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HeliHub.com launches free newsletter to Offshore rig support market

HeliHub.com launches free newsletter to Offshore rig support market

HeliHub.com is today launching its fifth newsletter – this time for the Offshore operations sector of the industry, supporting oil/gas exploration and production.  HeliHub.com already publishes daily newsletters on News, Safety data and sector specific titles for the EMS and law enforcement sectors. Further titles are being planned. See details of all newsletters HERE HeliHub.com owner… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-13

Bristow (story replaced, see link)

Bristow (story replaced, see link)

Story replaced by….    $5.5M profit for Bristow CEO in share options sales

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-13

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Bristow SVP sells over $350K of company shares

Bristow SVP sells over $350K of company shares

Bristow Group SVP Jeremy Akel sold 5,081 shares of Bristow Group stock on the open market in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.00, for a total value of $355,670.00. Following the transaction, Akel now directly owns 1,270 shares of the company’s stock. The sale was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-13

MD of Bond Offshore Helicopters joins board of Oil & Gas UK

MD of Bond Offshore Helicopters joins board of Oil & Gas UK

Oil & Gas UK, the representative organisation for the oil and gas industry, today announces new appointments to its board. The appointments are: • Eric D’Argentre, UK General Manager, Perenco UK • Luke Farajallah, Managing Director, Bond Offshore Helicopters [photo] • Martin Rune Pederson, Managing Director, VP, Maersk Oil UK • Andy Samuel, Managing Director… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 14-Sep-13

Bristow CFO sells over $700K of company shares

Bristow CFO sells over $700K of company shares

Bristow CFO Jonathan Baliff sold a total of 10,186 shares of the company’s stock on the open market on Tuesday, September 10th. The average price realized was  $68.88, and a total transaction figure of $701,611.68 is reported. The chief financial officer now directly owns 4,750 shares in the company after this week’s sale, which was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Sep-13

UK Chancellor visits Bond HQ as part of government funding launch

UK Chancellor visits Bond HQ as part of government funding launch

The scheme is designed to create new private sector sources of lending for small and medium sized businesses, to fill the gap left by the reduction in bank lending. It has so far raised £5 of lending for every £1 of taxpayers’ money. Six new lending funds have been created by the scheme and are… Read more »

Source: UK Treasury, 13-Sep-13

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

HNZ offshore contract for Shell Philippines commences

HNZ offshore contract for Shell Philippines commences

HNZ recently embarked on the first flight of a multi-year contract in the Philippines in support of the Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power Project. The AW139 helicopter is contracted to Shell Global Solutions International B.V. to provide crew change helicopter services from Manila and Puerto Princesa to Shell’s offshore petroleum platform. The contract, which commenced on… Read more »

Source: HNZ, 12-Sep-13

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CHC reports Q1 results to 31 July 2013

CHC reports Q1 results to 31 July 2013

CHC Helicopter reported a 10-percent increase in EBITDAR(i) in its fiscal first-quarter 2014, on revenue that was virtually flat with the same quarter a year ago. The results reflected continued improvement in the company’s operating efficiency. CHC’s revenue for the three months ending July 31 was $415 million, down $1 million from last year. The… Read more »

Source: CHC, 12-Sep-13

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Bristow announces New Multi-Year Contracts In Expanding Markets

Bristow announces New Multi-Year Contracts In Expanding Markets

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that it has secured several new multi-year oil and gas contracts for the provision of a total of 12 large and three medium helicopters that are expected to generate up to $850 million in revenue. Six of the 12 large… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 11-Sep-13

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COHC and Sikorsky celebrate order for two S-92s

COHC and Sikorsky celebrate order for two S-92s

China Helicopter Exposition — Sikorsky Aircraft and China’s CITIC Offshore Helicopter Company (COHC) today marked the purchase of two S-92® helicopters with a ceremonial signing at the China Helicopter Exposition.  Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Established in 1983, COHC is a publicly traded company based in Shenzhen, Guandong, China, where it is the largest provider of offshore… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 08-Sep-13

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Bristow World – 2013 issue 2

Source: Bristow Group, 06-Sep-13

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NHV is looking for partners – but not for sale

NHV is looking for partners – but not for sale

NHV has aspirations to expand into the Middle East and Far East, and into the windfarm market too.  Founders Eric Van Hal and Jef De Kinder are quoted as saying they are looking for business partners to aid the expansion, but are not looking to sell.  see full story

Source: Express.BE, 05-Sep-13

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Weststar takes delivery of its 18th AW139

Weststar takes delivery of its 18th AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, today announced that Weststar Aviation Services of Malaysia has taken delivery of an additional AW139, bringing the total delivered of the type to 18 in support of Weststar’s offshore oil & gas transportation and VIP transport services. The aircraft, which was built at AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia facility in the United States, was… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 04-Sep-13

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Bristow to present at Barclays CEO Energy-Power Conference

Bristow to present at Barclays CEO Energy-Power Conference

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that the Company will be presenting at the Barclays CEO Energy-Power Conference to be held in New York City, September 11-13, 2013. William E. Chiles, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bristow Group, is scheduled to present on Wednesday, September 11, at 11:05 a.m. Eastern… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 03-Sep-13

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CHC to release Q1FY14 results on Sept 11th; Investor Concall on 12th

CHC to release Q1FY14 results on Sept 11th; Investor Concall on 12th

CHC Helicopter expects to release its fiscal-year 2014 first-quarter financial results, for the period ended July 31, after market close on Wednesday, Sept. 11. CHC senior leaders will discuss the company’s strategy and operating performance during a conference call and webcast on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors, members of the news… Read more »

Source: CHC, 03-Sep-13

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200th Sikorsky S92 delivered to Bristow Helicopters

200th Sikorsky S92 delivered to Bristow Helicopters

Yesterday, Bristow Helicopters took delivery at Aberdeen of the 200th Sikorsky S92 after it had been ferried from Prestwick Airport following airfreight from the US. Test flown as N200BV and now registered in the UK as G-GALC, the aircraft will join the North Sea fleet in the coming days. It also carries large “200th S92”… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Sep-13

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AAIB reports CHC AS332L2 was “intact and upright” when it hit the water

AAIB reports CHC AS332L2 was “intact and upright” when it hit the water

At 1717 hrs UTC on 23 August 2013, an AS332 L2 Super Puma helicopter crashed into the sea whilst on approach to Sumburgh Airport in the Shetland Islands. Four of the 18 occupants lost their lives. The AAIB immediately despatched a team of investigators and support staff to Aberdeen and the Shetland Islands. In accordance… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 02-Sep-13

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Oil & Gas UK Comments on HSSG’s Recommendation to Return Helicopters to Flight

Oil & Gas UK Comments on HSSG’s Recommendation to Return Helicopters to Flight

Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, Malcolm Webb, said: “We commend the HSSG’s thorough review of this situation and the agreement which has been reached today. Oil & Gas UK is in complete alignment with this agreement, including the decision to return the aircraft in question to flight in a phased and proper manner and… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 01-Sep-13

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HSSG recommends end of Super Puma flight suspension

HSSG recommends end of Super Puma flight suspension

On Saturday 24 August, Step Change in Safety’s Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) took the precautionary measure of taking a time out for safety by recommending temporary cessation of all commercial passenger flights of the AS332 L, L1, L2 and EC225 variant of helicopter to and from offshore oil and gas installations within the UK, following the… Read more »

Source: HSSG, 01-Sep-13

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Everett Aviation is awarded major contract by Statoil

Everett Aviation is awarded major contract by Statoil

Norwegian Energy producer, Statoil, has awarded a multi-year contract for helicopter services to Everett Aviation in Tanzania. Everett will lease three AW139 helicopters from the Bristow Group in support of Statoil’s drilling operations offshore Tanzania and Mozambique. Two aircraft will be used for crew change work whilst the third will be a high specification, dedicated,… Read more »

Source: Everett Aviation, 30-Aug-13

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Bristow to present at the 15th Annual Hodges Capital Investment Forum

Bristow to present at the 15th Annual Hodges Capital Investment Forum

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that the Company will be presenting at the 15th Annual Hodges Capital Investment Forum to be held in Dallas, TX August 29, 2013. Jonathan E. Baliff, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bristow Group, is scheduled to present on Thursday, August 29, at 10:40… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 29-Aug-13

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MAKS 2013 – Vertical de Aviacion signs for five Mi-171A1s and five Ka-62s

MAKS 2013 – Vertical de Aviacion signs for five Mi-171A1s and five Ka-62s

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, and Colombia’s Vertical de Aviacion today signed agreements for five Mi-171A1s and five Ka-62s at the MAKS 2013 International Aviation and Space Salon. Vertical de Aviacion plans to deploy the Mi-171A1s in Mexico for cargo and passenger flights, while… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 28-Aug-13

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Oil & Gas UK discusses impact of temporary Super Puma suspension

Oil & Gas UK discusses impact of temporary Super Puma suspension

Oil & Gas UK held a meeting in Aberdeen today (Monday 26 August) to discuss the operational impact of the temporary suspension of Super Puma helicopters following the crash of an L2 model on Friday with the tragic loss of four lives and injury to others. There were 80 representatives of oil and gas operators… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 27-Aug-13

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North Sea accident – Statement from PHPA President

North Sea accident – Statement from PHPA President

The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International (PHPA), a council of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, is mourning the loss of four passengers who were killed on August 23, 2013, when a CHC L2 aircraft crashed into the waters off the coast of Sumburgh, United Kingdom. Fourteen people, including two crew members,… Read more »

Source: OPEIU, 27-Aug-13

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Emotions high as Facebook page against AS332 gains 28,000 followers

Emotions high as Facebook page against AS332 gains 28,000 followers

Eurocopter have a major uphill PR battle ahead of them, for certain. Since the Shetland fatal accident on Friday – less than three days ago as this is written – a Facebook page “Destroy the Super Pumas” has gained over 28,000 followers. While it is clearly not something people in the aviation industry would support,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Aug-13

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CHC continues AS332L/L1, EC225 operations – except in UK

CHC continues AS332L/L1, EC225 operations – except in UK

Extract from CHC statement 11pm UK 25th August:- CHC plans to resume normal operations on Monday with AS332L/L1 and EC225 aircraft. We will continue to hold all flights worldwide involving AS332L2 aircraft, except for those involved in life-saving SAR and medevac missions. In the U.K., consistent with a request by the Helicopter Safety Steering Group… Read more »

Source: CHC, 26-Aug-13

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HSSG Recommends Temporary Suspension of Super Puma Helicopters

HSSG Recommends Temporary Suspension of Super Puma Helicopters

Step Change in Safety’s Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) met this afternoon (24 August) to discuss the helicopter accident off Shetland on 23 August.  All members expressed their condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those who tragically lost their lives and to the survivors. At present there are no confirmed facts as to… Read more »

Source: HSSG, 25-Aug-13

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Oil & Gas UK Statement: Helicopter Ditching West of Shetland

Oil & Gas UK Statement: Helicopter Ditching West of Shetland

Oil & Gas UK’s Chief Executive Malcolm Webb said: “Oil & Gas UK expresses its profound sorrow at the news of the deaths and injuries resulting from yesterday’s helicopter ditching off Shetland.  Our thoughts are first and foremost with all who were on this flight, their  families and their friends and we send our deepest condolences… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 25-Aug-13

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CHC Statement on Sumburgh Aircraft Accident

CHC Statement on Sumburgh Aircraft Accident

[Update from CHC 11pm UK on 25th August] A CHC Helicopter AS332L2 aircraft landed in the water Friday (Aug. 23) about two nautical miles west of Sumburgh, on Shetland Island in the U.K. The helicopter had traveled from Aberdeen to two North Sea oil-and-gas rigs before returning to Sumburgh. The aircraft was on approach to… Read more »

Source: CHC, 25-Aug-13

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Bond Offshore Helicopters – Open Day 24th August, Aberdeen

Bond Offshore Helicopters – Open Day 24th August, Aberdeen

Bond Offshore Helicopters, a Step Change in Safety member company, will open their doors to their Aberdeen operations on Saturday 24 August.  The event will provide offshore workers and family members an opportunity to look at the people, aircraft and safety processes behind Bond’s helicopter services. If you fly with Bond Offshore Helicopters and would… Read more »

Source: Step Change in Safety, 21-Aug-13

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Omni takes delivery of three AW139s

Omni takes delivery of three AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that OHI Group took delivery of three AW139 helicopters equipped for offshore transportation on 8th August 2013 at the AgustaWestland Philadelphia factory in the USA. The aircraft are now being self ferried from Philadelphia to Brazil where they will enter service later this month. This latest delivery… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Aug-13

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Bristow clients get early view of AW189

Bristow clients get early view of AW189

Bristow Helicopters unveiled the much anticipated AgustaWestland AW189 helicopter to its oil and gas clients last week (30 July 2013). The pre-production model was flown to Norwich International Airport where Bristow’s senior management team showcased the aircraft to a number of its clients who will be offered its services from early 2014. Bristow will be… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 08-Aug-13

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Bristow CEO discusses F14Q1 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Bristow CEO discusses F14Q1 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

The earnings call included Linda McNeill, Director of Investor Relations,  Bill Chiles, President and CEO, Jonathan Baliff, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mark Duncan, Senior Vice President Commercial, Brian Allman, Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer and John Cloggie, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer.  see transcript

Source: Seeking Alpha, 08-Aug-13

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Bond Air Services first in UK to provide helicopter support for wind farm maintenance

Bond Air Services first in UK to provide helicopter support for wind farm maintenance

Bond provides helicopter support to deliver maintenance technicians by hoist to the wind farm’s 140 turbines – the first helicopter operation of its kind in the UK. The wind farm has a generation capacity of around 500MW, enough to power approximately 530,000 homes. The service uses a Eurocopter EC135T2i aircraft, operating seven days a week… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 08-Aug-13

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Meggitt lands multi-million dollar S92 fuel system award

Meggitt lands multi-million dollar S92 fuel system award

Meggitt PLC (“Meggitt” or “the Group”), a leading international company specialising in high performance components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and energy markets, has won a long-term contract award for the Sikorsky S-92® helicopter sponson fuel system. The contract starts immediately and will run until 2030, with deliveries starting in 2015. The proven and… Read more »

Source: Meggitt, 06-Aug-13

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Bristow more cautious on EC225, targetting Oct-Dec quarter return to service

Bristow more cautious on EC225, targetting Oct-Dec quarter return to service

This is an extract from the Bristow quarterly financial report Eurocopter, the manufacturer of the EC225 Super Puma aircraft, has indicated that they have determined the root causes of the gear shaft failure in the EC225 that occurred in 2012. This determination has been reviewed and verified by airworthiness authorities and independent third parties. The… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 05-Aug-13

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Bristow Group reports 2014 Q1 results to 30th June 2013

Bristow Group reports 2014 Q1 results to 30th June 2013

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) today reported net income for the June 2013 quarter of $26.9 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, compared to net income of $23.7 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago. Adjusted net income, which excludes special items and asset disposition effects, increased 23% to $36.5 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, for theJune 2013 quarter, compared to $29.6… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 05-Aug-13

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Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that its Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of$0.25 per share of common stock issued and outstanding at the close of business on August 30, 2013 (the “Record Date”). The dividend will be payable on September 13, 2013 to stockholders of record… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 05-Aug-13

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PHi reports Q2 results to 30th June 2013

PHi reports Q2 results to 30th June 2013

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Consolidated operating revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2013 were $195.5 million, compared to $160.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, an increase of $34.9 million. Consolidated net income… Read more »

Source: PHi, 05-Aug-13

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Era Group announces Q2 2013 Earnings Release Call

Era Group announces Q2 2013 Earnings Release Call

Era Group Inc. ERA +0.53% (“Era”), a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, today announced it will release financial results for its fiscal year 2013 second quarter after the market closes on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. In connection with the release, Era has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, August 14, 2013 to begin at… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 02-Aug-13

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Will PHI miss its revenue numbers?

Will PHI miss its revenue numbers?

Is PHI sending any potential warning signs?  see full story

Source: Motley Fool, 02-Aug-13

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SonAir resumes Eurocopter EC225 operations

SonAir resumes Eurocopter EC225 operations

SonAir, Africa’s largest oil and gas helicopter operator, has become the first operator to resume passenger transportation flights with the suspended EC225 fleet. Three flights were performed successfully with two EC225s from Luanda to two offshore platforms. Based in Angola, SonAir is the aviation division of Sonangol, Angola’s national oil company. Its resumption of EC225… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 01-Aug-13

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Milestone closes US$300M credit facility to acquire/lease Bristow aircraft

Milestone closes US$300M credit facility to acquire/lease Bristow aircraft

Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it has closed a new US$300 million credit facility. The company will use the proceeds to acquire and lease helicopters valued at US$400 million to affiliates of Bristow Group Inc. The assets include Sikorsky S-92’s, Eurocopter EC225’s and AgustaWestland AW189 and AW139 aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 31-Jul-13

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Milestone supports Blueway with financing of 4th EC225

Milestone supports Blueway with financing of 4th EC225

Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it is financing the delivery of a Eurocopter EC225 to Blueway Offshore Norge AS, a subsidiary of Blueway AS. The Norwegian registered aircraft will be used for crew change missions to offshore oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. The European delivery… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 31-Jul-13

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DanCopter receives its fourth Eurocopter EC225

DanCopter receives its fourth Eurocopter EC225

Eurocopter has delivered a fourth EC225 helicopter to Denmark’s DanCopter A/S – which operates the rotorcraft for crew change missions to offshore oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. The handover was made at the Marignane, France production facility of Eurocopter, and will be followed by the helicopter’s ferry flight to DanCopter’s Esbjerg, Denmark… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 29-Jul-13

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CHC Open Day gives close up view of helicopter operations

CHC Open Day gives close up view of helicopter operations

Step Change in Safety member company CHC Helicopter opened the door to their Aberdeen operations on Saturday, 14 July, providing 250 oil-and-gas offshore workers and family members with an up-close look at the people, aircraft and safety processes behind CHC’s helicopter services. The long-planned event beneficially coincided with recent EASA and U.K. CAA regulatory actions… Read more »

Source: Step Change in Safety, 19-Jul-13

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SaxonAir marks first anniversary of Dancopter handling contract

SaxonAir marks first anniversary of Dancopter handling contract

SaxonAir Flight Support Ltd has marked a key milestone in its first year of offshore ground handling with DanCopter AS.  The contract involves SaxonAir handling all Shell offshore passengers and freight from Norwich Airport on behalf of DanCopter AS of Denmark. DanCopter were awarded the Shell contract in July 2012 to operate helicopters carrying passengers… Read more »

Source: SaxonAir, 11-Jul-13

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HSSG response to EASA and CAA Directive on EC225

HSSG response to EASA and CAA Directive on EC225

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) welcomes the Directive from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as the first major step in bringing the fleet of EC225 helicopters back to safe flight operations. The safety barriers proposed will give several layers of assurance that this helicopter is safe to fly…. Read more »

Source: HSSG, 11-Jul-13

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CHC seeing benefits from ACL cloud-based compliance management software

CHC seeing benefits from ACL cloud-based compliance management software

 ACL today announced that the audit team at CHC Helicopter, the world’s largest helicopter services company and employer of more than 4,300 people in 30 countries, has increased productivity by 15%, cut software costs by 60% over their previous system, and reduced overall IT overhead through the use ofACL™ GRC. CHC Helicopter’s internal audit group was… Read more »

Source: ACL, 10-Jul-13

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Bristow announces FY14 Q1 earnings release and concall

Bristow announces FY14 Q1 earnings release and concall

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry, announced today it will release financial results for its fiscal year 2014 first quarter ended June 30, 2013, after the market closes on Monday, August 5. In conjunction with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call, which… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 10-Jul-13

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EASA approves interim fix for EC225 over-water flights

EASA approves interim fix for EC225 over-water flights

Following publication of an airworthiness directive by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Super Puma helicopters on 9 July 2013, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will subsequently amend its operational restriction on the helicopter type, allowing each aircraft to return to service once the requirements of the EASA directive are met. EASA is… Read more »

Source: UK CAA and others, 10-Jul-13

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Patriot Aerospace parent acquires Blackpool and Derry Airports

Patriot Aerospace parent acquires Blackpool and Derry Airports

Rigby Group Plc has announced the acquisition of RCAM (Regional and City Airport Management Limited) from Balfour Beatty Plc. RCAM is a specialist airport management company which is focused on operating airports which accommodate up to 3 million passengers a year, cargo, freight, corporate and General Aviation. Led by John Spooner – a highly experienced… Read more »

Source: Rigby Group Plc, 07-Jul-13

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20th Sikorsky S92 arrives for Bristow UK

20th Sikorsky S92 arrives for Bristow UK

The 20th Sikorsky S92 is expected to arrive at Aberdeen today or tomorrow for Bristow Helicopters as G-CHYG, having been freighted in to Prestwick Airport on an Antonov An124 yesterday.  This will bring the Bristow UK fleet of the type to sixteen – four of the UK deliveries having been transferred onwards to Bristow’s Nigerian… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-13

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Aerogulf hopes to establish Omani operator with local partner

Aerogulf hopes to establish Omani operator with local partner

Discussions aimed at setting up a full-fledged chopper firm in the Sultanate are currently under way with a private Omani company, as well as with government officials.  see full story

Source: Oman Observer, 03-Jul-13

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CIT provides financing to Lease Corporation International for three AW139s

CIT provides financing to Lease Corporation International for three AW139s

CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), a global leader in transportation finance, today announced that CIT Transportation Lending provided financing to Dublin-based Lease Corporation International (LCI) to acquire three AgustaWestland 139 helicopters. The aircraft are in offshore oil and gas configuration and are on lease to UK-based Bond Helicopters and Malaysia-based Weststar Aviation. CIT Transportation Lending… Read more »

Source: CIT, 02-Jul-13

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Northrop Grumman provides LCR-100 AHRS for S92 rig approaches

Northrop Grumman provides LCR-100 AHRS for S92 rig approaches

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is supplying a modified LCR-100 Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) for the newly certified offshore rig approach feature on Sikorsky’s S-92A helicopter. The automated rig approach capability assists offshore oil operators with approaching and landing on oil rigs and platforms by guiding the aircraft to location coordinates entered by the… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 26-Jun-13

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Eurocopter delivers three EC225s to Asian offshore operators

Eurocopter delivers three EC225s to Asian offshore operators

The deliveries of three new EC225s to customers in Vietnam and Malaysia further expands the fleet of Eurocopter’s workhorse helicopter deployed worldwide in demanding operating conditions of the offshore oil and gas industry. EC225 deliveries involve the Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South), along with Awan Inspirasi Sdn Bhd (AISB) and MHS Aviation – both… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 26-Jun-13

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CHC awarded £29M three-year North Sea AW139 contract with Centrica

CHC awarded £29M three-year North Sea AW139 contract with Centrica

CHC will operate an AW139 out of Humberside Airport from November 2013, to support Centrica’s offshore activities, including the York and Rough platforms, as the operator relocates all flight operations from Yarmouth. – see full story

Source: Offshore Energy Today, 24-Jun-13

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35% more aircraft based at Houma-Terrebonne Airport in 8 years

35% more aircraft based at Houma-Terrebonne Airport in 8 years

Following the floods brought by Hurricane Katrina, many oilfield transport companies began relocating their aircraft to areas less prone to flooding – Houma-Terrebonne Airport has benefitted and is now the 4th busiest airport in Louisiana – see full story

Source: Houma Today, 24-Jun-13

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Bristow to present at the Global Hunter Securities 100 Energy Conference

Bristow to present at the Global Hunter Securities 100 Energy Conference

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry, today announced that the Company will be attending the Global Hunter Securities 100 Energy Conference to be held in Chicago on June 24-26, 2013. Jonathan E. Baliff, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is scheduled to present on Tuesday, June 25, at 11:00 a.m. Central Time (12:00 p.m… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 23-Jun-13

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Bel Air takes delivery of another AW139

Bel Air takes delivery of another AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the delivery of an additional AW139 helicopter to Bel Air of Denmark. The aircraft in offshore transport configuration will be used to ferry passenger to oil and gas installations in the North Sea. So far the AW139s operated by Bel Air have been delivering exceptional availability and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Jun-13

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Era signs for 10 more AW189s plus options

Era signs for 10 more AW189s plus options

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Era Group Inc. (“Era”) has signed a contract for ten AW189 helicopters plus options. This contract confirms and increases Era’s commitment to the AW189 following the signing of a preliminary sales contract for five aircraft in July 2012. The aircraft will be used to perform long… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Jun-13

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Bristow to equip 44 helicopters with Rockwell Collins TCAS II

Bristow to equip 44 helicopters with Rockwell Collins TCAS II

Bristow Group, which provides helicopter transport services for offshore oil and gas and government operations, is retrofitting a fleet of 44 helicopters, including Sikorsky S-76 C++ and Sikorsky S-92A aircraft with Rockwell Collins’ Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance (TCAS II) system. Installations are in progress. To date, Rockwell Collins, working closely with Bristow Group, has… Read more »

18-Jun-13

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Zhuhai Helicopter Company orders another four Sikorsky S92s

Zhuhai Helicopter Company orders another four Sikorsky S92s

Sikorsky and Zhuhai Helicopter Company (ZHC) today announced a new contract for four Sikorsky S-92® offshore utility helicopters. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). ZHC, a fully-owned subsidiary of China Southern Airlines Ltd., is a leading provider of offshore helicopter service in China, serving both Chinese and Western oil companies. Since May 2011, ZHC… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 18-Jun-13

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CITIC Offshore Helicopter Company orders two Sikorsky S92s

CITIC Offshore Helicopter Company orders two Sikorsky S92s

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has signed a contract with China’s CITIC Offshore Helicopter Company (COHC) for two S-92® helicopters to be used for the offshore oil crew transportation mission. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). Established in 1983, COHC is a publicly traded company based in Shenzhen, Guandong, China. It… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 18-Jun-13

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AgustaWestland confirm HeliHub.com story on Brunei Shell AW139s

AgustaWestland confirm HeliHub.com story on Brunei Shell AW139s

HeliHub.com ran this story some 20 days ago here.  AgustaWestland are now confirming what we wrote with the following press release AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the delivery of two intermediate twin engine AW139 helicopters to Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP), just six months after contract award. The aircraft will… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 18-Jun-13

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Omni signs for two more AW139s

Omni signs for two more AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that OHI Group has signed a contract for an additional two AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters. These aircraft, which will be assembled at the AgustaWestland plant in Philadelphia, USA, will be used for offshore transport operations. This latest contract, part of a multi-year agreement, brings the total number… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Jun-13

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LCI to lease two AW139s to WestStar

LCI to lease two AW139s to WestStar

Lease Corporation International (LCI) announces its delivery of two AgustaWestland helicopters to Malaysian operator Weststar Aviation Services in a long-term lease. The new AW139 helicopters, valued at over $30 million, will be initially operated under contract to Tullow Oil. They have both been delivered this week. The two AW139 helicopters will be used to support… Read more »

Source: LCI, 16-Jun-13

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CHC to Release FY2013 Q4 Results on June 26

CHC to Release FY2013 Q4 Results on June 26

CHC Helicopter expects to release its fiscal-2013 fourth-quarterfinancial results, for the period ended April 30, after market closeon Wednesday, June 26. CHC senior leaders will discuss the company’s strategy and operatingperformance during a conference call and webcast on Thursday, June27, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Members of the news media, investorsand the general public are… Read more »

Source: CHC, 15-Jun-13

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Volga-Dnepr completes 1,697th helicopter delivery with two S92 and a Super Puma

Volga-Dnepr completes 1,697th helicopter delivery with two S92 and a Super Puma

Volga-Dnepr Airlines has carried one of Eurocopter’s Super Puma helicopters and two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters from Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands and Philadelphia, USA, to Bergen, Norway. The project was completed in two delivery stages. The Super Puma was loaded onboard one of the airline’s AN-124-100 freighters in Mount Pleasant before the aircraft continued… Read more »

Source: Volga-Dnepr, 13-Jun-13

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Greek-manufactured helicopter evacuation simulator launched

Greek-manufactured helicopter evacuation simulator launched

The testing of a Greek helicopter simulator on May 29 at Souda Bay was reported to be a success. The simulator was built on behalf of the Norwegian company Evacsim SA, by Ergaleiotechniki Crete which is based in Chania. (See Full Story)

Source: Greek Reporter, 10-Jun-13

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CHC prepares two AS332s for Shell contract in Africa

CHC prepares two AS332s for Shell contract in Africa

CHC has just transferred two Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Pumas off the British register in preparation for a new role in Africa on contract to Royal Dutch Shell plc, who begin oil exploration work off Benin in the next few weeks. The contract is for five years with five one-year options, is for transportation services and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jun-13

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86% of North Sea oilmen fear flying in EC225

86% of North Sea oilmen fear flying in EC225

Eurocopter has an uphill PR battle ahead of them – nearly nine out of 10 offshore workers have lost confidence in the model of helicopter involved in two North Sea ditchings last year. (see full story) NOTE other reports are sceptical of this article, saying the word ‘fear’ did not appear in the survey

Source: Press & Journal, 06-Jun-13

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Ex-Im Bank guarantees $187M for S92 exports to Milestone Aviation Group

Ex-Im Bank guarantees $187M for S92 exports to Milestone Aviation Group

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is providing a $187.4 million guarantee of a capital-markets bond to finance the export of Sikorsky S-92® helicopters to The Milestone Aviation Group Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. The transaction is Ex-Im Bank’s largest financing of U.S.-manufactured commercial helicopter exports and the agency’s first support of these… Read more »

Source: Ex-Im Bank, 04-Jun-13

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