Armed Forces of Malta receive second AW139 helicopter

The Armed Forces of Malta has today received the second Agusta Westland 139 helicopter. The first AW139 was delivered last June and together they will enable Armed Forces personnel additional capabilities.  In conjunction with the two already successful Beech King Air 200 fixed wing aircraft, they will be used for Search and Rescue and border… Read More »

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Super Puma operators ordered to perform additional checks on jamming doors

Operators using Super Puma helicopters in the North Sea have been ordered by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) to perform additional checks on the emergency exit doors. The directive was issued after exit doors failed to open during recent routine jettison tests. It was found that the doors were jamming due corrosion arising from residual… Read More »

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Sikorksy negotiating deal with India for S-70B

India is negotiating a 1 billion dollar deal with Sikorsky regarding the purchase of 16 helicopters. The multi-role helicopters, the S-70B Seahawk, will be delivered to the Indian navy with an option for further eight. India has already ordered more than ten billion dollar of US weaponry in the past; equipment like C-130J and C-17… Read More »

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Taiwan Army receives first batch of UH-60 Black Hawks

Taiwan has received the first batch of  a total of 60 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters purchased from the United States. A total of 4 Black Hawk helicopters have arrived in Kaohsiung, early Wednesday 3rd November.  The helicopters will be unloaded, assembled and will finally be subjected to air and ground testing before rendering them operational. This process should be… Read More »

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Firetruck clips a Chilean Metropolitan Police EC-135

In the Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile, pilots of a police helicopter had a narrow escape after being called onto a scene involving a drunk driver that crashed in a police car. Three officers were injured in drunk driving incident.  The street was closed so that the police helicopter, an EC135, could land with a paramedic… Read More »

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Clutha Bar Helicopter Crash: AAIB to unveil the cause

On the 29th November 2013, an EC135 helicopter operated by the Scottish Police, crashed into the Clutha Bar, Glasgow, killing all 3 passengers and crew on-board as well as a further 7 on the ground. Until now there have been lots of theories and speculation about the crash, such as failed transmission and fuel switches… Read More »

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Russian Helicopters begins flight testing on its Mi-171A2 helicopter

Following a hover test performed a month ago, Russian Helicopters’ Mi-171A2 prototype helicopter has today completed its maiden flight. The Mi-171A2 is equipped with two Klimov VK2500PS-03 turboshaft engines enabling it a top speed of 150 kts.  The 24 passenger  helicopter will also be equipped with Radioelectronic Technologies KBO-17 avionics suite. Russian Helicopter also stated… Read More »

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IAR-330 PUMA helicopter crashes and kills 8 soldiers

A Romanian built IAR-330 Puma helicopter has crashed in Sibin, central Romania on Friday.  In total 8 military personnel have died in the crash, with 2 other evacuated after suffering from burns. The IAR-330 Puma was scheduled to meet up with U.s Military forces to a military joint exercise. The cause of the crash is… Read More »

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Hovering a Helicopter

An ability that really makes a difference between a helicopter and an aeroplane is the fact that a helicopter can come to a standstill in mid-air. This capability is called hovering. Piloting a helicopter in cruise is not much different than flying any fixed wing aircraft but when it comes to hovering it is a… Read More »

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Bell 212 crash in Thailand leaves 9 Officers dead

A multi-engine Bell 212 helicopter operated by the Thai Army has crashed some 590KM North of Bangkok on Monday.  All 9 officers, including the northern army region newly promoted deputy commander where killed in the crash. The Bell 212 helicopter was due to return to base after it had picked up the officers who had… Read More »

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