ranging from single-engine H120, H125 and H130, to twin-engine H135 and H145. The operator also... Read more

Schiebel S-100 receives operational approval from Australian CASA

Schiebel S-100 receives operational approval from Australian CASA

13-Feb-2024Source: Schiebel

Wedgetail Aerospace, supported by Schiebel Pacific, successfully obtained the approval from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to operate the Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) in civil airspace. It is the first large (>150 kg) Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS to attain this civil approval from the Australian authorities. Wedgetail Aerospace,... 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

AMSL Aero marks first civil order for Vertiia eVTOL with paid deposits

AMSL Aero marks first civil order for Vertiia eVTOL with paid deposits

6-Feb-2024Source: AMSL Aero

Australian zero emission aircraft designer and manufacturer AMSL Aero has signed an order and received deposits for 10 of its Vertiia vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, with an option for 10 more, from its first civil customer Aviation Logistics, paving the way for emission-free flying across Australia. Aviation Logistics – one of Australia’s largest general aviation and regional airline... Read more

Queensland Police introduces EC135 ops ahead of fleet switch to Bell 429

Queensland Police introduces EC135 ops ahead of fleet switch to Bell 429

25-Jan-2024Source: ABC News

Police forced to grapple with a spate of dramatic stolen car offences in Townsville finally have encrypted radios and a dedicated helicopter to fight crime from the sky. Longstanding calls for aerial support in the north Queensland city intensified last month after almost 80 vehicles were stolen within a week. The Queensland government has announced... Read more

Royal Australian Air Force delivers helicopters for Remote Science Campaign

Royal Australian Air Force delivers helicopters for Remote Science Campaign

5-Dec-2023Source: Antarctica Government

A massive Royal Australian Air Force aircraft, usually used to move military equipment and distribute humanitarian aid, has delivered two BK117 helicopters to Antarctica for the first time. The helicopters will be used this summer to fly Australian Antarctic Program scientists to remote locations that would otherwise be inaccessible. “To get the helicopters cleared for... Read more

AMSL Aero appoints CEO

AMSL Aero appoints CEO

5-Dec-2023Source: Vertiia

Leading Australian green aviation company AMSL Aero has appointed the globally experienced commercial executive, military veteran and board director Max York as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director to lead the company in partnership with its co-founders Andrew Moore and Siobhan Lyndon as it prepares to bring its world leading zero-emissions aircraft Vertiia to local and international markets. Mr York, formerly CEO of GE Australia, led GE Aviation... Read more

Manolos Aviation sponsors aspiring two female helicopter pilots

Manolos Aviation sponsors aspiring two female helicopter pilots

29-Nov-2023Source: Manolos Aviation

Two aspiring female pilots are about to achieve their dreams of becoming helicopter pilots. Gorethy Kaye from Jiwaka Province and Annette Gele from Milne Bay Province are both employees of Manolos Aviation Ltd who have been passionate about flying for as long as they can remember. “I’ve always wanted to be a helicopter pilot,” said... Read more

Australian Gov backs AMSL Aero for hydrogen-powered Vertiia with grant

Australian Gov backs AMSL Aero for hydrogen-powered Vertiia with grant

7-Nov-2023Source: AMSL Aero  

Leading Australian green aviation company AMSL Aero today welcomes the Australian Government’s move to back development of its hydrogen-powered aircraft Vertiia to help first responders and emergency personnel save lives and better meet the needs of Australians living in regional and remote areas. AMSL Aero will use the A$5.43 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), to... Read more

US to accelerate UH-60M Black Hawk delivery to Australia

US to accelerate UH-60M Black Hawk delivery to Australia

7-Nov-2023Source: US DoD

The Defense Department is accelerating delivery of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Australia, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said. Austin welcomed Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Richard Marles to the Pentagon for an enhanced honor cordon and meeting. Austin noted that some of the Black Hawks have already arrived in Australia,... Read more

HeliTSA launches PW200 Series Training in Australia

HeliTSA launches PW200 Series Training in Australia

30-Oct-2023Source: HeliTSA

HeliTSA is expanding its suite of engine courses to include P&WC PW200 Series engine type training. With PW200 engines used in EC135, Bell 429 and AW109 aircraft, the new training services a broad range of operators. The new course follows HeliTSA’s popular training model of covering an entire series in a single course. Across five... Read more

Green light for Tweed Valley Hospital Helipad in NSW

Green light for Tweed Valley Hospital Helipad in NSW

23-Oct-2023Source: NSW Government

The first helicopter test flight has been completed at the new rooftop helipad as part of the $723.3 million Tweed Valley Hospital development, with a helicopter rescue team undertaking a successful landing and takeoff. The helipad testing exercise, carried out by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, is part of the operational commissioning activities being undertaken... Read more

South Australia commits to Police and EMS helicopters

South Australia commits to Police and EMS helicopters

17-Oct-2023Source: Government of South Australia

Two new helicopters will be added to South Australia’s police and ambulance services to boost response time and operational capacity, in a major Malinauskas Government investment. A state government commitment of $150 million will see two new State Rescue Helicopter Service (SRHS) helicopters online before the end of 2024, four new dedicated pilots and an... Read more

Electro Ventures Signs Partnership to Support Jump Aero Products

Electro Ventures Signs Partnership to Support Jump Aero Products

26-Sep-2023Source: Electro Ventures

Electro Ventures, a Western Australian sustainable innovation holdings company with a portfolio of more than a dozen market-leading cleantech companies, has placed an order for ten “JA1 Pulse” eVTOL aircraft. Electro Ventures has worked with Jump Aero for many years through one of its portfolio companies Electro Aero, and has been impressed with the company’s... Read more

PHI appoints new director of commercial & business development for Australia and New Zealand

PHI appoints new director of commercial & business development for Australia and New Zealand

8-Sep-2023Source: PHI

PHI are pleased to announce the appointment of Cedric Meynier to the position of Director, Commercial & Business Development – Australia & NZ. Cedric’s extensive experience in the Oil & Gas industry, along with his expertise with HEMS and Advanced Air mobility operations will be invaluable to our regional expansion trajectory and diversification into new markets. Cedric... Read more

v2track selected as Dealer and Certified Integration Partner for AFDAU-T1

v2track selected as Dealer and Certified Integration Partner for AFDAU-T1

30-Aug-2023Source: v2track

v2track has partnered with Sydney-based engineering firm Airborne Mission System (AMS) to resell and support their AFDAU-T1 unit. The AFDAU-T1 has transformed the way aerial firefighters collect and report operational data and it offers unique benefits for rotary and fixed-wing operators. The AFDAU-T1 meets the requirements of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre of Australia (NAFC)... Read more

Australia – LifeFlight doctors fly through first year in WBB

Australia – LifeFlight doctors fly through first year in WBB

23-Aug-2023Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Critical Care Doctors have flown through their first year on board the Bundaberg-based rescue helicopter, performing more than 189 missions since they joined the service. Critical Care Doctors were rostered onto the local chopper for the first time in August last year with the first mission tasked on the 21st of August.... Read more

ATSB warns of risks of VFR pilots flying in instrument conditions

ATSB warns of risks of VFR pilots flying in instrument conditions

7-Aug-2023Source: ATSB

The collision with water of a Bell UH-1H helicopter near Anna Bay, NSW, resulting in the loss of all five people on board, highlights the significant risk of visual pilots attempting to fly in instrument conditions, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation into the 6 September 2019 accident notes. The pilot of the UH-1H... Read more

New South Wales adds firefighing Chinook to fleet

New South Wales adds firefighing Chinook to fleet

4-Aug-2023Source: New South Wales Government

Rural Fire Service (RFS) aerial firefighting capabilities received a significant boost today with the arrival of a $9 million high-capacity waterbombing helicopter at Richmond. The new helicopter will allow for aerial firefighting at night and expand on existing air capabilities. Minister for Emergency Services Jihad Dib was joined by Commonwealth Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman... Read more

Rex and Helicopter Resources partner for Antarctic Tender

Rex and Helicopter Resources partner for Antarctic Tender

3-Aug-2023Source: Rex

The Regional Express Group (Rex) proudly announces its collaboration with Helicopter Resources Pty Ltd (Heli Resources) through an exclusive teaming agreement. This strategic partnership comes as part of Rex’s preparation for the upcoming tender by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) later this year, following the recent release of the Request for Information (RFI). The RFI... Read more

Australian Department of Defence issues statement on NH90 accident

Australian Department of Defence issues statement on NH90 accident

3-Aug-2023Source: Australian DoD

Transcript of media update in Brisbane LIEUTENANT GENERAL BILTON: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Lieutenant General Greg Bilton. I’m the Chief of Joint Operations. I would like to update you on the recovery operations for the MRH-90 Taipan helicopter which impacted waters near Lindeman Island on Friday, the 28th of July. Ongoing... Read more

Western Australia receive first Airbus H145

Western Australia receive first Airbus H145

31-Jul-2023Source: Government of Western Australia

A new era of aeronautical law enforcement has taken off following the arrival of the State’s first five-blade Airbus H145 helicopter.   The aviation asset is part of a $54.3million dollar State Government funded upgrade to the WA Police Force Air Wing fleet.   The investment includes $7.6 million for operating and maintenance costs, along... Read more

Victoria Police claim busiest law enforcement AW139 fleet with 10,000 hours

Victoria Police claim busiest law enforcement AW139 fleet with 10,000 hours

17-Jul-2023Source: Starflight Australia

The force’s three highly advanced AW139 helicopters, which were delivered by StarFlight Victoria three years ago, are ranked at number one for flying hours, out of the 114 Leonardo AW139’s currently serving law enforcement around the world. Victoria Police choppers have flown more than 1.1 million nautical miles. They have been deployed to more than 30,000... Read more

Victoria Police’s has marked 10,000 hours

Victoria Police’s has marked 10,000 hours

13-Jul-2023Source: Starflight

Victoria Police’s helicopter fleet, supplied and supported by StarFlight Victoria, has marked 10,000 hours in the air keeping the community safe. The force’s three highly advanced AW139 helicopters, which were delivered by StarFlight Victoria three years ago, are ranked at number one for flying hours, out of the 114 Leonardo AW139’s currently serving law enforcement... Read more

Australia releases Air Taxi Vertiport Guidelines

Australia releases Air Taxi Vertiport Guidelines

6-Jul-2023Source: Skyportz

Australia’s aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority today released Guidelines for Vertiport Design following extensive community and industry consultation. “This is a great step forward for Australia and shows our preparedness to welcome this new industry into Australian skies’, said vertiport infrastructure developer, Clem Newton-Brown from Skyportz. “There is no doubt the aircraft are... Read more

LifeFlight to benefit from record Queensland state funding

LifeFlight to benefit from record Queensland state funding

5-Jun-2023Source: LifeFlight Australia

The largest funding injection in LifeFlight Australia’s history will see the Queensland Government invest an additional $586.1 million in the aeromedical service over the next decade, it was announced today. “Our government is committed to providing free, world class health care no matter where you live in Queensland,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. The record funding arrangement... Read more

LifeFlight unveils Australian-first ARC to save animals from floods

LifeFlight unveils Australian-first ARC to save animals from floods

24-May-2023Source: LifeFlight Australia

LifeFlight Australia’s helicopter crews are well known for saving human lives but now they have the capability to safely rescue beloved, furry family members too. In an Australian-first, LifeFlight Engineering has created a purpose-built Animal Rescue Capsule (ARC) which can be used to rescue, winch and transport pets securely from life-threatening situations, such as floods.... Read more

Babcock wins 12 year Queensland Government contract worth Au$288 million

Babcock wins 12 year Queensland Government contract worth Au$288 million

16-May-2023Source: Babcock

High-tech helicopters which can travel further and faster will soon boost healthcare in the Torres Strait and Northern Cape York Peninsula of Australia after we were chosen as the provider of emergency helicopter services for the region. Operating from Horn Island, we will provide 24/7 services across the region including aeromedical retrieval and search and... Read more

Bell delivers 7 B407GXis to Australian customers

Bell delivers 7 B407GXis to Australian customers

9-May-2023Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc. has announced the delivery of seven Bell 407GXi helicopters to Australian customers across various segments in the last 12 months. Of the seven Bell 407 GXi helicopters, five were delivered to Nautilus Aviation for tourism and utility flights, with the remaining two delivered to a leading Australian utility company and a corporate... Read more

New Zealand sticks with NH90 as Australia and Norway opt out

New Zealand sticks with NH90 as Australia and Norway opt out

5-May-2023Source: RNZ

New Zealand faces higher hurdles using its military helicopters alongside its defence partners now that Australia is switching choppers. Australia, which grounded its fleet after a water landing last month, is switching to US-made machines. See Full Story.... Read more

Skyway and Skyportz Announce Strategic Collaboration

Skyway and Skyportz Announce Strategic Collaboration

14-Apr-2023Source: Skyportz

Skyway, a leading Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) operation center and air traffic navigation provider, and Skyportz, a Melbourne company focused on securing access to a range of vertiport development locations, are collaborating in a new partnership to expand the comprehensive infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in Australia. This partnership will bring together Skyway’s... Read more

Eagle Copters Maintenance renamed Bell Textron Australia

Eagle Copters Maintenance renamed Bell Textron Australia

12-Apr-2023Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the renaming of Eagle Copters Maintenance Pty. Ltd. (ECM) to Bell Textron Australia Pty Ltd following Bell’s acquisition of ECM in 2022. “ECM’s name change to Bell Textron Australia marks a key milestone in our commitment to grow our local aftermarket footprint and service offering in... Read more

Boeing awarded $1.9B contacts for Australian and Egyptian AH-64E production

Boeing awarded $1.9B contacts for Australian and Egyptian AH-64E production

20-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $1,946,212,323 modification (PZ0002) to contract W58RGZ-21-C-0015 for the Apache AH-64E full-rate production. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2027. Fiscal 2023 Foreign Military Sales (Australia and Egypt) funds, and... Read more

LifeFlight Engineering’s future bolstered by new facility

LifeFlight Engineering’s future bolstered by new facility

20-Mar-2023Source: LifeFlight

LifeFlight Engineering’s world-class capabilities will be secured well into the future, thanks to a planned new maintenance facility at Archerfield Airport, servicing RACQ LifeFlight Rescue’s iconic fleet of aeromedical aircraft. The custom-built space will see the highly skilled engineering team move into a larger hangar complex, enabling LifeFlight Australia to double its current capacity for... Read more

EpiGuard approved by TGA in Australia

EpiGuard approved by TGA in Australia

9-Mar-2023Source: EpiGuard

EpiGuard just announced that the EpiShuttle is approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and is now fully available for use in the Australian market. “Even though The EpiShuttle has been with RAAF for some time now, we are happy to see that the safe isolation and transport system now fully available to the civil... Read more

Pelligra and Skyportz investigate Australian vertiport network for eVTOL and Drone deliveries

Pelligra and Skyportz investigate Australian vertiport network for eVTOL and Drone deliveries

6-Mar-2023Source: Skyportz

Air taxi infrastructure company, Skyportz and property developer Pelligra announced a partnership to explore jointly developing vertiport networks to attract air taxi and drone delivery services to Australia. Speaking at the Avalon Airshow Skyportz CEO, Clem Newton-Brown said this partnership was a significant step forward for this emerging industry in Australia. “We have strong policy... Read more

Australia orders 6 more EMS/SAR AW139s from Leonardo

Australia orders 6 more EMS/SAR AW139s from Leonardo

3-Mar-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has announced further growth in presence of the AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter in Australia at Avalon, with orders for a total of six aircraft by three different prime operators: Babcock Australasia (Babcock), RACQ CQ Rescue (CQ Rescue) and StarFlight Australia. All six aircraft will be delivered from Leonardo’s Vergiate final assembly line facility... Read more

LCI to lease 2 AW139s to Babcock Australasia

LCI to lease 2 AW139s to Babcock Australasia

3-Mar-2023Source: LCI

LCI, a leading aviation company and a subsidiary of Libra Group, is set to deliver two new Leonardo AW139 helicopters on long-term lease to Babcock Australasia (Babcock) in Australia in early 2024. The aircraft, which are valued at over US$40 million, will be deployed by Babcock on mission critical and socially responsible Emergency Medical Services... Read more

Toll Helicopters orders 2 more AW139s for Australian Defence Force contract

Toll Helicopters orders 2 more AW139s for Australian Defence Force contract

1-Mar-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced the expansion of its fleet of AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters in Australia with an order for two aircraft by the leading helicopter operator Toll Helicopters (Toll). The helicopters will supplement a fleet of three AW139s currently supporting a range of activities including pilot and aircrew officer training, utility support to ADF exercises and... Read more

BAE Systems Australia unveils STRIX unmanned hybrid VTOL

BAE Systems Australia unveils STRIX unmanned hybrid VTOL

1-Mar-2023Source: BAE Systems Australia

BAE Systems Australia has teamed with local industry to present Australia’s first domestically designed, manufactured and armed VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) uncrewed air system (UAS). STRIXTM is being developed by BAE Systems Australia and Perth-based Innovaero and was launched today at the 2023 Avalon Airshow in Geelong, Australia. The collaboration brings together BAE Systems’ global... Read more

AW169 VIP On Display at Avalon 2023

AW169 VIP On Display at Avalon 2023

1-Mar-2023Source: Rotortrade

Rotortrade, leading global helicopter dealer and sole international distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters, is proud to announce the availability of the only 169 preowned VIP helicopter for sale in Australia. The helicopter has been maintained by Leonardo and has only been used for VIP flights, ensuring high comfort and reliability. In addition to a 6-month/500-hour... Read more

Smith Myers expands ARTEMIS into Australia & New Zealand

Smith Myers expands ARTEMIS into Australia & New Zealand

28-Feb-2023Source: Smith Myers

Smith Myers formally kicks off its ANZ (Australia and New Zealand) expansion strategy at AVALON 2023 – the southern hemisphere’s largest combined industry and public aviation, aerospace, space and defence event. Smith Myers have been partnered with Kim Blacker and his company Stratelo in the ANZ region for a decade now.  Kim, founder and MD... Read more

Vertiia eVTOL takes maiden flight

Vertiia eVTOL takes maiden flight

21-Feb-2023Source: AMSL Aero

Australian green aerospace company AMSL Aero announced that Vertiia, the world’s most efficient and longest-range Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, has successfully completed its maiden test flight. This is the first ever flight by an Australian-designed and built eVTOL, which is the new generation of aircraft that take off and land like a helicopter but fly... Read more

Wisk promotes AAM opportunities in South East Queensland

Wisk promotes AAM opportunities in South East Queensland

8-Feb-2023Source: Wisk Aero

Wisk Aero, a leading Advanced Air Mobility company, and the South East Queensland Council of Mayors (COMSEQ), Australia’s largest regional local government organization, have published a paper outlining the benefits Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) will bring South East Queensland (SEQ). The two organisations entered into a strategic partnership, which started with a Memorandum of Understanding signed in July 2022,... Read more

Erickson celebrates 25 years operating in Australia

Erickson celebrates 25 years operating in Australia

3-Feb-2023Source: Erickson

25 REMARKABLE YEARS For 25 years, Erickson has collaborated with the National Aerial Fighting Centre (NAFC) and the Australian and New Zealand National Council for fire and emergency services (AFAC) in support of ground-level firefighters in the wildland urban interface (WUI) and Australian communities. Through this partnership, Erickson has been instrumental in fighting fires throughout... Read more

Peel Health Campus helipad set to be removed in upgrade plan

Peel Health Campus helipad set to be removed in upgrade plan

2-Feb-2023Source: Mandurah Mail

City of Mandurah Councillor Don Pember says losing the helipad at Peel Health Campus would be a step backwards for locals needing transfer to Perth. The state government has plans for a major redevelopment of Peel Health Campus, once the department of health takes over from current operators Ramsay Health Care in August 2024. See... Read more

Airspeeder signs 2-year broadcast deal with Fox Sports Australia

Airspeeder signs 2-year broadcast deal with Fox Sports Australia

1-Feb-2023Source: Airspeeder

The new programming lineup features highlights from the first Airspeeder EXA Series Race in South Australia, a “Finding Extreme Pilots Series,” and “How to Build a Flying Car” series looking at how these eVTOL vehicles are built, devised for Australia’s more established motorsport technology fans. The 30-minute shows target a technology, sci-fi and electric motorsport... Read more

SLSQ purchases first Entrol H14 FTD Level 5 simulator in Australia

SLSQ purchases first Entrol H14 FTD Level 5 simulator in Australia

30-Jan-2023Source: Entrol

Entrol will install the device based on the Bell 429 by mid-2023 in Surf Life Saving Queensland’s base in Archerfield Airport, on the eastern coast of Australia. This simulator will be equipped with real GTN 750 and GTN 650 units, Entrol’s cylindrical visual system with a 200º x 40º FOV, Entrol’s high-end vibration system to... Read more

LifeFlight Australia sets rescue record in 2022

LifeFlight Australia sets rescue record in 2022

26-Jan-2023Source: LifeFlight Australia

LifeFlight Australia has notched up another record-breaking calendar year, with its fleet of helicopters, Air Ambulance jets, Critical Care Doctors, Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics helping a total of 6,978 people in 2022. LifeFlight Group Head of Operations Yvette Lutze said that total reflected over 20 people helped each day, proving how indispensable the aeromedical service is across... Read more

Australia orders 40 UH-60M Black Hawks

Australia orders 40 UH-60M Black Hawks

19-Jan-2023Source: Australian Government

The Australian Government will acquire 40 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Australian Army. Head Land Capability Major General Jeremy King, CSM, said this was an important acquisition which will meet the strategic needs of the Australian Army. “The Black Hawk capability will be a crucial element for us to protect Australia’s sovereignty, and deliver... Read more

CHC to sell Babcock business to South African operator

CHC to sell Babcock business to South African operator

17-Jan-2023Source: HeliHub.com

CHC have sold Offshore Helicopter Services (the old Babcock MCS Offshore business) to Ultimate Aviation.    The financial aspects are expected to be completed in the first quarter of this year. This only involves the UK aspects of Offshore Helicopter Services, while CHC will retain the Danish and Australian businesses. Ultimate Aviation Group operates a... Read more

Australia issues airworthiness bulletin for for R44 after clutch shaft yoke failure

Australia issues airworthiness bulletin for for R44 after clutch shaft yoke failure

9-Dec-2022Source: Australian Government

The failure of a Robinson R44 helicopter’s clutch shaft due to an undetected fatigue crack led to a loss of control before the helicopter collided with a vehicle, an ATSB investigation report details. The R44 had been conducting aerial spraying operations at a property near Clare, South Australia on 22 December 2020. As the pilot... Read more

Australia’s largest firefighting helicopter takes off

Australia’s largest firefighting helicopter takes off

25-Nov-2022Source: NSW Ports

A CH-47D Chinook helicopter that will join the state’s firefighting arsenal for the upcoming bushfire season arrived at Port Botany’s Patrick Terminals this week. The Coulson Aviation chopper arrived at NSW’s premier port on board the Synergy Busan from the US yesterday morning. Engineers constructed the water-bombing aircraft on the terminal before it launched from... Read more

Architect unveils plans for Australia’s first vertiport

Architect unveils plans for Australia’s first vertiport

23-Nov-2022Source: CONTRERAS EARL Architecture

Contreras Earl Architecture has unveiled its plans for Australia’s first air taxi vertiport. To be located at Caribbean Park in Melbourne, the vertiport will support the emerging electric air taxi industry, which is expected to revolutionise personal transport. We are working with a great team that includes Skyportz, To70 Aviation and Arup. The terminal is... Read more

NSW Rural Fire Service takes delivery of $6M helicopter

NSW Rural Fire Service takes delivery of $6M helicopter

17-Nov-2022Source: NSW Rural Fire Service

Communities on the Mid North Coast are better protected thanks to a new multi-purpose Rural Fire Service (RFS) helicopter unveiled at Coffs Harbour. Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke said the $6 million asset is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment including Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) cameras, live video capabilities and winching equipment. “This is... Read more

Australia opens drone delivery guidelines consultation

Australia opens drone delivery guidelines consultation

11-Nov-2022Source: Australian Government

You can now have your say on draft guidelines that will help operators and planning authorities integrate drone delivery safely into the community. With advances in technology, drone delivery is expected grow in Australia and it is important that this is managed in a safe and nationally consistent manner. The drone delivery guidelines step through... Read more

Australian Helicopter Industry Future Foundation launched

Australian Helicopter Industry Future Foundation launched

1-Nov-2022Source: Australian Flying

The Australian Helicopter Industry Future Foundation has become operational with a series of workshops for young engineering aspirants around the country. Eight heli operators have volunteered to open their workshops for a day, with events already held attracting 5-10 students at each location. See Full Story.... Read more

12 Apostles Helicopters at risk from Australian Government land acquisition

12 Apostles Helicopters at risk from Australian Government land acquisition

31-Oct-2022Source: The Age

The owners of prime farmland opposite the Twelve Apostles have lashed the state government’s plan to compulsorily acquire farmland as a waste of taxpayer money that will ruin their helicopter business. The government is acquiring the Princetown land overlooking the popular coastal attraction to make way for a $108 million tourism development, which is part... Read more

Lockheed awarded $49M contract for upgrades to 12 Australian MH-60Rs

Lockheed awarded $49M contract for upgrades to 12 Australian MH-60Rs

25-Oct-2022Source: US DoD

  Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a not-to-exceed $49,664,990 undefinitized firm-fixed-price modification (P00001) to an order (N0001922F2291) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0017). This modification provides non-recurring engineering and add/delete efforts to bring 12 MH-60R aircraft from standard Foreign Military Sales configuration to a unique configuration for the government of... Read more

Foreign Military Sale to Australia for MH-60R sustainment items

Foreign Military Sale to Australia for MH-60R sustainment items

21-Oct-2022Source: US State Dept

  The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of non-MDE MH-60R sustainment items and services for an estimated cost of $162 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Australia has requested... Read more

PHI leases two S92s and one AW139 from Milestone

PHI leases two S92s and one AW139 from Milestone

20-Oct-2022Source: Milestone

DUBLIN – Thursday, October 20, 2022 – The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, today announced it has signed lease agreements with leading commercial helicopter operator, PHI Aviation (“PHI”) for three helicopters. The agreements include the placement and extension of two Sikorsky S92 helicopters and one Leonardo AW139 helicopter, bringing... Read more

Australia simplifies multi-engine rating for pilots

Australia simplifies multi-engine rating for pilots

5-Sep-2022Source: Australian Government

  Helicopter pilots can now make use of a class-like system for flight crew licences relating to some multi-engine helicopters. This follows feedback from industry that the current approach of requiring a type rating for each multi-engine helicopter was restrictive. Changes will be made to the Part 61 licencing rules over time, but in order... Read more

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