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Japan Coast Guard orders additional H225

Japan Coast Guard orders additional H225

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of an additional H225. JCG, which already operates five H225s, has ordered this additional aircraft as part of its fleet renewal plans. The helicopter is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2018. This H225 will be equipped with the most… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 14-Mar-16

11-Mar-16 Eurocopter AS365N Shimen, Taiwan (2F)

While in low hover with winchman on the wire, the helicopter started to spin uncontrollably and then crashed into the sea.  2 fatality, 3 critical The scene was a beached cargo ship, and the weather was rough Cell phone video here

11-Mar-16

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Bristow shares Fair Culture knowledge with Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Bristow shares Fair Culture knowledge with Maritime and Coastguard Agency

As part of its efforts to introduce Just Culture to its organization, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) invited Bristow’s Europe Caspian Region Head of Safety Steve Harriss to address their project board. The MCA is working towards formally signing up to a Just and Fair Culture program – focusing first on its post-mission review… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 09-Mar-16

Hong Kong selects Trakka searchlight for SAR H175s

Hong Kong selects Trakka searchlight for SAR H175s

Trakka Systems is pleased to announce that Airbus Helicopters have selected the TrakkaBeam A800 tactical searchlight for the new 7 x H175 multi-mission helicopters acquired by Hong Kong’s Government Flying Services (GFS). “We are extremely pleased that the Trakkabeam has again been chosen for another premier International Search and Rescue programme, and in particular for… Read more »

Source: Trakka, 04-Mar-16

Sikorsky Recognizes Bristow for S-92 Rescue Accomplishments

Sikorsky Recognizes Bristow for S-92 Rescue Accomplishments

Sikorsky recognized Bristow Helicopters today for its critical role in safely evacuating hundreds of workers with S-92® helicopters from six oil platforms in the North Sea on Dec. 31, 2015. Sikorsky President Dan Schultz presented the recognition to Bristow President and CEO Jonathan Baliff in a ceremony at the 2016 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show…. Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Mar-16

Finnish Boarder Guards receive their first H215

Finnish Boarder Guards receive their first H215

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of two H215s to join the Finnish Boarder Guard fleet, announced today at the Heli Expo Trade Show, where an H215 can be visited on the static display. The first H215 arrived in Finland on February 28 following a training session at the Airbus Helicopters headquarters in Marignane, France…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Mar-16

LifePort S-92 Flooring Durability Improvement

LifePort S-92 Flooring Durability Improvement

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, has designed and delivered a sea floor that seals an entire S-92® cabin being utilized for search and rescue (SAR) missions. The unique floor layout allows for the installation of seats, a LifePort Stacking Litter System (SLS) and an internal auxiliary fuel tank. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE:LMT). LifeGard… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Mar-16

Heli-One develops custom H225 SAR mods for CHC

Heli-One develops custom H225 SAR mods for CHC

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has completed search and rescue (SAR) cabin modifications on two Airbus Helicopters H225 aircraft for CHC Helicopter (CHC). The cabin modification was designed in close collaboration with CHC’s SAR crews to optimize usage within a size-restricted space. The design is a modular… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 02-Mar-16

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Guangxi Diwang Group signs for ten Bell 525s

Guangxi Diwang Group signs for ten Bell 525s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a signed letter of intent with Guangxi Diwang Group for 10 Bell 525 Relentless super-medium helicopters. Guangxi Diwang Group will use the Bell 525s for tourism and search-and-rescue missions. Guangxi Diwang Group is a Commercial Development and Real Estate Investor. “After learning more about the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-16

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Breeze-Eastern to Showcase New Products at Heli-Expo

Breeze-Eastern to Showcase New Products at Heli-Expo

Breeze-Eastern LLC will display its largest-ever array of leading-edge and legacy products in Exhibit 11944 at HAI HELI-EXPO 2016. The company will introduce and display a new DC brushless motor and controller for new and legacy 20200 Series rescue hoists. The upgraded hoist, known as BL-20200-440, features unlimited duty cycle, a 60 percent increase in… Read more »

Source: Breeze-Eastern, 01-Mar-16

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Trakka launches new TLX searchlight with dual day-night camera option

Trakka launches new TLX searchlight with dual day-night camera option

Trakka Systems announces the launch of its new TLX searchlight with dual sensor TV/Thermal Imaging camera option which will be displayed for the first time at the HAI Heli-Expo in Louisville, Kentucky 1-3 March 2016. Trakka Systems is the leading brand in searchlight technology and also a leader in the supply of fully exportable gyro-stabilized… Read more »

Source: Trakka Systems, 01-Mar-16

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RCAF participates in international SAR training in Iceland

RCAF participates in international SAR training in Iceland

Members of 103 Search and Rescue Squadron from 9 Wing Gander, Newfoundland, are returning home after training with the Icelandic Coast Guard and local Search and Rescue teams from February 9-12, 2016. Nine Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) personnel along with a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter took part in multiple exercise scenarios, including training with the… Read more »

17-Feb-16

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Bristow offshore turnover down 21.2% in December quarter

Bristow offshore turnover down 21.2% in December quarter

Bristow has released its financial statement for the three months to 31 December 2015, the first directly comparable quarter since the oil price went into free-fall at the back end of 2014.  Turnover in oil-related operations is down 21.2%.  Here are some extracts from the full statement:- Our operating revenue for the December 2015 quarter was impacted… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 09-Feb-16

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Guardia Costiera receives last of six new AW139s

Guardia Costiera receives last of six new AW139s

Italy’s Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) have now received all six of their new batch of AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, replacing older Agusta-built Bell 412s.  The last pair were delivered on Friday 22nd and Thursday 28th January to Sarzana using callsigns “Nemo 9” and “Nemo 10”. Guardia Costiera previously had four AW139s, delivered late 2010 and early… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-16

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First AW139 arrives for Croatian Police

First AW139 arrives for Croatian Police

The Croatian Police last week took delivery of the first of two AW139 helicopters, with the second reportedly due in July 2016.   Flown to Zagreb Airport on Wednesday, the aircraft had actually quietly entered national airspace the previous evening and overnighted at Pula ready for its higher profile landing at the capital’s airport. The two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jan-16

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Bristow provide more details on new UK SAR bases at Newquay and Prestwick

Bristow provide more details on new UK SAR bases at Newquay and Prestwick

A new era for the UK’s search and rescue (SAR) helicopter operations began January 1, 2016, when the Newquay and Prestwick SAR bases commenced operations, bringing military involvement to an end. A release issued by HM Coastguard to mark the occasion stated: “All of us at HM Coastguard have enormous respect for the search and… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 25-Jan-16

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Lithuania puts AS365N3+ into SAR service

Lithuania puts AS365N3+ into SAR service

The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces assigned their three new AS365 N3+ helicopters to the 24/7 SAR mission service. Only two years after ordering the helicopters, Lithuanian Armed Forces are now ready to ensure SAR 24/7 service with their AS365 N3+. Following the first two deliveries in June and September 2015,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Jan-16

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Finland accept two Airbus AS332L1e for SAR missions

Finland accept two Airbus AS332L1e for SAR missions

Following the announcement in December 2012 of this order by the then-Eurocopter, HeliHub.com can confirm that the Finnish Border Forces have accepted two new AS332L1e helicopters in a ceremony on 21st December at Marignane, France. Registered OH-HVP and HVQ, the helicopter are scheduled to remain in France for crew training, with in-country arrivals scheduled for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jan-16

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Irish Coast Guard exceeds 1,000 rescues in a year for the first time

Irish Coast Guard exceeds 1,000 rescues in a year for the first time

During last night the Coast Guard’s Rescue 115 and Rescue 118 completed two helicopter missions which bringing the total number of completed helicopter missions to 1,000 in a single year; the first time since the Coast Guard’s helicopter service commenced in 1991. Many of the services were carried out in challenging weather conditions, at night… Read more »

Source: Irish Coast Guard, 08-Jan-16

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Two AW139s inducted into Bangladesh Air Force

Two AW139s inducted into Bangladesh Air Force

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid a visit to Air Force’s Bangabandhu Base in Dhaka in Dhaka on Sunday 6th December to induct two new aircraft types.  Aside from the Yak-140 jet trainer (they have 24 on order), the more important part of the day was to launch the AW139 into military service in this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-15

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UK – Second SAR S92 arrives at Prestwick

UK – Second SAR S92 arrives at Prestwick

Bristow Helicopters is all set for the opening of two more UK SAR bases, with the second Sikorsky S92 arriving at Prestwick on Sunday. This means that both Newquay and Prestwick have their compliment of aircraft – two S92s each at the present time – in preparation for live operations. The Sikorsky S92s at Prestwick… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-15

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First of two AW139s for Atlantic Airways now in flight test

First of two AW139s for Atlantic Airways now in flight test

The first of two AW139s announced by AgustaWestland in June 2015 as sold to Atlantic Airways has been seen on flight test in Italy.  In our photo here by Marco Bianchi, the first example is seen with double hoist mounted to starboard. In their press release, AgustaWestland stated that the aircraft will be used to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-15

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Second Bristow S92 arrives at Newquay for UK SAR contract

Second Bristow S92 arrives at Newquay for UK SAR contract

Local press has confirmed the arrival of the second Sikorsky S92 at Newquay, ready for the new SAR base to open under the operation of Bristow Helicopters. As the UK SAR provision transitions from a mixture of civil and military over to a single dedicated civil contract, so Bristow is opening up bases over a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Nov-15

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FlightSafety offers new SAR course for S92 pilots

FlightSafety offers new SAR course for S92 pilots

FlightSafety announces that it now offers a new comprehensive Search and Rescue training course for pilots who fly the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter. It is available at FlightSafety’s Learning Centers in West Palm Beach, Florida and at the Farnborough airport in the United Kingdom. “Pilots who fly the Sikorsky S-92 will benefit from FlightSafety’s new scenario-based,… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 18-Nov-15

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Alpine Aerotech provides floor protectors for Canadian Coast Guard Bell 429s

Alpine Aerotech provides floor protectors for Canadian Coast Guard Bell 429s

Alpine Aerotech proudly introduces the new Cabin and Cargo Floor Protection Kits for the Bell 429 Aircraft, constructed from high-quality impact, wear and heat resistant material to protect the cabin and cargo floor from damage. Cabin and Cargo Floor Protection Kits for the Bell 429 Aircraft are very light, easy to install and maintain. The… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 16-Nov-15

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Donaldson working with AgustaWestland on AW189 Inlet Barrier Filter

Donaldson working with AgustaWestland on AW189 Inlet Barrier Filter

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense is working with AgustaWestland to design, develop and produce Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems to protect AW189 helicopter engines and auxiliary power units (APUs) from dirt, dust, salt and foreign objects.  EASA certification is expected in spring 2016, and will keep contamination from degrading the performance and reliability of its two,… Read more »

15-Nov-15

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Sikorsky is now known as…

Sikorsky is now known as…

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has closed its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft, a world leader in military and commercial rotary-wing aircraft. Aligned under the Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training (MST) business segment, Sikorsky Aircraft is now known as Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company. “Today we are proud to welcome the Sikorsky team to Lockheed Martin,”… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Nov-15

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UAE signs for three AW609s in SAR role

UAE signs for three AW609s in SAR role

The Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the United Arab Emirates announced today it has selected the AW609 TiltRotor for search and rescue (SAR) missions. Delivery of the first three AW609 TiltRotors to the JAC, with three additional options,is expected to start in the 2019 timeframe. The Joint Aviation Command will be the launch customer for… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Nov-15

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Bristow winchman recognised by the Queen

Bristow winchman recognised by the Queen

Bristow winchman Duncan Tripp has been recognized as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his service to the Royal Air Force (RAF). Tripp served as winchman paramedic based at RAF Lossiemouth with 202 Squadron for 18 years before transitioning to Bristow’s UK SAR base at Inverness in April… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 09-Nov-15

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First Bristow SAR S92 arrives at Prestwick

First Bristow SAR S92 arrives at Prestwick

The first of two state of the art Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopters has arrived at the new HM Coastguard base at Prestwick Airport, ready to begin operations in January 2016. The aircraft and the base are operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd on behalf of HM Coastguard after the company was awarded the ten… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 06-Nov-15

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Falklands SAR AW189 test flying in full colours

Falklands SAR AW189 test flying in full colours

The first of two AgustaWestland AW189s for Search and Rescue work off the Falkland Islands has started test flying in full colours, as seen below in this photo by Marco Bianchi.  The aircraft will be operational under a new ten year contract starting April 2016.  When AAR announced the contract win, the value was quoted… Read more »

28-Oct-15

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Cougar Helicopters launches SAR suit

Cougar Helicopters launches SAR suit

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

Source: CBC, 27-Oct-15

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Bristow SAR S92s arrive in Newquay in preparation for January start

Bristow SAR S92s arrive in Newquay in preparation for January start

The first of two state-of-the-art Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopters has arrived at the new HM Coastguard base at Newquay Airport, ready to begin operations in January 2016. The aircraft and the base are operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd on behalf of HM Coastguard after the company was awarded the ten year UK SAR… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 22-Oct-15

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All Metal MS delivers MH-60 Jayhawk maintenance stands to USCG

All Metal MS delivers MH-60 Jayhawk maintenance stands to USCG

All Metal MS, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of solution driven custom “Safety First” aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment, and specialty tooling is excited to announce that it delivered a customized line of solution driven MH-60 Jayhawk maintenance stands and hangar equipment to the United… Read more »

Source: All Metal MS, 21-Oct-15

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Port Metro Vancouver donates IR camera to North Shore Rescue

Port Metro Vancouver donates IR camera to North Shore Rescue

Port Metro Vancouver has donated a specialized infrared camera to North Shore Rescue. When required by North Shore Rescue the camera will be mounted to a helicopter and used as a tool to help locate missing people in challenging terrain. The camera, a SeaFlir II-C stabilized imaging system, utilizes FLIR (forward looking infrared radiometer) technology… Read more »

Source: Port Metro Vancouver, 16-Oct-15

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Bristow holds official launch ceremony for St Athan SAR base

Bristow holds official launch ceremony for St Athan SAR base

The launch of the St Athan civilian UK search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service was marked today (Thursday 15 October) in a ceremony held at the new SAR base at St Athan airfield. Bristow Helicopters Ltd is operating the search and rescue helicopter service for the UK on behalf of HM Coastguard. The UK limited… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 16-Oct-15

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Bristow has busy first six months at Lydd SAR base

Bristow has busy first six months at Lydd SAR base

Search and rescue group Bristow, which has recently opened a base at Lydd, says its first six months of operation have been busy. See Full Story

Source: Kentnews, 12-Oct-15

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Royal Air Force bows out of UK SAR responsibility

Royal Air Force bows out of UK SAR responsibility

The Royal Air Force bowed out from it’s Search And Rescue role in the UK on Sunday 4th October, as the last base stood down – RAF Chivenor, it confirmed on Twitter.  Although planned for 30 September, a last minute hitch meant that Bristow Helicopters were not able to start operations until Sunday, with their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-15

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RA Aviation launches Rescue Hoist Cable Wash Trolley

RA Aviation launches Rescue Hoist Cable Wash Trolley

RA-Aviation, a global player in the design, engineering and manufacturing of high quality safe maintenance stands, assembly/production line platforms ground support equipment announced today the release of Rescue Hoist Cable Wash Trolley. (Part# RA-GSE-2071-0-RHC) Oyvind Mork, Managing Director, is pleased with the continued success in developing products in co-operation with our customers regarding planning, design… Read more »

Source: RA Aviation, 01-Oct-15

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UK – Boulmer SAR base closes as RAF ferries Sea Kings to storage

UK – Boulmer SAR base closes as RAF ferries Sea Kings to storage

RAF Boulmer, a long-established SAR base in the north-east of the UK, has closed that role as the SAR responsibility for the UK is gradually handed over to Bristow Helicopters.  As part of the phased plan to retire Royal Navy and Royal Air Force helicopters, 202 Squadron retired its two yellow Sea Kings with a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-15

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Last pair of SAR S76Ds delivered to China

Last pair of SAR S76Ds delivered to China

The China Ministry of Transport (MOT) today accepted delivery of its final two S-76D™ helicopters in a ceremony at Sikorsky Aircraft’s commercial helicopter center. The MOT’s helicopter fleet, which is the foundation of China’s airborne search and rescue (SAR) maritime operations, now totals 16 S-76® helicopters, eight of which are S-76D aircraft. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp…. Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 29-Sep-15

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EASA only approves Limited Icing clearance on AW189

EASA only approves Limited Icing clearance on AW189

AgustaWestland announced today that the Limited Ice Protection System (LIPS) for the AW189 super medium twin engine helicopter has received EASA certification. The LIPS system will allow the AW189 to further enhance its all-weather capabilities, continuing the process to make the all-new super medium class helicopter suitable to operate in the most adverse and harsh… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-Sep-15

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Bristow to import four more SAR S92s in place of AW189s

Bristow to import four more SAR S92s in place of AW189s

Bristow Helicopters in the UK continues to experience delays with the introduction of the AgustaWestland AW189, and has no plans to operate the type on the national Maritime and Coast Guard Agency contract until all of its issues are sorted. The contractual requirement is for 20 helicopters, two at each of ten bases, and the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Sep-15

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Sikorsky has delivered six S76D for SAR in China, two to follow

Sikorsky has delivered six S76D for SAR in China, two to follow

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today at the China Helicopter Exposition that it has delivered six S-76D helicopters to the China Ministry of Transport (MOT) for Search and Rescue Operations (SAR), further enhancing the MOT’s maritime capabilities. The MOT’s S-76D helicopter fleet is on track to include a total of eight S-76D aircraft by the end… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Sep-15

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Last Sea King leaves RAF Valley

Last Sea King leaves RAF Valley

The last Sea King search and rescue (SAR) helicopter has left RAF Valley on Anglesey marking the end of an era. See Full Story

Source: BBC News, 11-Sep-15

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Hong Kong’s Government Flying Services acquires seven H175s

Hong Kong’s Government Flying Services acquires seven H175s

Hong Kong-based Government Flying Services (GFS) has ordered seven Airbus Helicopters H175s, becoming the world’s launching customer for this new-generation super-medium-sized rotorcraft in the public services configuration. GFS is a department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, with the main responsibility of providing 24-hour emergency support services. It is an established operator of Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 08-Sep-15

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Bristow S92 responds to 100 callouts in first two months at Caernarfon

Bristow S92 responds to 100 callouts in first two months at Caernarfon

A search and rescue base tackled 100 call outs in its first two months of operation. See Full Story

Source: Daily Post, 07-Sep-15

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Bristow SAR base at Lydd goes fully live Friday 14th

Bristow SAR base at Lydd goes fully live Friday 14th

A new Kent search and rescue base is set to leap into action tomorrow. See Full Story

Source: Kent Online, 14-Aug-15

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Bristow Group Reports Results FY 2016 Q1 Ended June 30, 2015

Bristow Group Reports Results FY 2016 Q1 Ended June 30, 2015

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) today reported a net loss for the June 2015 quarter of $3.3 million, or $0.27 per diluted share on a GAAP basis, compared to net income of $44.1 million, or $1.23 per diluted share, in the same period in the prior year. Adjusted net income, which excludes special items and asset disposition effects, decreased 58% to $19.8 million, or $0.56 per diluted… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 10-Aug-15

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Bristow SAR Framework Recognized with 2015 Green Apple Award

Bristow SAR Framework Recognized with 2015 Green Apple Award

Bristow search and rescue (SAR) framework was recognized as the Green Champion for Scotland in the 2015 Green Apple Awards. The award provides recognition for framework in which sustainability has played a key role and associated objectives have been exceeded. Balfour Beatty led the £40 million construction framework of seven new SAR facilities and refurbishment… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 06-Aug-15

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Solo R22 pilot rescued after 32 hours on ice floe

Russian pilot Sergey Ananov was most of the way to completing a solo circumnavigation in a Robinson R22. He had refuelled in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and was on a 500 mile leg to Nuuk in Greenland when contact was lost. He was reported overdue at 3.20pm Eastern time on Saturday 25th July. Weather conditions were hazardous… Read more »

28-Jul-15

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Era participates in USCG Arctic Technology Evaluation 2015 SAR Exercise

Era participates in USCG Arctic Technology Evaluation 2015 SAR Exercise

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”), a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, today announced participation in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Arctic Technology Evaluation 2015 Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX 2015) on Alaska’s North Slope. SAREX 2015 was designed to identify the benefits to search and rescue (SAR) missions brought forth by… Read more »

Source: Era, 22-Jul-15

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AgustaWestland confirms HeliHub report on Guardia Costiera AW139 order

AgustaWestland confirms HeliHub report on Guardia Costiera AW139 order

On 18th June, HeliHub.com ran the story Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet On 6th July, AgustaWestland issued the following press release AgustaWestland announced today a major milestone in the modernization of the Italian Coast Guard’s helicopter fleet, with the delivery of three further AW139 intermediate twin aircraft and an order for two more aircraft. The… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 07-Jul-15

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Bristow starts UK SAR operations from Caernarfon and Lydd

Bristow starts UK SAR operations from Caernarfon and Lydd

Bristow Helicopters has moved to the next phase of the UK SAR contract, with operations starting today from Caernarfon and Lydd. Caernarfon sees two Sikorsky S92s – G-MCGJ and G-MCGK – and a new hangar built by Balfour Beatty added to the privatised SAR service today.  The base is in the north of Wales, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jul-15

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Bangladesh SAR AW139s being test flown by AW

Bangladesh SAR AW139s being test flown by AW

Following AgustaWestland’s announcement in July 2014, HeliHub.com can confirm that the two AW139s due to be delivered to the Bangladesh Air Force are now being test flown at the factory prior to delivery.  The two are serialled 613 and 616, and are currently flying on Italian permit registrations I-EASS and I-PTFR respectively.  As is the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jun-15

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Bristow Adds Global Tracking for Advanced Operations Support

Bristow Adds Global Tracking for Advanced Operations Support

Need to know the exact location of your inbound AW189 to Galliano to make the next crew change as efficient as possible? Bristow has you covered by rolling out its most sophisticated tracking system yet to provide real-time aircraft visibility. With the introduction of web-based eFlight Global Tracking (GT), both Bristow and its clients can… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 24-Jun-15

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Atlantic Airways to replace 412s with AW139s

Atlantic Airways to replace 412s with AW139s

AgustaWestland announced today that Atlantic Airways has signed a contract for two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform SAR (Search and Rescue) missionsand scheduled passenger transportation within the Faroe Islands. The helicopters are expected to bedelivered late 2015 and in spring 2016 respectively, and will replace two B412s. This latest… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-Jun-15

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Bristow celebrates 60th birthday

Bristow celebrates 60th birthday

If you’ve been in business for 60 years, you have some stories to tell. With a series of articles, interviews and visuals, Bristow is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a look back on the historic events that helped create one of the world’s largest civilian helicopter companies. 1) Alan Bristow formed Bristow Helicopters in 1955… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 23-Jun-15

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Sweden opens corruption probe over AW139 SAR order

Sweden opens corruption probe over AW139 SAR order

The move followed an investigation by Swedish public broadcaster SVT’s programme Uppdrag Granskning earlier this year, which revealed that the deal between the state-run maritime administration and AgustaWestland, an Anglo-Italian manufacturing company, had been set up using private Hotmail accounts. See Full Story

Source: The Local, 23-Jun-15

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Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet

Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet

Italy’s Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) are in the process of expanding their fleet of AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, replacing older Agusta-built Bell 412s.  Two AW139s were delivered recently and Robert Swan from Freelance Aerospace Writers alerted us to the pair test flying from Sarzana using callsigns “Nemo 5” and “Nemo 6”.  Four more are due, two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-15

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Royal Australian Navy tests Camcopter S-100

Royal Australian Navy tests Camcopter S-100

Schiebel´s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) has in a series of flights between 2 and 12 June 2015 successfully demonstrated its multi- sensor capability to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and other Australian Government Departments. The demanding trials took place near Nowra, on the South East Coast of Australia, and encompassed multiple scenarios, performed… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 17-Jun-15

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Sikorsky confirm HeliHub.com report on Bristow SAR S92 deliveries

Sikorsky confirm HeliHub.com report on Bristow SAR S92 deliveries

Today, 16th June, Sikorsky have put out the press release below.  It is worth noting that HeliHub.com reported these details on 20th May, almost four weeks ago – see here   Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has fulfilled its contract to deliver seven S-92® helicopters to Bristow Helicopters Ltd. for UK Search and Rescue. There are now… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 16-Jun-15

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Indonesia acquires two AS365 N3+ Dauphin for SAR

Indonesia acquires two AS365 N3+ Dauphin for SAR

PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has ordered two AS365 N3+ Dauphin helicopters to boost the search and rescue (SAR) capabilities of Indonesia. Airbus Helicopters will deliver these twin-engine rotorcraft to PTDI within one year. These helicopters will be reassembled, tested, qualified, completed and customized by PTDI with mission equipment including hoists, flotation systems, direction finder, an… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Jun-15

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Canada considers converting VVIP AW101 spares ships to SAR role

Canada considers converting VVIP AW101 spares ships to SAR role

Lost hikers or stranded fishermen could find themselves being rescued by helicopters once designed to transport U.S. presidents. See full story.

Source: OttawaCitizen, 10-Jun-15

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Deliveries completed of all seven Swedish SAR AW139s

Deliveries completed of all seven Swedish SAR AW139s

AgustaWestland has now delivered all seven AW139s to Sweden for their Search and Rescue system, with the last one arriving late May 2015.   The Swedish Maritime Administration, the authority responsible for Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue Services in Sweden, is operating the AW139 helicopters from five bases across the country.   HeliHub.com announced the delivery… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jun-15

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Bid to home retired Sea King in Moray is successful

Bid to home retired Sea King in Moray is successful

A bid to retain a retired RAF Sea King helicopter in Moray to be exhibited has been successful. See Full Story

Source: BBC News, 05-Jun-15

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First of three SAR AS365N3+ arrives in Lithuania

First of three SAR AS365N3+ arrives in Lithuania

On 2 June 2015, the Eurocopter AS365N3+ Dauphin, the new helicopter of the Lithuanian Air Force landed at Siauliai Airbase. See Full Story

Source: The Baltic Course, 04-Jun-15

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Bristow UK picks Danzer modular buildings for Lydd SAR base

Bristow UK picks Danzer modular buildings for Lydd SAR base

UK SAR provider Bristow Helicopters have entered into a substantial agreement with AV Group for a series of steel modular buildings that will provide exclusive accommodation and welfare facilities for its new helicopter search and rescue (SAR) team, operating out of Lydd Airport in Kent. The SAR operation due to launch in July 2015 from… Read more »

Source: AV Group, 03-Jun-15

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SkyTrac Chooses AEM for Repairs

SkyTrac Chooses AEM for Repairs

SkyTrac Systems, the world’s premier provider of flight data monitoring, business data, and fleet situational awareness solutions has chosen Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp (AEM) as their primary repair facility. With AEM’s proven track record of excellent customer support and extensive experience in the aviation industry, it was a perfect fit for this partnership. “We’re pleased… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac, 27-May-15

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Bristow UK holds topping out ceremony for new SAR hangar at Newquay

Bristow UK holds topping out ceremony for new SAR hangar at Newquay

A traditional topping off ceremony took place yesterday (Tuesday, 19 May 2015) to mark the ongoing construction of the new search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base at Newquay Cornwall Airport. The base will house two Sikorsky S92 helicopters operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, who are taking over delivery of helicopter SAR services throughout the UK… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 22-May-15

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More AW189 questions as Bristow UK considers extra Coast Guard S92s

More AW189 questions as Bristow UK considers extra Coast Guard S92s

Yesterday saw the Bristow UK SAR fleet of Sikorsky S92s reach the expected compliment of 11 – filling the plans for two allocated to each of five bases, and a further aircraft as a maintenance spare.  The eleventh aircraft G-MCGK was ferried Tuesday afternoon and evening from Southampton Docks via fuel stops at Southampton and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-15

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RAF SAR Sea King crews celebrate with mountain-top meal

RAF SAR Sea King crews celebrate with mountain-top meal

Members of a Snowdonia mountain rescue team shared a formal dinner with RAF colleagues – on top of a 3,000ft peak. See Full Story

Source: grough, 19-May-15

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Telephonics Radar Critical to US Navy SAR mission success

Telephonics Radar Critical to US Navy SAR mission success

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), announced today that its AN/APS-147 maritime surveillance radar system was instrumental in assisting U.S. Navy crews during a search and rescue mission. After receiving notification from the USS New York (LPD-21) of a man overboard, the Navy deployed an MH-60R, with a flight crew from… Read more »

Source: Telephonics, 19-May-15

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Airbox wins PANDA UK SAR contract

Airbox wins PANDA UK SAR contract

Airbox, the specialist navigation and mission system developer, has today confirmed that Bristow Helicopters Limited is to use Airbox PANDA to support its UK SAR operations and Gap SAR bases in Sumburgh and Stornoway. The company will provide its mission visualisation platform to all of Bristow Helicopter’s SAR aircraft and bases enabling efficient and safe… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 18-May-15

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Imron coatings used to paint S92 converted to SAR use

Imron coatings used to paint S92 converted to SAR use

Axalta Coating Systems, a leading, global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, is privileged to have its Imron® Aviation coatings used to repaint a refurbished helicopter for Sikorsky Helitech in Australia. Sikorsky Helitech is the world leader in the design, manufacture and service of military and commercial helicopters. The model S-92 helicopter, originally intended for… Read more »

Source: AXALTA, 08-May-15

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