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Here the first Leonardo Helicopters AW169 operational for Babcock MCS ItaliaI-KYRA “Grifo 69” is now flying on behalf of 118 Abruzzo Soccorso – Regione Abruzzo. Pescara Airport, March 2017. Thanks to Fabio De NICOLA / Pescara Spotters for the images on for their continous support.

Heli-Expo 2017 PRESS RELEASE – 7 March 2017
STAT MedEvac to be first U.S. air medical transport service provider to operate Helionix-equipped H135s.

• Pennsylvania operator to take delivery of helicopters with new safety enhancing technology in fourth quarter 2017
• Airbus Helicopters developed advanced avionics system

Dallas, Texas, March 7, 2017 – STAT MedEvac will soon be the first air medical transport service in North America to operate Airbus H135 helicopters equipped with Helionix, an innovative and powerful avionics system.
The Pennsylvania-based critical care transport team has placed orders with Airbus Helicopters Inc. for three new H135s to replace older aircraft in its fleet, with delivery scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017. The Airbus developed Helionix system, an advanced avionics suite that increases mission flexibility and enhances flight safety, will be standard equipment on new production H135s. Comprised of two computers and a one-of-a-kind cockpit layout, Helionix includes up to four electronic displays designed to improve pilots’ situational awareness. The system provides a four-axis autopilot to reduce pilot workload and a Traffic Advisory System that improves safety by assisting pilots in detecting and avoiding other aircraft.
“The addition of these H135s builds upon STAT’s commitment to safety,” said Doug Garretson, President, and CEO of STAT MedEvac. STAT MedEvac was the first air medical transport program in North America to operate the EC135 and the EC135 certificated for Single Pilot IFR. “STAT MedEvac maintains the highest degree of safety in all our operations, and we are very proud of our safety culture,” Garretson said. “We are thankful the H135 series continues to evolve, enabling us to operate to the standards we set. We continue to invest in twin-engine, IFR platforms, and the H135 delivers what we need to meet our goals for the product and support.” “All of us at Airbus are extremely proud that STAT MedEvac, one of the world’s outstanding air medical transport providers with a superb safety record, has chosen to upgrade its fleet with the Helionix-equipped H135,” said Chris Emerson, President of Airbus Helicopters Inc. “Helionix is the latest Airbus product improvement that will significantly enhance the safety of helicopter operations.” With 17 sites in Pennsylvania and surrounding states, STAT MedEvac is the critical care transport system for the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania and is one of the largest air medical providers in the United States. STAT MedEvac flies a combination of Airbus H135 and H145 series helicopters.

Heli-Expo 2017 PRESS RELEASE – March 7, 2017
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada – Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent with Helijet International to provide fleet upgrade helicopter services utilizing Sikorsky S-76C+ aircraft.
As part of the agreement, up to six Sikorsky S-76C+ aircraft will be supplied and custom-completed for Helijet. Heli-One will provide maintenance support for these aircraft over the next five years including PBH coverage for main gearboxes and power plants, in addition to supplying consignment spares as required. The new aircraft will modernize Helijet’s Sikorsky S-76 fleet, further enhancing operational capability, performance, and high safety standards. The new terms of arrangement also leverage the proximity of Heli-One’s engineering location to Helijet – facilitating faster turnaround times and minimizing aircraft downtime. Based in Richmond, BC, Helijet International is the world’s largest helicopter airline, flying more than 300 weekly flights to city destinations in British Columbia, Canada. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Pacific Heliport Services, Helijet also manages and operates three Transport Canada certified heliports, affording seamless city-to-city air transport to more than 2.2 million passengers to date.. Helijet operates both rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, including Airbus AS350, Sikorsky S-76, Bell 206L3, Learjet 31A and Hawker 800A.
This helicopter supply and support arrangement is through Heli-One Total Solutions, which enables operators to combine leasing and maintenance service contracts through a single provider with predictable invoicing. This provides operators with a single and consistent point of contact for both leasing and support services facilitating faster communication and improving service efficiency. “Helijet selected Heli-One’s proposal for the complete supply and support of Sikorsky helicopters based on their industry-leading reputation and commitment to meeting all of Helijet’s operating and financial requirements, ”stated Daniel Sitnam, President and CEO of Helijet. “We look forward to further solidifying the details towards a long-standing business relationship with a world-class aviation engineering firm. ”Heli-One Canada is an Approved Sikorsky S-76 Service Centre with on-site gearbox testing facilities. The team has extensive experience supporting the S-76 (including variants A, B and C) with capability for Nose-to-Tail PBH coverage including airframes, components, engines and avionics. In addition, Heli-One has developed more than 400 post-delivery modifications and proprietary in-house repairs. These effective and quality solutions are designed to save cost and minimize downtime for customers. “We are pleased to help Helijet expand their fleet of S-76 aircraft and provide ongoing support for their program, ”said Anthony DiNota, President, Heli-One.“Helijet’s team is well-experienced in this durable helicopter model and we look forward to expanding value through knowledge sharing and close partnership. Our facilities’ close proximities and shared regional pride make this a particularly special partnership. As an Approved Service Centre with a wealth of post-delivery modification experience, the Heli-One team looks forward to supporting Helijet and optimizing the operational potential of their fleet.

Heli-Expo 2017 PRESS RELEASE – 2 March 2017

Priority 1 Air Rescue debuts Helicopter Hoist Rescue SAR Training Simulator at Heli-Expo 2017.

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) will be demonstrating an operational model of their Virtual Hoist SAR simulator at booth #2417 during the 2017 Helicopter Association International Heli Expo in Dallas March 7th through the 9th.  P1AR created this smaller transportable version of their Virtual Hoist Simulator specifically for Heli-Expo 2017 to present its advanced mission training capabilities and provide a compact replica of the synthetic devices that are currently employed at Search and Rescue Tactical Training Academies (SART/TAC) located in Mesa, Arizona and Nimes-Garons, France.

“A number of our customers tell us that we should be doing more to inform the SAR community and promote how we integrate our standardized hoist mission training programs and optimise safety by employing our virtual hoist simulators, so we listened”, stated Brad Matheson President of Priority 1 Air Rescue. “As we have operational SAR crews out there performing actual rescue missions, we genuinely understand the array of challenges end users face, and consequently, how to create the most effective, safe, and high cost saving solution. We are not a simulator company selling simulators, we are an integrated training and operations provider offering a complete spectrum of mission performance solutions for end users”.   

Attendees will be available to view ‘live’ hoist and SAR mission demonstrations conducted by P1AR instructors showing the realistic hoist cable physics using multiple aircraft types, including the Bell 412/429, AW139/169/189, UH60, NH90, H135/ H225, and CH47s, operating in multiple working environments and weather conditions, day and night, unaided and with Night Vision Goggles (NVGs).

For more information about scheduling a hands on hoist simulation demonstration with the VHS at our booth at HAI 2017 or additional information about our SAR/Tactical Mission Training and Operations please contact: info@priority1airrescue.com

For more information: Contact us at info@Priority1AirRescue.com

Virtual Hoist Simulator

WEBSITE NEWS – 1 March 2017

Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia rebrands Inaer Aviation Italia.

As per today, 1st March, Babcock MCS Italia rebrands Inaer Aviation Italia.

All helicopters currently operated in Italy and abroad will be rebranded with “Babcock” blue logo … and Inaer Aviation Italia will disappear from the Italian sky after several years of operation. They will operate a mixed fleet of Airbus Helicopters H145s (EC145) and Leonardo Helicopters (AgustaWestland) AW109s, AW139s, AW169s.

Inaer Aviation Italia was the result of the merge of Inaer (Spain) (after the acquisition of Elidolomiti) and Elilario Italia, subsequently the group also acquired Helitalia.

Leonardo Helicopters AW169 Inaer Aviation Italia I-KYRA … just after her arrival in Pescara in order to operate on behalf of 118 Abruzzo Soccorso – Regione Abruzzo, February 2017. Thanks to Fabio De NICOLA / Pescara SPOTTERS for these images.