Russian Helicopters has delivered an MI171 to an unnamed large mining company in Indonesia. The helicopter, manufactured in the company's Ulan-Ude Aviation plant, is the 1st civil medium multirole helicopter delivered to Indonesia. Airfast Indonesia is an independent company that provides rotary-wing services to various other entities.
AgustaWestland has delivered 2 AW139 VIP helicopters in China. Both aircraft, delivered to a customer in China's Qinghai province, are configured for VIP transport. One was fitted with a FLIR camera and rescue hoist, resulting in a combination VIP and utility configuration. One aircraft is being operated in Gulmud, Qinghai province—the other is based in Chengdu, Sichuan province, in southwest China.
Starspeed, a UK-based helicopter management company, has signed a contract for an AW169 with an option for a 2nd aircraft, marking the type's entrance into the UK market. Starspeed is planning to use the aircraft for VIP transport throughout the UK and mainland Europe. AgustaWestland anticipates certification of the AW169 in 2014.
Becker Avionics' BD406 emergency beacon has been selected by Sequoia Helicopters of California for SAR operations. The company operates an MD530F in conjunction with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Dept and will use the new equipment to decode and navigate precisely to distress beacons (PLB, SPLB, ELT or EPIRB) transmitting on the 406-MHz frequency.
Sweden's maritime administration has ordered 7 AW139s for maritime and aeronautical SAR missions. The aircraft will operate from 5 bases across the country. The 1st AW139 is scheduled for delivery this spring, with delivery of the final aircraft scheduled in 2014.
Sikorsky has sold its first S76D in China. The deal for 1 S76D and an S92 was announced at Airshow China in November by Sikorsky and Ruili Jingchen Group (RJG) of China, which ordered the 2 machines. Both aircraft will be configured for airline use. Sikorsky says it has experienced growth in the region over the past decade, and now has 31 S76s and 4 S92s flying throughout China.
Beijing's Public Security Bureau has taken delivery of an AW139 for its firefighting department. The aircraft will perform firefighting and disaster relief missions in and around Beijing as well as law enforcement missions in cooperation with the Beijing Police.