Falcon Aviation, the UAE’s leading business aviation services, charter and aircraft management company, is bolstering its service offering at its new Dubai South VIP Terminal at Al Maktoum International (DWC), with an inauguration of a new VIP Heliport. The Heliport will be run and managed by Falcon Aviation personnel and...
Midlands-based utility and survey specialist Helicentre Aviation is modernising its helicopter fleet for the National Grid gas contract, the UK’s largest onshore pipeline surveillance contract. Three highly specced Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters, painted in a bespoke utility design are replacing the leased Bell 206 helicopters that have been operated...
Sikorsky and Bristow Group announced at Heli-Expo that they are working to enter into a long-term agreement that establishes Bristow as Sikorsky's preferred supplier for ab initio pilot training. The intent of the agreement is to allow Sikorsky BlackHawk, S-70i, S-92, S-76 and Light Helicopter customers to complete a Sikorsky-certified...
QinetiQ has signed a deal for four Airbus H125 helicopters as part of its modernisation of the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), which it manages alongside the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). Worth approximately £15 million, the deal will see Airbus Helicopters’ UK design team upgrade the Garmin G500-equipped aircraft...
Airbus Helicopters and Waypoint Leasing (Ireland), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced at Heli-Expo that Waypoint has committed to acquiring an additional 16 Airbus rotorcraft, adding to their fleet of more than 140 aircraft, 45 of which are manufactured by Airbus Helicopters. The agreement, for more than €100m,...
Bell Helicopter unveiled its vision for the future of rotorcraft – the FCX-001 – at Heli-Expo. This is Bell Helicopter’s first concept aircraft and the company says it presents a 3-D roadmap for delivering safer, smarter and more efficient rotorcraft solutions. “Six months ago we created a dedicated team to...
The replacement for Bell Helicopter's popular JetRanger, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, has been certified by the Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA). Unveiled in 2013, the new, five-seat helicopter went from concept to a successful first flight in 20 months. Since then, the aircraft has flown more than 1,000...
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first VIP version of the H175, the company’s new medium class twin-engine helicopter, which entered service in 2014 for offshore transportation. The VIP version of the H175 offers a cabin interior provided by Pegasus Design, which has built a worldwide reputation on business jets and...
The first AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter for the UK has arrived with Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) at Gloucestershire Airport. The helicopter is destined for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance once an advanced medical interior has been fitted by SAS. “The imminent delivery of the AW169 is a very significant event in...
Russian Helicopters has received type certification for two new helicopters: the medium size, multi-role Mi-38 transport helicopter and five-seat VIP Ansat.
Robinson Helicopter's R66 Turbine has passed the required tests to allow flight in snow conditions. Passing the test means Robinson can remove a limitation in the R66 Pilot's Operating Handbook prohibiting flight in falling or blowing snow. It's not an easy test to make happen! Both the US Federal Aviation...
Frasca International has delivered a Bell 206L Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD) to Air Evac Lifeteam of O’Fallon, Missouri, USA. The Level 7 FTD includes Garmin G500H, Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS, HTAWS, and Garmin GTN650. The FTD will also feature Frasca’s high-fidelity NVG simulation for the ultimate realism and accuracy in...