Helicopter News March 06, 2015 by Helis.com
Helicopter News March 06, 2015 by Helis.com

Newsletter #138 Heli-Expo 2015

AgustaWestland Initiates Production Phase of AW609 AgustaWestland announced that the AW609 TiltRotor program has achieved key milestones initiating the production phase at Philadelphia in anticipation of the first customer deliveries.

Bell Helicopter Introduces the New Bell 407GXP The new Bell 407GXP incorporates the reliability and advanced technology of the Bell 407GX platform, and introduces performance improvement, payload increase and pilot workload reduction.

Sikorsky and Bristow Embark on New SAR Era Sikorsky today recognized Bristow Helicopters Ltd.’s upcoming launch of the U.K. search and rescue (SAR) contract and the company’s dedication to SAR over the past 40 years.

Airbus Helicopters Unveils H160 Airbus Helicopters presented its all-new H160, raising the standards for performance, cost effectiveness, passenger comfort and environmental impact to create the medium-class rotorcraft benchmark.

Guidance Aviation First Guimbal Cabri G2 The same week the Guimbal Cabri G2 received FAA certification, Guidance Aviation confirmed purchase of first helicopter forged in HELI-EXPO 2014 pending the FAA’s Airworthiness Certificate.

AgustaWestland Launches 7 Tonne AW139 AgustaWestland announced a AW139 7,000 kg (15,432 lb) increased gross weight kit. This optional kit increases maximum gross weight by 600 kg (1,323 lb)

PW206B3 Engine Receives Key EASA Validation P&WC’s new PW206B3 engine has earned certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) further clearing the way for its entry into service early this year on the new EC135P3 helicopter

AgustaWestland and Bristow on AW609 Programme AgustaWestland and Bristow announced the signing of a platform development agreement for the AW609 TiltRotor programme.

EASA Approves Type Certification for S-76D ​ The European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) has approved the VIP Type Certificate for the S-76D helicopter, allowing for operation of the aircraft in Europe.

Bristow Orders 17 H175 Bristow Group today raised its total firm orders for Airbus Helicopters H175 (EC175) to 17 and signed a comprehensive support services agreement for its new seven-metric-ton-category rotorcraft

Ten Bell 505s to SECO International in Japan SECO International in Japan has entered into a letter of intent to order 10 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. Sale is another key milestone for Bell Helicopter’s new Japan office

Airbus Helicopters HCare Named “HCare” Airbus Helicopters has introduced its redefined services offer focused on bringing the most tailor-made and competitive services for customers’ daily operations.

FAA Certifies S-92 Gross Weight Expansion The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified a gross weight expansion to carry an additional 1,200 pounds of payload as well as the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) II for S-92

Waypoint Leasing Signed LOI for 20 Bell 525 Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Ltd signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 20 Bell 525 Relentless with options for additional aircraft for lease to operators servicing a wide range of missions

Air Methods Signs for 200 Bell 407GXP Bell Helicopter achieves largest Bell 407 sale in history with 200 HEMS Bell 407GXP for Air Methods scheduled to begin in 2016 in a 10 year contract.

Dare County MedFlight US Launch Customer of EC145T2 Dare County MedFlight, the air medical service provider for much of the Outer Banks region of North Carolina is the U.S. launch customer for the Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2.

First Bell 429 with Mecaer Interior Bell Helicopter Prague facility has begun installation on the first Bell 429 to be outfitted with Mecaer Aviation Group’s (MAG) VVIP luxury interior branded the “MAGnificent”.

Heliconia Named AW139 Service Centre in Morocco AgustaWestland has appointed Heliconia Industrie Sarl as an Authorized Service Centre for the AW139 intermediate twin helicopter in Morocco.

Metro Aviation Completes First EC145e e-lite Metro Aviation recently configured what they call the “e-lite” combining the well-known features of the EC145 with the benefits of a predefined configuration complete with a dedicated equipment list

Sino-US Orders AW119Kx, Grand New and 2 AW189 Sino-US of China signed a contract for one AW119Kx, one GrandNew and two AW189 helicopters in executive/corporate transport configuration

Maverick Achieves 300,000 Flight Hours in EC130 Launch customer Maverick Helicopters has officially logged 300,000 total flight hours using Airbus Helicopters EC130 since first reception in 2012.

JGSDF Enstrom TH-480B Deliveries Complete Enstrom announced that the final 4 of 30 TH-480B turbine training helicopters were accepted by the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force ( JGSDF)

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