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LN-OJF Preliminary Report: H225 Concerns Remain Open

LN-OJF Preliminary Report: H225 Concerns Remain Open

A Preliminary Report into the fatal accident of the CHC operated H225 helicopter LN-OJF by the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) was issued on April 28th 2017 (“The Report” is located at https://www.aibn.no/Aviation/Investigations/16-286. The detailing of the catastrophic events makes very sad reading indeed, particularly the questions as to: 1. Why two similar catastrophic accidents… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake for HeliHub.com, 03-May-17

Airbus responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

Airbus responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

Airbus Helicopters have today issued the following statement to coincide with the publication of another Preliminary Report by AIBN – the Accident Investigation Board of Norway – into the fatal accident of EC225 LN-OJF on 29th April 2017, it being the first anniversary tomorrow.  Further comment is given below the statement Statement from Guillaume Faury,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Apr-17

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EASA responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

EASA responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) takes note of the publication today by the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) of the preliminary investigation report of the tragic accident of an Airbus Helicopters EC225 (registration number LN-OJF) which occurred on 29 April 2016 in Norway. While the accident investigation is not complete, EASA continues to implement… Read more »

Source: EASA, 28-Apr-17

Norwegian Investigators issue another Preliminary Report on EC225 accident

Norwegian Investigators issue another Preliminary Report on EC225 accident

Investigation of helicopter accident at Turøy near Bergen in Hordaland county, Norway Description 29 April 2016 the Main Rotor Head (MRH) and mast suddenly detached from an Airbus Helicopters EC 225 LP enroute from Gullfaks B to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter impacted on a small island east of Turøy. All 13 people on board… Read more »

Source: AIBN, 28-Apr-17

Parilease asks Avinco to manage 21 ex CHC EC225s

Parilease asks Avinco to manage 21 ex CHC EC225s

Helicopter marketing company Avinco has been asked to recover, manage and remarket a fleet of EC225s previously operated by CHC following the operator’s filing for Chapter 11.  Avinco report that they have already completed a “lengthy and complex” initial phase consisting of centralising 21 machines spread about the world to one European location.  HeliHub.com research… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-16

Avinco to remarket 21 ex-CHC H225 fleet

Avinco to remarket 21 ex-CHC H225 fleet

Avinco was recently awarded the largest contract of its kind, in charge of recovering, managing and remarketing a fleet of H 225 superpumas previously operated by CHC following the operator’s filing for Chapter 11. Further to the lengthy and complex initial phase consisting of centralising 21 machines spread about the world to one European location,… Read more »

Source: Avinco, 19-Oct-16

Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

It must have been with some trepidation that Airbus anticipated attending Helitech this year. For the second time in three years their flagship offshore helicopter, the H225 along with the AS332L2, had been grounded following a tragic accident in Norway on 29th April 2016, leading to an idle fleet of 111 H225s and over $3billion… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 12-Oct-16

EASA allows EC225 and AS332L2 to fly

EASA allows EC225 and AS332L2 to fly

On 7 October 2016 the decision to lift the temporary flight suspension of the Super Puma EC225 LP and AS332 L2 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters put in place on 2 June 2016 following the crash of an EC225 LP helicopter in Norway on 29 April 2016. The set of very stringent protective measures which enable the… Read more »

Source: EASA, 07-Oct-16

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UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

Following the release today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of proposals to allow the return to service of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that its existing restriction, prohibiting all commercial flying of this type by UK operators, is to remain in place. The Super… Read more »

Source: CAA, 07-Oct-16

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Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

{electronic translation} CAA has, like the British Civil Aviation Authority determined that there is still a flight ban for helicopter types EC225LP and AS332L2 until further notice. This decision follows after Europe’s Aviation Safety Agency EASA today decided to again permit the use of Airbus helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma. The ban on flights… Read more »

Source: NCAA, 07-Oct-16

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Botswana Defence Force Buys EC225LP from Spanish Police

Botswana Defence Force Buys EC225LP from Spanish Police

The Botswana Defence Force Air Wing has recently bought a second hand Airbus Helicopters EC25LP Super Puma Mk. It was originally used by the Spanish Police in 2010 for the National Police Corps Special Operations Group and returned to Airbus Helicopters in 2013 as part payment for their new EC135s. It was in storage up… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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The distressed H225 fleet – A review

The distressed H225 fleet – A review

In an article published on 6th July 2016, “Future of H225 compounded by HUMS investigation remark”, I concluded that “The CHC Chapter 11 process has a long way to run yet.  The outcome for the offshore helicopter market will be significant as strategies for his large fleet emerge from the affected lessors; all of them… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 19-Aug-16

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Future of EC225 compounded by HUMS investigation remark

Future of EC225 compounded by HUMS investigation remark

The Chapter 11 insolvency process is a daunting one for companies entering into the procedure, but it can also be a stark reminder to suppliers that the contracts they entered into with debtors can not only be worthless but also leave them with significant additional burdens to consider.  For the CHC Helicopter Group of companies,… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 06-Jul-16

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Where next for the Super Puma and EC225?

Where next for the Super Puma and EC225?

The presentation of an update yesterday on the Norwegian investigation of April’s EC225 accident brings us closer to the issue being one that puts the onus on Airbus rather than CHC – see earlier article. If, and we stress it is still conditional, the final report continues in the same way, then Airbus Helicopters have… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-16

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Norwegian EC225 investigation points to gearbox planet gears – again

Norwegian EC225 investigation points to gearbox planet gears – again

The Accident Investigation Board of Norway (AIBN) has released another update in their investigation of the Airbus EC225 accident which happened on 29th April as the CHC aircraft was returning from the Gullfaks platform to Bergen Airport. Of particular note, they state “At this stage of the investigation, the AIBN finds that the accident most… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-16

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Indonesian Air Force grounds Super Pumas

Indonesian Air Force grounds Super Pumas

A recent report in the Jakarta Post noted that the Indonesian Air Force has stopped flying its fleet of Super Pumas, believed to be 12 strong.  Air Force spokesman First Marshal Wieko Sofyan has reportedly said that Air Force chief of staff, Marshal Agus Supriatna, had instructed the suspension pending the result of study by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jun-16

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EASA grounds Airbus AS332L2 and EC225

EASA grounds Airbus AS332L2 and EC225

EASA has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive 2016-0104-E which prohibits any flights of Airbus AS332L2 and EC225 helicopters with the exception of a single flight without passengers to ferry such a helicopter to a maintenance base.  This follows earlier groundings from the national Civil Aviation Authorities of Norway and the UK, with the exception of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jun-16

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HeliHub calls on Bell to apologize to Airbus Helicopters

HeliHub calls on Bell to apologize to Airbus Helicopters

Respected aviation media outlet Aviation International News has run a story quoting Bell saying that their new 525 Relentless helicopter, currently under development, is a “Super Puma replacement”.  Helihub.com has requested validation of the quote from Bell, but despite opening our email within one minute of sending it over four hours prior to us publishing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-May-16

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HeliSpeed to supply pilots to Vector Aerospace

HeliSpeed to supply pilots to Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is delighted to announce that it has signed a three-year contract with HeliSpeed Ltd. for the supply of civil pilots to assist the growth of Vector’s UK facilities. The contract, which will see HeliSpeed supply pilots in support of Vector’s growing… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 17-May-16

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CHC to cut fleet by 90 by mid July

CHC to cut fleet by 90 by mid July

An official court-filed statement provides a lot more information about the situation at CHC.  It was filed by Michael B Cox, Global Head of Seabury’s Corporate Advisory Services.  Seabury was retained by CHC Group and each of the other debtors (collectively, the “Debtors”) in early 2016 to provide strategic business advice with respect to restructuring… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-16

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Full analysis of the impact on CHC of the Norwegian EC225 accident

Full analysis of the impact on CHC of the Norwegian EC225 accident

Two and a half weeks ago, on April 15th, CHC chose to delay the payment of $46 Million in interest due on its 9.25% senior secured notes maturing October 15, 2020 (the “2020 Notes”).  At the time, our analysis of the company’s unaudited balance sheet at 31 January 2016 showed that its liabilities exceeded its… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-16

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AS332 Super Puma is NOT implicated by Bergen EC225 accident

AS332 Super Puma is NOT implicated by Bergen EC225 accident

Given the volume of emails and phone calls that HeliHub.com has received in recent days, mainly from outside the helicopter industry, we are taking this opportunity to put one key point down in writing. They key area of investigation is the main rotor gearbox and the suspension bars which sit at an angle to hold… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-16

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Shell puts pause on using CHC Norway

Shell puts pause on using CHC Norway

Shell has issued the following statement, in which they confirm they are suspending using CHC Norway as an operator.  The oil company’s decision does not extend to CHC in any other country. “Shell has with sadness followed the reports of the tragic event outside Bergen in Norway. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the… Read more »

Source: Shell, 04-May-16

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Latest statement (May 3) from Airbus Helicopters on EC225 situation

3 May – Airbus Helicopters welcomes the announcement made by the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) today. The investigation will now solely be focused on potential root causes of a technical failure, such as design, production, and/or maintenance. Airbus Helicopters continues to provide its full support to the AIBN investigation. At this stage and based… Read more »

04-May-16

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EASA issue Emergency AD for EC225

EASA issue Emergency AD for EC225

EASA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD), following the tragic accident which occurred in Norway on 29 April 2016 to an Airbus Helicopters EC 225 helicopter. The partial information available so far indicate an in-flight separation of the main rotor from the main gearbox (MGB); an investigation is on-going to identify the root cause of… Read more »

Source: EASA, 03-May-16

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Norwegian Investigator’s statement on EC225

Norwegian Investigator’s statement on EC225

The Accident Investigation Board Norway arrived at the accident site on Turøy in Hordaland Friday evening. Helicopter wreckage was retrieved from land and the sea bottom Saturday and was then transferred to Haakonsvern naval base (Bergen) by ship. The combined Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recorder was retrieved from the wreckage Friday night. The unit… Read more »

Source: AIBN, 03-May-16

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OIl & Gas UK statement on EC225

OIl & Gas UK statement on EC225

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director with Oil & Gas UK, said: “This is tragic news from Norway and our immediate thoughts go to the family, friends and colleagues of those involved in this incident. “The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has followed the Norwegian CAA in issuing a Safety Directive effective from… Read more »

Source: OIl & Gas UK, 03-May-16

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CHC statement on EC225 accident

CHC statement on EC225 accident

CHC Helicopter Service earlier today confirmed that flight HKS 241 from the Gullfaks B platform was involved in an accident near the Flesland Airport in Bergen, Norway on April 29, 2016. The helicopter, an Airbus EC 225, carried 11 passengers and two crewmembers. The flight was operated on behalf of Statoil. “We are greatly saddened… Read more »

Source: CHC, 03-May-16

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UK AAIB statement on EC225

UK AAIB statement on EC225

The AAIB is deploying a small team to assist the Norwegian AIBN in their investigation of a helicopter accident near Bergen. Air Accidents Investigation Branch Chief Inspector Keith Conradi said: “We were sad to hear of the loss of a helicopter west of Bergen, Norway. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has offered to assist the… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 03-May-16

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Bristow statement on EC225

Bristow statement on EC225

On Friday, April 29, 2016, an accident occurred with an Airbus Helicopters EC225LP (also known as a H225) model helicopter operated by another helicopter company, which resulted in a crash near Turøy outside of Bergen, Norway. The aircraft was carrying eleven passengers and two crew members at the time of the accident. Thirteen fatalities were… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 03-May-16

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CHC EC225 – Text of Norwegian Safety Directive

CHC EC225 – Text of Norwegian Safety Directive

SAFETY DIRECTIVE – Airbus Helicopters EC225LP – Limitation of operations in the Kingdom of Norway due to fatal accident on the 29th of April 2016 This Safety Directive contains mandatory action that is required to establish an acceptable level of safety. It is issued in accordance with the Aviation Act (Luftfartsloven) §4-1 and regulation (EC)… Read more »

Source: Luftfartstilsynet, 03-May-16

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Airbus Helicopters believe EC225 is safe to fly

Airbus Helicopters believe EC225 is safe to fly

Below is the wording of two separate statements from manufacturer Airbus Helicopters following the accident of an EC225 operated by CHC on 29th April   May 1, 2016 – Considering the additional information gathered during the last 48 hours, Airbus Helicopters’ decision, at this stage, is to not suspend flights of any nature for the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-May-16

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CHC EC225 – UK CAA statement

CHC EC225 – UK CAA statement

“Our thoughts are with those affected by the tragic accident in Norway. “Following the accident the UK CAA has issued an instruction to stop any commercial passenger flights by UK operators flying the Airbus EC225LP helicopter. This mirrors action taken by the Norwegian CAA. The restriction does not apply to search and rescue flights. “The… Read more »

Source: CAA, 03-May-16

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Bristow starts flying S92 and EC225 for Petrofac under new flight-share agreement

Bristow starts flying S92 and EC225 for Petrofac under new flight-share agreement

Bristow Helicopters Limited, the market leading helicopter logistics company, has commenced flights for Petrofac in the Central North Sea. The contract, which sees Bristow flying Petrofac passengers to the Central North Sea for the first time, commenced in March and will continue for three years, with two additional one year options. Alan Corbett, Managing Director… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 06-Apr-16

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FAA approves Heli-One repair station in Poland

FAA approves Heli-One repair station in Poland

Heli-One’s Rzeszow, Poland facility has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repair station approval. Heli-One Poland’s facility, which opened in 2014, provides base maintenance support for Airbus AS332, H225, and H135 aircraft. In addition, it offers component repairs such as the AW139 exhaust duct. This approval offers U.S.-based operators or U.S.-registered aircraft a new cost-efficient maintenance… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 01-Apr-16

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Heli-One Completes Airbus H225 9,000 HR G Check

Heli-One Completes Airbus H225 9,000 HR G Check

Heli-One, the world’s largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has completed the 9,000 HR G Check on a H225 for a major operator in the North Sea. The maintenance was performed at Heli-One’s Stavanger facility in Norway, and marks the first major H225 inspection for that operator. Heli-One became the… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 10-Mar-16

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Heli-One develops custom H225 SAR mods for CHC

Heli-One develops custom H225 SAR mods for CHC

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has completed search and rescue (SAR) cabin modifications on two Airbus Helicopters H225 aircraft for CHC Helicopter (CHC). The cabin modification was designed in close collaboration with CHC’s SAR crews to optimize usage within a size-restricted space. The design is a modular… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 02-Mar-16

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Airbus approves CAE Oslo Simulation Centre

Airbus approves CAE Oslo Simulation Centre

Airbus Helicopters has designated CAE’s Olso helicopter training centre an Airbus Helicopters Approved Simulation Centre for H225 recurrent training. This is the culmination of a process that included a rigorous evaluation of the centre’s H225 simulator verifying its fidelity based on Airbus Helicopter’s simulation package, and completion of an Airbus-led training program for CAE instructors…. Read more »

Source: CAE, 02-Mar-16

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Heli-One completes on-site H225 support in South Korea

Heli-One completes on-site H225 support in South Korea

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, was selected by South Korea’s National 119 to provide a 12-month inspection for their Airbus H225 helicopter. National 119 is the primary provider of firefighting and rescue services in South Korea, flying a fleet of Airbus aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 23-Feb-16

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EASA approves rig automated approach system for Airbus H225

EASA approves rig automated approach system for Airbus H225

Airbus Helicopters has received EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly (Rig Integrated GPS approaches with eNhanced Fly-ability and safetY), an avionics enhancement designed to provide automatic rig approaches for offshore operations. First developed on H225, it will also be implemented on H175 (end 2016) and on H160. Rig’N Fly uses a combination of sensors (GPS,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 10-Feb-16

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Heli-One adds H225 MRO in Poland

Heli-One adds H225 MRO in Poland

Heli-One’shelicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility inRzeszow, Poland is now approved to provide base maintenance services on Airbus H225 aircraft operating in Europe, the United States, Canada andthe Cayman Islands. This comes after receiving regulatory authorization from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) and… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 05-Feb-16

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Russia certifies Airbus H225

Russia certifies Airbus H225

Airbus Helicopters is proud to announce the certification of the H225 by Russian Certification Authorities as it is the first time in history that a foreign heavy class helicopter has been certified in Russia. “Successful certification of H225 by the Interstate Aviation Committee gives Russian customers an opportunity to start operations of the efficient and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 04-Dec-15

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Aeroleo job losses expected as Petrobras cancels tender

Aeroleo job losses expected as Petrobras cancels tender

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”), a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, announced that Aeróleo Taxi Aero S/A, its Brazilian joint venture (“Aeroleo”), received notification today from Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (“Petrobras”) that Petrobras will cancel the ongoing tender process for heavy and medium helicopters. In its notification, Petrobras noted its determination that… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 22-Oct-15

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CAE launches H225 training at Oslo training centre

CAE launches H225 training at Oslo training centre

CAE announced today, on the eve of Helitech International, that its Airbus Helicopters H225 full-flight simulator (FFS) located in its Olso, Norway, training center was qualified to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and is now ready for training. The H225 training program, conveniently located adjacent… Read more »

Source: CAE, 06-Oct-15

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Bond Offshore Helicopters picks Heli-One to overhaul H225

Bond Offshore Helicopters picks Heli-One to overhaul H225

Stavanger, Norway -Heli-One, one of the world’s largest independent providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has been chosen as Bond Offshore Helicopters’ service partner for an H225G-REDR, 9,000 hour G check. The contract, to be serviced at Heli-One’s Stavanger facility in Norway, constitutes the first major H225 inspection in Bond Offshore Helicopter’s… Read more »

Source: Heli-one, 02-Sep-15

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Shell Australia launches landmark SAR service

Shell Australia has launched a dedicated search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service with operator CHC Helicopter to support the offshore oil and gas industry in the Kimberley – the first of its kind in Australia. The EC225 SAR helicopter is based at the Broome International Airport and is operated by CHC. It is supported by… Read more »

Source: CHC, 27-Apr-15

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Airbus Helicopters Canada given Ontario Provincial Government grant

Airbus Helicopters Canada given Ontario Provincial Government grant

New strategic partnerships announced this week have leveraged almost $44 million in new investments and helped to create or retain over 1,400 jobs in Southwestern Ontario. The latest investment under the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is with Airbus Helicopters Canada in Fort Erie. Funding will support the company’s new production line, equipment and facility upgrades,… Read more »

Source: Ontario, 30-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters Malaysia and Boustead sign JV agreement for regional helicopter simulation center

Airbus Helicopters Malaysia and Boustead sign JV agreement for regional helicopter simulation center

Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Berhad (BHIC) signed an agreement today to acquire a 30 percent share in the Airbus Helicopters Simulation Center in Malaysia. This joint venture agreement was signed by BHIC Chairman YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin and Philippe Monteux, Airbus Helicopters Senior Vice President for South East Asia & Pacific… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Mar-15

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Attourney announces investigation of CHC Group

Attourney announces investigation of CHC Group

Scott+Scott, Attorneys at Law, LLP (“Scott+Scott”), a national shareholder and consumer rights litigation firm, announces the commencement of an investigation into CHC Group Ltd. (NYSE:HELI) (“CHC Group”) related to potential violations of federal securities laws. If you are a CHC Group shareholder, you are encouraged to contact Scott+Scott for additional information. CHC Group (NYSE:HELI) is… Read more »

Source: Scott Scott, 17-Mar-15

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Heli-One helps Korea’s National 119 halve EC225 inspection time

Heli-One helps Korea’s National 119 halve EC225 inspection time

A primary provider of private firefighting and rescue services in South Korea had one of its key helicopters safely back in service in less than one-half the expected time following routine inspection and maintenance performed by Heli-One. Heli-One is a segment of CHC Helicopter, the operating company of CHC Group Ltd. (NYSE:HELI). National 119 was… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 03-Mar-15

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Japan Coast Guard receives EC225 for SAR and law enforcement missions

Japan Coast Guard receives EC225 for SAR and law enforcement missions

Airbus Helicopters Japan has delivered an EC225 LP to the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), which was acquired as replacement for an aircraft that was destroyed during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. This is the last of three EC225s ordered by JCG in July 2011; the earlier two having been delivered last year. With the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Mar-15

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Total E&P awards CHC long-term North Sea contract

Total E&P awards CHC long-term North Sea contract

Total E&P UK is extending a decades-long relationship with CHC Helicopter in the North Sea, awarding CHC a long-term helicopter transportation contract to support Total’s offshore operations across the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS). The contract calls for CHC to operate two Sikorsky S-92 and two Airbus EC225 helicopters on behalf of Total. The helicopters… Read more »

Source: CHC Helicopter, 28-Oct-14

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Airbus Helicopters showcases the EC225 to Myanmar Oil & Gas industry

Airbus Helicopters showcases the EC225 to Myanmar Oil & Gas industry

Airbus Helicopters will be demonstrating the capabilities of its workhorse twin engine EC225 to Myanmar’s rapidly growing oil and gas industry. This will take place at Yangon International Airport this week. With its operational range and payload lift capability, the EC225 is perfectly suited for deep-water research and servicing flights to offshore areas, which are… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Aug-14

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Shell launches landmark SAR service in Australia

Shell launches landmark SAR service in Australia

Shell Australia has launched a dedicated search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service to support the offshore oil and gas industry in the Kimberley – the first of its kind in Australia. The EC225 SAR helicopter is based at the Broome International Airport and is operated by CHC.  It is supported by a dedicated team of… Read more »

Source: Shell, 08-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters accept responsibility for North Sea ditching

Airbus Helicopters accept responsibility for North Sea ditching

Lawyers representing several passengers injured when a Eurocopter Super Puma helicopter came down in the North Sea 32 miles south west of Shetland in October 2012 have welcomed an acceptance of responsibility from the helicopter manufacturer which paves the way for settlements to be agreed. Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Aviation Law team represents 12 oil rig… Read more »

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 07-Jul-14

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Bristow transports Commonwealth Games Baton

Bristow transports Commonwealth Games Baton

As part of its massive 288 day tour of the Commonwealth countries, the Commonwealth Games Baton has today been taken to and from the Clair platform in the North Sea.  The baton is on a 40 day tour of Scotland from 14 June to 23 July, and the symbolic visit to the rig marks the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-14

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02-Jul-14 Eurocopter EC225 North Sea, Norway (1F)

Swedish patient airlifted from Troll A platform in North Sea broke loose and fell from the helicopter to his death while en route to Bergen.  Body found one hour later

02-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters responds to AAIB Final Report on EC225 North Sea accidents

Airbus Helicopters responds to AAIB Final Report on EC225 North Sea accidents

Today, the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued its final determination following its investigation into the causes linked to two controlled ditchings that occurred in the North Sea on May 10, 2012 and October 22, 2012 aboard EC225 helicopters. Airbus Helicopters affirms the conclusions drawn in the report concerning the causes of the two controlled… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Jun-14

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AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

The formal report on the accidents to a Bond and a CHC EC225 in 2012 has now been released by the AAIB.  A further seven new Safety Recommendations have been made, including five related to the liferafts and one related to the fatigue performance  of components manufactured from high strength low alloy steel.  These are listed below… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-14

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SonAir receives three EC225s, financed through Milestone

SonAir receives three EC225s, financed through Milestone

The worldwide fleet of EC225s that perform heli-lift duties for oil and gas operators increased by three today with Airbus Helicopters’ triple delivery of workhorse rotorcraft acquired by Milestone Aviation Group and leased to SonAir – an African operator – which will utilize them in Angola. The handover ceremony in Marignane, France marked the latest… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Jun-14

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Bristow Australia wins Au$138M offshore contract from Ceduna for BP

Bristow Australia wins Au$138M offshore contract from Ceduna for BP

BP Australia managing director Phil Home said a hangar and supporting office blocks would be constructed at Ceduna as part of aviation operations. See full story

Source: West Coast Sentinel, 12-May-14

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Libya approves purchase of four firefighting helicopters

Libya approves purchase of four firefighting helicopters

The Libyan cabinet has approved the Ministry of Interior’s plans to purchase four helicopters for the National Security Authority’s fire-fighting division.  See full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 12-May-14

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Angola SonAir takes delivery of EC225

Angola SonAir takes delivery of EC225

Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 presence in the African oil and gas heli-lift market will expand following delivery of an additional workhorse rotorcraft to SonAir, which is to deploy this long-range helicopter on operations in Angola. A handover ceremony today in Marignane, France marked the EC225’s delivery, with this latest aircraft joining SonAir’s Airbus Helicopters-built fleet of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-May-14

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EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

The redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 has been certified, enabling its production and installation on all rotorcraft of this type in operation globally, as well as those being produced. Certification was granted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and is to be followed by validation from other international airworthiness authorities…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Apr-14

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Waypoint Leasing to acquire 12 EC225 and 25 EC145T2

Waypoint Leasing to acquire 12 EC225 and 25 EC145T2

Two major Waypoint Leasing orders with Airbus Helicopters were announced today as the global helicopter lessor intends to acquire 37 EC225 and EC145 T2 rotorcraft. These key transactions, Waypoint’s first deliveries in 2014, were detailed at the 2014 Heli-Expo industry convention in Anaheim, California, where Airbus Helicopters President Guillaume Faury and Waypoint Leasing CEO Ed… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 26-Feb-14

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AmSafe Bridport wins multipurpose helicopter transport system contract for French military

AmSafe Bridport wins multipurpose helicopter transport system contract for French military

AmSafe Bridport Limited has been awarded a contract from the French Direction Générale de L’armement (DGA) for its requirement for a multipurpose helicopter transport system [designated as système d’hélitransport polyvalent; (SHP)] for the French armed forces helicopter fleet. The SHP is a suite of specialist helicopter cargo lifting equipment capable of safely and efficiently transporting… Read more »

Source: AmSafe Bridport, 19-Feb-14

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Airbus Helicopters Canada to make EC225 engine cowlings

Airbus Helicopters Canada to make EC225 engine cowlings

Airbus Helicopters Canada (formerly called Eurocopter Canada) announced today that it will be adding a new production line at its Fort Erie, ON helicopter production facility, creating approximately 40 new high-skill manufacturing jobs. Following a global competitive process the new production work has been awarded to Airbus Helicopters Canada by its parent company, Airbus Helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 05-Feb-14

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Blueway to be launch customer for Thales training centre in Norway

Blueway to be launch customer for Thales training centre in Norway

Blueway is a market leader in Scandinavian on-shore and off-shore helicopter services, specialising in shuttle services and replacement of flare tips, as well as search & rescue, infrastructure and environmental operations. In particular, Blueway’s offshore activity is very well regarded in the Scandinavian oil and gas sector. The Thales training centre will answer to the… Read more »

Source: Thales, 29-Jan-14

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Brazil – Omni and Aeroleo are last to resume EC225 operations

Brazil – Omni and Aeroleo are last to resume EC225 operations

With the resumption of EC225 commercial flights by BHS Helicopter, OMNI and Aeróleo Taxi Aéreo in Brazil, all operators using this Eurocopter helicopter around the globe have now reinstated service. The EC225 oil and gas fleet’s return-to-service began in July 2013 in Angola, and now has been completed with all three Brazilian operators back in… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 20-Dec-13

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Eurocopter delivers two EC225 to Bond via Waypoint Leasing

Eurocopter delivers two EC225 to Bond via Waypoint Leasing

Two EC225s delivered yesterday are the initial Eurocopter-built aircraft in the portfolio of Waypoint Leasing, a leading global helicopter leasing company. Waypoint has signed an agreement to provide the aircraft to Avincis Group’s subsidiary, Bond Helicopters Australia, to use for offshore crew change missions. The EC225 handovers to Waypoint Leasing occurred at Eurocopter’s Marignane, France… Read more »

13-Dec-13

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Argentine Coast Guard negotiating for EC225s

Argentine Coast Guard negotiating for EC225s

The Argentine Coast Guard – or Prefectura Naval Argentina to give them their local name – are reportedly in negotiations for two Eurocopter EC225s and an option for a third aircraft. They are expected to replace the 1980 delivered SA330 Pumas, of which they have two currently on charge – serialled PA-11 and PA-13. A… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Dec-13

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Eurocopter receives first Indonesian-built EC225/EC725 fuselage

Eurocopter receives first Indonesian-built EC225/EC725 fuselage

PT Dirgantara Indonesia/Indonesian Aerospace (IAe) has delivered the first complete main fuselage assembly it has produced for Eurocopter EC725 and EC225 helicopters, marking a significant milestone in the companies’ industrial partnership. This no. 1 assembly – consisting of the integrated upper and lower fuselage sections – was built at IAe’s Bandung, Indonesia facility in West… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 27-Nov-13

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Helibras flies first locally-produced EC725

Helibras flies first locally-produced EC725

[electronic translation]  Helibras held, on Thursday (21) at its factory in Itajubá (MG), the first flight of a unit of EC725 completely produced in the company in Brazil. The flight took place two months before the deadline for the schedule of activities of the EC725 project. The BRA 17 inaugurates the third stage of the program… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 25-Nov-13

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Bond Helicopters Australia launches with five-year offshore contract

Bond Helicopters Australia launches with five-year offshore contract

Bond Helicopters Australia Pty Ltd (Bond) today formally celebrated the launch of its new business providing offshore helicopter services to the energy industry in Australia, one of the fastest growing offshore markets in the world. Representatives of State and Federal Governments, oil and  gas companies and the aviation industry were among the guests at a… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 15-Oct-13

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EC225 grounding cost Bond £4.17M

EC225 grounding cost Bond £4.17M

The company notes in full-year accounts filed with Companies House, the grounding of the Eurocopter EC225’s “resulted in reduced flying activity and revenue and also additional non-recurring costs”.  See full story

Source: Business Insider, 03-Oct-13

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