Timberline’s Black Hawk firebomber making a splash

As fires rage across regional New South Wales this summer, an ex-US Army Black Hawk has proven to be a critical firefighting asset. Thanks to a partnership struck between Scone-based aviation firm Pay’s Helicopters and Idaho-based Timberline Helicopters, a refurbished UH-60A Black Hawk, N5630J, has been … [Read more...]

First flight for Bell V-280 Valor

The Bell V-280 Valor made its first flight from Bell’s Amarillo Texas facility on December 18. The tiltrotor aircraft has a fuselage similar to that of a Black Hawk, but features short stubby wings and rotating engine nacelles which allows it to transition from vertical to horizontal flight. Built for … [Read more...]

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...]