HATS on track despite six month delay

The first HATS EC135 T2+ arriving at Nowra on March 31 from Bankstown. (Defence)

Boeing Defence Australia says the JP 9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) program remains on track to begin training new student pilots and aircrew from early 2018, despite early delays with the project. The Defence Portfolio Budget Statements 2016-17 notes that the HATS project, which is … [Read more...]

Nautilus Aviation wins Sydney Westpac Life Saver contract

Nautilus Aviation will operate the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Rescue Service’s two BK117B2s in Sydney and Moruya from May 1. (Paul Sadler)

Cairns-based Nautilus Aviation has won the contract to operate the Southern Region Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, Australia’s first civilian search and rescue helicopter service, taking over the operation of the Surf Life Saving Australia-owned service. Nautilus has purchased Life Saver’s two … [Read more...]

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...]

Leonardo opens Essendon service centre

Leonardo has opened a new service centre and logistics facility at Essendon Airport to serve the company’s growing fleet of AgustaWestland helicopters in Australasia. The brand new facility is able to hangar up to eight AW139s and has been designed to improve the company's capability to support its … [Read more...]