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Cougar Helicopters launches SAR suit

Cougar Helicopters launches SAR suit

Cougar Helicopters, the company that brings workers back and forth to offshore oil facilities, is showing off its latest search and rescue suits. See Full Story

Source: CBC, 27-Oct-15

10-Oct-15 Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

Turned back to base after indicator light came on

10-Oct-15

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06-Oct-15 Sikorsky S92 Hibernia rig, Canada

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 »

06-Oct-15

01-Sep-15 C-GFCH Sikorsky S92 St Johns, Canada

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 »

01-Sep-15

01-Sep-15 Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

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

01-Sep-15

04-May-15 Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

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 »

04-May-15

Bristow to spend $1 billion on acquisitions

Bristow to spend $1 billion on acquisitions

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

Source: Bloomberg, 17-Apr-15

18-Feb-15 Sikorsky S92 Hibernia rig, Canada

 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 »

18-Feb-15

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Victims of Cougar 491 and 1985 Universal Helicopter Crashes Honoured

Victims of Cougar 491 and 1985 Universal Helicopter Crashes Honoured

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 »

Source: NFL, 08-Oct-14

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Helicopter memorial unveiled in Newfoundland

Helicopter memorial unveiled in Newfoundland

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

Source: The Telegram, 02-Oct-14

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Cougar offshore contract extended, new hangar planned

Cougar offshore contract extended, new hangar planned

Cougar Helicopter’s contract to fly workers to the offshore installations has been extended for at least another six years.  See full story

Source: CBC, 08-Sep-14

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Designer’s concept presented for Offshore memorial (including Cougar 491)

Designer’s concept presented for Offshore memorial (including Cougar 491)

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 »

Source: Newfoundland Government, 05-Nov-13

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TSB highlights importance of maintaining hands-on proficiency when flying automated aircraft

TSB highlights importance of maintaining hands-on proficiency when flying automated aircraft

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 »

Source: TSB, 12-Sep-13

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Night Flight Concepts completes NVG qualifications for Cougar Helicopters SAR

Night Flight Concepts completes NVG qualifications for Cougar Helicopters SAR

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 »

Source: Night Flight Concepts, 04-Jun-13

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Bristow S92s at Aberdeen – one out, one in

Bristow S92s at Aberdeen – one out, one in

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-12

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Bristow completes purchase of minority interest in Cougar Helicopters

Bristow completes purchase of minority interest in Cougar Helicopters

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 »

Source: Bristow Group, 04-Oct-12

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Bristow invests in Cougar – buys minority shareholding and eight S92s

Bristow invests in Cougar – buys minority shareholding and eight S92s

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”), today jointly announced that Bristow has entered into a definitive agreement with Cougar’s parent VIH Aviation Group Ltd. (“VIHAG”) and various VIHAG affiliates to acquire… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 04-Sep-12

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Families want Cougar 491 memorial to be built

Families want Cougar 491 memorial to be built

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)

Source: CBC, 17-Feb-12

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Cougar prepare to open dedicated SAR S92 facility

Cougar prepare to open dedicated SAR S92 facility

With the completion of the new hangar at St. John’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 Labrador’s offshore oil projects (see full story)

Source: The Telegram, 06-Jan-12

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UK: Bristow lease S92 in from Cougar

UK: Bristow lease S92 in from Cougar

Late on Wednesday this week, a Sikorsky S92 from Cougar Helicopters completed its ferry flight from Newfoundland to Aberdeen in the UK.  This delivery flight is the initial stage of the helicopter being leased to Bristow for operations on the North Sea.  We are awaiting Cougar’s response to our enquiries regarding the length of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-11

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Cougar settles lawsuit against Sikorsky

Cougar settles lawsuit against Sikorsky

Representatives for both companies wouldn’t give details of the settlement.  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)

Source: CBC, 28-Nov-11

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21-Nov-11 Sikorsky S92 Henry Goodrich rig, Canada

Hydraulic leak – went AOG on the rig

21-Nov-11

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Canadian SAR technician to get bravery award

Canadian SAR technician to get bravery award

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.  Robert Decker escaped the aircraft, severely injured… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Oct-11

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20-Oct-11 C-GDKN Sikorsky S92A Halifax, Canada

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

20-Oct-11

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Canadian union calls for Sikorsky S92 withdrawal

Canadian union calls for Sikorsky S92 withdrawal

Kevin Kelly,  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.  Kelly works on the Hibernia oil platform east of St. John’s, and was reacting to the 20th September issue with a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Sep-11

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29-Aug-11 Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

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.

29-Aug-11

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23-Jul-11 C-GQCH Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

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 »

23-Jul-11

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17-Jul-11 Sikorsky S92 off Newfoundland, Canada

Cougar helicopter flight Sunday out to the Terra Nova offshore oil rig was forced to turn back when the autopilot indicator light came on

17-Jul-11

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Sikorsky loses appeal to move Cougar S92 case to Connecticut

Sikorsky loses appeal to move Cougar S92 case to Connecticut

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.  The company has argued that a pending lawsuit should be heard in Connecticut, where the company is based.  (full story)

05-Jul-11

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“More Action Needed to Make Helicopters Safer”, says Canada’s TSB

“More Action Needed to Make Helicopters Safer”, says Canada’s TSB

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 »

Source: TSB, 29-Jun-11

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Transport Canada to respond to Cougar S92 report

Transport Canada to respond to Cougar S92 report

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.

Source: CBC, 25-Mar-11

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Families of Cougar S92 victims question Canadian certification

Families of Cougar S92 victims question Canadian certification

The families of 15 passengers who died in a March 2009 helicopter crash off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador — and the lone survivor — want the federal transport minister to investigate the certification of the aircraft model involved.

Source: Vancouver Sun, 25-Feb-11

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TSB uses Cougar report to push for improved helicopter safety

TSB uses Cougar report to push for improved helicopter safety

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 »

Source: TSB, 10-Feb-11

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TSB report into Cougar S92 accident cites 16 factors

TSB report into Cougar S92 accident cites 16 factors

The Transportation Safety Board says there were 16 factors that contributed to the crash that caused the death of 17 people in an offshore helicopter crash off Newfoundland two years ago.

Source: CTV, 10-Feb-11

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Canada’s Safety Board to release Cougar S92 report on Wednesday

Canada’s Safety Board to release Cougar S92 report on Wednesday

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.  Members of the panel… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-11

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Cougar S92 enquiry results in new underwater escape trainer

Cougar S92 enquiry results in new underwater escape trainer

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 Institute’s Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC) in Foxtrap, NL. “A commitment to safety is something we value and… Read more »

Source: Marine Institute, 26-Jan-11

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Canada’s TSB sets date for final report into Cougar S92 2009 crash

Canada’s TSB sets date for final report into Cougar S92 2009 crash

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.  This will be held at the Delta St…. Read more »

Source: TSB, 11-Jan-11

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20-Dec-10 Sikorsky S92 Henry Goodrich oilrig, Canada

The Sikorsky S-92 helicopter, bound for St. John’s, was about 150 metres in the air when the unusual vibration was noticed by the pilots. They aborted the flight.

20-Dec-10

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Helicopter safety agency needed, Cougar S92 report says

Helicopter safety agency needed, Cougar S92 report says

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.

Source: Toronto Star, 19-Nov-10

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C-NLOPB releases Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry Report, Phase I

C-NLOPB releases Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry Report, Phase I

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 »

Source: C-NLOPB, 18-Nov-10

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Cougar drops Sikorsky subsidiary from Can$27M lawsuit

Cougar drops Sikorsky subsidiary from Can$27M lawsuit

Cougar launched the lawsuit in June against both Sikorsky and its subsidiary Helicopter Services Inc. (HSI), but has recently served notice it was discontinuing the civil action against HSI.

Source: The Telegram, 28-Oct-10

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Cougar and Sikorsky debate procedure in $27-million legal dispute

Cougar and Sikorsky debate procedure in $27-million legal dispute

Lawyers for Cougar Helicopters and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. were in court Monday to debate a procedural issue in Cougar’s $27-million lawsuit against the U.S. helicopter manufacturer.

Source: The Telegram, 20-Oct-10

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Cougar S92 safety report due October 25th

Cougar S92 safety report due October 25th

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

Source: CBC, 01-Oct-10

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Hearing date set for Sikorsky in Cougar S92 lawsuit

Hearing date set for Sikorsky in Cougar S92 lawsuit

Lawyers for both companies appeared in Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John’s today to set the Nov. 22 hearing date.

Source: The Telegram, 13-Sep-10

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Agency defends review process of helicopter crash report

Agency defends review process of helicopter crash report

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.

Source: Vancouver Sun, 09-Sep-10

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Cougar S92 crash probe review unfair, says lawyer

Cougar S92 crash probe review unfair, says lawyer

The Transportation Safety Board probe into a deadly helicopter crash off Newfoundland is flawed and unfair, say lawyers for the victims of Cougar Flight 491.

06-Sep-10

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Sikorsky filed with near $27M lawsuit over Cougar S92 accident

Sikorsky filed with near $27M lawsuit over Cougar S92 accident

Lawsuit claims almost $27-million for damages and losses from the 2009 tragedy in the North Atlantic

Source: Globe and Mail, 02-Sep-10

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Cougar S92 crash draft report done

Cougar S92 crash draft report done

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board has completed a draft report on its investigation into the crash of Cougar Helicopter’s Flight 491 last year.

Source: CBC, 01-Sep-10

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Bereaved Cougar S92 families call for mandatory helmets offshore

Bereaved Cougar S92 families call for mandatory helmets offshore

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

Source: Montreal Gazette, 31-Aug-10

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16-Jul-10 C-…. Sikorsky S61 Paddy’s Pond, Canada

16-Jul-10

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Cougar S92 grounded again over gearbox crack

Cougar S92 grounded again over gearbox crack

The crack was discovered in the same S-92 helicopter that had been grounded in January with the same problem.

Source: CBC, 07-May-10

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Cougar S92 inquiry chair calls for more safety progress

Cougar S92 inquiry chair calls for more safety progress

“Progress may not be as fast as some people might like — and perhaps I might like,” said commissioner Robert Wells in an interview.  “But you know, in fairness, they are making progress.”

Source: CTV, 30-Apr-10

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Services held on first anniversary of Cougar S92 accident

Services held on first anniversary of Cougar S92 accident

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.

Source: Global News, 12-Mar-10

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Cougar S92 inquiry renews calls for separate safety agency to oversee Newfoundland offshore

Cougar S92 inquiry renews calls for separate safety agency to oversee Newfoundland offshore

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

Source: Canadian Press, 11-Mar-10

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Bursary and scholarship program established to remember Cougar Flight 491

Bursary and scholarship program established to remember Cougar Flight 491

A scholarship and bursary program has been established in the memory of the 17 victims of the crash of Cougar Flight 491 off Newfoundland last year.

Source: News 880AM, 02-Mar-10

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Cougar executive says offshore S92 crash changed him forever

Cougar executive says offshore S92 crash changed him forever

“The events of March 12th changed my life forever, there´s no doubt about that,” said Burt, who is also a vice-president of Cougar´s parent company, VIH Aviation

Source: Oilweek, 02-Feb-10

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Hairline crack found in Cougar S92

Hairline crack found in Cougar S92

Cougar Helicopters found a single, hairline crack in a main gearbox footing of a Sikorsky S-92A helicopter that flies workers in Newfoundland to and from the offshore oilfields.

Source: Canada.com, 29-Jan-10

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Oil companies testify in Cougar S92 inquiry

Oil companies testify in Cougar S92 inquiry

Oil company executives at an offshore helicopter inquiry said safety is their top priority — even as a lawyer representing workers pushed to question them on why it took nine years to introduce underwater breathing devices onboard.

Source: Toronto Sun, 12-Jan-10

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VIH Cougar Helicopters Takes Delivery Of An AW139

VIH Cougar Helicopters Takes Delivery Of An AW139

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 »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Jan-10

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Sikorsky settles Cougar S-92 lawsuit

Sikorsky settles Cougar S-92 lawsuit

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.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press, 06-Jan-10

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Cougar S92 inquiry asks Defence Department for explanation

Cougar S92 inquiry asks Defence Department for explanation

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

Source: Canada.com, 01-Dec-09

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Survival suits could have been safer, Cougar S92 crash inquiry hears

Survival suits could have been safer, Cougar S92 crash inquiry hears

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.

Source: CBC, 17-Nov-09

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Crack found in Cougar S92 helicopter

Crack found in Cougar S92 helicopter

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.

Source: Globe and Mail, 04-Nov-09

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Cougar S92 makes emergency landing in Halifax after sensor indicates problem

An official with the Newfoundland-based company said a chip indicator on the Sikorsky S-92 sensed there were lose fragments of material in the oil, which can cause problems in the main gearbox

Source: Amherst Daily News, 24-Sep-09

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23-Sep-09 C-…. Sikorsky S92 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

23-Sep-09

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Cougar S92 inquiry to hear victims’ families

Source: CBC, 13-Aug-09

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TSB Canada issues an investigation update on S-92 accident

Source: TSB, 19-Jun-09

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FAA orders flight manual change after crash off Newfoundland

Source: CBC, 19-Jun-09

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Cougar helicopter rescuers given lifesaving honours

Source: CBC, 11-Jun-09

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Cougar Helicopters orders S-92 pilots to remain below 7,000 feet

Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090514.wxcopter14art2237/BNStory/National/home, 14-May-09

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Cougar S92 crash book not done for ‘quick buck,’ author insists

Cougar S92 crash book not done for ‘quick buck,’ author insists

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.

Source: CBC, 21-Apr-09

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Retired judge appointed to head Cougar S92 inquiry

Source: Globe & Mail, 17-Apr-09

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Sikorsky objects to claims helicopter failed to achieve certification

Source: Globe and Mail, 11-Apr-09

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Sikorsky S92 failed vital safety test, files reveal

Source: Globe and Mail, 11-Apr-09

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C-NLOPB Announces Inquiry Into Worker Safety Associated With Cougar S92 Crash

Source: C-NLOPB, 11-Apr-09

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