Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed an agreement with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to provide on-site Intermediate/Depot-level maintenance on 12 AS532 Cougar helicopters and to support five additional aircraft in storage. The agreement covers inspections and maintenance above the 750HR/2-year interval, Makila 1A2 inspections, corrosion… Read more »
The S-92® helicopter produced by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), takes center stage in the debut of the new Science Channel series “Mega Machines.” This debut episode airs Thursday, Jan. 4, at 10 p.m. EST/PST on the Science Channel. The engineering-focused show highlights the robust design and reliability of the S-92 and features… Read more »
Cougar Flight 232 was shut down upon arrival at the Hibernia Gravity Based Structure (GBS) after experiencing engine fuel bypass indications on both engines. The aircrew awaited the arrival of maintenance crew. Overnight the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, in consultation with the engine manufacturer, conducted all required maintenance procedures. The helicopter was subsequently flight tested and… Read more »
Press report of Cougar Helicopters flight CGR151 outbound to a rig when it turned back to base as a result of an “intermittent fire warning,” the operator was quoted as saying. Uneventful and safe landing back at St John’s, it’s departure point. According to a company spokeswoman, Cougar Helicopters maintenance staff have since inspected the… Read more »
while approximately 100 nm from St. John’s and en route to the GSF Grand Banks drilling rig, Cougar Flight CGR151 experienced an intermittent Fire Warning Light on the #2 engine. There were no secondary indications of fire
While in the hover and conducting preflight checks, Cougar flight CGR181 experienced a #2 engine power loss. The aircraft was in a 10 foot hover when the incident occurred. With the remaining engine the aircraft landed safely without further incident. All 8 passengers were briefed by the two crew members onboard the helicopter as well… Read more »
Bristow Group Inc., the largest helicopter company that ferries oil workers to rigs and platforms offshore, is willing to spend as much as $1 billion on acquisitions, seizing on the crude market crash to expand its fleet. See Full Story
Cougar Flight 231 was shut down on arrival at the Hibernia Gravity Based Structure (GBS) on February 18 due to an issue related to anti-vibration control and a chip light indication. Two Aircraft Maintenance Engineers deployed by Cougar to investigate determined that replacement parts are necessary. The parts are being shipped to Hibernia by vessel… Read more »
A beacon of remembrance was lit at Quidi Vidi Lake yesterday as the Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, officially dedicated the Offshore Helicopter Accident Memorial. The memorial pays tribute to the victims of Cougar 491 and the 1985 Universal Helicopter crashes. “After centuries of making our living from the sea, our province… Read more »
There was no real reason for the family members of those named to wait before laying their flowers. So they didn’t. They had long ago waited enough — for news, for remains, for investigations and reports. See full story
Family members gathered at Quidi Vidi Lake, the site of the future memorial to the victims of Cougar 491 and the 1985 Universal Helicopter crashes, as the designer’s concept for the monument was presented. The proposal, put forward by artist Luben Boykov and landscape architect Frederick Hann, was chosen through competition by a committee of… Read more »
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A11H0001) into an incident where a Sikorsky S-92A operated by Cougar Helicopters Inc. inadvertently descended and came within seconds of striking the water in July 2011. “The aviation industry is increasingly relying on cockpit automation in its day-to-day operations,” said Daryl Collins, the Investigator-in-Charge. “Despite the many benefits of… Read more »
Night Flight Concepts, the leading provider of night vision solutions, is pleased to announce it completed the Initial Pilot Qualification and NVG Instructor Pilot training for Cougar Helicopters. Training was conducted in the Bell 206 Helicopter at the Palm Beach Helicopters Alignment Training Center in Lantana, Florida. “The overall goal was to provide Cougar with… Read more »
Bristow Helicopters have had a fleet move, with one Sikorsky S92 coming in and another going out. Arriving, after being airfreighted in to Prestwick Airport during last week, G-XCII has arrived in the UK for operations on the North Sea. The odd looking registration reflects the fact that 92 in Roman numerals is XCII. Going… Read more »
Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry, and Cougar Helicopters Inc., the largest offshore energy and search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service provider in Canada (“Cougar”), jointly announced today the closing of Bristow’s previously announced minority interest investment by Bristow in Cougar and the purchase by Bristow… Read more »
Bristow Group Inc.Â (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry, andÂ Cougar Helicopters Inc., the largest offshore energy and search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service provider inÂ CanadaÂ (“Cougar”), today jointly announced that Bristow has entered into a definitive agreement with Cougar’s parentÂ VIH Aviation Group Ltd.Â (“VIHAG”) and various VIHAG affiliates to acquire… Read more »
The Newfoundland and Labrador government has already committed to spend $400,000 on a memorial to mark the crash, which killed 15 workers heading to their jobs at offshore oil platforms and the two Cougar Helicopters pilots who were transporting them. (see full story)
With the completion of the new hangar at St. Johnâ€™s International Airport in the coming weeks, Cougar Helicopters will have its own SAR facility. The hangar will house the already-available, dedicated SAR helicopter, providing a 24-7 service for Eastern Newfoundland and Labradorâ€™s offshore oil projects (see full story)
Late on Wednesday this week, a Sikorsky S92 from Cougar Helicopters completed its ferry flight from Newfoundland to Aberdeen in the UK.Â This delivery flight is the initial stage of the helicopter being leased to Bristow for operations on the North Sea.Â We are awaiting Cougar’s response to our enquiries regarding the length of the… Read more »
Representatives for both companies wouldn’t give details of the settlement.Â Cougar’s statement of claim said it was looking for more than $20 million for negligence and fraudulent misrepresentation after the crash (see full story)
The man who rescued the only survivor from the Cougar S92 crash in March 2009 is getting the Governor General’s Medal of Bravery award. Ian Wheeler is an SAR technician with Cougar Helicopters. Cougar Flight 491 was heading to an offshore installation when it crashed into the Atlantic.Â Robert Decker escaped the aircraft, severely injured… Read more »
Post maintenance engine runs following routine engine washes. The collective control was not lowered during the start sequence and subsequently the rotorcraft unintentionally became airborne a few feet and drifted to the right as the rotor speed increased. CADAORS 2011A0961
Kevin Kelly,Â spoke this week for the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada – which represents some Newfoundland offshore workers – and called for the Sikorsky S92 to be replaced in offshore service.Â Kelly works on the Hibernia oil platform east of St. Johnâ€™s, and was reacting to the 20th September issue with a… Read more »
Flying to the Henry Goodrich drill rig northeast of St. John’s when its pilots aborted the flight. about 48 kilometres offshore after the pilots became concerned about “higher than normal vibration.” They decided to turn back to the airport as a precaution.
Shortly after takeoff, the helicopter entered a nose-high attitude with low power setting and lost altitude while in instrument meteorological conditions. The flight crew arrested the descent and continued on to St. John’s. There were two pilots and 5 passengers on board the helicopter and no one was injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the… Read more »
Aviation manufacturer Sikorsky has lost another court challenge in its attempt to move a lawsuit over the fatal 2009 Cougar Helicopters crash to the U.S.Â The company has argued that a pending lawsuit should be heard in Connecticut, where the company is based.Â (full story)
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) gives Satisfactory Intent rating on responses to four recommendations stemming from its investigation into the 12 March 2009 Sikorsky S-92A helicopter crash. For helicopters certified in the future, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transport Canada (TC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have all agreed to review the certification rules. “But it… Read more »
Canada’s Transportation Minister Chuck Strahl said his officials are reviewing last month’s report from the Transportation Safety Board on its investigation into the crash and said his department would respond to the board by May 7.
The families of 15 passengers who died in a March 2009 helicopter crash off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador â€” and the lone survivor â€” want the federal transport minister to investigate the certification of the aircraft model involved.
Pushing a series of four key reforms to improve helicopter safety, the Transportation Safety Board today released its final report into the fatal 2009 crash of Cougar Flight 91 off the coast of Newfoundland. “We want the legacy of this accident to be a safer system for all those who fly over water,” said Board… Read more »
The Transportation Safety Board (“TSB”) of Canada has announced that it will be holding a press conference for the media on Wednesday to publically release the final TSB investigation report (reference id A09A0016) into the crash of a Cougar Helicopters Sikorsky S-92A off the coast of Newfoundland on March 12, 2009.Â Members of the panel… Read more »
The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland today announced a $2.4 million donation by Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) towards the installation of new, state-of-the art simulation training equipment at the Instituteâ€™s Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC) in Foxtrap, NL. “A commitment to safety is something we value and… Read more »
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) will hold a news conference for the media on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 to make public the final TSB investigation report (A09A0016) into the crash of a Cougar Helicopters Sikorsky S-92A off the coast of Newfoundland on March 12, 2009.Â This will be held at the Delta St…. Read more »
Critics have accused the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board of a conflict of interest because it is tasked with developing offshore resources to the maximum extent while also protecting workers and the environment.
The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) received the Report of the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry today and is releasing it to the public immediately. “On behalf of the Board, I thank Commissioner Robert Wells, commission counsel and the staff of the commission for their work during the course of Phase I of the… Read more »
Officials with the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry said Thursday that commissioner Robert Wells expects to be finished his report in early October and will have it printed and delivered to the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board by 25th of this month
The federal agency charged with investigating the fatal crash of a helicopter ferrying workers to an oil rig off Newfoundland last year is defending its decision to exclude the victims’ families from the review process of the draft accident report.
The families of two pilots who died in a helicopter crash that killed 17 people off Newfoundland and Labrador last year want improved safety equipment – including mandatory helmet use – for helicopter crews flying offshore workers
Memorial services and wreath-laying ceremonies will take place Friday at the White Rose, Hibernia and Terra Nova oilfields in remembrance of the 17 people who lost their lives when their helicopter plunged into ocean off the St. John’s coast.
Observers, experts and employees said the crash of Cougar Flight 491 highlighted the need for a separate safety agency to replace an offshore regulator that has the competing tasks of promoting the industry and protecting workers
Oil company executives at an offshore helicopter inquiry said safety is their top priority â€” even as a lawyer representing workers pushed to question them on why it took nine years to introduce underwater breathing devices onboard.
AgustaWestland , a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the VIH Cougar Helicopters Inc. of USA has taken delivery of an AW139 medium twin helicopter during an official ceremony recently held at Vergiate plant (Italy). This 12 seat-configured helicopter will be operated for offshore transport missions in the Gulf of Mexico. Emilio Dalmasso, Senior… Read more »
The families of passengers who died in the crash of a Sikorsky helicopter off the coast of Newfoundland last year, as well as the sole survivor of the tragedy, have reached a settlement in their lawsuit against the U.S. company.
The head of the inquiry investigating last spring’s helicopter crash that killed 17 offshore oil workers and aircrew off the Newfoundland coast announced Wednesday he has asked the Defence Department to send a witness to explain the federal role in SAR
Emergency breathing devices for suits worn by passengers during offshore helicopter flights weren’t installed until nine years after they were first recommended and only after a helicopter crashed off the coast of Newfoundland in March, killing 17 people, an inquiry heard Monday.
Engineers have discovered a hairline crack in the gearbox of a Canadian-based Sikorsky S-92 helicopter, the latest chapter in an ongoing mechanical saga that has cast an investigative spotlight on the high-tech machine.
The author of a newly published book about last month’s helicopter crash that killed 17 people off Newfoundland’s east coast is denying a widow’s criticism that the publication is capitalizing on other people’s tragedy.