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Southern North Sea support heliport being marketed for sale

Southern North Sea support heliport being marketed for sale

The North Denes Airfield at Caister Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 5TF has been put up for sale.  The site was used as a base for helicopters serving oil and gas platforms in the Southern North Sea for many years but has not been operational for the last two years, owing to a decline in business… Read more »

Source: Roche Surveyors, 24-Mar-17

Norway Sends out Audit on Repsol after North Sea Incident

Norway Sends out Audit on Repsol after North Sea Incident

Repsol has been called to respond to safety issues brought up by an audit from the Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway. They carried out the audit to investigate the emergency preparedness requirements, the maintenance of safety equipment and evacuation routes and drills, as it is in connection with their Gyda helicopter deck in the North… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Mar-17

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Bel Air AW189 helicopters exceed 6000 flight hours in North Sea operations

Bel Air AW189 helicopters exceed 6000 flight hours in North Sea operations

The two AgustaWestland AW189 super medium twin engine helicopters operated by Bel Air of Denmark have exceeded 6000 flight hours as of January, setting a new milestone while demonstrating exceptional availability and mission effectiveness performing long range offshore transport missions in the North Sea. This outstanding result was possible through the strong cooperation between the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 15-Feb-17

Vici Helicopters – the new name on the North Sea?

Vici Helicopters – the new name on the North Sea?

Last week, the oil industry journal Energy Voice wrote about a potential new helicopter operator on the North Sea – Vici Helicopters.  Incorporated on 18th January with an address in Stavangar, the company is reportedly going to operate two AgustaWestland AW189s, although it is still in the process of obtaining the necessary operating licences. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-17

CHC: Rising from the ashes of Chapter 11

CHC: Rising from the ashes of Chapter 11

CHC Group Ltd and 42 affiliated companies petitioned to enter the US Chapter 11 process on 5th May 2016, with outstanding debt obligations of approximately $1.6 billion. The Chapter 11 process has many of the features present in bankruptcy proceedings both in the US and other jurisdictions. However, it also provides additional benefits for debtors… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 21-Dec-16

Statoil drops Super Puma for ever

Statoil drops Super Puma for ever

Oil firm Statoil will not resume using AS332/EC225 helicopters even if Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority decides to lift the ban imposed after a fatal crash off Bergen in Norway – reports Reuters

Source: Reuters, 06-Dec-16

HeliOffshore publishes presentations from Membership conference calls

HeliOffshore publishes presentations from Membership conference calls

On October 25, 2016, we hosted two ‘All Member’ conference calls to update members around the world about the association’s progress. Speakers included our CEO, Gretchen Haskins, and topics included the reciprocal membership between HeliOffshore and IOGP, a progress update from Leonardo Helicopters on the AW139 FCOM and the HUMS workstream. Each call also included a… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 04-Nov-16

NHV opens new facilities in Aberdeen

NHV opens new facilities in Aberdeen

NHV is pleased to announce the opening of a new hangar, apron and passenger handling facilities at their operational base at Aberdeen InternationalAirport. The construction works commenced in September 2015 and were completed in September 2016. The new double story passenger handling terminal incorporates all the facilities required to process offshore passengers including check in,… Read more »

Source: NHV, 25-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: ​Stretching Safety too Far – a Withering Safety Culture

Helitech 2016: ​Stretching Safety too Far – a Withering Safety Culture

The 66 page Statoil Report into helicopter safety following the Norwegian H225 accident in April 2016 makes some telling comments on the retrenchment by oil and gas operators and the impact on helicopter operators. The investigation team of eight internal Statoil staff and one external member of the Norwegian military met with and interviewed 80… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 11-Oct-16

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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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Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry

Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry

Helitech 2016 in Amsterdam, October 11-13, is taking place at a critical moment for the offshore helicopter industry: •    The industry has been shocked by a series of accidents including the second and continuing grounding within three years of about 180 large offshore helicopters (H225 and AS332L2) following the tragic H225 accident in Norway; •  … Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 03-Oct-16

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Statoil report warns cost cutting should not risk safety

Statoil report warns cost cutting should not risk safety

An internal investigation by oil company Statoil into the cause of the CHC EC225 crash on 29th April 2016, which killed 13 people, has warned safety must not be compromised as operators focus on cost savings.   The company has published a report into the incident, the worst helicopter disaster on the Norwegian Continental Shelf since… Read more »

Source: Energy Voice, 26-Sep-16

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CAA Improving Systems and Faith of North Sea Helicopter Industry

CAA Improving Systems and Faith of North Sea Helicopter Industry

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have made positive changes to the way the UK regulator works, improving the faith of the North Sea Helicopter industry. Energy Voice has reported that the operators have had issues with the amount of audits being done and how they were being filled with more of what people wanted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-16

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Bel Air passes 5000 flight hours on AW189 fleet

Bel Air passes 5000 flight hours on AW189 fleet

Bel Air has just passed the first 5000 safe flight hours with our two AgustaWestland AW189 helicopters. This means that Bel Air remain AW189 fleet leader worldwide. In comparison the total fleet of 23 AW189 helicopters worldwide has flown just under 16000 hours. Bel Air took delivery of two AW189 helicopters from Leonardo Helicopters (formerly… Read more »

Source: Bel Air, 16-Sep-16

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Successful Landing of Sikorsky S-92 on New Mariner B Helideck

Successful Landing of Sikorsky S-92 on New Mariner B Helideck

Statoil has had its first successful landing of its Sikorsky S-92 on its new Mariner B Helideck. The inaugurating flight began at CHC’s Aberdeen Airport, making this its first offshore flight for the Mariner B. CHC and Statoil are happy with the outcome of their alliance, reports Energy Voice. The pilots, support teams and engineers… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-16

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Offshore rig count down 27.2% year on year

Offshore rig count down 27.2% year on year

Baker Hughes has issued rig counts as a service to the petroleum industry since 1944, when Hughes Tool Company began weekly counts of U.S. and Canadian drilling activity. Hughes initiated the monthly international rig count in 1975. The North American rig count is released weekly at noon central time on the last day of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Sep-16

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Bristow ships two S92s from Gulf of Mexico to North Sea

Bristow ships two S92s from Gulf of Mexico to North Sea

On August 15, 2016, an Antonov 124, one of the largest aircraft in the world, arrived at Bristow’s New Iberia base to transport two Sikorsky S-92s to Norway. In preparation of the aircraft movement, Bristow’s maintenance crew in Galliano completed the Bristow Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program tasks on one of the S-92s and also ensured… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 22-Aug-16

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Sikorsky and Bristow sign 10-Year S-92 support deal

Sikorsky and Bristow sign 10-Year S-92 support deal

Sikorsky and Bristow Helicopters today signed a 10-year agreement providing Bristow’s S-92® fleet with extended support for its aftermarket material needs. Sikorsky’s Total Assurance Program provides Bristow continued aftermarket support to operate its S-92 fleet within a known budget, reducing the risk of unplanned costs. The contract was signed in a ceremony at the 2016… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Jul-16

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Sikorsky and Babcock Sign 10-Year S-92 Support Agreement

Sikorsky and Babcock Sign 10-Year S-92 Support Agreement

Sikorsky and Babcock Mission Critical Services Ltd. today signed a 10-year agreement providing Babcock’s S-92® helicopter fleet with extended support for its aftermarket material needs. Sikorsky’s Total Assurance Program provides Babcock continued aftermarket support to operate its S-92 fleet within a known budget, reducing the risk of unplanned costs. Babcock MCS Ltd. is a division… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Jul-16

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Bristow opens up Scatsa interline opportunities to more oil companies

Bristow opens up Scatsa interline opportunities to more oil companies

Bristow Helicopters in the UK has announce the launch of Bristow Logistics Services Shetland (BLSS) as a new offering to transport oil and gas workers through Scatsta Airport. This will be run in parallel with the existing Integrated Aviation Consortium (IAC) work they have had at the airport for the last 20 years, and will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-16

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Busy Babcock create Aberdeen space by moving out three Super Pumas

Busy Babcock create Aberdeen space by moving out three Super Pumas

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore are going through more fleet changes than most following the grounding of the Airbus AS332L2 and EC225 models.  In recent weeks they have taken on four new Sikorsky S92s, but that seems to have given them a storage issue at Aberdeen. Yesterday, Babcock transported three AS332L2 Super Pumas by road… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jun-16

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Babcock adds two factory-new S92s to North Sea fleet

Babcock adds two factory-new S92s to North Sea fleet

Babcock MCS have imported two brand new Sikorky S92 helicopters in recent days, with the pair arriving airfreight in an Antonov An-124 to Prestwick Airport and then transported by road to the company base at Aberdeen.  They have been registered G-MCSA (serial 920273) and G-MCSB (serial 920281), the first use of a new series of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-16

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CHC transfers two S92s from Canada to North Sea

CHC transfers two S92s from Canada to North Sea

Embattled offshore operator CHC, in the midst of reducing their fleet by 90 helicopters over 60 days, is taking steps to ensure current contract commitments can be met following the grounding of EC225 and AS332L2 helicopters.  In common with other operators on the North Sea, CHC have brought in two Sikorsky S92s from Canada to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-16

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Bristow moves one S92 from Brazil to UK

Bristow moves one S92 from Brazil to UK

Bristow Group has moved an offshore-equipped Sikorsky S92 from Brazil to the UK.  Owned in the name of their own Brilog Leasing division, the aircraft was previously operated in Brazil by Lider Taxi Aereo as PR-JBH from new in spring 2012. The helicopter is now registered G-CIYD and is serial 920159.  I was operated by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-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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Bristow brings S92 back from Nigeria for North Sea cover

Bristow brings S92 back from Nigeria for North Sea cover

As the grounding of the EC225 continues, the North Sea operators are looking around their fleets to see how they can cover the shortfall.  Bristow has identified a Sikorsky S92 in its Nigerian operation, and the aircraft is currently on its ferry flight north. The particular aircraft only departed Aberdeen on 23rd March and ferried… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-16

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Statoil launches internal investigation into CHC EC225 accident

Statoil launches internal investigation into CHC EC225 accident

The mandate for Statoil’s in-house investigation of the helicopter accident on 29 April is ready. The purpose of the investigation is to identify measures to improve Statoil’s work on helicopter safety on the Norwegian continental shelf. The Accident Investigation Board Norway is responsible for identifying the chain of events and the cause of the accident…. Read more »

Source: Statoil, 19-May-16

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Bristow starts S92 ops from Norwich

Bristow starts S92 ops from Norwich

Bristow Helicopters are today starting operations from Norwich using a Sikorsky S92.  This is the first time the S92 has been used by any operator out of Norwich, one of two key bases for the southern sector of the North Sea and supporting offshore rigs involved in gas production. The move has come around following… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-May-16

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Bristow ship three S92s out at end of Falkland contract

Bristow ship three S92s out at end of Falkland contract

Bristow Helicopters has completed a one year contract in the Falkland Islands with three Sikorsky S92s.  While the contract allowed for extensions beyond the first year, the continued depressed oil price has meant that these were not exercised – as predicted by HeliHub.com.  The company’s announcement of the contract win early in 2015 described it… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-May-16

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Bristow Flies Farewell Flight for Decommissioned Platform

Bristow Flies Farewell Flight for Decommissioned Platform

On March 31, 2016, Bristow Helicopters Limited flew the last scheduled flight to and from the Murchison platform in the North Sea before its decommissioning. The flight crew wanted to make the journey especially memorable for the oil workers onboard, and after Bristow’s chief pilot liaised with the teams both onshore and offshore to ensure… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 27-Apr-16

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UK wind farm operator centralises helicopter and vessel monitoring

UK wind farm operator centralises helicopter and vessel monitoring

In a contract awarded by DONG Energy (DE), SeaPlanner was confirmed as the system provider for their Marine and Helicopter Coordination Centre (MHCC), acting as a centralised hub for their UK offshore wind farm construction and a number of regional Operations MHCCs. The MHCC project utilises SeaPlanner’s latest enhancements that set out to centralise, standardise,… Read more »

Source: SeaPlanner, 08-Apr-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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Protective Packaging Corp helps Bristow inhibit North Sea S92

Protective Packaging Corp helps Bristow inhibit North Sea S92

The downturn in the energy industry has idled millions of dollars of oil and gas equipment worldwide, including the nearly a fifth of the helicopters used to ferry workers and equipment to offshore rigs, according to The Wall Street Journal.  [Other sources give nearer to one third.  Ed] Dallas-based Protective Packaging Corporation recently helped a… Read more »

Source: PPC, 04-Apr-16

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Bond Offshore Helicopters wins new contract with Premier Oil

Bond Offshore Helicopters wins new contract with Premier Oil

Bond Offshore Helicopters has been awarded a new contract to provide offshore crew transport on behalf of Premier Oil. The three year deal, awarded after a competitive tender, will see the helicopter operator transport thousands of men and women to and from Premier’s offshore platforms in the North Sea. Bond’s helicopters will serve areas including… Read more »

Source: Bond, 31-Mar-16

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Oil & Gas UK responds to Sumburgh AS332L2 AAIB report

Oil & Gas UK responds to Sumburgh AS332L2 AAIB report

Mick Borwell, Health & Safety Director, Oil & Gas UK, said: “Following publication of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch report into the Sumburgh tragedy we will take time to carefully examine its findings. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of those not with us today. “There are many recommendations in this report… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 23-Mar-16

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Researchers size up helicopter escape potential of North Sea workers

Researchers size up helicopter escape potential of North Sea workers

Charting their body dimensions has also cast valuable light on their ability to escape through a helicopter window. Bigger individuals are less likely to be able to do so than smaller individuals, but the study has shown that size isn’t everything. The new findings from a joint research project into the size and shape of… Read more »

Source: RGU, 16-Feb-16

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UK main North Sea oil airport to get £20M investment

UK main North Sea oil airport to get £20M investment

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP today (Monday 1 February 2016) visited Aberdeen International Airport to unveil details of what will be the single largest investment in the airport since the current terminal opened its doors in 1977. A total of £20 million will be invested in the airport resulting in a 50% increase in the… Read more »

Source: Aberdeen Airport, 02-Feb-16

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Bond flies offshore workers halfway by fixed wing

Bond flies offshore workers halfway by fixed wing

Bond Offshore Helicopters, part of the Babcock Mission Critical Services business, has launched an entirely new service which will take passengers to offshore Oil and Gas facilities in the Northern North Sea from Aberdeen via new facilities at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland. Following an agreement with LoganAir, Bond now transport hundreds of passengers a week from… Read more »

Source: Bond, 16-Dec-15

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Bond launches North Sea service for sick and injured workers

Bond launches North Sea service for sick and injured workers

Bond Offshore Helicopters – a Babcock Mission Critical Services business – has launched a new service today that allows sick or injured passengers, including those who can’t wear a lifejacket or survival suit, to be brought back to shore by helicopter. Previously people who were too ill to fly either had to wait offshore until… Read more »

Source: Bond, 14-Dec-15

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Oil & Gas UK urges North Sea pilots not to strike

Oil & Gas UK urges North Sea pilots not to strike

Offshore Energy reported Thursday that North Sea helicopter pilots had indicated strong support for strike action if helicopter companies do not make serious improvements in the way they deal with job losses. See Full Story

Source: OffShore Energy Today, 11-Dec-15

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Three North Sea energy firms collaborate on AW139 contract

Three North Sea energy firms collaborate on AW139 contract

Petrofac, Faroe Petroleum and Eni Hewett have established an innovative cost saving partnership to drive efficiencies and commercial synergies across their UK operations in the Southern North Sea. The tripartite agreement sees collaboration between Petrofac (Duty Holder) and the respective equity owners and operators of the Hewett, Schooner and Ketch gas fields to share logistics… Read more »

Source: Petrofac, 05-Nov-15

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Bristow MD replaces Babcock/Bond CEO on Oil & Gas UK board

Bristow MD replaces Babcock/Bond CEO on Oil & Gas UK board

Oil & Gas UK, the representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, today (25 August) announces a number of appointments of member company representatives to its Board with immediate effect. Alan Corbett, managing director at Bristow Helicopters, will represent the aviation sector on the Board, replacing Richard Mintern of Babcock International Group…. Read more »

Source: Oil And Gas, 14-Sep-15

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Statoil extends Norwegian CHC contract with three H225s

Statoil extends Norwegian CHC contract with three H225s

Statoil has exercised options to extend its contract with CHC Helikopter Service AS, securing helicopter search-and-rescue services to its Tampen and Oseberg fields until 2019 in a deal worth over $90 million. CHC will continue to provide offshore search-and-rescue services to the fields using three new technology H225 aircraft. CHC also delivers crew change services… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-Sep-15

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Airbus Helicopters H175 reaches 1,000 flight hours with NHV

Airbus Helicopters H175 reaches 1,000 flight hours with NHV

NHV Group has logged the first 1,000 flight hours with the H175, proving this super-medium-sized rotorcraft’s capabilities and reliability in highly demanding operations, especially the transportation of crews and supplies to off-shore oil and gas platforms – the primary mission for which it was designed. The 1,000 hours have been accumulated by NHV’s initial two… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Sep-15

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Unite union renews call for North Sea safety inquiry

Unite union renews call for North Sea safety inquiry

Ahead of the second anniversary of the Sumburgh offshore helicopter tragedy, Unite has called on the UK government to urgently revisit the recommendation of the previous parliament’s Transport Select Committee for a public inquiry into offshore helicopter safety. The death of four offshore workers when their helicopter ditched in the waters off the Sumburgh coast… Read more »

Source: Unite The Union, 27-Aug-15

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North Sea pilots consider strike action

North Sea pilots consider strike action

Over a third of helicopter pilots operating in the North Sea met last night in Aberdeen at a meeting convened by BALPA to hear an update on the negotiations over planned redundancies. The meeting was appalled to hear the employers’ approach to the redundancies, at the ruthless exploitation of the weak market by the oil… Read more »

Source: Balpa, 18-Aug-15

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CHC targets 50 job cuts in Aberdeen

CHC targets 50 job cuts in Aberdeen

About 50 jobs at Aberdeen helicopter firm CHC are at risk.See Full Story

Source: BBC, 05-Aug-15

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130 Bristow North Sea jobs at risk

130 Bristow North Sea jobs at risk

The Aberdeen-based company said it was continuing to be hit by a downturn in the North Sea oil and gas industry. See full story

Source: BBC News, 17-Jul-15

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Pilots union challenges Sumburgh crash black box ruling

Pilots union challenges Sumburgh crash black box ruling

A ruling that investigators should hand over the black box from a North Sea helicopter crash to Scotland’s top law officer is being challenged. See full story

Source: BBC News, 08-Jul-15

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Bristow aircraft returned to base after caution light illuminated – reportedly in error

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North Sea helicopter crash survivors seek £5m payout

North Sea helicopter crash survivors seek £5m payout

SURVIVORS of a North Sea helicopter crash in which four people were killed are seeking compensation of over £5 million. See Full Story

Source: The Scotsman, 16-Jun-15

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UK CAA announces new heli safety proposals for unattended offshore installations

UK CAA announces new heli safety proposals for unattended offshore installations

he UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today announced at the Offshore Helicopter Safety Action Group (OHSAG) a new set of proposals aimed at improving the safety of helicopter operations to the 116 normally unattended offshore installations in the North Sea. The proposals build upon an independent report compiled by Cranfield University, commissioned by the CAA,… Read more »

Source: CAA, 30-Apr-15

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Offshore workers could end up stranded under new helicopter rules

Offshore workers could end up stranded under new helicopter rules

OFFSHORE workers who fail to comply with new helicopter regulations could end up stranded, according to an offshore medical provider. See Full Story

Source: Evening Express, 01-Apr-15

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Sikorsky and Saab launch new North Sea S-92 Support Center

Sikorsky and Saab launch new North Sea S-92 Support Center

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced that the defense and security company Saab has become a Sikorsky-authorized S-92® helicopter Customer Support Center. The Customer Support Center will operate out of Aircontact Aviation Maintenance AS facility in Stavanger, Norway, and will offer maintenance services for North Sea operators of S-92 helicopters. The announcement was made at the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Mar-15

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Statoil plans unmanned offshore rigs with no helipads

Statoil plans unmanned offshore rigs with no helipads

The investment decision is expected next winter. Three various concept studies have been made for an unmanned wellhead platform. This platform has no living quarters, helicopter deck or lifeboats. “The alternative was to place the wells on the seabed, but the costs of subsea wells have been tripled during the last decade. We have therefore… Read more »

Source: Statoil, 11-Feb-15

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Bond Offshore Helicopters CEO quits for airline job

Bond Offshore Helicopters CEO quits for airline job

Just over two years since he was appointed as CEO of Bond Offshore Helicopters, Luke Farajallah has been announced as the new CEO of British airline Flybe effective from 1st April.  This sees a return to his roots, given Bond’s announcement in early November 2012 said he had experience with Spanish startup low-cost airline Volotea… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Feb-15

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CAA reports on progress to improve safety of offshore helicopter operations

CAA reports on progress to improve safety of offshore helicopter operations

Substantial progress has been made on measures to improve offshore helicopter safety but there is still more to do, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said today as it published a progress report on the recommendations and actions from its comprehensive review of offshore helicopter operations from February 2014. Safety improvements introduced since the CAA… Read more »

Source: CAA, 29-Jan-15

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North Sea – Ekofisk rig helipad audit identifies issues

North Sea – Ekofisk rig helipad audit identifies issues

The audit was performed with assistance from the Civil Aviation Authority Norway (CAA Norway). Objective The objective of this audit was to review and evaluate the company’s management of emergency preparedness and helicopter operation at Ekofisk 2/4-L. We requested a presentation of the processes that COPSAS has established to ensure that prerequisites, limitations and recommendations… Read more »

Source: PSA, 17-Nov-14

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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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Oil & Gas UK comments on UK Government’s response to offshore helicopter safety report

Oil & Gas UK comments on UK Government’s response to offshore helicopter safety report

The Transport Select Committee published its report on offshore helicopter safety in July. Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Malcolm Webb responded in a letter to the Committee report at the time. Today (October 27), the Government published its response to the Transport Select Committee Report alongside comments from Malcolm Webb’s letter. Oil & Gas… Read more »

Source: Oil Gas, 28-Oct-14

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Bristow Unveils First AW189 SAR Aircraft at Energy Ball

Bristow Unveils First AW189 SAR Aircraft at Energy Ball

Bristow’s Europe Business Unit (EBU) unveiled the first AW189 search and rescue aircraft at this year’s Energy Ball. Several pilots and engineers worked very hard over the weekend to ensure the aircraft’s presence at the event went well. Bristow and AgustaWestland were title sponsors of the event. The evening started with a private reception for… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 08-Oct-14

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New rules for ‘larger’ workers on offshore helicopter flights

New rules for ‘larger’ workers on offshore helicopter flights

New rules are to be introduced on the size of oil workers travelling to and from offshore installations by helicopter. See Full Story

Source: BBC, 07-Oct-14

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Future of Helicopter Safety Outlined at Oil & Gas UK Breakfast Briefing

Future of Helicopter Safety Outlined at Oil & Gas UK Breakfast Briefing

The continuing steps being taken to improve further the safety of offshore helicopter flights will be outlined to the oil and gas sector on Thursday (October 2). Seven months after the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) published its ‘CAP1145’ report containing a series of actions and recommendations for helicopter safety, Oil & Gas UK is… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 03-Oct-14

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Super Puma co-pilot death preventable, says coroner

Super Puma co-pilot death preventable, says coroner

A helicopter crash which killed its co-pilot and 15 other men could have been prevented, an inquest has found.  See full story

Source: BBC, 28-Jul-14

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Bristow Certified to Fly AgustaWestland AW189

Bristow Certified to Fly AgustaWestland AW189

Bristow announced on 17th July that it has been certified to fly the much anticipated new generation AgustaWestland AW189 helicopter. Bristow is the launch customer for the aircraft which has now been fully certified by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The company is due to commence flights with its first two new AW189 aircraft from… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 18-Jul-14

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EASA and UK CAA approve world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System

EASA and UK CAA approve world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System

The world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System (EBS), developed by the Survitec Group, has gained approval and certification by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This is the first major response to the government inquiry and report into helicopter safety, which followed a fatal crash in the waters… Read more »

Source: Survitec, 15-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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Profile – Survivex offshore underwater egress training

Profile – Survivex offshore underwater egress training

BBC has been given the first chance to try out a new safety device that could save lives in the future.  See full story

Source: BBC, 18-Jun-14

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New Aberdeen hangar for Bond Offshore Helicopters nears approval

New Aberdeen hangar for Bond Offshore Helicopters nears approval

A proposal for a new helicopter hangar at Aberdeen International Airport is to be considered by councillors next week. The Bond Offshore Helicopter plan, which proposes building a hangar at the corner of Farburn Terrace and Cordyce View, adjacent to the firm’s eastern terminal, has been recommended for approval. The proposed hangar, which would be… Read more »

Source: Aberdeen City Council, 13-Jun-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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EC175 launch customer NHV holds demo flights in Belgium

EC175 launch customer NHV holds demo flights in Belgium

Following its successful demo tour in the North Sea, the EC175 headed to NHV in Ostende, Belgium for three days of demonstration flights. In total, five flights were held carrying passengers such as NHV shareholders, investors, and Search and Rescue pilots. Listen to Annabelle De Witte, HSE Manager for Senvion Benelux, Remco Siemerink, SAR base… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-May-14

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