Seven Airbus H145 helicopters have been ordered to replace the German Armed Forces’ Bell UH-1D search-and-rescue fleet, which first entered into service in the early 1970s. The new aircraft, ordered through the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, will be delivered to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) in 2020.
Leonardo’s Falco EVO Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS), in a maritime patrol configuration, has been deployed from Lampedusa Airport (Lampedusa Island) as part of the Frontex surveillance research program. This program is designed to test the Falco EVO’s ability to monitor the European Union’s external borders.
The Lithuanian Air Force (LAF) renewed its HCare Infinite material management contract for its fleet of three Dauphin AS365 N3+ search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. Airbus reports the contract extension follows a 3-year HCare Infinite contract between the two, which helped to generate a 97 per cent average fleet availability over that period.
Pratt & Whitney celebrated the inauguration of a newly renovated engineering centre in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The celebration also included a US$500,000 donation by Pratt & Whitney to the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló and representatives from the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) attended the ceremony alongside several Pratt & Whitney executives, including members from parent company United Technologies.
Genaire Limited of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, has expanded its fuel cell repair capabilities to now include Bell Helicopters models 412 and 214. The company has been servicing tanks for military and civilian customers for more than 50 years.
Waypoint Leasing Holdings Ltd. released a statement that it has filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Waypoint describes itself as the largest independent global helicopter leasing company.
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