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Source: Flightglobal
China consortium confirms deal for 100 H135 helicopters

A consortium of Chinese companies has signed a purchase contract for 100 Airbus Helicopters H135 rotorcraft, setting the stage for the type to be assembled in China. The contract follows a letter of intent signed last year with Qingdao-based Sino-German Ecopark, where a final assembly line for the H135 will be established, says Airbus Helicopters in a statement.

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Safran to provide engines for new Korean helicopters

Safran Helicopter Engines has been selected to provide the engines for South Korea’s planned Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) and Light Armed Helicopter (LAH). Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), which will develop both helicopters, selected Safran’s Arriel 2C2 to power the LCH, says Safran in a statement.

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Source: Flightglobal
EASA grounds H225 fleet due to gearbox concerns

European safety regulators have grounded the region’s fleets of Airbus Helicopters H225 and AS332 L2 rotorcraft after evidence emerged of a potentially catastrophic gearbox fault afflicting both types. The European Aviation Safety Agency emergency airworthiness directive (EAD), issued on 2 June, comes on the back of the fatal 29 April crash of a H225 (LN-OJF) on the coast of Norway in which 13 passengers and crew died after the main rotor separated from the rest of the aircraft.

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Source: Rotorhub
WIKING orders two H145s

WIKING Helikopter Service and Airbus Helicopters have signed a contract for two offshore-configured H145 twin-engine light utility helicopters, Airbus Helicopters announced on 1 June. These will be the first Airbus Helicopter aircraft to join the WIKING Helikopter Service fleet. They will be used for transferring service technicians to offshore wind farms and harbour pilots to ships, and for North Sea air rescue missions.

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Source: Rotorhub
So SAR, so good for AW101

The AW101 Norwegian All-Weather SAR Helicopter (NAWSARH) is on track with the first batch of aircraft set for delivery early next year, company officials have confirmed. A roll out ceremony for the AW101 NAWSARH saw the aircraft unveiled by Leonardo-Finmeccanica in Yeovil on 31 May. The aircraft is expected to enter service in March 2017 when the first batch of two aircraft will be delivered to the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

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Source: Flightglobal
AW101 roll-out advances Norwegian SAR renewal

Norway’s first two AgustaWestland AW101s have been rolled out at the Leonardo-Finmeccanica company’s Yeovil assembly site in the UK, with the search and rescue (SAR) assets part of an at-least 16-unit production order for Oslo. Being acquired via the Norwegian all-weather SAR helicopter (NAWSARH) programme, the heavy-lift rotorcraft will be used to replace an aged fleet of Westland Sea King 43s, which have been operated by the nation’s air force since 1973. Norway’s defence ministry – which also has an option to acquire a further six of the type – values the total acquisition at around DKr14 billion ($1.68 billion).

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