The Helicopter Company (THC), which is fully owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, announced the signature of a purchase agreement with Airbus Helicopters to buy 10 H125 helicopters.
PIF established THC as part of its strategy to activate new sectors in Saudi Arabia that support the implementation of Vision 2030 and generate long-term commercial returns. The Kingdom's first local commercial helicopter operator, THC has been offering private flights since mid-2019 and is now expanding its services with the addition of the H125 to its fleet.
After the ground test and ground run phase of testing in Donauwörth (Germany), with many tethered flights and manual flights, the CityAirbus recently performed an automatic hover at the Airbus Helicopters airfield in Donauwörth.
This flight successfully concluded the flight campaign in Donauwörth. Shortly after this flight, the vehicle was moved to the Drone Center in Manching to continue testing there on a broader scope and demonstrate its range of capabilities in a less restrictive environment.
NEW H215 FOR NAKANIHON AIR
Nakanihon Air, one of Japan's largest helicopter operators, has ordered one H215 heavy helicopter to shore up its capabilities for utility and aerial work.
Currently operating 45 Airbus helicopters, Nakanihon Air specialises in activities covering emergency medical services, electronic news gathering, as well as passenger and goods transport in Japan. The air services company also runs an Airbus-approved maintenance centre for H135 helicopters, while major inspections of the operator's existing Super Puma fleet are performed at the manufacturer's Kobe maintenance facility.
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VSR700 PROTOTYPE PERFORMS FIRST AUTONOMOUS FREE FLIGHT
The prototype of Airbus Helicopters' VSR700 unmanned aerial system (UAS) performed its first free flight during the summer. The VSR700 performed a ten minute flight at a drone test centre near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. The flight test programme will now evolve to progressively open the flight envelope.
This VSR700 prototype has changed over the last ten months since its maiden flight.
The programme implemented a geofencing function, as well as a Flight Termination System allowing the mission to be ended if necessary. Other changes include modifications to the air vehicle, alongside autopilot software evolutions and updates, as well as structural modifications and reinforcements.
NASA has received two Airbus H135 helicopters, with a third to arrive in 2021, to be operated out of
Florida´s Kennedy Space Center for a variety of missions, including security around launches, emergency
medical services and qualified personnel transport.
NEW LAKOTA UH-72B
Starting with new orders placed this year for 17 additional Lakota helicopters, the US Army will welcome the newest series - known as the UH-72B - to their fleet in 2021.
The UH-72B is based on the successful H145, which incorporates various product improvements that have been developed during the lifecycle of the commercial aircraft. The efficient Fenestron tail rotor, more powerful engines, enhanced controls and the Airbus Helionix avionics suite, to name a few, will provide added benefits for mission safety and flight performance. With more than nine configurations available, the Lakota delivers proven performance, outstanding operational reliability, and unmatched versatility for a broad spectrum of military missions.
H175 TO BOLSTER OMNI'S OIL
AND GAS OPERATIONS IN BRAZIL
Omni Taxi Aereo, Brazil's leading oil and gas transport company, becomes the first operator to introduce the H175 in Brazil. The aircraft has arrived in Brazil, where it will perform cargo load and passenger transport missions for the country's key oil and gas industry.
OMNI's current fleet includes Airbus H135, H155 and H225 helicopters, which are largely dedicated
to transporting passengers and cargo to offshore platforms and ships, while also providing emergency medical services for the oil and gas industry.
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Step right up!: the H175's public services juggling act
Due to the very nature of helicopter missions, which involve getting to places when and where nobody else can, the notion of exposure is intrinsically linked with our operations. Flights in high mountains with changing winds, rescues on high seas with ten-metre waves and external aerial work requiring surgical precision: the men and women who fly helicopters every day are perfectly aware that the tasks they carry out are anything but unexciting.
That's why our role as manufacturers is to ensure that our customers have all the assets they need to allow them to focus on the safety of their missions while we take care of the rest. This involves more than simply providing completely safe helicopters, but also supporting our customers every step of the way to achieving safety excellence: improving connected services, tailored training, SMS implementation, innovations in the field of automation and even sharing best practices through our Safety
Roadshows. We are committed to going beyond the regulations whenever possible to win this battle together with you.
Safety is what Airbus Helicopters is all about. It is the basic pillar of the confidence our customers have in us. Every day, our teams - whether industry, support or operations - carry out their tasks having in mind that the lives of thousands of passengers and crew members are depending on them to do their jobs well. This is a source of pride for us, driving us to work harder to be the industry benchmark for aviation safety.
Even more than a competitive advantage, we see safety as a collaborative one. Only through the joint efforts of manufacturers, regulators, operators and associations will we be able
to achieve our common goal - our common denominator. I firmly believe that all accidents can be avoided, and even one accident is already one too many.
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