Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue Service contract begins

The Westpac-sponsored Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue Service commenced its 10-year contract to provide helicopter retrieval and rescue services in the state's north, covering an area north of Sydney’s Hawkesbury River up to the Queensland border, on March 7 . NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard officially … [Read more...]

Raptor stars at Avalon

Making its second appearance at the Australian International Airshow, the United States Air Force’s F-22 Raptor demonstration team display is a definite show favourite with its thrust-vectored handling display. However, with Friday’s arrival of the Royal Australian Air Force’s first pair of F-35 Lightning … [Read more...]

CASA certifies Bell Helicopter’s 505 Jet Ranger X

Bell Helicopter is moving its 505 Jet Ranger X final assembly line to Mirabel. Canada. (Bell Helicopter)

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued Australian type certification to Bell Helicopter for its new five-seat single turbine 505 Jet Ranger X. “We are excited that the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X can now be delivered to operators in Australia,” said Bell Helicopter’s Asia Pacific managing director … [Read more...]

Airbus Helicopters deliveries up despite a difficult year

Despite the continuing stagnation of the offshore sector, Airbus Helicopters took orders for eight H175s in 2016. (Airbus Helicopters)

Airbus Helicopters recorded an increase in new helicopter deliveries during 2016 despite its chief executive Guillaume Faury describing the year as “probably the most difficult of the last decade”. With the continuing stagnation of the offshore sector and the fallout from April’s fatal accident in Norway … [Read more...]

Largest USMC helicopter rotation heading to Darwin

The USMC will bring four MV-22s as part of a 13 strong helicopter element for its next rotation in Darwin. (Defence)

The US Marine Corps (USMC) will deploy its largest helicopter and tiltrotor element to northern Australia yet when its next six-monthly rotation to Darwin gets underway in April. The sixth rotation since deployments to Australia were first announced on November 16 2011, the aviation combat element of 13 … [Read more...]