CHC awarded RAAF SAR contract extension

Search and rescue (SAR) coverage for RAAF flying operations from five air force bases around the country will continue to be provided by CHC Helicopter under a 30-month contract extension announced last week. Under the extension, which came into effect last November, CHC's Australian operation is replacing … [Read more...]

Super medium – CHC brings the AW189 to Australia

There is a new presence in the skies over Western Australia, with CHC’s recent introduction of the next-generation Leonardo AW189 helicopter. Based in Karratha, three of the Italian-built ‘super medium’ AW189s – the first in Australia – began flying in support of Woodside’s North-West Shelf operations in … [Read more...]

Timberline’s Black Hawk firebomber making a splash

As fires rage across regional New South Wales this summer, an ex-US Army Black Hawk has proven to be a critical firefighting asset. Thanks to a partnership struck between Scone-based aviation firm Pay’s Helicopters and Idaho-based Timberline Helicopters, a refurbished UH-60A Black Hawk, N5630J, has been … [Read more...]

First flight for Bell V-280 Valor

The Bell V-280 Valor made its first flight from Bell’s Amarillo Texas facility on December 18. The tiltrotor aircraft has a fuselage similar to that of a Black Hawk, but features short stubby wings and rotating engine nacelles which allows it to transition from vertical to horizontal flight. Built for … [Read more...]