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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 – 7 March 2017

Waypoint Leasing to bolster fleet with 16 new Airbus helicopters Comprising H145, H135, and for the first time, the H175.

Dallas, Texas, 7 March 2017, – Airbus Helicopters and Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited, the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced today that Waypoint has committed to acquiring an additional 16 Airbus rotorcraft, adding to their fleet of more than 140 aircraft, 45 of which are manufactured by Airbus Helicopters.
The agreement, for more than € 100 million, covers the purchase of 16 aircraft including supplementary H135s and H145s and adding the H175 for the first time to Waypoint’s fleet. Waypoint will primarily lease the H135s and H145s to operators performing EMS and utility missions worldwide, while the H175 will be available for oil and gas, search and rescue and public service missions. Prior to today’s announcement, Waypoint had firm commitments for 26 H135s and H145 from Airbus.
“We are pleased to be growing our fleet with 16 new Airbus helicopters, including the H175, a cost-effective and reliable helicopter,” said Ed Washecka, Chief Executive Officer of Waypoint Leasing. “We are beginning to see sustained demand for heavy aircraft in the market, while at the same time recognizing and responding to the growing demand for interest in ‘Super Medium’ aircraft that are well-suited for a wide range of missions,” he added.


After successfully introducing new H135s and H145s to the leasing market, Waypoint is now extending their initial contract, capitalizing on an industrial relationship to continue providing the market with flexible lease solutions.
“We are proud that Waypoint has renewed their trust in Airbus Helicopters by adding the H175 to their order book”, said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “This agreement is a testimony to the quality of our long-lasting partnership and we are delighted that Waypoint, the first lessor to introduce the H145 and H135 to the market, continues to pave the way with Airbus products, providing world-class support and meeting the demanding requirements of a large variety of operators worldwide” he added.


The H175 offers excellent payload for short and long range missions, contributing to high annual productivity for operators. This, combined with low operating and maintenance costs and high availability, means superior cost effectiveness for customers. Compact in size, the H145’s large and flexible cabin reconfiguration and powerful engines make it the aircraft of choice for a variety of civil missions and an ideal choice for lessors. The H135’s operational scope includes: law enforcement, emergency medical services, VIP and business passenger transport, and the maintenance of industrial wind parks. Its mature design makes maintenance fast and easy, ensuring optimal dispatch reliability and lower operating costs and thus making it one of the lowest cost twin-engine helicopters to operate.

Heli-Expo 2017 PRESS RELEASE – 7 March 2017

H175 performance further enhanced with 7.8t extended MTOW.

Dallas, Texas, 7 March 2017 – With 12 H175 now in operation and demonstrating the performance and reliability of the aircraft worldwide, the medium twin-engine helicopter continues to be enhanced in order to bring more value to operators. Among the programme milestones recently reached is the certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) extension from 7,500 kg to 7,800 kg, allowing customers to benefit from an additional payload of 300 kg or an extra 40NM radius of action. The extended MTOW provides increased operational flexibility, particularly in highly demanding oil and gas operations. The MTOW extension is available at no extra cost to the customers and only requires an update of the flight and maintenance manuals. The first H175s benefitting from this upgrade are already flying operational missions in the North Sea. Meanwhile, the H175’s ability to fly in limited icing conditions has also been certified by EASA, ensuring the helicopter is able to operate in the challenging weather conditions encountered in environments such as the North Sea. Certification for snow operations was also granted at the end of 2016. Additionally, oil and gas H175 operators will soon benefit from automated approaches to oil rigs, along with a sand filter that will be essential for operations in the Middle-East. In parallel to these development efforts, certification has also been granted in Russia, Mexico and Australia, paving the way to the entry into service of the H175 aircraft in new regions. Certification in the United States, Malaysia, Canada and Brazil will follow.
With the oil and gas and VIP configurations now in service, Airbus Helicopters is focused on the development of the Public Services version of the H175, prior to the first delivery later this year to launch customer Hong Kong Government Flying Services. This new variant opens the H175 mission set to operations such as search and rescue, emergency medical services, law enforcement, firefighting and border security. The H175 has so far been in operation for offshore transport in 3 continents where it has been praised by the crews by its outstanding performance and reliability well as for the passengers for the visibility, comfort and low sound and vibration levels. In particular, the H175 has accumulated experience in Aberdeen (Scotland), Den Helder (Netherlands), Esbjerg (Denmark) and Takoradi (Ghana) with launch customer NHV — who has recently announced reaching the 10,000 flight hours milestone — and also in the Gulf of Mexico with Pegaso. Since February this year, the H175 has also been flying offshore in Aberdeen with Babcock Mission Critical Services.

Heli-Expo 2017 PRESS RELEASE – 9 March 2017

Aersud Elicotteri signs for two H125 and celebrates the 200th Ecureuil H125 in Italia.

Dallas, 9 March 2017 – Aersud Elicotteri, Airbus Helicopters’ distributor for Italy, signed a contract for the purchase of two H125 rotorcrafts during the HAI Heli-Expo air show in Dallas, Texas.
On March 8, 2017, Aersud Elicotteri, Airbus Helicopters’ distributor for Italy, signed a contract for the purchase of two H125 rotorcrafts during the HAI Heli-Expo air show in Dallas, Texas. These helicopters will be tasked for aerial work missions and the deliveries are scheduled for early 2018.
With this order, Aersud Elicotteri celebrates the 200th Ecureuil H125 in Italy, a major milestone in the deployment of this helicopter in the country.
“Today’s agreement significantly proves our confidence in the future and reaffirms the relationship of trust we have built up over more than three decades with Italian operators,” said Riccardo Aichner, President of Aersud. “This 200th Ecureuil in Italy, which we are now celebrating, comes with our commitment to provide our customers with the best solutions to meet their growing needs.”
“We are in an industry where long-standing relationships are paramount,” said Olivier Michalon, head of the Europe region for Airbus Helicopters. “Our 40-year partnership with Aersud and its MRO partner Helicopters Italia has allowed us to focus on customer satisfaction. This 200th Ecureuil is proof of that.”
Aersud has been the sole distributor of Airbus helicopters in Italy since 1973.

Aersud Elicotteri, Airbus Helicopters Agent & Distributor, was established in 1963 by Avv. Martino Aichner, military pilot decorated with the Gold Medal for military valour. Aersud has always been committed to the development of Civil Aviation: it promoted, together with the Italian Authorities, the Laws and Regulations that liberalized the use of helicopter in Italy; it founded the National Mountain Flying School and organized, for various Italian Regions, important services of institutional interest.
In Italy, for over 40 years, it has succeeded in highlighting the quality of Airbus Helicopters production, obtaining more than 50% of the civil market share (emergency medical service, forest firefighting, civil defence, passenger transport, corporate and aerial work).Today Aersud is developing its activity also in other Mediterranean Countries.

Heli-Expo 2017 PRESS RELEASE – 1 March 2017

Airbus Helicopters showcases H135 Helionix at Heli-Expo alongside the ever popular H145 and H130.

Marignane, France, 1st March 2017 – Airbus Helicopters will be highlighting its wide range of products and services at this year’s Heli-Expo, 7- 9 March at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX, with a lineup of three of its best-selling aircraft, including the H130 in a VIP configuration; the H145 in a public services configuration and the recently certified H135 equipped with the state-of-the-art Helionix digital avionics suite. This H135 will embark on a demo tour of the U.S. and Mexico after the show.

“We are proud to showcase these hardworking helicopters as they have confirmed their positions as market leaders despite the challenges faced by the industry last year” said Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury. “We are committed to providing our customers with rotorcraft that meet their needs in terms of safety, quality and competitiveness and we continue to innovate in that direction. Digitalising our support and services sector, developing new aircraft such as the H160, and adding features like Helionix to best-sellers such as the H135 are all examples of what we do best,” he added.
Show-goers can try out the H160 experience and take a look at the H160’s VIP, oil and gas, and EMS configurations more closely with an interactive virtual reality and 360° presentation.

The company’s show display also includes HCare Customer Services counters aimed at presenting Airbus Helicopters’ commitment to supporting their customers in every aspect – training and flight operations, maintenance and upgrades, technical support, fleet management, material management, and mission preparation.

Airbus Helicopters confirmed its position as leader on the civil market in North America in 2016, taking 73 per cent of new helicopter bookings and attracting new first-time customers. “Our goal at Heli-Expo is to show our customers what we do best: design, produce, and deliver high performing and cost effective helicopters perfectly adapted to their missions”, said Chris Emerson, President of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Head of North America Region. “We’re excited to showcase helicopters such as the H145, a flexible, high performance and maintenance friendly helicopter that is proving to be popular. The Las Vegas Metro Police Department’s new H145, the first H145 for Law Enforcement in North America, will be on display,” Emerson added.

PRESS RELEASE – 28 February 2017

Proven in service: NHV’s H175 fleet reaches 10,000 flight hours.

Marignane, 28 February 2017- NHV Group and Airbus Helicopters are pleased to announce that NHV’s H175 fleet has logged its first 10,000 flight hours.

This significant milestone proves this super-medium-sized rotorcraft’s capabilities and reliability in highly demanding operations, especially the transportation of personnel and supplies to offshore oil and gas platforms. The 10,000 hours have been accumulated by NHV’s fleet of eight H175s. The first two aircraft were introduced to the fleet in December 2014 with NHV being the launch operator.

The rotorcraft have since completed more than 4750 flights; with certain missions conducted in challenging North Sea weather conditions, and non-stop flights performed to distances of 180 NM with passengers and cargo. “Being the launching customer and fleet leader for this aircraft, we are successfully positioning the H175 as the new standard for oil and gas missions. I am proud that, today, NHV is the only operator with a vast experience in flying this aircraft. We explicitly thank our valued customers and staff for being our partners in reaching this milestone,” says Eric Van Hal, the CEO of NHV Group.

The H175’s high level of reliability enables NHV to meet tight flight scheduling in the North Sea, thereby underscoring the aircraft’s high level of maturity from service entry, as well as the suitability of associated services provided by Airbus Helicopters. “I want to congratulate NHV for reaching this very important milestone with their H175 fleet,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “With NHV, the H175 has demonstrated its costeffectiveness, comfort and reliability, setting new standards for offshore operations. I commend NHV for their professionalism in accomplishing this key milestone. They can count on unfaltering support from Airbus Helicopters so they can continue to perform successful missions.” “The H175 is a remarkable program and NHV is to be applauded for so quickly reaching the 10,000-hour mark and maximizing the helicopter’s potential,” said John Saabas, President, Pratt & Whitney Canada, maker of the PT6C-67E engines that power the H175. “This is the first engine in the PT6 family to be equipped with a dual-channel FADEC, an advanced control system that simplifies engine operation, reduces pilot workload, and provides greater power response, performance, aircraft availability and a quiet cabin.” NHV’s H175s have accumulated experience in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ghana, and Denmark. “We are very satisfied with the H175s”, adds Eric Van Hal. “Our pilots appreciate their excellent handling characteristics, plus the speed and range; while passengers are impressed with the cabin comfort, smooth ride and low noise levels.” NHV will gradually increase its fleet of these new-generation helicopters in the upcoming years.

Heli-Expo 2017 PRESS RELEASE – 27 February 2017

Vector Aerospace leases five AS332L Super Puma helicopters to Starlite Aviation.

Dublin, Ireland – Vector Aerospace Corporation (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has recently supplied five extensively modified AS332L Super Puma helicopters on lease to Starlite Aviation. The multi-year lease arrangement was undertaken through Vector Financial Services, based in Dublin, Ireland, in partnership with Airbus Helicopters.

Based in Ireland and South Africa, Starlite Aviation Group offers a wide range of helicopter services to international clients such as multinational organizations for peacekeeping and logistic missions in support of governments involving the transportation of passengers and freight, heavy load aerial work, surveillance and executive transportation worldwide.

Commencing December 2016, Starlite Aviation deployed the leased AS332L helicopters in Africa to facilitate civilian operations there, transporting passengers and cargo in difficult austere terrain. Starlite Aviation is supplying pilots, maintenance leadership and administration staff to support the multi-year operation of the versatile Super Pumas in these territories.

Prior to their deployment, the aircraft were upgraded with engine filters, dual Garmin navigation systems and tracking systems, amongst other modifications. Two of the Super Pumas were modified at Vector’s facility in Fleetlands, Gosport, UK, with the three other aircraft upgraded at Vector’s Richmond, BC, Canada facility. Both of these locations are Airbus Helicopters approved maintenance centers for the AS332 Super Puma family.

Alan O’Neill, Chief Operating Officer, Starlite Aviation Group, commented: “We are extremely pleased with the extensive, quality modifications completed by Vector, and we are delighted to further our leasing relationship with them.”

Fabrice Arfi, Airbus Helicopters’ Vice President of Business Development, commented: “Airbus Helicopters and Vector Aerospace are thrilled that Starlite Aviation has once again chosen to rely on the Super Puma to support its operations in such a challenging operating environment. This highlights the trust that Starlite has in the Super Puma helicopter family.”

PRESS RELEASE –  16 February 2017

A pioneer of modern helicopter technology: the BO105 celebrates its 50th birthday.

  • Innovative technology continues to leave its mark on Airbus’ helicopter
    fleet today
  • Customers around the world value the BO105 for its versatility, robustness and reliability
  • More than 400 aircraft still in use

Donauwörth, 16 February 2017 – This month marks 50 years since the BO105 embarked on its maiden flight, on 16 February 1967, in Ottobrunn near Munich. Conceived as a twotonne-class light multi-purpose helicopter, cutting-edge technologies and materials led to the BO105 being the first helicopter to feature a rigid, hingeless rotor head made of titanium and glass-fibre-reinforced rotor blades.
“The BO105 has made a name for itself above all for its versatility, robustness and reliability. The fact that it is still being used 50 years after its maiden flight speaks volumes for the high quality of this helicopter. As a pioneer of modern helicopter technology, the BO105 continues to influence our product range today,” said Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters in Germany. What became known as the Bölkow rotor significantly reduced maintenance costs when compared to traditional rotor heads with flapping and lead-lag hinges, as fewer moving parts were required. Furthermore, the BO105’s special rotor system enabled it to perform with a higher degree of agility and manoeuvrability – capabilities for which it is still renowned today. Since the helicopter’s first delivery in 1970, more than 300 customers around the world have purchased a total of some 1,400 aircraft which have been operated in air rescue, as a police and military helicopter, as well as for VIP, passenger and cargo transportation. The largest customer was the German Armed Forces with more than 200 orders. Some of these aircraft remained in service until December 2016. Some 400 aircraft – around a third of the total number of helicopters manufactured – are still in service today. The longest-serving BO105 carries out aerial work on the Falkland Islands. In total, the BO105 fleet has clocked up more than 8 million flight hours around the world. Airbus Helicopters continues to offer comprehensive service for the light helicopter and guarantees the delivery of spare parts in the long term.
In particular the H135 and H145 light helicopters went on to profit from the BO105’s technological achievements. The current successor model to Airbus’ BO105 is the H135. With its hingeless and bearingless rotor head, it has an advanced rotor system with a high carbon-fibre content to extend its service life. In addition, the H135 boasts further innovative features, such as a glass cockpit, an autopilot system and the shrouded Fenestron tail rotor system to further improve the safety and sound levels of the helicopter. In its role as a pioneer of technological progress, Airbus is working on future-focused programmes also today: among them are the X6 helicopter for the heavy segment, which is set to enter service during the next decade, or the City Airbus project, an air taxi for major urban areas.
You can find more information, photos and a video about the BO105 and its history on the following website: http://www.airbushelicopters.com/website/en/ref/50-years-BO105_418.html

IL SOLE 24 ORE – In Lombardia scatta l’ora dell’elisoccorso 2.0

Fonte: IL SOLE 24ORE – di Cristina Corbetta (Areu Lombardia)

Il 2017 sarà l’anno della tecnologia per il soccorso sanitario extraospedaliero in Lombardia; grande protagonista è l’elicottero del soccorso, da cui si partirà per ridisegnare la mappa del soccorso sanitario sul territorio lombardo.

Il clou del cambiamento sarà l’estensione del volo notturno: fino a ieri, in Lombardia gli elicotteri del soccorso facevano, di notte, non più di un centinaio interventi/anno per lo scarso numero delle elisuperfici abilitate. Non a caso è stato necessario uno sviluppo esteso dell’utilizzo dei Mezzi di soccorso su gomma per garantire un’adeguata copertura territoriale h24. La situazione però sta cambiando: l’applicazione su tutto il territorio nazionale del Regolamento europeo 965/2012 prevede infatti la possibilità di utilizzo, per l’atterraggio notturno, di aree che non devono obbligatoriamente essere certificate dall’Autorità aeronautica Enac: ad esempio i campi sportivi illuminati già esistenti (siti Hems).

L’Azienda regionale Emergenza Urgenza (Areu) ha individuato più di un centinaio di aree idonee su tutto il territorio regionale; tra queste soprattutto i campi sportivi, ma anche altre aree di adeguate dimensioni, ben delimitate e controllate. Si tratta di siti che i Comuni possono, rendere disponibili per l’attività di elisoccorso notturno con interventi economici contenuti (mediamente inferiori ai 3.000 euro) e che devono essere collocate in punti logisticamente strategici per l’attività di soccorso e di rendez vous con i mezzi di soccorso su gomma (e che comunque devono essere sottoposte alla valutazione di un’apposita Commissione Tecnica Regionale istituita da Areu). All’inizio del nuovo anno sono già disponibili per il volo notturno 75 siti Hems, ed è previsto un ulteriore aumento fino a 150.

Un’altra novità tecnologica che incrementerà notevolmente il volo notturno è l’utilizzo dei visori notturni (Nvg -Night vision googles), in passato non contemplati dalla normativa italiana per il volo civile. In pratica, si tratta di visori montati sul casco dei piloti che consentono di “vedere” anche di notte e quindi di volare anche quando è buio.

Ma c’è dell’altro: alla disponibilità dei nuovi siti per l’atterraggio e degli Nvg si aggiunge la progettazione della navigazione Pbn (Performance based navigation) che individua rotte strumentali utili per i voli notturni e per diurni in condizioni meteo moderatamente avverse. Obiettivo per il 2020 è quello di avere a disposizione tutte le rotte Pbn utili al servizio

Insomma, gli elicotteri del soccorso voleranno molto di più, con conseguenze importanti per tutto l’ambito del soccorso sanitario extraospedaliero: «Un utilizzo più diffuso dell’elicottero in orario notturno – spiega il Dg di Areu Alberto Zoli – permetterà un nuovo assetto organizzativo del soccorso sanitario che parte dall’integrazione dell’attività dei trasporti su gomma con gli elicotteri che garantisce il raggiungimento di alcuni obiettivi imprescindibili per un soccorso sanitario di qualità: una più corretta copertura del territorio, interventi più rapidi in aree poco attrezzate, medicalizzazione precoce, centralizzazione negli ospedali Hub più appropriati. A tutto questo si affiancheranno altre sperimentazioni tecnologiche innovative, tra cui speciali occhiali in dotazione al personale dei mezzi di soccorso su gomma che permettono di inviare le immagini in tempo reale alla Sala operativa, dove il medico presente H24 può “vedere e sentire” in diretta quanto accade sul territorio».

Un ruolo fondamentale nello sviluppo dei “soccorsi 2.0” è svolto anche dalla presenza sul territorio lombardo di tre Centrali uniche di risposta (Cur) del numero unico112, un esempio di quanto possa fare la tecnologia applicata ai servizi per la sicurezza del cittadino, con la garanzia di un’azione di filtro delle chiamate inappropriate (circa il 60% del totale) e con la possibilità di identificazione/localizzazione del chiamante, a seconda che quest’ultimo chiami da telefono fisso o da telefono mobile. L’introduzione del Numero unico dell’emergenza 112 in Lombardia ha permesso il miglioramento del processo di gestione delle chiamate di soccorso sanitario e l’avvio di un processo di riorganizzazione delle postazioni e dei mezzi di soccorso.

Non a caso nel 2017 il modello Nue lombardo, riconosciuto già nel 2015 come modello dello Stato italiano, sarà avviato in Liguria, Trentino Alto Adige, Piemonte, Valle d’Aosta, Friuli Venezia Giulia e Lazio (dove è già attivo nella città di Roma).