Heli Air currently has a fleet of four Mi-8Ps. These are expected to be good for at least seven to ten more years of operations.
Heli Air's rotary-wing fleet includes only passenger derivatives of the Mi- 8. They are converted for cargo transport or under-slung work as required.
Mi-8 LZ-CAV wearing UN Humanitarian Air Service titles in a typical Sudanese environment.
The Mi-8's service life is set at 35 years, with prospects for an extension to 40 years.
Additional equipment has been added to the older Mi-8PS to meet mandatory ICAO requirements for international operations in VFR conditions to support UN missions in Africa. These include weather radar and a new mode-S transponder.
Heli Air has used its Mi-8s and Mi-17s for the fire-fighting role. This shot shows an internal tank and plumbing used to carry and dispense fire retardant.
One of the four An-12s operated by Heli Air until March 2007. Three were sold following the ban on An-12 operations in Bulgaria. The fourth resides in front of Heli Air's hangar at Sofia Airport.
First flight of an L-410UVP-E20 fitted with a GE H80 engine at Kunovice on November 16, 2011.
The GE H80 engine was test flown for the first time fitted to L-410UVP-E20 OK-LEK at Kunovice on November 16, 2011.
The current L-410 UVP-E20 is powered with GE M601E engines.
The L-410 has proved to be the right aircraft for Heli Air. It is remarkably robust and affordable to operate and maintain in austere African conditions.
The Kunovice factory has a new paint shop.
Milling a wing component for the first L-410 NG prototype.
L-410s on the assembly line at the LET Aircraft Industries' plant at Kunovice in the Czech Republic.
A Heli Air L-410's cockpit during maintenance work.
New features on the L-410 NG
A Heli Air Mi-8MTV supplies humanitarian aid at remote mountain location in Pakistan.
Mi-8MTV-1 LZ-CDT delivers humanitarian supplies in Pakistan in the mid-2000s.
In the past Heli Air has subcontracted Mi-8s, Mi-8MTV-1s and Mi-17s for fire-fighting work in Turkey and Portugal.
Germanwings has launched a new brand and livery combining its existing blackberry colour with Lufthansa's yellow and the 'double checked' logo on the tail.