Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, part of the Russian Helicopters holding company, announced in mid-July that it had delivered 3 MI171 helicopters to UTair Aviation of Peru, the parent company of Helisur. These helicopters were delivered as part of a contract for 40 helicopters signed last year. Between 2008 and 2011 Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant delivered 44 helicopters to UTair.
HeliWagon announced in mid-August that the company has delivered a new HeliWagon to Erie County Sheriff's Dept. The company says the HeliWagon eliminates the need for tugs and other attachments. Operators do not have to attach a tug to the trailer and then pull a helicopter in and out of a hangar. Instead, pilots can land directly on the HeliWagon and use a remote control from the hangar or cockpit to transport in and out as needed.
AgustaWestland (AW) says that Wisniowski of Poland has signed a contract for a GrandNew light twin in VIP transport configuration. The aircraft, which features an exclusive 5-seat interior, is expected to be delivered in late 2012. This contract marks the first sale of the GrandNew in Poland, where PZL-Swidnik, an AW subsidiary, is responsible for the manufacture of some GrandNew fuselages.
FreeFlight Systems has announced that Bristow Group is the first customer for its new RAGR FDL978TX ADS-B Out solution for the AW139. The newly equipped helicopters, operating in the Gulf of Mexico, can be tracked by ATC in Houston TX far beyond the range of conventional radar. This allows for more direct, point-to-point routing.
California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), which is headquartered at McClellan CA, has agreed to buy up to 8 Eurocopter EC135s. CALSTAR is a nonprofit community service company. It has been in operation for 28 years and is the largest nonprofit air ambulance provider on the US west coast. To date CALSTAR has flown over 70,000 accident-free flight hours and completed more than 48,000 transports. It operates 9 full-time bases in northern and central California. This order will allow CALSTAR to replace its older aircraft and become an all-Eurocopter operator. Eurocopter has delivered more than 1000 EC135s worldwide. More than 240 are in service in the US.
Eurocopter has opened its first certified service center in Peru. The facility, opened in partnership with Servicios Aé́reos de los Andes, is in the city of Ayacucho. Operators of the Eurocopter AS350 B3 Ecureuil (AStar B3) will now have access to a maintenance center certified at an "operational and intermediate" level.