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UK – Norwich Airport offshore operators face noise complaints

UK – Norwich Airport offshore operators face noise complaints

Representatives from Hellesdon Parish Council will meet with Norwich International Airport chiefs and helicopter operators to discuss concerns about noise from helicopters based at the airport.  See full story The accompanying photo is from Norwich Airport, but is only representative.  Other operators at the airport include Bristow, NHV and Dancopter.

Source: EDP24, 05-Jan-14

NHV takes over Dutch SAR contract from Bristow

NHV takes over Dutch SAR contract from Bristow

On 20th December, NOGEPA signed a contract with North Sea Helicopters Vlaanderen (NHV) for Search and Rescue (SAR) services. The contract entails provision of SAR services from 1/1/2014 and has a minimum duration of 6 months. NHV will operate from Den Helder Airport with two AS365N (Dauphin) helicopters, supported by additional AS365N helicopters from the Botlek area. The… Read more »

Source: NOGEPA, 02-Jan-14

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Source: Bristow Helicopters, 01-Jan-14

Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and better times in 2014. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Dec-13

Brazil – Omni and Aeroleo are last to resume EC225 operations

Brazil – Omni and Aeroleo are last to resume EC225 operations

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

Source: Eurocopter, 20-Dec-13

CHC reports FY2014 Q2 results

CHC reports FY2014 Q2 results

CHC Helicopter‘s revenue and earnings were both down year-over-year, partly as a result of limited availability of EC225 aircraft, along with costs to return those helicopters to flying operations. The company reported revenue for the quarter of $443 million, down 1 percent from the same period in fiscal 2013.  A net loss of $49 million… Read more »

Source: CHC, 16-Dec-13

Eurocopter delivers two EC225 to Bond via Waypoint Leasing

Eurocopter delivers two EC225 to Bond via Waypoint Leasing

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

13-Dec-13

Waypoint Leasing announce 13 helicopter AW139/S92 deal with CHC

Waypoint Leasing announce 13 helicopter AW139/S92 deal with CHC

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), a leading global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has reached an agreement with CHC Helicopter (“CHC”), the world’s largest helicopter services company specializing in transportation to offshore oil and gas platforms, to lease to CHC 13 new technology medium and heavy aircraft, which include the Sikorsky S-92 and… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 13-Dec-13

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13-Dec-13 Sikorsky S92 Sumburgh, UK

“Pan Pan” message following cockpit warning light.  Bristow aircraft landed safely with 18 pax and 2 crew

13-Dec-13

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12-Dec-13 9M-STE Sikorsky S76 Bintulu, Malaysia

S76 with two pilots and six passengers ditches in sea.  All 8 rescued by passing boat.  Passengers were working for Petronas Carigali, and Police said they were from France, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Canada

12-Dec-13

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Bristow wins five-year BP contract for two S92s

Bristow wins five-year BP contract for two S92s

Following a competitive tender process Bristow Helicopters Ltd has been successful in securing a significant new contract to provide helicopter services to BP Exploration Operating Company Ltd. The contract is for a five year term, with an option to extend, and has a value around £125million. Bristow will provide helicopter support for BP’s offshore installations… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 11-Dec-13

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Bond wins five year contract for two S92s with Nexen Petroleum

Bond wins five year contract for two S92s with Nexen Petroleum

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd (Bond), one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a new contract with Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd (Nexen). Bond will provide crew change support for Nexen’s operations in the UK North Sea for an initial period of five years with… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 08-Dec-13

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Texstars to produce windshields for Bell 525 Relentless

Texstars to produce windshields for Bell 525 Relentless

Texstars, LLC, a subsidiary of AIP Aerospace announced today that Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company,has awarded Texstars a contract to produce windshields for the Bell 525 Relentless program. The windshields on this aircraft are designed with significant safety improvement features.  The pilot’s field-of-vision will be significantly enhanced with a wrap-around windshield, eliminating the need for… Read more »

Source: AIP Aerospace, 06-Dec-13

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Bristow and CHC EC225 training captains like EC175 too

Bristow and CHC EC225 training captains like EC175 too

Participants of the Oil & Gas Symposium had a great night networking during a party organized at the Sky Bar, on level 33 of the Traders Hotel after the first day of presentations and workshops. It was a great vantage point from which they had a panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline. The… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 05-Dec-13

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Eurocopter customer MHS praises EC175

Eurocopter customer MHS praises EC175

Under the overcast skies at Subang, the rain threatened to wreak havoc on a day when the EC175 is set to show its might to experienced offshore pilots, many of whom arrived from all over Asia to attend the 2-day Oil & Gas Symposium organized by Eurocopter, in addition to the demo flights. Fortunately for… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 05-Dec-13

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Pawan Hans pilots call off strike after management compromises

Pawan Hans pilots call off strike after management compromises

Pawan Hans was in flux earlier this week after five experienced pilots quit  to protest against flying anti-Naxal missions (see HeliHub.com story).   Naxalites are a radical communist group, supportive of Maoist political sentiment and ideologies, and active on the eastern side of India. They are generally regarded as the biggest threat to stability in the country…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-13

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05-Dec-13 N707MY Sikorsky S76B Port Fourchon, US-Louisiana

Heavy wheel-up landing following sudden wind-shift on take-off

05-Dec-13

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Aircraft Zero is a Go – The launch of the Bell 525 RASIL

Aircraft Zero is a Go – The launch of the Bell 525 RASIL

Since its launch in early 2012, pilots and operators from around the globe have expressed their enthusiasm and anticipation for the Bell 525 Relentless — they want one now! Those who have experienced the 525’s capabilities with the help of an advanced cockpit simulator have been impressed with its ARC Horizon® flight deck, exceptionally comfortable and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Dec-13

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Astronics electronic power distribution system to be Installed on Bell 525

Astronics electronic power distribution system to be Installed on Bell 525

Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq:ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp. (Astronics AES), will be supplying Bell Helicopter with the Secondary Electronic Power Distribution System (EPDS) for the new Bell 525 Relentless. Astronics designs and builds modern electrical distribution… Read more »

Source: Astronics, 04-Dec-13

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Pawan Hans pilots go on flash strike, crippling offshore ops

Pawan Hans pilots go on flash strike, crippling offshore ops

Forty Pawan Hans pilots refused to fly their helicopters from Mumbai to the offshore rigs on Monday to show solidarity with five senior officials who quit on Saturday  See full story

Source: Mumbai Mirror, 04-Dec-13

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Eurocopter takes EC175 and EC145T2 on three-week tour of Asia

Eurocopter takes EC175 and EC145T2 on three-week tour of Asia

Two of Eurocopter’s newest members in its twin-engine helicopter family – the next-generation EC175 and evolved EC145 T2 – are coming to Asia for a three-week demonstration tour with operators in the oil and gas, VIP, corporate, charter, military and law enforcement segments. In addition to providing opportunities to experience the performance and capabilities of… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 03-Dec-13

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Bristow Presents Target Zero at Turbomeca Asia-Pacific Symposium

Bristow Presents Target Zero at Turbomeca Asia-Pacific Symposium

Centralized Operations Business Unit (COBU) Technical Services Manager Richard Tudge, who is based in Perth, was recently invited to speak at the Turbomeca Asia-Pacific Symposium on Bristow’s Target Zero culture of safety and its safety management system (SMS). The bi-annual event was held in Bali, Indonesia, with 140 delegates representing various civil and military operators… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 02-Dec-13

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Is wind turbine radar interference a thing of the past now?

Is wind turbine radar interference a thing of the past now?

Some offshore operations have in recent years been hampered by radar interference from massive offshore wind farms.  However, it looks like this could soon be history with the following press release from Terma:- Terma’s SCANTER 4002 radar demonstrated exceptional results during a test performed in late 2012 in Abilene, Texas, U.S. with more than 500… Read more »

Source: Terma, 02-Dec-13

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Avincis Group releases results overview for 2013 Q3

Avincis Group releases results overview for 2013 Q3

Avincis Mission Critical Services Group S.A.U (“Avincis”) (previously Prioris Aviation Spain S.A.U) today reported strong results for the third quarter of 2013, including improved margins, a growing order book and continuing efficiency gains.    [Editor note – This really is “selected highlights only”. We requested the full numbers, but Avincis declined to provide them] Financial Highlights  … Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 29-Nov-13

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CHC to release FY14Q2 results on Dec 11th, plus investor call day after

CHC to release FY14Q2 results on Dec 11th, plus investor call day after

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

Source: CHC, 28-Nov-13

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Eurocopter Canada profiles EC225 in offshore and SAR roles

Eurocopter Canada profiles EC225 in offshore and SAR roles

Eurocopter Canada Ltd. is showcasing the EC225 helicopter in St. John’s this week to demonstrate the rotorcraft’s features and capabilities for the offshore oil and gas community in Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador province. The helicopter is in St. John’s for three days to highlight its ideal suitability for use as a crew transport aircraft, and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 28-Nov-13

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Bristow to present at the Cowen Ultimate Energy Conference

Bristow to present at the Cowen Ultimate Energy Conference

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that the Company will be attending the Cowen and Company Third Annual Ultimate Energy Conference held in New York City on December 3 – 4, 2013. Jonathan Baliff, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is scheduled to present on Tuesday, December 3, at 8:00… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 26-Nov-13

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Australian Helicopters appoints new Managing Director

Australian Helicopters appoints new Managing Director

One of Australia’s leading suppliers of mission-critical helicopter services, Australian Helicopters, has appointed respected industry veteran John Boag as its new Managing Director. Mr Boag will add the role with Australian Helicopters to his existing responsibilities at Bond Helicopters Australia, both of which are part of the Avincis Group (Avincis). CEO Avincis Northern Europe &… Read more »

Source: Australian Helicopters, 26-Nov-13

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Avincis Group confirms Joint Venture talks with Babcock International

Avincis Group confirms Joint Venture talks with Babcock International

HeliHub.com editor note – Below we reproduce the statements from Avincis and Babcock following the original article in the Sunday Times which HeliHub.com ran yesterday.  There is  a clear difference in these statements to the general media approach.  Both statements refer to “Joint Venture” while the press are saying Babcock is seeking to buy Avincis for… Read more »

Source: Avincis & Babcock, 25-Nov-13

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CHC orders nine S92s, plus 15 options

CHC orders nine S92s, plus 15 options

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced that CHC Helicopter has signed a multi-year contract to purchase nine S-92(R) helicopters, with options to acquire up to 15 more, for use in transporting offshore oil workers and for possible search and rescue operations. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). CHC, based in Vancouver, British… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 24-Nov-13

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Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

Engineering company Babcock International – who run Devonport and Rosyth military dockyards in the UK – is in advanced talks on a blockbuster £1.5bn takeover of Avincis Group.  See story 

Source: Sunday Times, 24-Nov-13

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Unite union denies North Sea helicopter campaign is a cheap stunt

Unite union denies North Sea helicopter campaign is a cheap stunt

Safety consultant Ronnie  McDonald also said the issues raised by Unite are already being addressed by the Helicopter Safety Steering Group, which features the offshore unions, including Unite.  See full story

Source: STV, 21-Nov-13

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21-Nov-13 Mil Mi-17 Dragon Oil Rig, Vietnam

Tail blades broken when they hit the rig structure when landing in high winds.  Flying debris caused serious injuries to two workers on the rig

21-Nov-13

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Bristow to hold Investor Day for updates on Brazilian market and Lider Aviacao

Bristow to hold Investor Day for updates on Brazilian market and Lider Aviacao

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, will host an Investor Day in New York City on Thursday, November 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at approximately 1:30 p.m. The company plans to highlight its partner Lider’s operations in Brazil and the country’s aviation growth… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 18-Nov-13

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Abu Dhabi Aviation to take delivery of first Bell 412EPI

Abu Dhabi Aviation to take delivery of first Bell 412EPI

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), is pleased to announce the upcoming delivery of the first Bell 412EPI helicopter in the world to Abu Dhabi Aviation for offshore oilfield support in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “The Bell 412 platform has been a vital part of our operations for many years. We chose… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Nov-13

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Waypoint Leasing to triple workforce in Ireland

Waypoint Leasing to triple workforce in Ireland

Alan Jenkins, the company’s chief financial officer, told The Irish Times that Waypoint plans to increase its headcount in Limerick from seven currently to 20 by the end of 2014.  See full story

Source: Irish Times, 18-Nov-13

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Gulf Helicopters signs firm order for 15 AW189s

Gulf Helicopters signs firm order for 15 AW189s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Gulf Helicopters of Qatar has signed firm orders for fifteen AW189 helicopters. This signing follows the preliminary sale contract announced in early 2012, confirming customer’s commitment to this new generation model. The first two aircraft are planned to be delivered to the customer in 2014 and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Nov-13

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Bristow Group To Present At The Barclays Select Growth Conference

Bristow Group To Present At The Barclays Select Growth Conference

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that the Company will be attending the Barclays Select Growth Conference held in New York City on November 18 – 20, 2013. Jonathan Baliff, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is scheduled to present on Monday, November 18, at 8:20 a.m. Central Time (9:20 a.m…. Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 15-Nov-13

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PHI flies first Rig Approach™ Customer Flights in the S-92

PHI flies first Rig Approach™ Customer Flights in the S-92

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and PHI Inc. announced today the completion of the first operational flights of the new “Rig Approach” system, a first of its kind functionality on the S-92®helicopter that provides helicopter operators with an automated approach to offshore rigs and platforms.  The flights occurred yesterday. Earlier this year, two FAA Demonstration test flights… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Nov-13

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PHi announces 2013 Q3 results to 30th September 2013

PHi announces 2013 Q3 results to 30th September 2013

-PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. Operating revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2013 were $200.8 million, compared to $170.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, an increase of $29.9 million. Consolidated net income for… Read more »

Source: PHi, 12-Nov-13

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Union campaign sends strong message to North Sea operators

Union campaign sends strong message to North Sea operators

Unite’s Back Home Safe campaign was formally launched in Aberdeen by Tommy Campbell, Unite Regional Officer, and Chris Gordon from Thompson’s Solicitors. In attendance were Unite representatives from throughout the Oil & Gas Industry. The importance of the campaign was emphasised by Tommy who demanded that Oil and Gas UK take immediate and meaningful action…. Read more »

Source: Unite, 10-Nov-13

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Bristow reports financials for FY2014 Q2 to 30th September 2013

Bristow reports financials for FY2014 Q2 to 30th September 2013

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) today reported net income for the September 2013 quarter of $110.6 million, or $3.01 per diluted share, compared to net income of $29.7 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago. The results for both the quarter and six-month period include a significant gain on the sale of the FB Entities, an unconsolidated U.K. affiliate, of $103.9… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 08-Nov-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 November 29, 2013 (the “Record Date”). The dividend will be payable on December 13, 2013 to stockholders of record… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 07-Nov-13

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Connecticut politicians write grovelling letter to Norway after Sikorsky droppped from SAR tender

Connecticut politicians write grovelling letter to Norway after Sikorsky droppped from SAR tender

Connecticut’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives today advocated for Sikorsky’s world-class helicopters in a letter to the Norwegian Ambassador. Sikorsky was recently removed from the competitive bidding process on a contract by the Norwegian government, but Norway has had a change in government since that initial decision was made. “We find the decision… Read more »

Source: Congressman Joe Courtney, 07-Nov-13

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Bristow Group to present at the Jefferies 2013 Global Energy Conference

Bristow Group to present at the Jefferies 2013 Global Energy Conference

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that the Company will be attending the Jefferies 2013 Global Energy Conference held in Houston on November 12 – 13,  2013. Jeremy Akel, Senior Vice President Global Operations and Jonathan Baliff, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, are scheduled to present onWednesday, November… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 06-Nov-13

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UK union launches “Back Home Safe” North Sea safety campaign

UK union launches “Back Home Safe” North Sea safety campaign

Unite the union have invited media to the launch on Wednesday 6th November of their ‘Back Home Safe’ campaign which calls for immediate improvements to the safety of offshore helicopter flights on the North Sea.  The union’s demands which reflect the wishes and concerns of Unite members and the wider offshore workforce call for; Safer emergency… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-13

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06-Nov-13 OY-HJJ Eurocopter EC155 Clipper Field, UK

Shortly after takeoff from an off-shore platform at night, the helicopter entered a series of extreme pitch excursions which resulted in the airspeed reducing below 20 kt, followed by a descent. The flight crew were eventually able to recover to normal flight. The helicopter had descended to within approximately 50 feet of the sea surface…. Read more »

06-Nov-13

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New operator Atlantic Aviation starts offshore flights in Nigeria

New operator Atlantic Aviation starts offshore flights in Nigeria

Atlantic Aviation, an indigenous company wholly owned by Jagal Group with technical service support given by CHC, completed its first commercial offshore flight for Total Exploration &Production Nigeria Limited off the Nigerian coast.  See full story

Source: Daily TImes, 05-Nov-13

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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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Helibras receives delegation from Petrobras

Helibras receives delegation from Petrobras

Helibras received on Thursday (31), the company’s factory in Itajubá (MG), the visit of a delegation from Petrobras, led by Cristina Lucia Duarte Pinho – Executive Manager E & P that was accompanied by the managers of the areas of Logistics and Security Flight of the company. Greeted by Eduardo Marson, president of Helibras and… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 04-Nov-13

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Bristow Employees Contribute to Fighting Breast Cancer

Bristow Employees Contribute to Fighting Breast Cancer

Led by Senior Vice President of Administration Hilary Ware, employees in Bristow’s corporate office collectively raised $10,250 in support of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k held in Houston. The amount exceeded the team’s personal fundraising goal of $10,000. The money raised benefits the local Susan G. Komen for the Cure and… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 03-Nov-13

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Global Vectra plans on reconvening AGM

Global Vectra plans on reconvening AGM

Following the farcical abandonment of the first version of their Annual General Meeting on 26th September (see HeliHub.com article), Global Vectra today issued the following statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange: Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd has informed BSE that the Board of Directors of the Company at its meeting held on October 11, 2013, has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Oct-13

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Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing contracts for two S-92s and two S-76Ds

Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing contracts for two S-92s and two S-76Ds

Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing, the helicopter operating leasing business of Macquarie Group, has contracted to acquire two S-92A(TM) and two S-76D(TM) helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. along with an unspecified number of options to acquire additional aircraft. The four new helicopters will be configured initially for the oil and gas service markets. Sikorsky Aircraft is a… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 29-Oct-13

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Waypoint Leasing appoints Managing Director of Capital Markets & Treasury

Waypoint Leasing appoints Managing Director of Capital Markets & Treasury

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), a leading global helicopter leasing company, today announced that Oliver Althoff, former Director of Transportation Lending at CIT Group, will join Waypoint as Managing Director of Capital Markets & Treasury, effective November 11, 2013. Mr. Althoff will be responsible for leading the development and execution of Waypoint’s debt financing strategy… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 29-Oct-13

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Sumburgh AS332L2 accident – seriously injured oil worker instructs lawyers

Sumburgh AS332L2 accident – seriously injured oil worker instructs lawyers

An offshore oil worker seriously injured in a fatal Super Puma helicopter crash off the coast of Shetland in August has spoken of his need for answers about the cause of the tragedy, as a memorial service is held to remember those who died in the incident. James Nugent, 41, from Newquay, suffered a spinal… Read more »

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 28-Oct-13

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Statement from Oil & Gas UK on AAIB Special Bulletin

Statement from Oil & Gas UK on AAIB Special Bulletin

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has issued Special Bulletin S7/2013 as part of its on-going investigation into the tragic L2 helicopter accident on 23 August 2013 off Sumburgh Head, Shetland. The bulletin states that “to date, the wreckage examination and analysis of the recorded data have not found any evidence of a technical fault… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 21-Oct-13

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HSSG response to AAIB special bulletin

HSSG response to AAIB special bulletin

The AAIB  has issued a second special bulletin as part of its on-going investigation into the tragic helicopter accident on 23rd August off Sumburgh Head. Step Change in Safety’s Helicopter Steering Group (HSSG) welcomes this second bulletin and acknowledges the additional information that it contains. The first bulletin from the AAIB issued on 5th September… Read more »

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

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North Sea CHC AS332 accident – AAIB point firmly at pilot error

North Sea CHC AS332 accident – AAIB point firmly at pilot error

The crash of a CHC Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma 1.5 nm west of Sumburgh Airport on 23 August 2013 as drawn a lot of comment and speculation. The British aircraft investigators – the Air Accicent Investigation Branch (AAIB) have issued a second bulletin on the accident – S7/2013 – AS332 L2 Super Puma, G-WNSB  – now come… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Oct-13

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HAI advances HUMS initiatives in UK

HAI advances HUMS initiatives in UK

During the week of September 23, Ed DiCampli, executive vice president of HAI; and Dave Green, health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) program manager for HAI, traveled to London to attend Helitech and meet with safety experts, HUMS design engineers, and regulatory personnel. Prominent in this group were Bob Sheffield, AgustaWestland senior advisor, safety and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 18-Oct-13

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Bond Helicopters Australia launches with five-year offshore contract

Bond Helicopters Australia launches with five-year offshore contract

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

Source: Avincis Group, 15-Oct-13

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Bristow Group announces FY2014 Q2 earnings release and concall schedule

Bristow Group announces FY2014 Q2 earnings release and concall schedule

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 second quarter ended September 30, 2013, after the market closes on Thursday, November 7.  In conjunction with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call, which will… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 14-Oct-13

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KKR Invests in Weststar Aviation Services

KKR Invests in Weststar Aviation Services

Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd (“Weststar” or the “Company”) today announced that KKR, a leading global investment firm with more than US$83.5 billion in assets under management, has invested approximately RM642 million (US$200 million) for a substantial minority equity stake in the Company. This will be KKR’s first investment in Malaysia. Additional terms of the… Read more »

Source: KKR, 11-Oct-13

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Maiden flight of first production AW189

Maiden flight of first production AW189

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first production AW189 8 tonne class twin engine helicopter performed its maiden flight at Vergiate plant (Italy) today. The aircraft is expected to be delivered to Bristow Helicopters Ltd. by year end to carry out offshore transport missions in the North Sea, with operational readiness… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 10-Oct-13

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09-Oct-13 N54LP Bell 206L3 US-Gulf of Mexico (1F)

Helicopter took off from platform Main Pass 107 and crashed straight into the water.  Pilot (named here as Patrick Becnel) fatally injured, three passengers (employees of Wood Group) rescued by USCG helicopter – two seriously injured and one uninjured.  Popout floats were deployed but helicopter turned over and was suspended under water by the floats

09-Oct-13

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09-Oct-13 Sikorsky S92 Scatsa, UK

S92 returned to airport after burning smell in cabin.  Safe landing

09-Oct-13

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Bristow Group prepares to quit Alaska

Bristow Group prepares to quit Alaska

Bristow Group have decided to close operations in Alaska, where they currently operate three bases at Fairbanks, Valdez, and Deadhorse.  In a recent statement to employees, SVP of Global Operations Jeremy Akel cited the seasonal nature of the work there as being a factor, along with “providing services that are not aligned with [the company’s] desire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-13

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Global Vectra Helicorp AGM ends in chaos

Global Vectra Helicorp AGM ends in chaos

In a short but telling update on the Bombay Stock Exchange website, with the understated title of “Adjournment of AGM” is the following statement Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd has informed BSE that the 15th Annual General Meeting of the members of the Company which was held on September 27, 2013 had to be adjourned due… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Oct-13

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Bristow issue statement on S92 North Sea emergency landing

Bristow issue statement on S92 North Sea emergency landing

Holding Statement – Precautionary Landing in the Norwegian Sector Date: Friday 4 October 2013    Time: 2030 hrs Bristow Helicopters Ltd can confirm that one of its Sikorsky S-92 helicopters operating out of Stavanger, Norway, made a safe precautionary landing on an offshore installation after a cockpit warning light illuminated at approximately 1700 hrs today, Friday… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 04-Oct-13

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04-Oct-13 LN-ONW Sikorsky S92 Yme Platform, Norway

Emergency landing on unmanned offshore platform.  12 offshore workers and 2 crew were rescued by Norwegian Air Force SAR Sea King.  Weather reported as 200m visibility and emergency was called 17 km from the rig it landed on.

04-Oct-13

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EC225 grounding cost Bond £4.17M

EC225 grounding cost Bond £4.17M

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

Source: Business Insider, 03-Oct-13

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Everett Aviation certifies first AW139s in Tanzania

Everett Aviation certifies first AW139s in Tanzania

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Bristow and Everett Aviation have taken delivery two AW139s and the aircraft have been the first to be certified for operations in Tanzania. Representatives from the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority have completed training in the United States and will be licensed to certify future AW139s in-country…. Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-Oct-13

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Abu Dhabi sees launch of first offshore SAR/EMS helicopter

Abu Dhabi sees launch of first offshore SAR/EMS helicopter

In a ceremony held on Monday at the Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior inspected the first civil air ambulance helicopter for emergency rescue operations from onshore and offshore oilfields and facilities in Abu Dhabi – a Bell 412EP.  See full story

Source: Gulf Today, 02-Oct-13

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Bristow Group names new VP and Chief Safety Officer

Bristow Group names new VP and Chief Safety Officer

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that it has appointed Steve Predmore Vice President and Chief Safety Officer responsible for providing leadership and technical expertise to Bristow’s global operations related to safety, safety auditing, health and environmental matters. Bristow President and CEO Bill… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 01-Oct-13

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Bond SAR crew wins Edward and Maisie Lewis Award

Bond SAR crew wins Edward and Maisie Lewis Award

A Bond Offshore Helicopters (Bond) Search and Rescue (SAR) crew has received an award for its key role in a dramatic North Sea rescue last December. The Edward and Maisie Lewis award honours SAR winchmen, winch operators and pilots who have shown outstanding skill and courage in carrying out an air/sea rescue. As part of… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 01-Oct-13

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Thales to deliver helicopter training services in Norway

Thales to deliver helicopter training services in Norway

Thales announced that it is opening a Helicopter Training Centre near Stavanger’s airport Sola in 2015. The Thales Training Centre will answer the increasing demand for local training services for Oil & Gas helicopter operators and will be operated by Thales Norway. The training will be based on Norwegian flight scenarios and will apply the… Read more »

Source: Thales, 27-Sep-13

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