Australia’s first Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xs land

Australia's first Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xs arrived at Bankstown Airport. (Facebook/Nautilus Aviation)

Nautilus Aviation’s two Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xs arrived at Hawker Pacific’s Bankstown Airport facility on December 4 and become the first of type in Australia. The red coloured 505s, soon be registered VH-VSB and VH-VTB, will be used by Nautilus for industry training on the type, commercial charter and … [Read more...]

Airbus Helicopters confirms H120 production has ended

Canberra Airport-based VH-VCC is one of 28 EC120Bs on the Australian civil register. (Paul Sadler)

Airbus Helicopters has confirmed production of its five-seat H120 Colibri (nee EC120B) light-single helicopter has ceased after orders for the type stagnated, contributed largely by cheaper North American single turbine offerings now available in the category. Airbus said its 22-year production of the H120 … [Read more...]

Australia’s first Airbus H175s arrive

A Babcock Australasia Airbus Helicopters H175 being unloaded at Darwin Airport. (Babcock Australasia)

Babcock Australasia has taken delivery of two Airbus Helicopters H175 aircraft, the first of their kind to arrive in Australia. The two helicopters, to be registered VH-NYJ and VH-NYI, arrived in Darwin on November 27 on board an Antonov An-124. The pair of H175s will be operated on contract … [Read more...]

Romeo flight trials with new Air Warfare Destroyer

An MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter from 816 Squadron lands on HMAS Hobart's flight deck during a flight deck trial alongside Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney. (Defence)

The Royal Austalian Navy’s Aircraft Maintenance And Flight Trials Unit has conducted preliminary deck handling trials between a 816 Squadron Romeo Flight 6 MH-60R Seahawk landing on board the new Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), HMAS Hobart, in Sydney Harbour. In the planning since May, the … [Read more...]

ATSB investigating Hobart Airport helicopter crash

ATSB logo. (ATSB)

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating the fatal helicopter accident at Hobart Airport on November 7 which tragically claimed the life of prominent Australian helicopter industry veteran Roger Corbin. Corbin, a highly experienced pilot and managing director of Hobart-based RotorLift … [Read more...]