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Dakar is known as the world’s toughest off-road race. In the skies and unseen by the TV cameras, this spectacle – which takes place from January 4-17, 2015 – is followed by seven Airbus Helicopters Ecureuil AS350 B3s. These helicopters provide spectacular images of the event and have an even more important role to play if one of the competitors gets hurt. A race over 9,000 kilometers: cars,...Read more
 Helibras delivers first four modernized Fennec helicopters to the Brazilian Army
Helibras has delivered the first four upgraded Fennec helicopters to the Brazilian Army Aviation Command. These AS550 A2 and AS350 L1 aircraft are part of a modernization contract for 36 Fennec and Ecureuils belonging to the Brazilian Army. The completed helicopters now have a new glass cockpit, 2-axis autopilot, new communication and navigation systems, a digital backup system, improved pilot...Read more
On December 11 Airbus Helicopters handed over the first two EC175 helicopters to Belgian operator NHV for oil and gas missions in the North Sea. Watch the video of the double handover ceremony held in Marignane, France, and the first flight of the aircraft under NHV ownership.Read more
EC135 T3/P3 entry into service
The EC135 T3/P3 entered into service with Aiut Alpin Dolomites performing high-altitude rescue operations on December 9. The mountain rescue association performs some 700 air rescue operations annually, often in difficult and challenging conditions. They have chosen the new EC135 T3 for its increased perfomance levels. Check out the video of the first rescue demonstration performed at 3,300 m /...Read more
Belgian operator Noordzee Helicopters Vlaanderen (NHV) will welcome the EC175 to its family on December 11, becoming the first customer to receive the next-generation medium-sized helicopter. The operators’ pilots, who will use the helicopter mainly to perform offshore oil & gas missions, are ready to enter the cockpit, having already completed the four-step EC175 pilot training program that...Read more