Eurocopter has sold eight Eurocopter EC135P2i twin-engined helicopters to the Bavarian government in Germany. The twin-engined aircraft will be used by the region's police force for airborne law enforcement, disaster relief and search and rescue operations when they enter service between September 2009 and April 2010, says Eurocopter. Meanwhile, CITIC Offshore Helicopter is planing to invest 897 million yuan ($131 million) to purchase 10 EC155B1 helicopters, in a bid to expand its presence in the offshore oil market. According to the statement filed with the Shenzhen stock exchange, the deal aims to expand the company's market share of the offshore oil business


India's Emric Aviation is planning to launch a helicopter charter service to cater to the needs of the fast-growing tourism industry in the south Indian state of Kerala.


Northstar Aerospace has added a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop engine test cell at its turbine engine service facility in Stroud, Oklahoma. The facility already offers maintenance, repair and overhaul of PT6T turboshaft power sections and combining gearboxes in helicopters, as well as small and medium-size PT6A turboprop engines used in fixed-wing aircraft. "Larger PT6A engines power 29 aircraft models that we have been unable to service until now," it says.

Source: Flight International