Boeing & Airbus sign deal for HATS EC 135s

How the EC 135 T2+ will look in ADF service under the joint Navy/Army HATS program. (Airbus Helicopters)

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) and Airbus Helicopters have signed a contract for Airbus to provide 15 Airbus EC 135 T2+ helicopters for the ADF’s AIR 9000 Phase 7 helicopter Aircrew Training System. Announced as the preferred bidder late last year, the Boeing and Thales Australia team signed a contract with the Commonwealth on October 31 to provide 15 EC 135 T2+s, flight … [Read more...]

Boeing Australia formally announced as AIR 9000 Phase 7 HATS winner

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston has formally declared the team comprising Boeing Defence Australia and Thales Australia as the winning tenderer of the Project AIR 9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training Systems requirement. The announcement comes some 10 months after Defence confirmed to Australian Aviation sister publication DIAR by ADBR that the Boeing/Thales … [Read more...]

First RAN Romeo helicopter arrives in Australia

The Romeo is moved into the hangar at Nowra. (Defence)

The first of the Royal Australian Navy’s 24 MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' combat helicopters arrived at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, earlier this week. The first Romeo and a non-flying MH-60R 'Bromeo' maintenance training aid airframe, which will be used to train aircrew and maintainers, were transported aboard a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster from NAS Jacksonville, … [Read more...]

Business Women’s awards recognise RAAF squadron leader, Becker helicopters co-founder

RAAF Squadron Leader Samantha Freebairn receives her 2014 Queensland business innovation award. (Telstra)

A Royal Australian Air Force C-17 pilot and the owner of a helicopter training business have been recognised at the 2014 Telstra Queensland Business Women's awards. Squadron Leader Samantha Freebairn, who is based at Amberley, took out the business innovation award. Freebairn was the RAAF's first female pilot to return to operational flying after having a baby and the … [Read more...]

Bell 429 helicopter headed Down Under

Hawker Pacific is bringing a Bell 429 configured for emergency medical services (EMS) to Australia and New Zealand for a demonstration. In an EMS configuration the 429 can carry two litter or rescue baskets as well as two medical staff and two crew, will be in New Zealand from August 11-21 and in Australia from September 1-19. Hawker Pacific distributes Bell Helicopters … [Read more...]