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Finnish Super Pumas handed over
28 December, 2015
[Marignane] The Finnish Border Guard (Rajavartiolaitos) has taken delivery of its two new AS332 L1e rescue and surveillance helicopters. The Super Pumas were handed over at Airbus Helicopters' Marignane plant in southern France on December 21st. The acquisition has been partially financed and implemented through the European Union's External Borders Fund, EBF.

The two helicopters are expected to arrive in Finland by the end of February and March, respectively, as soon as the training phase in France is over. They are planned to enter service at the Helsinki base in June 2016, replacing the current Bell 412s in service there. The main tasks will include air rescue operations, border security tasks, and ambulance missions, as well as support for various authorities.

The Border Guard is currently operating Super Pumas at the Turku base, and they have gained a good operating experience over the years. When compared to the existing machines, the new L1e has a complete set of next-generation avionics and navigation equipment, thermal imaging, autopilot, and radio equipment. They are also equipped with a de-ice system, which enables all-weather Search and Rescue operations.

The three Super Pumas that are currently operating in Turku will be upgraded and modernized over the next three years.
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NHI delivers the first Swedish ASW NH90
17 December, 2015
[Donauwörth/Marignane] Today NHI delivered the first NH90 in full anti-submarine warfare (ASW) configuration to the Swedish Military Procurement Agency FMV.

This helicopter was built in Donauwörth (Airbus Helicopters facility), it is equipped with a new generation mission system tailored to the Swedish specifications. This mission system includes a dipping sonar and a multi-mode tactical radar. The Swedish NH90s are characterised by their high cabin in order to give more space for the crews.

In total, Sweden has ordered 18 NH90s, locally designated HKP 14. Of these, 13 were intended to be equipped for inland operations and five in anti-submarine warfare configuration. In the frame of today’s delivery, FMV and the manufacturer NHIndustries have also signed a contract to modify four already delivered NH90s (HKP 14 A/B) from inland operations to ASW configuration, bringing the total Swedish NH90 fleet to nine ASW and nine utility aircraft.

Prior to delivery, the aircraft has been thoroughly tested by the Swedish acceptance team in Donauwörth and over water in Marignane. The delivery to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration means that a new test phase can be initiated prior to the hand-over to the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing.

As of today, NHI and its partner companies, has delivered more than 260 helicopters to 13 customers, and the fleet in service approaches 100 000 flight hours in operation.
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STORM Heliworks is recruiting a new pilot
27 November, 2015
[Östersund] STORM Heliworks / Copterflyg is looking for an ambitious, careful and positive pilot for its helicopter operations. The position calls for an experienced person that will fly high-precision projects, like sawing, tree removal, mast mounting operations, sling load jobs and GPS based agricultural tasks.

Minimum requirements
• Valid CPL(H)
• 1000 hours flight time
• Fluent in Swedish or Norwegian
• One valid type rating in at least EC120 or AS350

Conditions: 7/7 roster, monthly pay and additional production premiums.

Read more about the job on Nordic Rotors’ recruitment page.
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Last remaining HKP 10 makes final landing
22 October, 2015
[Linköping] At 11:45 AM local time today, the last HKP 10 Super Puma made its final landing in service with the Swedish Armed Forces. This marks the end of a 27-and-a-half year career of the helicopter type, which by the military naming structure were designated HKP 10, A, B and D.

The decommissioning of the aircraft was formally celebrated in a retirement ceremony at the F21 Air Force Base in Luleå last week, see separate story below. This was same place where the Swedish Super Pumas first entered service back in the spring of 1988, when they started to replace the Air Force’s ten Vertol 107s, designated HKP 4.

The nine HKP 10 Super Pumas have been gradually withdrawn from flying duties since March 2013, and they have been replaced by newly delivered NH90s throughout the process. The last few helicopters were operated at the 1st Helicopter Squadron in Luleå, following the retirement of the Super Pumas from service at the F17 Kallinge Air Force Base in December last year.

The last remaining Super Puma, H-97, spent its last hours participating in the military exercise Jämtgubben in Östersund, prior to flying its last leg to Malmen Airbase in Linköping. The helicopter will be offered for sale together with five other HKP 10 Super Pumas. Of the three remaining helicopters, two will be displayed in air museums and one will be used as a technical training airframe.
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MH-60R Seahawk Denmark Delivery
22 October, 2015
[Denmark/USA] On October 22, 2015, the U.S. Navy accepted the first two mission-ready MH-60R Seahawk helicopters slated for Denmark. This milestone marks the completion of Lockheed Martin’s installation of the aircraft’s advanced mission systems and sensors suite.

Denmark is the first European nation to join a global fleet of multi-mission Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk maritime aircraft. The Danish aircraft are configured for search and rescue or anti-surface warfare operations, including defending Danish interests in the North Atlantic, executing anti-piracy operations, and conducting other missions during international deployments. The last out of nine helicopters is expected to be handed over to Denmark by mid-2018.
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Third heli tactics instructor course held in Vidsel
21 October, 2015
[Vidsel] The third iteration of the prestigious Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course (HTIC) has just ended at the Vidsel Test Range in northern Sweden. The course, which started at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, United Kingdom, back in September, aims to provide selected helicopter instructors with the tactical skills and knowledge to be able to deliver tactical training within their own organisations.

A large number of trainee instructors from Austria, Sweden and the UK were challenged to deliver high-end performances across the three main strands of the course, which culminated in the planning and delivery of the complex Composite Air Operations (COMAO) phase. The successful graduates joins 33 more instructors from Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden and the UK which have already graduated from the previous two courses held in 2013 and 2014.

The live flying phase of the course was held at the Vidsel Test Range between 28 September and 17 October 2015. A versatile fleet was present this year. Austria participated with two OH-58 Kiowa helicopters, Sweden used HKP14 (NH90) and HKP16 (UH-60 Black Hawk), and the UK brought two CH-47 Chinook helicopters to the Vidsel Range.

The course has had a great recognition in various countries, and it is deemed to continue on an annual basis for at least six more years.
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Retirement ceremony for HKP 10 Super Puma
14 October, 2015
[Luleå] Today the Swedish Armed Forces celebrated the retirement of the last Swedish HKP 10 Super Puma. The ceremony was held at the F21 Air Force Base in Luleå, which in fact was the same place where the Swedish Super Pumas first entered service back in the spring of 1988.

The event marks the historic end of a decade-long hand-over phase, where ageing helicopter types have been replaced by new-generation helicopter systems. From now on the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing operates a fleet of HKP 14 (NH90), HKP 15 (AW109) and HKP 16 (UH-60M), which places the inventory among the youngest military helicopter fleets in Europe.

The nine HKP 10 Super Pumas have been gradually withdrawn from flying duties since March 2013, and they have been replaced by newly delivered NH90s throughout the process. The last few helicopters were operated at the 1st Helicopter Squadron in Luleå, following the retirement of the Super Pumas from service at the F17 Kallinge Air Force Base in December last year.

A large crowd gathered to bid farewell of the faithful workhorse - a helicopter that has built up a true character throughout its 27 years in service, transitioning from a sophisticated and rugged all-weather SAR helicopter to a versatile multi-role aircraft and a capable medical transporter. Many are those whose lives have been saved by the Super Puma.

The last remaining Super Puma, H-97, made some of its last flights during the event, and by coincidence it just passed 7000 flight hours the very same day. It will now make a few more flights prior to making its final landing in Linköping next week. Following the retirement, two helicopters will be displayed at air museums, one will be used as a technical training airframe in Halmstad and the remaining six will be offered for sale.
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First Bell 429 handed over to the Swedish Police
6 October, 2015
[USA/Canada] On the first of October Bell Helicopter Textron formally handed over the first of seven brand new Bell 429s to the Swedish National Police. The hand-over ceremony, which was held at Bell Helicopter's facilities, followed less than 15 months after the purchase agreement was signed at the large Farnborough Exhibition in the UK in July 2014.
The helicopter will replace the current fleet of EC135s, which in their turn replaced Bell Jet/Long Rangers back in 2001. The formal decision to replace the six EC135s, and to expand the fleet to a total of seven operative helicopters, was formally made by National Police Chief Bengt Svenson in September 2012. The seventh aircraft aimed to substitute for an aircraft lost in an accident back in 2007 (SE-HPS).

The Swedish Police Wing has operated helicopters since 1964, when operations began on Bell 47s, with SE-HDP being first one. Several Bell 206 Jet Rangers were added to the organisation in the 60s and 70s, and between 1979 and 1982 the Police Wing introduced Bell Long Rangers in order to modernize its fleet. By year 2000 the Swedish National Police operated four Long Rangers, three Jet Rangers and one Bell 47. These aircraft were all replaced by a batch of brand new Eurocopter EC135 P2s in 2001. A Jet Ranger remained in the organisation for flight training purposes. The new Bell 429s are now opening a new chapter in Swedish police aviation.
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First R66 Turbine has arrived in Sweden
28 September, 2015
[Västerås] Sweden’s very first Robinson R66 Turbine has arrived. The helicopter was imported from the Robinson Factory in Torrance, California, by Scandinavian Helicopter Center earlier this summer, and it is now becoming a frequent sight in Västerås. The R66 is owned by Roger Gudmundsäter, the original founder of iTell Helicopter and the previous owner of two R44s.

The R66 was assembled at Scandinavian Airtech’s maintenance base in Västerås and got its formal registration, SE-JYM, on 14 August. This aircraft is the third Robinson R66 to be registered in a Nordic country, following the arrival of a Finnish R66 (OH-HRR) in late 2014 and a Danish aircraft (OY-HPZ) earlier in 2015.

Roger Gudmundsäter says that Scandinavian Helicopter Center will use the R66 in its flight school, and that the ambition is to add the helicopter to a commercial air operator’s certificate in the near future.

The Robinson R66 is a light single-engine turbine helicopter that has been developed out of the popular Robinson R44. The type made its first flight in 2007 and it obtained its American FAA certification in 2010. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved the R66 in April 2014, following years of work by Robinson to answer to EASA’s technical requests. The R66 has been manufactured in approximately 700 units for the worldwide market this far.

The five-seat turbine helicopter follows the successful R44, which first arrived in Sweden in July 1996 (SE-JDG and SE-JFF). A total of 44 (yes that is a coincidence) R44s have been registered in Sweden this far and, adding to the popularity among private owners, the type has been widely accepted as a light and cost-efficient supplement in the commercial fleet of many operators since the early-2000.
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Helicopters damaged by blasting mishap in Norway
18 September, 2015
[Narvik, Norway] Several helicopters were damaged in a blasting mishap in Narvik, northern Norway, on Monday afternoon. The helicopters were parked at Helitrans’ base in Djupvik, moments east of Narvik, when a nearby (un)controlled blasting went wrong. A total of five helicopters were damaged, but fortunately no people were hurt. Three helicopters could return to service within a couple of days. The remaining two had obtained severe damages from flying rocks, with dents and holes in their airframes.
Helitrans were able to cover for the sudden helicopter shortfall with the help from competitive companies and leased helicopters. The extent of the repair work on the two grounded helicopters, and their expected downtime, is not known at this state.
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Final report after engine failure in Dovre, Norway
17 September, 2015
[Norway] The Norwegian Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) has published its final report following an accident that occurred at Hjerkinn, in the Norwegian Dovre Municipality, on 24 July 2014.

The helicopter involved in the accident was a brand new commercially operated Eurocopter AS350 B3e registered LN-OSY. The company was conducting transport missions for the Norwegian Armed Forces as part of the decommissioning of a local artillery range, and the helicopter was just taking off for a reconnaissance flight with a group of people when the engine quit. The 6600-hour pilot was left with no other choice than to make a forced emergency landing from a relatively low altitude and low speed, ending up with forward speed and low rotor RPM in an uneven terrain. The helicopter tilted forward upon impact and came to rest on its left side. All five occupants survived the accident, but the pilot sustained spinal injuries.

The Accident Investigation Board concluded that the accident was caused loss of engine power due to a blockage of the fuel supply to the engine. It was not, however, possible to find a clear explanation of what caused this blockage. The AIBN concluded that the cockpit warning system failed to provide the pilot with appropriate information regarding the severity of the onset malfunction. This has now been addressed by AIBN in a safety recommendation to the manufacturers of the engine and the helicopter.
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AW169 selected for Jämtland-Härjedalen’s EMS
9 September, 2015
[Östersund] Yesterday Scandinavian Air Ambulance (SAA) signed an emergency medical helicopter contract with Region Jämtland-Härjedalen for the continued operation of the EMS helicopter in Östersund, Sweden. The region has agreed with SAA and its subsidiary Scandinavian MediCopter to replace its current AS 365 N2 Dauphin with a brand new AgustaWestland AW169 from early 2017. The contract itself is valid until December 2021.

The AgustaWestland AW169 is a new medium-sized twin-engine helicopter in the 4.5 tonne class. The type, which fills the gap between the AW109 and AW139 in the AgustaWestland family, made its first flight in 2012, and it obtained its EASA certification earlier this summer. Scandinavian MediCopter’s new helicopter is expected to be the first AW169 in the Nordic countries.

Jämtland County is a veteran in EMS helicopter operations, with a history of ad-hoc helicopter usage since the 1950s and a contracted helicopter service since January 1994. The regional HEMS alert is held at Göviken Heliport in downtown Östersund, and it has been covered by Dauphin-family helicopters since 1996.

Scandinavian AirAmbulance is a large Swedish company that operates a wide range of intensive-care airplanes and EMS helicopters in Scandinavia. It has nine helicopter bases, stretching from Gällivare, Lycksele, Stockholm, Uppsala, Visby and Östersund in Sweden to Kuopio, Rovaniemi and Uleåborg in Finland.
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Famous pilot retires after years in the air
1 September, 2015
[Östersund] After a 41-year career, the famous pilot Ulf Grinde announces that he is retiring from commercial flight operations. Ulf, who is is the head of flight operations and co-owner of the family company Jämtlands Flyg AB, has made the astonishing achievement of passing more than 32.000 hours in the air, flying both helicopters and fixed-wings. He will now focus on ground operations for a while until he retires in order to focus on his veteran skiing career.
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Swedish helicopter damaged in Norway
16 August, 2015
[Norway] A Swedish single-engine turbine helicopter was involved in a hard landing near Reisadalen in Troms County in northern Norway yesterday afternoon. The Norwegian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre deployed a rescue Sea King helicopter and an EMS helicopter to the site, some 90 kilometres east of Tromsø. The helicopter was quickly found and the pilot, who was the sole occupant in the aircraft, was transported to a hospital due to back pain, according to NRK.

The cause of the incident is unknown at this time, but it is investigated by the Norwegian Accident Investigation Board.
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Helimeet 2015 is getting closer!
15 August, 2015
[Gothenburg] In two weeks from now, on 29 and 30 August, the Aeroseum Aviation Museum is hosting a unique helicopter event in Gothenburg. The Helimeet 2015 joins the Swedish rotary wing community in a two-day all-helicopter event at Säve Airport in Gothenburg. This tribute to Swedish helicopter history is the first fully dedicated helicopter air show in Sweden in many years, and it will treat its visitors with a wide range of interesting aircraft. The main star(s) of the weekend will be two retired HKP4 Vertol 107s, and the plan is to do ground-runs of at least one of them.

Some of the expected airborne participants are:
AW139 SAR Swedish Maritime Administration
S-76 EMS Svensk Luftambulans
EC 135 Swedish Police Wing
Bell 206 Jet Ranger Swedish Police Wing
R44 Northern Helicopters, Svensk Pilotutbildning (SPU) and Copterflyg
EC120 Svensk Pilotutbildning (SPU)
AS355 Northern Helicopters
HKP 5 (S.300) Flygvapenmuseum Helicopter Lovers
HKP 6 (B.206B) Flygvapenmuseum Helicopter Lovers

Some of the static aircraft are expected to be:
Bell 47 Swedish Police Wing
HKP 2 (Alouette II) Swedish Armed Forces
HKP 3 (Bell 204) Swedish Armed Forces
HKP 4 (Vertol 107) Swedish Armed Forces
HKP 5 (Hughes 269) Swedish Armed Forces
HKP 6 (Jet Ranger) Swedish Armed Forces
HKP 9 (Bo105) Swedish Armed Forces
HKP 10 (Super Puma) Swedish Armed Forces
S-76 SAR Swedish Maritime Administration

Unfortunately the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing is not able to participate in this event.
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Boom-strike accident in Norway
8 August, 2015
[Steinkjer, Norway] A Robinson helicopter was substantially damaged in an accident in Steinkjer Municipality, central Norway, earlier today. The aircraft was engaged in scenic tours in the area, and the pilot had just switched of the engine following a flight. As the rotor was spooling down an AS 350 B3 from the same company passed over the helicopter, causing the main rotor of the Robinson aircraft to flap down and hit its own tail cone. The Norwegian Accident Investigation Board reports that the aircraft obtained substantial damages in the accident, and the board has now initiated an investigation.
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Final NH90 delivered to the Finnish Armed Forces
11 July, 2015
[Finland] The 20th and final NH90 TTH helicopter has been delivered to the Finnish Armed Forces during a ceremony in Finland. This helicopter was assembled in Halli by Patria, an Airbus Helicopters local licensee.

The NH90, which according to NHIndustries is optimal for the cold weather in Finland thanks to its de-icing system and its high performance sensors, is the backbone of the Finnish Defence Forces' helicopter inventory. From now on, the initial batches of the NH90s will be retrofitted to the final operational standard.

The NH90 offers modern operations thanks to its large full composite airframe, its good power to weight ratio; and its wide range of role equipment. It features a redundant fly-by-wire flight control system for reduced pilot workload and enhanced flight characteristics. The NH90 is offered in two main variants, one dedicated to naval operations, the NH90NFH (Nato Frigate Helicopter) and a Tactical Transport Variant for land based operations. As of today, 244 helicopters have been delivered in Naval and Tactical transport variants. They are in service in Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Greece, Oman, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand.
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Kallax Flyg acquires WestHelicopter
3 July, 2015
[Luleå] Today Kallax Flyg announced that it has acquired all the stocks in Westhelicopter. The companies, which have their main bases located only 40 kilometers apart, are two substantial operators in the north of Sweden, and they are now forming the largest utility helicopter consortium in the country. Westhelicopter will continue to operate within its own structure for the present being, but the companies says that they will be merged in the future.

- We at Westhelicopter AB are very pleased to be included in Kallaxflyg and we are confident that this will lead to a positive development, through which Kallaxflyg will become the largest helicopter company in Sweden, says Henrik Morin, CEO of Westhelicopter in a press release.

Kallax Flyg and Westhelicopter are both engaged in the same line of businesses, and they both have fleets that are dominated by Airbus Helicopters. Kallax Flyg, which has its main base in Piteå, has helicopter stations throughout large parts of northern Sweden and Norway, and they operate a fleet of ten helicopters. Westhelicopter, based in Luleå, has bases at several locations in the country, and it operates approximately seven helicopters.
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Swedish Armed Forces certified for fire-fighting ops
2 July, 2015
[Linköping] The Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing has just been approved to carry water buckets for fire suppression under its Black Hawks and NH90s. The unit has previously performed fire-fighting operations with its Super Pumas and some of the now retired helicopter types, including the Vertol 107, the Bell 204 and the Bell 412. As new helicopter types are getting operational, and the last two HKP 10 Super Pumas are approaching their imminent retirement, the unit has now been upgraded with better fire-fighting capacities.

The buckets that are to be carried under the Black Hawk (HKP 16) and NH90 (HKP 14) have a capacity of 2500 litres, and they can either be carried using a long-line sling or directly connected to the cargo hook.

According Swedish law, the Armed Forces should support the society in the event of a crisis, given that this can be done with the existing resources. This leaves no room for additional resources, money or staff to the task, why no flight crews will be put in fire-fighting alert. Instead, crews are welcome to cancel vacations and holidays in order to help out if, and when, they can.
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Gothenburg HEMS incorporated in SLA
1 July, 2015
[Gothenburg] Starting from today the operations of the emergency medical helicopter in Gothenburg has been transferred from Norrlandsflyg Ambulans AB to HEMS federation Svensk Luftambulans (SLA). The helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76C+, and its staff will remain, but the air operator changes.

Svensk Luftambulans is a new local EMS helicopter federation that is shared by affiliated councils, currently Värmland, Dalarna and the Västra Götaland Region. It got its Air Operator Certificate in August 2014 and started with a temporary EC 135 P2 in Karlstad. The HEMS service in Dalarna is expected to start in late 2015.

The EMS helicopter service in Gothenburg has been operating in its civil state since February 2002. Västra Götaland's County Council has used Sikorsky S-76 helicopters for the purpose ever since. The operation is stationed at Gothenburg City Airport (Säve), and it covers a large region in the southwest of Sweden.
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Final report after MD600N accident in Stockholm
30 June, 2015
[Stockholm] The Swedish Accident Investigation Board (Statens Haverikommission, SHK) has published its final report following an accident that occurred in Kungsängen, moments northwest of Sweden's capital Stockholm, on 14 July 2014.

The aircraft involved in the accident was a private McDonnell Douglas MD600N registered SE-JKJ. It was approaching Stockholm during a ferry flight from Frösö Airport in Östersund when the engine suddenly quit. The 2100-hour pilot, who was the only person on board, entered an autorotation and did a 180-degree turn to reach land since he was over water. The helicopter ended up downwind in a heavy-flare landing in a farmland, after which it flipped over and obtained substantial damages. The pilot walked away unharmed.

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board concluded that the accident was caused by fuel starvation due to a malfunctioning fuel transfer system. Approximately 30 litres of fuel remained in the helicopter upon the time of the accident, but that could not be supplied to the engine due to a contaminated check valve. The accident board found that the helicopter’s Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) had failed to perform the manufacturer’s mandatory annual check of the fuel transfer system, which is considered to be a contributing factor to the accident.

The SHK continues its report by raising concerns regarding the foil body wrapping of the helicopter. The MD600 had been provided with a full-body advertisement coating that was of such an extent that it was to be considered an unauthorized modification of the helicopter. This did not, however, contribute to the accident.
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Heli AB adds third Ecureuil to its fleet
29 June, 2015
[Arjeplog] The family company Heli i Arjeplog AB has added a third helicopter to its fleet. The pre-owned AS350B3+, SE-JIU, teams up with the company’s two other Ecureuils, SE-JGV and SE-JKB. Heli i Arjeplog has its focus set in tourism and aerial works. It operates from a main base in the heart of Arjeplog, and has field bases in Tjärnberg, Björkliden and Kiruna.

The company's commercial air-taxi jobs are operated through the company Rotor Service Norden, which is administered in partnership with Fiskflyg.
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Atlantic Airways orders two AW139 helicopters
23 June, 2015
[Faroe Islands] AgustaWestland announced today that Atlantic Airways has signed a contract for two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform SAR missions and scheduled passenger transportation within the Faroe Islands. The helicopters are expected to be delivered late 2015 and in spring 2016 respectively, and will replace two Bell 412s.

“This is a significant improvement of our helicopter service as the old helicopters are downgraded as new and stricter regulations are introduced in the field,” Jørgen Holme, Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Airways, said. “With AW139 helicopters we are acquiring a modern fleet ready for the future, and which meets all relevant standards.”

Atlantic Airways, the national airline of the Faroe Islands, was founded in 1987 and began operating scheduled flights in March 1988. The 2015 schedule includes destinations in Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Spain, as well as the UK, all served with a fleet of three A319 aircraft. In addition two helicopters are operated on local services within the 18 Faroe Islands and provide as well search and rescue missions.
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Swedish SAR AW139 deal causes turbulence
19 June, 2015
[Norrköping] The Swedish Maritime Administration’s 2012 acquisition of seven AW139 all-weather Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters has caused media commotion in Sweden lately. The Swedish television show Uppdrag Granskning (“Assignment Investigate”) aired an investigative program on 29 April, where it questioned some details in the one-billion-SEK public tender, implying that the deal could have been set up in advance.

On 17th of June the police, led by the Prosecutor’s chamber of anti corruption, did a raid at the headquarters of the Maritime Administration.
The Maritime Administration confirms that the prosecutor has requested to see all the material that has been provided to the television show. It says that, according to the prosecutor, the investigation concerns a chain of events and not an individual person.
“We welcome the authorities' initiative and are collaborating with the authorities to swiftly provide all the material requested," says Ann-Catrine Zetterdahl, Director General at the Maritime Administration.

The Swedish Maritime Administration signed an agreement with AgustaWestland SpA for the purchase of seven new AW139 in October 2012. The helicopters were delivered between September 2013 and May 2015, and the first AW139 was deployed in active SAR service in April 2014. The new helicopter type, which has replaced the Sikorsky S-76C+/C++, is now serving Umeå, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Ronneby, with the Visby SAR station expecting its AW139 soon.
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Ronneby’s SAR is looking for a new location
12 June, 2015
[Ronneby] The Swedish Maritime Administration announces that it will start to look for a new strategic location for its most southerly-based Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter. The AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter, which operates from Kallinge Airport near Ronneby, was invited to move to the new military helicopter hangar that is being built at the other end of the air base perimeters, but the Maritime Administration says that the move would have a negative affect on the SAR operations.

- It has been our utter ambition is to find a solution that would enable a co-existence with the Armed Forces in the new H93 [hangar project] in Ronneby. However, we have concluded that a move to H93 would pose a potential safety hazard that the unit cannot accept, says Naomi Eriksson, Deputy General Director and Director of Air Rescue Services at the Maritime Administration.

The H93 hangar is a large 400-million-SEK project that aims to move all the helicopter operations from one side of the F17 Air Base to the other as the environmental permit will be revoked at the current location in 2017. The project, which is part of a large investment in the infrastructure at the air base, was approved by the Swedish Parliament back in 2004, and the final go-ahead was given by the Swedish Government in 2013. Work started in December 2013, and the hangar is expected to be finished in 2017.

The Swedish Maritime Administration has been involved in the planning, but it has now decided to leave the project in order to find a more suitable place that will meet the conditions required to conduct safe and reliable SAR operation.

Some of the reasons for leaving the H93 project are said to be the long taxi distances, a potentially crowded helipad and limited hangar space with no room for a backup SAR helicopter.

The Maritime Administration will finalize its study no later than September 30, and it says that it will strive to keep the helicopter in the Blekinge region, with Ronneby as its primary alternative.
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WestHelicopter places R44 in Nossebro
5 June, 2015
[Trollhättan] Today Westhelicopter AB, stationed in Luleå, announced that it will place a helicopter in Nossebro, near Trollhättan, in the southwest of Sweden this summer. The aircraft, a Robinson R44 (SE-JMM), will initially be available throughout the summer. The company has its main activity focused in the north of Sweden, but the company has several operations in the south of the country, like power line inspections and census operations.
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Final report from Hughes 269 accident near Kinna
2 June, 2015
[Kinna] The Swedish Accident Investigation Board (Statens Haverikommission, SHK) has published its final report following an accident that occurred at Öresten Airfield, near Kinna, on 23 February 2015.

The aircraft, a private Hughes 269A with the American registration N90584, was engaged in a local private proficiency training at the airfield. The pilot, who was the only occupant, was practicing snow manoeuvres when he lost visual references due to white out. The helicopter was in the process of landing from a hover when it struck the ground with the aft part of the skids, and the tail rotor impacted the ground. The pilot, who was the sole occupant onboard, was unhurt.

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board says that the accident was caused by the fact that the risks associated with hovering over snowy ground had not been considered sufficiently. The board concludes that the pilot lacked experience in flying in such conditions, which contributed to the accident. No safety recommendations have been issued by SHK.
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Finnish Hughes 500 in French accident
18 May, 2015
[France] A Finnish Hughes 500 has been involved in an accident near Bocognano in the south of Corsica, France. The aircraft was conducting a reconnaissance flight for a power line forest sawing operation when it lost power. According to French sources the pilot commenced an autorotation to a nearby clearing, but it was destroyed in a post-impact fire. The two people on board were seriously injured.
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NLA inaugurates new HEMS station in Narvik
30 April, 2015
[Narvik, Norway] Norsk Luftambulanse (NLA) made history by opening the twelfth helicopter emergency medical service station (HEMS) in Norway earlier today. The new station, which sits at Evenes Airport in Narvik, employs a brand new Airbus H145 (EC 145 T2), and it is expected to reach approximately 170.000 people in the region.
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STORM Heliworks is recruiting new co-workers
22 April, 2015
[Östersund] STORM Heliworks / Copterflyg is looking for a pilot and new ground support personnel for its helicopter operations. The company, which has its main base in Östersund, is now improving its team by hiring ambitions, thorough and positive co-workers.
The pilot position calls for an experienced person that will fly high-precision projects, like sawing, tree removal, mast mounting operations, sling load jobs and GPS based agricultural tasks.

Minimum requirements
 •  Valid CPL(H) and Medical Class 1
 •  1000 hours flight time (helicopters)
 •  Fluent in Swedish (written and spoken)
 •  One valid type rating in at least R44, EC 120 or AS350

Please note that this is not an entry-level job. Applicants should have due experience in the aerial work segment. Pilots with FI(H) or TRI(H) are highly valued for the job. Applicants that hold these features, but have not passed the 1000-hour mark, might still be of interest for the position.

The ground support position calls for a handyman that will handle the ground equipment, vehicles and special helicopter gear. The person will be stationed in Östersund, but job includes a lot of field work wherever the flight operations are carried out.

Read more about the job at Nordic Rotors’ recruitment page.
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R44 for lease wanted by Jämtlands Flyg
17 April, 2015
[Östersund] This is a call-out to all R44 owners out there. Our friends at the large Swedish helicopter operator Jämtlands Flyg is looking for a Robinson R44 Raven II to lease, starting from June through the rest of the year. The company is expecting a shortage of light helicopters since their two Robinsons are due for 2200-hour overhaul a bit earlier than forecasted. Anyone owning an unoccupied R44, and wanting a temporary assignment for the aircraft, are kindly asked to contact Sara Grinde, CEO of Jämtlands Flyg.

The company’s details are found here: www.jamtlandsflyg.se
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Jämtlands Flyg to close its Tärnaby base
7 April, 2015
[Tärnaby] The Swedish helicopter operator Jämtlands Flyg announces that it has decided to close its helicopter base in Tärnaby in order to focus on its main operations in Jämtland County. The Tärnaby base was established in a hangar between the mountain villages Tärnaby and Hemavan, in Västerbotten County, in 2007. Local base managers have administered the base since the start. The latest base manager is now in the process of launching a new helicopter service in the Tärnaby area.

Jämtlands Flyg’s CEO Sara Grinde says that it is time to take on new challenges, and adds that it will be great to have the business more geographically concentrated again. The company plans to establish a new field base at Åre Ski Resort this summer.
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Backup helicopter proposed for Svensk Luftambulans
1 April, 2015
[Karlstad] The County Board in Värmland proposes that the County Council are to facilitate the purchase of a backup helicopter to the HEMS federation Svensk Luftambulans. The federation, which is shared by Värmland County, Dalarna County and the Västra Götaland Region, is responsible for the members’ helicopter operations.

- Now that we are three members we have the need for a backup helicopter, and are able to acquire one that can be shared and operated throughout the federation, says Fredrik Larsson, county chairman.

The backup helicopter will cover for the main helicopters when they are in for routine maintenance or when training is needed.

- In this way we ensure a constant availability of lifesaving EMS helicopters, says Fredrik Larsson.

The other members, Dalarna and Västra Götaland, have not yet made the corresponding decision for a backup aircraft, but if the decision is made a new EMS helicopter can be deployed in the spring of 2016.
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Norsk Luftambulanse orders three Airbus H135
4 March, 2015
[HELIEXPO 2015 / Orlando, Florida] Norway’s Norsk Luftambulanse AS has ordered three H135s (EC135) to further broaden the leading medical airlift services provider’s fleet of Airbus-built rotorcraft. The agreement, signed today during the Heli-Expo 2015 industry convention in Orlando, Florida, marks Norsk Luftambulanse’s latest acquisition of Airbus Helicopters’ lightweight twin-engine rotorcraft – with its current inventory consisting of 13 H135s and two H145s (EC145).

“Norsk Luftambulanse is recognized for operational expertise and the focus on continually upgrading its operations to set the standards in helicopter emergency medical services,” explained Jacques Cardaillac, Airbus Helicopters’ Head of Sales for Northern Europe and the Benelux countries. “This latest H135 order is another endorsement of the Norsk Luftambulanse’s confidence in our products and services.”

With bases in Norway and Denmark, Norsk Luftambulanse is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Norsk Luftambulanse Foundation, whose mission is to develop air ambulance services through research and development activities, education and national collaborative projects.

“Our new order with Airbus Helicopters will ensure that we continue operating aircraft with the latest technologies and the most advanced mission capabilities,” said Norsk Luftambulanse CEO Syver Leivestad.

Airbus H135 is the new designation for the twin-engine EC135, and the new name reflects the new numbering of Airbus Helicopters’ product line as part of the company’s identity within the Airbus Group. Some of the new trade names are: H120 for the EC 120B, H125 for the AS 350 B3e, H130 for the EC 130, H135 for the EC 135, H145 for the EC 145 T2, H155 for the EC 155, H175 for the EC 175 and H225 for the EC 225. Airbus H160 is the name of the company’s brand new twin-engine 5.5-6-ton medium-class helicopter that was launched on 3 March.
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Saab to open Norwegian Sikorsky Support Center
4 March, 2015
[HELIEXPO 2015 / Orlando, Florida] Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced that the defense and security company Saab has become a Sikorsky-authorized S-92 helicopter Customer Support Center. The Customer Support Center will operate out of Aircontact Aviation Maintenance AS’ facility in Stavanger, Norway, and will offer maintenance services for North Sea operators of S-92 helicopters. The announcement was made at the 2015 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

“We are excited to add to our customer support in the North Sea with the opening of this center,” said Peter Grant, Director of Aftermarket Operations for Sikorsky Commercial Systems & Services. “By becoming a Sikorsky-authorized S-92 Customer Support Center, Saab validates their ability to assist customers with our growing fleet of more than 240 S-92 helicopters.”

Saab, from its location at the Aircontact Aviation Maintenance AS hangar facility, will provide support and enable quicker access to Sikorsky’s logistics and spare parts inventory for S-92 operators in the region.

“The confidence that Sikorsky places in us to operate their North Sea S-92 Customer Support Center is a testament of our unique technical expertise when it comes to helicopter maintenance and support solutions. Our initial commitment will be to provide cost effective maintenance inspections and services in order to ensure high availability of the S-92-helicopters. We look forward to a long-term relationship with both Sikorsky and the S-92 operators in the North Sea region,” said Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and Head of the Support and Services business area at Saab.

Sikorsky has delivered more than 240 S-92 helicopters to customers throughout the world. In 2014, Sikorsky celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the S-92 helicopter, which was first delivered in 2004. The fleet has reached more than 800,000 flight hours, with over 90 percent of those hours providing offshore oil and gas worker transportation. S-92 helicopters also perform search and rescue missions, heads of state missions, and a variety of transportation missions for utility and airline passengers.
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Swedish Police selects Bell 429 mission suite from Helinet
3 March, 2015
[HELIEXPO 2015 / Orlando, Florida] The Swedish National Police (SNP) has selected to deploy a comprehensive, country-wide, airborne law enforcement solution provided by Helinet Technologies, an international provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement, government and military markets. This will include a customized mission suite for the agency's seven, soon-to-be-delivered Bell 429 helicopters as well as the build-out of a nationwide network of ground-based microwave receive sites. The new system will support policing, counterterrorism and public safety operations, providing real-time aerial intelligence from Swedish Police Wing’s aircraft, operating anywhere in Sweden, to officers on the ground.

Developed to meet the specific needs of the SNP, the mission suite incorporates state of the art image capture, broadcast and receive technologies and will provide uninterrupted, interference-free streaming of HD video and data across the entirety of Sweden. Aircrews will be able to deliver real-time video via encrypted microwave downlink to command centers and to portable handheld receivers utilized by officers in the field. SNP operators will also be able to instantly overlay critical information such as addresses, points of interest and other data on top of the live video and transmit this information in real-time.

In addition to transmission through the microwave downlink, an encrypted Internet protocol capability will allow the SNP to deliver live streaming video and data anywhere in the world via WiFi, cellular data and satellite networks. Each helicopter will be equipped with both forward and aft cabin mission stations, allowing the system to be controlled from anywhere in the aircraft.

"This new solution will play a critical role in our crime prevention and public safety efforts throughout Sweden," said Bengt Grönlund, head of unit for the Swedish Police National Air Support Unit. Most importantly, Helinet is able to provide us with a complete, end-to-end package backed by an unparalleled support and training infrastructure to ensure we are using the solution at the highest level."

Today's deal builds upon Helinet's strong relationship with Bell Helicopter and its experience working with the Bell 429, most recently in developing an airborne system for the New York Police Department's (NYPD) fleet of 429s. Helinet will work closely with partners FLIR, Churchill Navigation, Troll Systems and Thommen in deploying the new solution, which utilizes commercial-off-the-shelf products in a custom configuration optimized to support the SNP's mission profile. The project extends the Helinet Technologies footprint into Europe, building upon the company's success with U.S. clients including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD).

"Having a robust airborne capability is a crucial element in running strong and effective law enforcement and counterterrorism operations," said Ron Magocsi, chief operating officer for Helinet Technologies. "We are pleased to join Bell Helicopter in partnering with the SNP and look forward to delivering a world-class solution that supports the country of Sweden's overall public safety efforts."
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SPU is looking for a new technician
24 February, 2015
[Gothenburg] Svensk Pilotutbildning (SPU) is looking for a new helicopter technician to its newly established maintenance organisation at Säve Airport in Gothenburg. The company is currently operating five R22s, one R44 and two EC 120B Colibris in the flight training role.
Here are some of the company's minimum requirements and favourable conditions:

• EASA Part 66 B1 aircraft maintenance license (helicopter)
• Good knowledge in Part 145 and Part M
• Type approval for R22, R44 or EC120

Read more about the job at Nordic Rotors’ recruitment page.
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Helicopter accident in Kinna
6 February, 2015
[Kinna] A privately owned Hughes 269A was damaged in an accident at Öresten Airfield near Skene, south west of Borås, on 6 February 2015. The cause of the accident, which occurred as the tail rotor of the helicopter hit the ground during hover, is unknown. The accident is being examined by the Swedish Accident Investigation Board (Statens Haverikommission, SHK).
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Gothenburg’s HEMS to join state organization
1 February, 2015
[Gothenburg] The emergency medical helicopter in Gothenburg will join the new local HEMS federation that is being established in Värmland and Dalarna. Adding to this, the federation, which is currently known as “Kommunalförbundet Ambulanshelikopter Värmland-Dalarna” (KAVD), will change name to “Svensk Luftambulans” according to a press release from Värmland’s County Council.

The EMS helicopter service in Gothenburg has been operating in its civil state since February 2002. Västra Götaland’s County Council has used Sikorsky S-76 helicopters for the purpose ever since. The operation is stationed at Gothenburg City Airport (Säve), and it covers a large region in the southwest of Sweden.

KAVD, or Svensk Luftambulans, is a new local EMS helicopter federation that is shared by affiliated councils, currently Värmland, Dalarna and soon Västra Götaland. It got its Air Operator Certificate in August 2014 and started with a temporary EC 135 P2 in Karlstad shortly thereafter. The HEMS service in Dalarna is expected to start later this year. KAVD recently ordered two brand new Airbus EC 145 T2 helicopters, with an option for eight more aircraft.
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Gothenburg City Airport closes for airline traffic
13 January, 2015
[Gothenburg] Gothenburg City Airport, more commonly known as Säve Airport, will be closed for airline operations, says state-owned airport operator Swedavia. The company issued a press release earlier today where it announced that it has taken over the remaining shares in the company that runs the airport and that it has decided to initiate a gradual shut-down of Gothenburg City Airport.

The decision comes following in-depth analyzes of the runway system that shows that extensive measures are necessary for long-term development of the airport. The airport has been closed for heavy traffic since late November 2014, when routine inspections showed deficiencies in the bearing capacity at the runway system. Swedavia estimates the cost of the necessary repair works to roughly 250 million SEK (approx. €26.3 million EUR). The remaining airline traffic will be moved to the large Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport, some 28 straight-line kilometres away.

Swedavia says that the commercial operators at Gothenburg City Airport will be offered establishment opportunities at Landvetter Airport. In addition, dialogues will be held with remaining operators, like public service aviation and general aviation, with the aim to find long term-solutions. Swedavia says that these can continue to use the infrastructure until further notice.

The full extent of the gradual shut-down is not yet known. Gothenburg City Airport has been a regional hub for helicopters ever since the 2nd Navy Helicopter Battalion moved here from Torslanda in 1969. The military Helicopter Wing left the airport in 2006, but a large number of civil operators, including several public service branches, are stationed at Säve. The airport houses modern hangars for the Swedish Police Wing and the county’s EMS helicopter, as well as a regional base for the Search and Rescue helicopter, a maintenance base for the Swedish Maritime Administration, two large helicopter flight schools (Svensk Pilotutbildning and Northern Helicopters) and an aerial work operator.
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