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Old 19th Jan 2021, 07:07
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Queensland Government Tender - Closing 5 Feb 2021

We have just receiver notification of Queensland Government’s Tender for the provision of reconnaissance drones fitted with cameras for tracking and monitoring of heavy road vehicles.

Title: NHVR516 - Mobile ANPR Cameras

Tender Issued by National Heavy Vehicle Regulator UNSPSC: Information Technology Broadcasting and Telecommunications - (50%); UNSPSC 2: Cameras - (30%) and UNSPSC 3: Target or reconnaissance drones - (20%)

Due to approaching deadline of
5 Feb 2021, we have provided our readers with QTenders contact information. Please note Qld has recently changed Tender Website details as follows:

The Qtenders site has moved and is now at https://qtenders.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders

Any genuine emails regarding QTenders will direct you to a website starting with:
https://www.qtenders.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders.

Emails coming from the QTenders always end either in @hpw.qld.gov.au or @ptd.zendesk.com

Qtenders System Support. Business Hours – 8:30 AM to 5 PM. (AEST) Brisbane time - UTC+10 hours. P: 07 3215 3699. E:
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Suggested tips:

• Log into QTenders site, find the tender by name above. Then register your interest or company. (Patience needed).

• Send ROI to the POC so they can keep you informed of changes. (Very important as they may add to their requirements.

We try our best to share emerging business opportunities with our readers in these difficult COVID-19 times.

Kindest regards and best of luck to ROI folks!

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Australian Robinson Helicopter Numbers in January 2021

According to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) data, current to 24 Jan 2021, the Australian helicopter fleet numbers 2,338. This makes Australia the fourth largest helicopter operator in the world. The Robinson Helicopter Company dominates the Australian register with 1,239 machines, or 52% of all helicopter registrations.

Looking back to 30 Jun 2020, the CASA Annual Report stated the Australian helicopter register had 2,335 listed. The fleet then consisted of 1,338 single engine piston and 628 single engine turbine helicopters. Multiengine machines below 5,700 kg totalled 185 and the heavier twin engine rotorcraft above 5,700 kg were 81. Amateur built were shown as 103.

It appears the Australian register has only increased by three helicopters over seven months, effectively a continuation of an almost zero growth over the past eighteen months. By comparison, the general aviation aeroplane listings are still in a negative growth situation.

Due to increasing demand for cattle as shown by current firm prices, strong export orders and the widespread heavy rain in most drought areas indicates a busy year for the mustering industry. But the COVID-19 concessions for check and training are now about to expire. Both industry and the regulator have warned of a possible pilot shortage (and technical staff) as we enter the 2021 mustering season. These shortages will be caused, in part, by the training industry being not able to requalify the workforce in sufficient time to cope with the rural industry and the expansion of our tourist activities in remote areas.

Robinson Helicopter Fleet – Update January 2021. Robinson R22 and R44 piston engine numbers make up 85% of the Australian piston fleet. A very large percentage of the Robinson fleet are used for cattle mustering in northern regions of Australia. Federal statistics state the mustering fleet probably logs more hours than all other operations combined. Mustering operations create jobs for many of the 4,400 licensed helicopter pilots in Australia.

Data current to 24 Jan 2021 shows Robinson registrations make up 1,238 of the 2,388 helicopters (52%).

Robinson R22 models. R22 – 11, R22A – 4, R22B – 615 and R22M – 9. A total of 639.

Robinson R44 models. R44 – 332 and R44 II – 236. A total R44 = 568.

Robinson R66 models. There are 32 on the register.

Registrations by state and territories

Robinson R22 (639). ACT – Nil, NSW – 86, NT – 107, QLD – 299, SA – 7, TAS – Nil, VIC – 14 and WA – 126.

Robinson R44 (568). ACT – 4, NSW – 131, NT – 62, QLD – 193, SA – 17, TAS – 9, VIC – 85 and
WA – 67.

This data has been shared by Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News. They are currently assisting others with the provision of Robinson Safety Courses to areas needing of refresher and currency training. The new courses have been upgraded to cover single pilot CRM (Human Factors) applicable to wire avoidance in low level operations. More info: Editor +61 (0) 415 641 774. Brisbane time UTC+10

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Old 29th Jan 2021, 09:50
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Start of Australian Robinson Helicopter Safety Courses for 2021

V2 Helicopters is providing the first of their 2021 pre-muster and tourism focussed Robinson Helicopter Safety courses at Archerfield, Qld on Sat 20 to Sun 21 February. The courses are being conducted by Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific (Facilitator - Rob Rich). V2 Helicopters are the course hosts. Post course Helicopter Flight Reviews, endorsements other mandatory check rides can be provided by V2 Helicopters. (Coordinator - Lenny Parratt).

The insurance industry has advised the general aviation industry that global insurance rates have been steadily increasing. Insurance providers claim this is due to the increasing accident rates and the resulting cost of claims becoming inflated by extra legal costs and tougher compensation settlements.

The new Robinson Helicopter Safety Courses will now include modules on low level wire avoidance and associated single pilot CRM human factors. This is becoming a requirement for some insurance companies. Many cattle mustering clients have made this upgraded training compulsory for pilots operating helicopters on their mustering contracts. (Certificate provided). The RSC will include accident-avoidance techniques, technical updates and tips from experienced tourist pilots and instructors. This is to ensure attendees heading out to their helicopter scenic and mustering jobs are fully refreshed, current and aviation business wise.

The two-day classroom training is AUD$390 incl GST. A course manual and other documents will be provided. Fee includes morning and afternoon teas, and healthy light lunches.


Bookings are essential. Due to limited room size, we suggest you book as soon as possible.
Call Rob Rich, course facilitator: 0415 641 774 or email: [email protected]

Flight proficiency flights: Attendees may wish to stay on to complete any check flights required employer or insurance company. Flight check ride enquiries should be directed to V2 Helicopters reception on (07) 3274 6666.

More info. Call Rob Rich on 0415 641 774 or email robsrich [@] bigpond (.) com.
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HAI Responds to Industry Voices and cancels HAI HELI-EXPO 2021

HAI, Alexandria, Va. Jan. 20, 2021. Responding to an increasing number of voices from across the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) industry, Helicopter Association International (HAI) has made the difficult decision to cancel HAI HELI-EXPO 2021.

HAI will not reschedule this year’s event. Instead, the association will redirect its efforts to producing HAI HELI-EXPO 2022, which will be held on 7–10 March 2022 in Dallas, Texas, a city that has traditionally been a hub of rotorcraft operations. HAI HELI-EXPO® has long served as a venue where the international VTOL industry annually gathers—to connect, learn, and conduct $2 billion in business.

“Please understand that we did not make this decision lightly,” says James Viola, President, and CEO of HAI. “HAI is here to support our members and customers. Leading up to mid-January,the majority ofindustry voices who contacted us supported holding Expoas long ashealth and safety protocols were in place.We took extraordinary steps, working with our partners in New Orleans, to be able to conduct a safe event.”


Asia-Pacific readers are hoping Australia’s Rotortech 2021 can keep on course – now being held in June 2021.

Let’s hope the vaccines can ease the pandemic. So, keep washing your hands and remember the 1.5 rule in relation to wearing of masks.


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Old 7th Mar 2021, 06:23
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First Australian Robinson Helicopter Safety Course for 2021

Held at Wacol, Brisbane, Qld. 20-21 February 2021

Industry Helping Industry

Due to the rising accident rates within the Australian Robinson Helicopter fleet, three Brisbane based companies teamed up to run the first of an updated series of the Robinson Helicopter Safety Courses, which now include human factors associated with wire avoidance techniques during low-level aerial work operations.

Insurers are again warning helicopter owners of potential problems with obtaining insurance due to the alleged increase in the number of accidents. This includes insurance of the helicopter (hull insurance) and personal insurance for the pilot (post-accident trauma and death).

This is a major threat to the Robinson fleet which make up more than half of the CASA Helicopter Register. During 2019 industry commentators called for the reintroduction the RSC which in the past proved be a solution when a similar situation arose several decades ago.

As a result, late in 2020, three Brisbane based companies teamed up to launch the first Robinson Helicopter Safety Course late February of 2021.

The three companies were:

GeoSim Technologies Pty Ltd. Provider of the venue and training facilities. The new classroom was withing the Vulcan Firefighting Simulation Centre being setup by Charles du Plessis, Managing Director. Charles took the inaugural class on a tour of the training centre now undergoing the final stages of construction.

V2 Helicopters. Offered to be host the first 2021 course designed as a pre-muster and tourist industry safety course. Host was Roger Mohr, CEO and Head of Operations. He was assisted by Len Parrett and Shane Woods. Attendees appreciated the time spent with V2 staff; many industry related questions were asked by all. V2 was able to later provide check flights if required by an employer, contractor or insurance provider.

Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific Pty Ltd. Course designer and facilitator, Rob Rich, CEO. Previously has conducted more than 105 courses, graduating 3,500 attendees. The RSC will include accident-avoidance techniques, technical updates and tips from experienced tourist pilots and instructors. This ensures attendees heading out to their 2021 jobs are refreshed, current and aviation business wise.

Rob Rich said the general aviation industry global insurance premiums have been steadily increasing. Insurance providers claim this is due to the increasing accident rates. In particular, of major concern to insurers is the cost of claims becoming inflated by “extra legal costs and tougher compensation settlements.”

Unfortunately, it appears we are following the US legal system where “huge payouts” are forcing premiums to be increased to cover future contingencies.

The updated Australian Robinson Helicopter Safety Courses will now include modules on low level wire avoidance and associated single pilot CRM human factors. This is becoming a requirement for some insurance companies. Many cattle mustering clients have made this upgraded training compulsory for pilots operating helicopters on their mustering contracts.

The students were well looked after by Charles and Helen du Plessis, who provided a catering service in their brand-new board room. The Vulcan Firefighting Simulation Centre is still under construction and hopefully will be operational later in 2021. Minor delays have been caused by suppliers encountering COVID-19 restrictions from time to time.

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Australian Helicopter Schools Directory April 2021 (draft)

The Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific Business Association (RAPBA) has sent a copy of their draft school directory for checking by the folks listed. RAPBA has reported, as a surprise to many, the list had grown from around 35 to more than around 45 active school over the past year or so, despite the COVID-19 crisis. Also, it appears most schools are facing a shortage of instructors as a larger than normal number of student are in training at present.

The age-old yardstick for measuring the industry’s health is the current CPL(H) enrolments at Advanced Flight Theory on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Apparently, their classroom which holds more than 20 is almost full according to an industry source. Upon graduation, the students will be heading to their preferred flying school to obtain their commercial licence.

These instructor shortages are confirmed after all job advertisements from various sources are gathered together. Fortunately, there is an increasing list of pilot jobs, driven in part by the drought recovery in rural areas and the marked increase in tourism due to the closure of our international borders.

So really, even the most pessimistic observers would agree this upward trend in the helicopter industry is most welcome.

But …. aeroplane training industry is all bad news.

Respected The Australian aviation writer, Robyn Ironside, stated “Flight schools in nosedive due to COVID.” Her recent report was very sobering, when compared to the RW situation.

Robyn wrote aeroplane flight training schools are struggling to stay open. With no international students and domestic demand for pilots nosediving, flight training schools are struggling to survive until borders reopen. Already three major flight training academies in the region have called in receivers, including Soar Aviation, China Southern West Australian Flying College and L3 Harris commercial aviation.

And the future for at least two other large schools is becoming more uncertain the longer international borders remain closed. Flight Training Adelaide CEO, Pine Pienaar, said he had already let 25 per cent of his staff go, and recently farewelled another 28 people. Of the school’s 72 aircraft, only 36 were in use. And although close to 200 international students wanted to enrol in the flight training school, they were unable to get to Australia because of the border closure. “I had 450 students in the college in March last year,” he said.“

#End Robyn's quotes..

On 10 Mar 2021, helicopter school numbers are 41. However, maybe half a dozen have remote bases, so the numbers of school locations are about 46.

Schools A-Z.
NSW – 13
NT – 1
QLD – 15
SA – 3
TAS – 2
VIC – 4
WA – 3

Total = 41

Draft school list effective 10 Mar 2021 to follow.
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Australian Helicopter Schools Directory April 2021 (draft) - Lists

We need your updates ASAP but not later than COB Fri 26 Mar 2021. The April edition of our directory will be emailed out on Sat 27 Mar 2021 - to 5,200+ complimentary subscribers now on our listings. This will include and our new Asia-Pacific (APAC) data base. Send to [email protected]

New South Wales - 12
Air & TG Helicopters.
Bankstown Helicopters.
Central West Helicopter School.
Fleet Helicopters.
Forest Air Helicopters.
Helifly.
Helicopter Transport and Training.
Hughes Helicopters.
Hunter Valley Helicopters.
Skyline Aviation.
Touchdown Training.
United Aero Training.

Northern Territory – 1
Ansett Aviation.

Queensland - 15
Aeropower Flight School.
Airwork Helicopters.
Blackberry Aviation & Flightscope Helicopters.
Blue Tongue Helicopter Services.
Elite Aviation Academy.
GBR Helicopters.
Helibiz Whitsunday.
Helitec.
LifeFlight Australia.
Professional Helicopter Services.
Queensland Helicopter School.
Surf Life Saving QLD.
Townsville Helicopters.
Utility Helicopters.
V2 Helicopters.

South Australia - 3
Flight Training Adelaide.
Helistar.
South Coast Helicopters.

Tasmania - 2
Rotor-Lift Helicopters.
Tasmanian Air Tours.

Victoria – 4
Helicraft Academy.
Melbourne Helicopters Pty Ltd.
Professional Helicopter Services.
The Helicopter Group.

Western Australia - 3
Australian Helicopter Academy.
Corsair Helicopter Flight Training.
Heli West.

Theory schools, simulator centres and non-technical aviation course providers list is being prepared.

Not on the current list? Or you note a school that has closed, then please contact the author, Rob Rich, 0415 641 774 [email protected].
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Tender: Aerial Application of Mosquito Control Product.
Turbine Helicopter. Closing 6 Apr 2021


Number - ITT2042. Released - Sat, 13 Mar 2021.
Closing - Tue, 6 Apr 2021, Brisbane, Queensland.


To our valued subscribers and helicopter operators,

If you need the complete suite of tender documents, please contact Rob at E: [email protected]. We have downloaded the list of publications from their website for you as the deadline is very close!

Kindest regards,

Rob Rich – Editor
Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific E-news & Board Room Briefings
E: [email protected]
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Passing of the baton? End of an era after 33 years!

Sandhills Pacific Acquired Aviation Trader on 26 Mar 2021

Source: Sandhills Pacific 29 Mar 2021. Sandhills Pacific has acquired Aviation Trader, a leading resource for buying and selling new and used aircraft in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. Aviation Trader joins a comprehensive portfolio of Sandhills brands serving the aviation industry. These include Controller, Executive Controller, and Charter Hub, which together meet the needs of buyers, sellers, charter travellers, and operators worldwide.

With the acquisition, Sandhills announced the launch of a redesigned AviationTrader.com.au website and monthly Aviation Trader print publication.

More updates to follow.

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Australian Helicopter Schools Directory – April 2021 edition available mid-April

Please note author’s email has changed. Rob Rich E: robsrich [@] icloud (dot) com
Mobile +61 (0) 415 641 774. Time Brisbane UTC +10.

Good news for our now busy training industry segment. As promised the inaugural edition will be issued mid-April. Several drafts have been circulated to around 40 active flying schools in Australia. We have received a large number of updates and thank those who took the time to keep their entries current. As it is being produced and sponsored by Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News, it is available to all at no cost.

Due to COVID related delays any changes you have for the April Edition have been moved back to COB Wed 14 April 2021. We need your final updates ASAP. The April edition of our directory will be emailed out on Sat 24 April 2021 - to our 5,200+ subscribers now on our listings. This will include and our new Asia-Pacific (APAC) data base.

Standard entry. Schools should note a standard entry – free. (25 words). Premium entry. $29 per quarters or $99 per year. (80 words). Four issues, Jan, Apr, Jul and Oct.

Australian school numbers: ACT – nil; NSW – 11; NT – 1; QLD – 15; SA – 3; TAS – 2; VIC – 4 and WA – 3. A total of 39.

A possible record result as many schools have approved remote bases in other states, which are not counted in totals above.

Enjoy and watch out for our coming listings on simulator operators and non-technical skills course providers. Are you one - tells us!

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AVALON Airshow deferred a week because of F1 Grand Prix

Source: CONTACT magazine 30 Mar 2021. The Australian International Air Show at Avalon, Victoria, has been deferred for a week because of the rescheduled Melbourne Formula 1.

The deferment means the Royal Australian Air Force can celebrate their Centenary for a week longer than scheduled.

CEO for the air show organising company Ian Honnery said the recent rescheduling of the 2021 Melbourne Australian Formula One Grand Prix to the week before AVALON 2021 meant that two of Victoria’s largest and most complex events would be held in consecutive weeks. “We have completed a review of the implications of any potential logistic confliction, to determine whether Avalon 2021 should proceed on its current schedule or be deferred by one week – and determined that Avalon 2021 will be deferred to new dates, 30 November to 5 December 2021.

“This decision was taken in consultation with major stakeholder, the Royal Australian Air Force, reflecting the RAAF’s commitment to what will be the major airshow event of the RAAF Centenary year.

“As the most comprehensive aviation, aerospace and defence exposition in the southern hemisphere, the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition will be a key platform for development of Australian industry, and for promotion of civil and defence aviation to Australian and international visitors.”
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APAC NEWS – CHINA has 1,092 helicopters compared to Australia’s 2,350 + NZ’s 900.

China – Prior to Corona pandemic, airline industry was booming but GA industry is small by comparison – why?

Wu Zhendong, Chairman, Avion Pacific Limited Chairman and CEO once stated in prior to COVID-19 that when the General Aviation (GA) industry in China began over half a century ago in 1951, its primary goal was to carry out agricultural missions. It was not until after the cultural revolution in 1971 that China's GA industry underwent a planning and revival phase that lasted roughly two decades.

After 1996, China's annual GA growth represented the highest growth in the world. But a lack of aviation infrastructure, high operating costs, regulatory restraints, and unfavourable public perceptions stopped the nation from reaching its full GA potential, including the use of helicopters.

The 2008 earthquake in Sichuan served as a costly wake-up call of the need for a much more robust aerial disaster relief and emergency rescue system and was the seed that sparked high-level discussions for easing regulatory restrictions that were in existence at that time.

In June 2019, just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boeing claimed, ‘after decades of economic and population growth, China is set to become the world’s largest domestic aviation market by 2028.’ This is due to outbound Chinese travel projected to grow between four and six percent annually. Further, Airbus predicted China’s airline fleet will grow to more than 7,400 by 2037.

In contrast, the GA industry, including rotorcraft, is almost non-existent, when compared to other much smaller aviation orientated nations.

Data current to August 2020, indicates GA aircraft in China reached 2,930, an increase of 6% over the previous year. They were operated by 443 GA companies.

However, the growth rate of new GA companies has slowed due to the pandemic.

One curious feature of the Chinese aviation industry is the enormous number of airline pilots, technicians and cabin crew who are trained overseas due to the lack of China based airline training resources.

The helicopter industry, to a lesser degree has this problem. The number of helicopters operating in China is less than half those in Australia (or one third of those in Australia and New Zealand.) China GA registrations are listed as: aeroplanes - 1,472, (50%); helicopters - 1,092 (37%); and others including 326 business jets (13%).

COVID-19 recovery is now well underway. In 2019, GA flight hours increased by 14% to more than one million. Flight hours in 2020 have been affected by the COVID-19 epidemic causing a decrease in February and March, compared with the same period in 2019. But in April and May, flight hours quickly recovered as the pandemic came under control.

In June 2020, flight hours exceeded the total of the same period in 2019! Good news overall!

Source: Board Room Briefings - Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News.
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From ABC sunshine coast Facebook - Pilot Fined
"A man has been issued with a penalty infringement notice by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) for landing a helicopter on Fraser Island without authorisation.
A ranger spotted the helicopter flying at a low altitude and landing near Eli Creek. When approached by the ranger, the pilot said he was collecting visitors from the island. He was issued with a $500 Penalty Infringement Notice. The Department of Environment and Science has reminded private pilots that it is an offence to land an aircraft, including an aeroplane, helicopter or light aircraft on Fraser Island or other QPWS managed areas without permission, under the Nature Conservation (Protected Areas Management) Regulation 2006."

A phone call or two prior maybe could arrange a landing permission - rather than a $500 fine.

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I would surmise that permission would not be given.

Do the 4 wheel drives on the beach require permission? If so it would be good if helicopters were treated in a similar way!
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All vehicles going to K'gari (Fraser Island) must have a permit to go to the island. Only four-wheel drive vehicles are permitted on the island and permits must be clearly displayed on the windscreen. All-wheel drives are not permitted as the terrain is difficult and can be rough.

For less than one month fee is $52.75. More if you go further into the island.
Ferry starts at $105. Campers must pay fee and are booked into an area.

So the permit gives permission and a lot of safety rules to follow. Hope this helps.

Aviation legislation indicates landowners permission must be obtained. And remember some councils, etc have bylaws forbidding helicopters landing - and even drones are being banned.

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What is happening in Australia and NZ rotorcraft industries as COVID slowly fades - and what is their relationship with Asia-Pacific (APAC) nations. Part 1 of 3.

Source: Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News – 23 Apr ’21.

Researchers noted in December 2020 that looking ahead to 2021 and beyond the post COVID-19 recovery era, there were enormous rotorcraft business opportunities in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) Region for Australian and New Zealand businesses interests located in a region where past predicated growth rates has always exceeded other global regions.

APAC comprises a collection of around 21 countries located in or near the Western Pacific Ocean. This includes Japan, East and South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. China is the largest country by area, followed by Australia, India, Indonesia, and Mongolia. The smallest country by size is Macau.

The region is home to some of the most populous countries. China has the largest population in APAC (and the world), with 1.44 billion people (UN). India follows closely, with 1.38 billion. The third-most populous country in the region and the fourth-most populous in the world, is our close neighbour Indonesia, with over 276 million people. The smallest by population is the British Indian Ocean Territory, which has just 3,000 people.

Industry commentators often ask for more precise figures on the helicopter industry in APAC. Data released at the Singapore Airshow in February 2020. Showed there an estimated 6,600 helicopters in the region. The Australian and New Zealand helicopter figures were a surprise to many as the combined population of both is almost 30 million. They operate more than 3,300 helicopters. About one half of the number in APAC.

More in next two updates, Editor.
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The Million Dollar Question?
Overseas rotorcraft folks often ask about the number of Australian helicopters that are registered by companies compared to the number of private owners? CASA data shows of the 2,415 registered helicopters. 1,960 were listed as being owned by companies and 455 by private owners.

In brief, 19% of the CASA Registrations are private owners and 81% are listed by PTY LTD entities.
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But how many of those corporations are simply holding companies that exist for privacy, tax and/or liability purposes while the aircraft are used for private operations only? In the US that is quite common. It may not be a good indicator of how the helicopter is really being used.
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) Fleet Data – Update.

Source: Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News – shared info for PPRuNe fans.

On 16 April 2021 CASA PNG had 233 aircraft listed. Of this number 130 were aeroplanes (56%) and helicopters 103 (44%).

Current trend. A slow decrease in registrations. In 2015 fleet was 275. Now 233, down 42 over five years or 15% reduction. At a guess, a 2- 3% loss rate per year. COVID impact not known TBA.

Six largest RW operators in PNG.

Helilift Aviation Ltd - 31.
Pacific Helicopters Ltd – 21
Heli Niugini Ltd – 16.
Heli Operations Ltd – 11.
Ballina/Niugini Helicopters - 9.
Manolos Aviation Ltd – 9.

PNG Helicopter Types @ 16 April 2021.

Bell 205 – 1; Bell 206 – 11; Bell 212 – 18; Bell 214 – 3; Bell 222 – 1; Bell 407 – 20; Bell 412 – 3; Bell 427 – 1; Bell 430 – 1; Boeing 234 - 3; Airbus AS350 - 4; Eurocopter AS350 – 5; Airbus BK117 - 6; Eurocopter BK117 – 1; Kawasaki BK117 – 11; Airbus BO105 – 4; Eurocopter BO105 – 3; MIL M18 – 6; and Sikorsky S76 - 1

Bell dominates the PNG register with 59 listed (57%) next is Airbus has 14 (13%).

MIL18 has 6 of their heavy machines on PNG register. Readers may be surprised to note there are no piston engined machines or MD Helicopters on the PNG Aircraft Register @ 16 Apr 2021

The COVID results may indicate an increase in flying hours due need to provide medical services to remote areas; more updates when released by CAA PNG.

Does anyone in PNG have any updates for PPRuNe readers?
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Looks like that number for Hevilift can come down 1:
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/261166

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