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New Zealand Police B429 Fleet Achieves 15,000 Flight Hours

New Zealand Police B429 Fleet Achieves 15,000 Flight Hours

13-Jun-2024Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the New Zealand Police Air Support Unit’s fleet of three Bell 429 helicopters recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours of successful operations. Since beginning operation in 2019, the Bell 429 aircraft have primarily served as airborne observation platforms to coordinate ground unit operations, especially when persons... Read more

Milestone to lease two AW169s to Northern Rescue Helicopters

Milestone to lease two AW169s to Northern Rescue Helicopters

14-May-2024Source: Milestone Aviation

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced that it has signed lease agreements with Northern Rescue Helicopter Limited (“Northern Rescue”) for two Leonardo AW169 helicopters which are scheduled to deliver in the coming months. The helicopters will operate missions from Northern Rescue’s bases in northern New Zealand, including the... Read more

Leonardo and NZ industry sign MoU for nation’s Maritime Helicopter programme

Leonardo and NZ industry sign MoU for nation’s Maritime Helicopter programme

20-Mar-2024Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is collaborating with New Zealand industry – including the development of Small to Medium Enterprises – through a set of comprehensive Memorandum of Understandings (MoU). The MoU outlines technical and programme support, operations, maintenance, and job creation, which will foster a symbiotic relationship as part of Leonardo’s offer for the country’s MHR programme with... Read more

Mt Hutt Aviation Named Robinson Authorised Service Center

Mt Hutt Aviation Named Robinson Authorised Service Center

22-Dec-2023Source: Mt Hutt Aviation

Mt Hutt Aviation, a leading aviation company based in New Zealand, proudly announces its new designation as an Authorised Service Centre for Robinson Helicopter. This significant milestone allows Mt Hutt Aviation to provide comprehensive parts support and overhaul services for Robinson Helicopters in New Zealand, The authorisation positions Mt Hutt Aviation as a key player... Read more

Leonardo demonstrates commitment to New Zealand military

Leonardo demonstrates commitment to New Zealand military

29-Nov-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo attended for the first time the Air Festival at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, New Zealand, to demonstrate its commitment in the region. The company is proud to support the aviation industry and a number of domestic companies that provide services, maintenance, and technology solutions for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). A team of... Read more

Four NZ aerospace companies go to HAC Trade Show with Canadian expansion plans

Four NZ aerospace companies go to HAC Trade Show with Canadian expansion plans

1-Nov-2023Source: HAC

Four leading New Zealand aviation companies – Salus Aviation, Spidertracks/Air Maestro, TracPlus and Eye in the Sky – will be showcasing their products and services at the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) Annual Conference and Trade Show. Hundreds of aviation companies, operators and executives will attend the largest annual gathering of the Canadian helicopter industry... Read more

Rotorweld release External Hydraulic Pump Drive kit to suit Airbus H125 and H130

Rotorweld release External Hydraulic Pump Drive kit to suit Airbus H125 and H130

27-Sep-2023Source: Rotorweld

Rotorweld is a family run business based in Auckland, New Zealand and manufactures a wide range of helicopter and gas turbine maintenance tooling. “Here at Rotorweld, we are excited to announce the release of our External Hydraulic Pump Drive kit to suit Airbus Helicopters H125 and H130 series helicopters. After many years maintaining the H125... 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

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

New Zealand CAA approves SkyDrop for drone deliveries

New Zealand CAA approves SkyDrop for drone deliveries

19-Apr-2023Source: SkyDrop

SkyDrop (formerly Flirtey), announced that it has now received Part 102 approval from New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to launch SkyDrop’s first drone hub in Huntly, New Zealand. With this groundbreaking approval, SkyDrop is now the first company approved for live store to door drone delivery in New Zealand, which includes certain beyond visual line of sight operations.... Read more

Bell delivers 2 Designer Series interior B429 to Advanced Flight

Bell delivers 2 Designer Series interior B429 to Advanced Flight

1-Mar-2023Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the delivery of two Bell 429 helicopters with the new Designer Series interior to Advanced Flight, one of New Zealand’s largest helicopter charter and management companies. With these deliveries, Advanced Flight will manage and operate three VIP configured Bell 429s in its fleet. “The Bell 429... 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

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

Air NZ announces Beta Technologies as Next Gen Aircraft partner

Air NZ announces Beta Technologies as Next Gen Aircraft partner

16-Dec-2022Source: Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has announced four world-leading innovators it will be working with on its mission to have its first zero emissions demonstrator flight – either cargo or passenger – take to the skies from 2026. A combination of electric, green hydrogen, and hybrid aircraft, these partners will work alongside Air New Zealand over the coming years to focus... Read more

Wisk appoints Head of Sustainability

Wisk appoints Head of Sustainability

8-Dec-2022Source: Wisk

Wisk Aero, a leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and pioneer in autonomous, electric flight, furthers its global leadership in sustainability with the appointment of a new Head of Sustainability and the company’s certification of Net Carbon Zero in New Zealand. Wisk recently appointed Daniela Schaff as the company’s new Head of Sustainability. In this... Read more

Pacific AirHub adds another three to its team

Pacific AirHub adds another three to its team

2-Nov-2022Source: Pacific AirHub

Pacific AirHub has nailed the proverbial nail in the helicopter sales leaderboard by expanding its team once more. Joining Pacific AirHub in October 2022 are Simon Larsen (New Zealand), Nico Grobbelaar (South Africa) and Debra Buckley (South Africa). Nico and Simon are coveted helicopter experts and pilots. They bring years of experience and a deep-seated... Read more

Volcanic Air Safaris goes into liquidation following Covid slump

Volcanic Air Safaris goes into liquidation following Covid slump

1-Nov-2022Source: RNZ

A Rotorua tourism business has gone into liquidation after failing to claw itself back following the Covid-19 pandemic – but the company’s boss says there’s hope on the horizon. Volcanic Air Safaris Limited was put in liquidation on 12 October, just days before four of its staff received bravery awards for their heroic rescue efforts after... Read more

Volcanic Air pilots receive bravery award

Volcanic Air pilots receive bravery award

31-Oct-2022Source: NZ Herald

Alone, wading through shin-deep volcanic ash with each breath burning his airways, Mark Law had no idea whether the volcano crater he’d just landed on would erupt again. The Kāhu NZ chief executive is bestowed with one of New Zealand’s highest bravery awards – the New Zealand Bravery Star. See Full Story. ... Read more

GCH Aviation launches Heli Gin Experience

GCH Aviation launches Heli Gin Experience

29-Sep-2022Source: GCH Aviation

  Visitors to Christchurch and locals looking for something special can now leave the car behind and fly across Banks Peninsula to the beautiful town of Akaroa in the comfort of a luxury Helicopter for a new Heli Gin experience. Group Marketing manager for the GCH Aviation Group, Caroline Blanchfield says the Akaroa Craft Distillery... Read more

Safran to support New Zealand NH90 engines

Safran to support New Zealand NH90 engines

20-Jul-2022Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

  Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a contract with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to support the engines of its NH90 fleet operated by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). This Support-By-the-Hour-Military (SBH®) contract formalises a long-term Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and services agreement supporting a total of 21 RTM 322 engines.... Read more

NZ – Auckland may lose ability to control helicopter overflights

NZ – Auckland may lose ability to control helicopter overflights

13-May-2022Source: RNZ

The government has been warned that planning law changes may erode Auckland Council’s already limited ability to control helicopter flights. The council’s planning committee this morning approved a staff investigation into whether choppers on Waiheke and Aotea Great Barrier Islands are complying with what few existing rules are in place on their consents. See Full... Read more

Rocket Lab successfully catches Rocket Booster from Space with S92

Rocket Lab successfully catches Rocket Booster from Space with S92

9-May-2022Source: Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab (Nasdaq: RKLB) (“Rocket Lab” or “the Company”), a leading launch and space systems company, has successfully launched its 26th Electron mission, deploying 34 satellites to orbit. Rocket Lab has now deployed a total of 146 satellites to orbit with the Electron launch vehicle. The “There And Back Again” mission also saw Rocket Lab... Read more

Eye In The Sky Cockpit Video receives AML STC in New Zealand

Eye In The Sky Cockpit Video receives AML STC in New Zealand

12-Mar-2022Source: Eye In The Sky

The Eye In The Sky cockpit video, audio & flight data recorder was the first to achieve an AML STC (Approved Model List – Supplemental Type Certificate) in New Zealand. This single STC can be used across multiple helicopter types; and is aligned for acceptance by the FAA imminently. Demand is expected to be high... Read more

BLR – Skywork Helicopters Partner to Certify the AS355 FastFin

BLR – Skywork Helicopters Partner to Certify the AS355 FastFin

10-Mar-2022Source: BLR Aerospace

BLR Aerospace, Booth #8653 at HAI Heli-Expo 2022, is pleased to announce a partnership with Skywork Helicopters Limited, New Zealand’s leading provider of helicopter services, to certify the BLR FastFin® on the AS355 model. Certification is expected by the end of the 2nd quarter of 2022. AS355 is a twin-engine variant of the AS350 so operators... Read more

Volation buys retired B206 fleet of EDIC Horizon

Volation buys retired B206 fleet of EDIC Horizon

9-Mar-2022Source: Volation

Volation of Auckland, New Zealand has finalized an agreement with one of the world’s largest Helicopter flight training organizations EDIC Horizon, to purchase the operator’s surplus Bell 206B III ‘Jet Ranger’ aircraft. The Bell 206B III fleet was replaced with the Bell 505 in 2018 and this purchase will include the entire fleet of aircraft,... Read more

Pacific AirHub Expands Its Footprint

Pacific AirHub Expands Its Footprint

7-Mar-2022Source: Pacific AirHub

New Zealand-based Pacific AirHub, one of the global helicopter sales leaders, has solidified its standing in Africa by partnering with a local associate, Cornéll Grové. The move has come after the company has established its presence throughout Australia and New Zealand and set its sights on the African continent. The continent is currently in a... Read more

APA partners with Mt Hutt Aviation for M250/RR300 support in New Zealand

APA partners with Mt Hutt Aviation for M250/RR300 support in New Zealand

2-Feb-2022Source: APA

Asia Pacific Aerospace (APA) has announced Mt Hutt as its in-country representative for New Zealand. This partnership with Mt Hutt is a continuation of APA’s commitment to support the Rolls-Royce M250/RR300 engine network in New Zealand. Mt Hutt Aviation now offers items held in-country for rent, exchange or outright purchase, providing operators in New Zealand... Read more

Hill Helicopters opens sales for certified version HC50

Hill Helicopters opens sales for certified version HC50

17-Dec-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Hill Helicopters yesterday held their first Global Meetup & Discover Event at their Development Centre in the UK. Hosted by Dr Jason Hill, the event brought together around 100 people in person – mostly existing owners/customers – and over 1000 online. Jason Hill announced that the company’s current order book for their HX50 model –... Read more

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service adds Airbus H125 to fleet

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service adds Airbus H125 to fleet

29-Nov-2021Source: New South Wales Government

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has welcomed the timely arrival of a new state-of-the-art helicopter to boost its capacity and help frontline firefighters prepare for and defend against bushfires. The new Airbus H125 helicopter, with its customised avionics, winch, radios and other specialised operational and safety equipment, joins four similar machines operated by... Read more

ORC continues supporting Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust

ORC continues supporting Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust

24-Nov-2021Source: Otago Regional Council

The Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust presented its 2020-21 annual report to an Otago Regional Council (ORC) meeting. ORC is a major funder of the Trust, donating $350,000 annually. ORC Chair Andrew Noone said the report showed HeliOtago, the rescue service operator, has been called on even more over the past year. “HeliOtago and the Otago... Read more

First NH90 in global fleet reaches 2000 hours

First NH90 in global fleet reaches 2000 hours

15-Nov-2021

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has announced that one of their fleet – tail number NZ3302 – has not only passed the landmark 2,000 airframe hours, but is also the first of type in the world to achieve that landmark. According to helicopter market itn In true military fashion, they took out a few... Read more

Airbus appoints new MD for Australia and New Zealand

Airbus appoints new MD for Australia and New Zealand

3-Nov-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Christian Venzal has been appointed Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Australia and New Zealand, with effect 1 November. Based in Brisbane, Christian is responsible for the company’s civil and military helicopter business in both countries, as well as for its MRO services and local operations. Christian Venzal moves to the region from the company’s... Read more

Anti-vaxxer EMS pilots and medics taken off flying duties in NZ

Anti-vaxxer EMS pilots and medics taken off flying duties in NZ

1-Nov-2021Source: RNZ

A handful of rescue helicopter pilots and medics are resisting getting vaccinated and will be out of a frontline job. The chopper services say they hope to find other jobs for them and there’ll be no impact on patient services. See Full Story. ... Read more

Oceania Aviation increases composites capabilities through acquisition

Oceania Aviation increases composites capabilities through acquisition

4-Oct-2021Source: Oceania Aviation

Oceania Aviation has finalised a strategic agreement with both Aero Composites Limited and Aero Design Limited which are based in Hamilton, New Zealand. Under the agreement, Oceania Aviation has purchased the manufacturing equipment of Aero Composites, which will facilitate Oceania’s Part 148 division to set up a new composites production facility in their Ardmore, Auckland... Read more

Taranaki Rescue to replace AW109 with BK117

Taranaki Rescue to replace AW109 with BK117

8-Sep-2021Source: Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust announces it will replace the A109 helicopter that has served the region for the last 12 years. Its replacement, a BK117 aircraft is the most common rescue helicopter in New Zealand. It is a larger aircraft that can comfortably accommodate the increase in equipment required to enable the best possible... Read more

Pacific AirHub celebrates successful first year

Pacific AirHub celebrates successful first year

8-Sep-2021Source: Pacific AirHub

Pacific AirHub, a global leader in aircraft purchasing and sales is celebrating its first birthday. With a physical presence in New Zealand, Australia and Africa, they are leading experts in the aircraft and aircraft part sales industry and have been servicing an international market for a year. On this, the first birthday, the team are... Read more

Airwork steps up aircraft purchasing program

Airwork steps up aircraft purchasing program

1-Sep-2021Source: Airwork

In November 2020 Airwork (NZ) Limited secured a fleet of AS350B2 aircraft from a North American company [looking to downsize their fleet]. Airwork’s purchasing capability, coupled with its MRO capabilities, allowed for a bulk purchase of these 8 aircraft benefiting the owner by providing a quick, and hassle-free transition to Airwork. The Airwork team is... Read more

First S-300CBi produced by Schweizer RSG sold to New Zealand

First S-300CBi produced by Schweizer RSG sold to New Zealand

26-Aug-2021Source: Oceania Aviation

Oceania Aviation has secured the sale of what will be the first S-300CBi off Schweizer’s new factory line.  This is the first S-300CBi production model since the purchase of the Schweizer assets by Schweizer RSG in 2018, and a significant milestone for the Schweizer aircraft and its proven helicopter line. Oceania Aviation, an approved distributor... Read more

NZ Police AS355s find a new home

NZ Police AS355s find a new home

6-Jul-2021Source: MOTAT

For 28 years, veteran helicopter ZK-HKG – Police 1 supported critical Police missions from above. Now decommissioned, the helicopter’s legacy will continue as it joins the Museum of Transport and Technology’s (MOTAT) Aviation Collection. As part of the Police Air Support Unit, Police 1 provided a vantage point in the sky, patrolling Auckland’s traffic, attending incidents, and... Read more

Oceania Aviation Launches New Website

Oceania Aviation Launches New Website

21-Jun-2021Source: Oceania Aviation

Major MRO provider Oceania Aviation has just unveiled its redesigned website (oceania-aviation.com), alongside a significant refresh to its brand logo, colours and design elements. These changes mark the start of a new chapter for the MRO business, which has been providing aftermarket support as well as aircraft and parts sales to the global aviation industry... Read more

Philips Search & Rescue Trust adds another BK117

Philips Search & Rescue Trust adds another BK117

15-Jun-2021Source: Philips Search & Rescue Trust

Philips Search & Rescue Trust’s (PSRT) newest rescue helicopter – the BK 117-IIX – has taken to the skies on its first mission.  The commissioning of IIX-Reserve is the latest step towards the long-term growth and sustainability of an emergency air rescue service at the highest levels of excellence. The BK117-Reserve machine is available to... Read more

Plymouth Businessman named Patron of Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

Plymouth Businessman named Patron of Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

3-Jun-2021Source: Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

Prominent New Plymouth businessman Bryce Barnett has been named as Patron of the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust. Barnett was welcomed into the honorary role during a small ceremony at the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter hangar at New Plymouth Base Hospital today. Barnett spent eight years with the Trust, taking the reins as Chairman in 2012 and... Read more

ASQS wins first safety management customer in NZ

ASQS wins first safety management customer in NZ

23-Apr-2021Source: ASQS

We are proud to announce that we expand our global footprint by joining hands with Salus Aviation Group, which will be the launch customer for IQSMS in New Zealand! The chance to work with one single, comprehensive but still intuitive quality, safety and risk management system across the entire group led Salus Aviation Group to... Read more

GCH Aviation launches Heli Wine Tour to North Canterbury

GCH Aviation launches Heli Wine Tour to North Canterbury

21-Apr-2021Source: GCH Aviation

Taking off from Christchurch, people can leave the car behind and fly into five wineries, all with different personalities and unique wines in the beautiful North Canterbury Waipara Valley wine region right on the doorstep of Christchurch City. Group Marketing manager for the GCH Aviation Group says ‘Between the Vines’ is a new helicopter experience... Read more

Northland Emergency Services Trust plans base move due to expansion

Northland Emergency Services Trust plans base move due to expansion

8-Apr-2021

New Zealand EMS operator Northland Emergency Services Trust (“NEST”) is planning to move to a new base due to expansion.  The organisation has provided this statement from CEO Craig Gibbons to HeliHub.com The Northland Emergency Services Trust Board of Trustees have long been aware of the limitations that the Kensington base has on operations. For... Read more

Airbus ACH145 delivered to Advanced Flight

Airbus ACH145 delivered to Advanced Flight

7-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

New Zealand VIP and charter operator Advanced Flight, launch customer for the new Airbus ACH145 with five rotor-blades, has taken delivery of its helicopter. The aircraft is the latest version of the best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter and provides a 150kg increase in useful load while delivering new levels of comfort and operational simplicity. Its... Read more

AW139 Wet Floor Achieves CAANZ STC

AW139 Wet Floor Achieves CAANZ STC

11-Feb-2021Source: Airwork

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ) Supplementary Type Certificate for a Light Weight, cost effective AW139 Wet Floor for EMS/SAR and Offshore configured Leonardo AW139 Helicopters. The Airwork standard fit Wet Floor for the Leonardo AW139 helicopter was designed in conjunction with the launch customer, CHC Australia, and is... Read more

New Zealand’s first female navy pilot

New Zealand’s first female navy pilot

28-Jan-2021Source: Star News

  Jo Brook has flown all the way from Dunedin into the history books. The 27-year-old has just graduated as New Zealand’s first female navy helicopter pilot, an achievement she hopes will inspire other young women to consider a career in the Defence Force. See Full Story.  ... Read more

Eye In The Sky – Flight Data Recorder – achieves NZ certification

Eye In The Sky – Flight Data Recorder – achieves NZ certification

22-Jan-2021Source: Eye In The Sky

The Eye In The Sky has become the first to achieve an AML STC (Approved Model List – Supplemental Type Certificate) in New Zealand. This is a single STC that can be used across multiple helicopter types; initially the helicopters listed are EC130, AS350 and R44 with further aircraft types being added early 2021 Utilising... Read more

Kaikoura Helicopters awarded Qualmark Gold

Kaikoura Helicopters awarded Qualmark Gold

11-Jan-2021Source: GCH Aviation

GCH Aviation are pleased to advise that Kaikoura Helicopters have been awarded the Qualmark GOLD award for Sustainable Tourism Business! “A Gold Award recognises the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand, with the delivery of exceptional customer experiences an integral part of everything they do. A Gold Sustainable Tourism Award identifies those businesses leading... Read more

Timaru Hospital helipad completed

Timaru Hospital helipad completed

5-Jan-2021Source: stuff

Timaru Hospital’s new $165,000 helipad is complete and ready for use after six years, to the relief of rescue pilots. See Full Story.... Read more

Taranaki oil and gas industry extends critical transport contract

Taranaki oil and gas industry extends critical transport contract

16-Dec-2020Source: PHI

New Plymouth will remain the central transport hub for workers on the offshore Taranaki gas field following the extension of an agreement between PHI International (PHI) and a consortium of global customers. PHI provides essential helicopter transfer services to the offshore oil and gas industry in New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, Ghana and Trinidad and... Read more

16-Dec-20 ZK-IAY Robinson R44 Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

16-Dec-20 ZK-IAY Robinson R44 Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

16-Dec-2020

43 year old pilot injured in accident while involved in ag spraying work, after hitting wires and crashing on a steep hillside.  Helicopter came to a halt further down the slope, but apparently still on its skids.  Airlifted to Gisborne Hospital Registration has been assumed on the basis of this being the only R44 on the... Read more

15-Dec-20 ZK-??? Robinson R44 Te Anga, New Zealand

15-Dec-20 ZK-??? Robinson R44 Te Anga, New Zealand

15-Dec-2020

The helicopter’s main rotor blade struck electricity supply wires and then landed in a clearing. The pilot was uninjured. Power was disrupted to around 18 homes.  Low level agricultural spray operations.... Read more

NZ helicopter operator charged over volcano tourist health and safety

NZ helicopter operator charged over volcano tourist health and safety

2-Dec-2020Source: WorkSafe

New Zealand helicopter operator Volcanic Air has confirmed that they are one of the 13 parties that has been charged by WorkSafe – the country’s Health & Safety watchdog – but at the stage that article was written, they had not been advised of the details.  [Ed] Worksafe’s press release:- WorkSafe New Zealand today filed charges... Read more

New Zealand  – Timaru Hospital helipad close to reality

New Zealand – Timaru Hospital helipad close to reality

3-Nov-2020Source: timaru herald

A six-year quest for a purpose-built helipad to service Timaru Hospital is near completion. Emergency helicopters will soon no longer have to land in the nearby Botanic Gardens with the concrete laid for the new helipad and painting expected to be complete by early next week. Lights still need to be installed for safe night... Read more

CAE hands over CAE 700MR NH90 simulator to Royal New Zealand Air Force

CAE hands over CAE 700MR NH90 simulator to Royal New Zealand Air Force

20-Oct-2020Source: CAE

CAE announced that earlier this month it officially handed over a CAE 700MR Series NH90 flight training device to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). “This advanced NH90 simulator means Royal New Zealand NH90 aircrews can train safely and cost-effectively in New Zealand,” said Matthew Sibree, Managing Director,... Read more

Two new customers for Airbus ACH130 Aston Martin Edition

Two new customers for Airbus ACH130 Aston Martin Edition

8-Oct-2020Source: Airbus

Airbus are reporting new customers in North America and Asia Pacific over the coming months for the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition. Launched in January, this model is a stylish special version of the ACH130 featuring a range of interior and exterior designs created by Aston Martin to delight helicopter owners who appreciate the thrill of piloting... Read more

Oceania Aviation closes three maintenance facilities

Oceania Aviation closes three maintenance facilities

20-Aug-2020Source: Oceania Aviation

It is with great sadness that Nick Mair, CEO of Salus Aviation confirmed the final closure of Oceania Aviation’s three South Island maintenance sites on Friday, 19th June. The three sites operated in Nelson, Dunedin and Queenstown and primarily serviced the South Island aviation community’s maintenance needs. Whilst Oceania Aviation and the wider Salus group... Read more

NZ EMS operator launches club for those they rescue

NZ EMS operator launches club for those they rescue

16-Jul-2020Source: Northland Emergency Services

A New Zealand based rescue helicopter pilot has established an exclusive club for those who have been rescued by helicopter which will help raise money for rescue chopper services around the country. Sue Dinkelacker, a Northland Rescue Helicopter pilot and award-winning sculptor, says the Haast Club is a way for those who have been helped... Read more

Kaikoura Helicopters partners with marine welfare organisation

Kaikoura Helicopters partners with marine welfare organisation

14-Jul-2020Source: Kaikoura Helicopters

Kaikoura Helicopters, a division of GCH Aviation, one of New Zealand’s largest private aviation companies, has partnered with marine mammal welfare organisation Project Jonah, and together they are on a mission to protect New Zealand’s marine wildlife. “New Zealand boasts a record of being visited by almost half the known species of whales and dolphins... Read more

Spidertracks named as finalist for the 2020 New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards

Spidertracks named as finalist for the 2020 New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards

15-Apr-2020Source: Spidertracks

Spidertracks has been named as a 2020 finalist for the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards “Company of the Year” award. The announcement was made to a record number of virtual watchers Tuesday 31st March 2020. Sean Tindale, our CTO reflects on the nomination; “It’s a great time to be at Spidertracks helping customers save lives through... Read more

Rescue helicopter ‘Juliet’ retires from Northland fleet

Rescue helicopter ‘Juliet’ retires from Northland fleet

3-Apr-2020Source: Northland Rescue Helicopter

A helicopter from the same era as the Apollo space craft did its most valuable work in Northland Before the Northland Rescue Helicopter chopper known as Helimed1 flew thousands of kilometres saving lives in New Zealand, she visited 41 countries on a 73,000 km circumnavigation of the world. The 40-year-old helicopter – an iconic Sikorsky... Read more

09-Dec-19 ZK-HPB Airbus AS350B2 White Island, New Zealand

09-Dec-19 ZK-HPB Airbus AS350B2 White Island, New Zealand

9-Dec-2019

Aircraft badly damaged by ash while parked on volcanic island during eruption.  Main blades snapped under the weight of ash – photo... Read more

Lockheed Martin makes Australia/NZ helicopter appointment

Lockheed Martin makes Australia/NZ helicopter appointment

2-Dec-2019Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has appointed Mr. Steve Froelich as the vicepresident of Rotary and Mission Systems operations for Australia and New Zealand, andProgramme Executive for AIR6500. He will be responsible for business performance andorganisational transformation, and will join the local leadership team to build a foundation forfuture growth in the region. A critical component of the... Read more

Airbus opens rotor blade shop in New Zealand

Airbus opens rotor blade shop in New Zealand

8-Nov-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus further enhances its blade capabilities in the Pacific region with the opening of a new blade shop at its Blenheim facility in New Zealand. The new facility will reside under the same roof as its existing 3,500 square metre maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for military and civil engines, propellers and components. The... Read more

Airwork buys Ideagen safety management software

Airwork buys Ideagen safety management software

6-Nov-2019Source: Ideagen

The Airwork Group, New Zealand’s largest general aviation organisation, is working with software firm, Ideagen, in a project that will enhance safety management – particularly safety reporting. Ideagen’s Coruson is being rolled out to help modernise overall safety and risk management processes to replace a number of Airwork’s current systems. Coruson will be used by... Read more

US Allied Forces Kick-off EOD Exercise HYDRACRAB

US Allied Forces Kick-off EOD Exercise HYDRACRAB

23-Aug-2019Source: US Allied Forces

Expeditionary forces from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States conducted the opening ceremony for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training exercise HYDRACRAB, Aug. 19. HYDRACRAB is quadrilateral exercise conducted by more than 100 Sailors from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and U.S. Naval forces. The purpose of this exercise is to prepare the participating EOD... Read more

Airbus delivers H145 to New Zealand EMS

Airbus delivers H145 to New Zealand EMS

23-Aug-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus has delivered two H145 helicopters to the New Zealand Helicopter Emergency Medical Services at a ceremony at the GCH Aviation Group headquarters. Airbus Australia Pacific Managing Director Andrew Mathewson said these were the first two H145 helicopters in emergency medical services (EMS) configuration in the New Zealand market. “I’m proud that Airbus’ helicopters are... Read more

Heli-Parts Nevada acquired by Salus Aviation

Heli-Parts Nevada acquired by Salus Aviation

17-Jul-2019Source: Salus Aviation

Heli-Parts Nevada (HPN) has been acquired by New Zealand based Salus Aviation as they continue to expand their portfolio of companies within their group. HPN is an excellent complement to Salus’ existing Oceania Aviation business; and Oceania and HPN have a long history of successfully working together. HPN is the single largest provider of overhauled... Read more

17-Feb-19 ZK-HEX Airbus AS350 Nelson, New Zealand

17-Feb-19 ZK-HEX Airbus AS350 Nelson, New Zealand

17-Feb-2019

The press release from investigators TAIC said “Something caused the pilot to conduct an emergency landing. [After jettisoning the water bucket,] The helicopter landed heavily and the sole pilot received moderate injuries. The nature of damage to the helicopter is yet to be established.” Pilot named in this report as Bill Reid of Reid Helicopters... Read more

NZ Police contract with new operator and will switch to Bell 429

NZ Police contract with new operator and will switch to Bell 429

8-Jan-2019Source: New Zealand Police

Police can confirm that a new contractor has been chosen to supply helicopter services for our Air Support Unit in Auckland City. The change of supplier follows a tender process that commenced in early 2018 and will see our Air Support Unit relocating from its present location in Mechanics Bay to Auckland Heliport in Onehunga.... Read more

Rotorua Residents Create New Trust

Rotorua Residents Create New Trust

12-Dec-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Residents of Rotorua have joined together in forming a new trust to try and re-establish their rescue helicopter service. The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was shut down in October. Over 500 residents met at the hangar, arguing that the service remain. The proposed trust has filed legal documents for charitable trust status and will then be... Read more

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust appoints new Chief Executive

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust appoints new Chief Executive

10-Dec-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Mark Newman, the former boss of Mainfreight Europe has been made the new chief executive of Auckland Rescue Helicopter trust. Murray Bolton, chairman to Trust has said that Newman will be leading them through big changes and into “a new era.” This comes after a call for investigation into bullying and harassment in the organisation,... Read more

Airbus to deliver New Zealand’s first HEMS-configured H145s

Airbus to deliver New Zealand’s first HEMS-configured H145s

13-Nov-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Services New Zealand Limited has selected Airbus’ H145, in response to New Zealand’s Health Ministry’s call to enhance its helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry. Due to be delivered in the second half of 2019, the two helicopters will become the first HEMS-configured H145s to enter New Zealand, and will bolster... Read more

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