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First two P&WC-powered EC175 helicopters delivered to NHV

First two P&WC-powered EC175 helicopters delivered to NHV

Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67E-powered EC175 helicopters have been recently delivered to Belgian operator NHV (Noordzee Helicopters Vlaanderen). NHV, one of the launch customers for Airbus Helicopter’s new model, has started commercial operation with its first two EC175 helicopters in the North Sea in December 2014 which have already accumulated more than 300 hrs… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 03-Mar-15

Milestone Aviation Group Expands Global Operations and Enhances Financial Flexibility Following Acquisition by GE Capital

Milestone Aviation Group Expands Global Operations and Enhances Financial Flexibility Following Acquisition by GE Capital

Milestone Aviation Group, a GE Capital Aviation Services company and the global leader in helicopter leasing announced today at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo that the company is expanding its international presence into three new regions – Asia, South America and the Middle East/Africa – while also growing its European staffing. Milestone will be opening offices… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 03-Mar-15

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Japan Coast Guard receives EC225 for SAR and law enforcement missions

Japan Coast Guard receives EC225 for SAR and law enforcement missions

Airbus Helicopters Japan has delivered an EC225 LP to the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), which was acquired as replacement for an aircraft that was destroyed during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. This is the last of three EC225s ordered by JCG in July 2011; the earlier two having been delivered last year. With the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Mar-15

Researchers investigating force needed to escape helicopter

Researchers investigating force needed to escape helicopter

A local safety company and Memorial University are looking for research subjects to determine how much force is needed to open a Sikorsky S92 helicopter push-out exit window while underwater. See Full Story

Source: The Telegram, 02-Mar-15

S-76D enters service with Japan Coast Guard SAR

S-76D enters service with Japan Coast Guard SAR

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that the S-76D™ helicopter has entered into search and rescue (SAR) operations with the Japan Coast Guard. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Sikorsky executives recently attended a ceremony with representatives from Mitsubishi Corporation and the Japan Coast Guard in which the aircraft entered into… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 01-Mar-15

UK civilian SAR launched with ceremony

UK civilian SAR launched with ceremony

The launch of the civilian UK search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service was marked today (Thursday, February 26, 2015) in a ceremony held at the new SAR base at Humberside Airport. Bristow Helicopters Ltd, will operate the Search and Rescue Helicopter service for the UK on behalf of HM Coastguard. The UK limited company was… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 27-Feb-15

Ambulance Victoria Takes Delivery of its first AW139

Ambulance Victoria Takes Delivery of its first AW139

AgustaWestland and Australian Helicopters are pleased to announce the delivery of the first AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter in EMS configuration for Ambulance Victoria. The fleet of six helicopters will soon start to replace the existing Ambulance Victoria helicopters with the   transition being completed in early 2016. Australian Helicopters’ Managing Director, John Boag, says “the internal… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Feb-15

UAE takes delivery of three SAR AW139s

UAE takes delivery of three SAR AW139s

AgustaWestland announced today the delivery of the next batch of three AW139 intermediate twin helicopters to the Joint Aviation Command of the United Arab Emirates (JAC). These aircrafts will be used to perform search and rescue missions in UAE. Additional three AW139s are expected to be delivered later this year. The delivery of the three… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Feb-15

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UK – Work starts on new Bristow SAR Base at Glasgow Prestwick

UK – Work starts on new Bristow SAR Base at Glasgow Prestwick

A ground-breaking ceremony on February 24, 2014, marked the start of construction of a new Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter base at Glasgow Prestwick Airport. The base will house two state-of-the-art helicopters operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, who will take over delivery of helicopter Search and Rescue services throughout the UK on behalf of the Maritime… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 26-Feb-15

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Breeze-Eastern Teams with Priority 1 Air Rescue To Expand and Improve Operator Training Programs

Breeze-Eastern Teams with Priority 1 Air Rescue To Expand and Improve Operator Training Programs

Breeze Eastern Corporation (NYSE MKT: BZC), today announced plans to partner with Priority 1 Air Rescue for customer training. Under the terms of the 36-month service agreement, Breeze-Eastern’s commercial and military customers have the option to choose Priority 1 for operational hoist and winch training. Breeze-Eastern will continue to offer its own maintenance training, and… Read more »

Source: Breeze Eastern, 25-Feb-15

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UK – Bristow considering SAR from Lydd after Manston closure

UK – Bristow considering SAR from Lydd after Manston closure

Bristow were due to use Manston airport as a base for its south east SAR services, provided on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, from July 1 this year.  See full story

Source: Thanet Gazette, 20-Feb-15

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Bristow ships second and third S92s to the Falklands for new contract

Bristow ships second and third S92s to the Falklands for new contract

On Monday 16th February, Bristow Helicopters ferried two Sikorsky S92 helicopters from their base at Aberdeen to Prestwick Airport southwest of Glasgow for shipment to the Falkland Islands.  The pair will join a third S92 already on the islands in the South Atlantic in support of oil/gas exploration work in the region – and the… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 17-Feb-15

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Peru buys Dutch SAR Bell 412 fleet

Peru buys Dutch SAR Bell 412 fleet

The Netherlands recently announced the retirement of their three Agusta-Bell 412SPs as they transferred the SAR role over to their NH90s.  Just three weeks on and Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert announced that preliminary agreement has been reached to sell the 412s to Peru.  Although no financial numbers have been stated, and no contract yet signed, there’s enough… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jan-15

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2014 was record life saving year for LA County Sheriff

2014 was record life saving year for LA County Sheriff

2014 was a record year for our Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Volunteer Search and Rescue (SAR) Teams!  They responded to 597 missions in 2014 and saved dozens of lives.  2013 totals were 491 rescues, representing almost a 20% increase.  This increase can be attributed in part to social media and the posting of… Read more »

Source: LASD, 22-Jan-15

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Airbus Helicopters’ Singapore-based AS365 simulator upgraded for day and night SAR

Airbus Helicopters’ Singapore-based AS365 simulator upgraded for day and night SAR

The AS365 Dauphin rotorcraft full-flight simulator at Airbus Helicopters’ Singapore-based training center has been upgraded to provide highly realistic training in both day and night search and rescue (SAR) operations, offering pilots the unique capability to safely practice these demanding life-saving missions. The upgrade was made by Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia at its Seletar Aerospace… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-Jan-15

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AAR win 10 year Falkland Islands SAR contract

AAR win 10 year Falkland Islands SAR contract

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces its Airlift division has been awarded a contract by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence for Search & Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter services in the Falkland Islands. The contract is valued at approximately $275 million (approximately £180 million). AAR Airlift, together with British International Helicopters (BIH) and Air Rescue Systems… Read more »

Source: AAR, 20-Jan-15

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Irish Coast Guard Completes Record Number of Missions with S92 Fleet

Irish Coast Guard Completes Record Number of Missions with S92 Fleet

The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) completed a record number of missions during 2014, moving 730 people from danger to safety, often in challenging weather conditions. CHC Helicopter’s general operations manager for search-and-rescue (SAR) services, Chris Hodson, said the crews completed 904 missions, an increase of 15 percent year-on-year – and more than any year in… Read more »

Source: CHC, 16-Jan-15

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Chivenor Sea King switchover delayed until October

Chivenor Sea King switchover delayed until October

The transfer of Chivenor’s search and rescue helicopter service to Wales has been postponed, the Gazette understands. See Full Story

Source: North Devon Gazette, 16-Jan-15

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UK – Wattisham issues closure date for Sea King SAR

UK – Wattisham issues closure date for Sea King SAR

Once a fully operational RAF Station, Wattisham is now only home to a search and rescue helicopter unit, ‘B’ Flight of No 22 Squadron, equipped with 2 Sea king HAR3A helicopters. The final bell is now being prepared for this operation, as it has been announced the Sea Kings will cease operations on 1st July…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jan-15

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Netherlands retires SAR Agusta-Bell 412 fleet

Netherlands retires SAR Agusta-Bell 412 fleet

As of 1 January 2015, the Defence organisation has taken its characteristic yellow AB-412 search-and-rescue helicopters out of service. These helicopters, which flew for Defence Helicopter Command, are to be disposed of. Consequently, 303 Squadron, stationed at Leeuwarden Air Base, will be disbanded in the near future. During the course of 2014, the 3 Defence… Read more »

Source: Ministry of Defence, 15-Jan-15

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Bristow builds on a strong heritage for a brighter future in Europe

Bristow builds on a strong heritage for a brighter future in Europe

With more than 1,000 employees and 60 years of experience in offshore operations, Bristow’s Europe Business Unit (EBU) has earned a reputation for safety and service. In recent months, new people have arrived and processes are being put into place to meet anticipated growth in both the oil and gas and search and rescue (SAR)… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 14-Jan-15

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Bristow Prepares for Start of UK SAR Contract

Bristow Prepares for Start of UK SAR Contract

UK SAR marks milestones as expansion proceeds on schedule. As Bristow Helicopters continues its preparations towards the go-live of the UK SAR contract on behalf of the UK’S Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), it has already scored significant achievements at its existing bases in Northern Scotland. Working under the Gap SAR contract with the MCA,… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 14-Jan-15

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HAI Announces Winners of the Salute to Excellence Awards

HAI Announces Winners of the Salute to Excellence Awards

The Helicopter Association International (HAI) today announced the winners of its acclaimed Salute to Excellence Awards in nine categories. They include, among others, two helicopter search-and-rescue (SAR) teams, a firefighting pilot who refused to give up on a crew on the ground, and a flight instructor with perhaps more time in one of the world’s… Read more »

Source: HAI Salute, 09-Jan-15

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Bristow SAR hangar at Caernarfon Airport progressing well

Bristow SAR hangar at Caernarfon Airport progressing well

Work is progressing well at a new £7m Search and Rescue (SAR) service base which is due to open this year. See Full Story

Source: Daily Post, 06-Jan-15

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AW189 SAR Variant Achieves EASA Certification

AW189 SAR Variant Achieves EASA Certification

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce it has achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the Search and Rescue variant of the AW189, paving the way for the delivery of aircraft for the UK search and rescue programme. The range of kits for the SAR mission that have now been certified by EASA for the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 05-Jan-15

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Carabineros de Chile Order an AW139

Carabineros de Chile Order an AW139

AgustaWestland announced today that the Carabineros de Chile has placed an order for an AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter. The aircraft, which will be delivered in the first quarter of 2015, will be used to support a wide range of missions including public order and safety, crime control, counter terrorism, drug control and border security… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 05-Jan-15

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Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard Reaches Key Training,Capability Milestones

Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard Reaches Key Training,Capability Milestones

AgustaWestland today congratulated the accomplishments of the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard, as the country’s first Search and Rescue helicopter unit promoted two pilots to Command Officers and recognized the licensure by the Trinidad & Tobago Civil Aviation Authority of five engineers now authorized to work independently on the four multi-mission AW139s in operation by… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Dec-14

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Aerolite’s dedicated lightweight EMS equipment for Aiut Alpin

Aerolite’s dedicated lightweight EMS equipment for Aiut Alpin

Ennetbürgen, Switzerland – Aerolite is pleased to announce the new dedicated lightweight EMS equipment for EC135 T3/P3! The requirements of Aiut Alpin showed the need for a dedicated, lightweight EMS equip-ment designed specifically for the new EC135 T3/P3 helicopter. Aerolite has developed an EMS equipment which allows different seat and stret-cher configurations, easy access to… Read more »

Source: Aerolite, 17-Dec-14

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Saft Batteries power EC175 APU

Saft Batteries power EC175 APU

Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced batteries for industry and aerospace applications, with its advanced nickel-based batteries already installed on two-thirds of the world’s fleet of civil and military aircraft, is supplying the on-board batteries for Airbus Helicopters’ twin-turbine EC175 helicopter that has entered series production with the first delivery on December… Read more »

Source: Saft Batteries, 15-Dec-14

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“Gulf Helicopters confirms delivery of second pair of AW189s”

“Gulf Helicopters confirms delivery of second pair of AW189s”

Gulf International Services (“GIS” or “the group”; QE: GISS), the largest service group in Qatar, with interests in a broad cross-section of industries, ranging from insurance, re-insurance, fund management, onshore and offshore drilling, accommodation barge, helicopter transportation, and catering services, is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Gulf Helicopters, which has 2 AW189 helicopters… Read more »

Source: Gulf Helicopters, 15-Dec-14

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Congress keeps Newport USCG helicopter base open for a year

Congress keeps Newport USCG helicopter base open for a year

The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter base in Newport – known as Yaquina Bay – has won a reprieve from Congress and will remain open for a further 12 months.  Democratic members from Oregon have announced that they were able to attach a provision to the Coast Guard authorization bill, effectively requiring them to keep the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-14

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Hispánica de Aviación signs for three fire-fighting W-3A

Hispánica de Aviación signs for three fire-fighting W-3A

PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the Spanish company Hispánica de Aviación S.A (HASA) for three W-3A Sokół helicopters in fire-fighting configuration. The contract will also see PZL-Świdnik deliveran Initial Spare Parts (ISP) package, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and a comprehensive training package. These three new… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Dec-14

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Ceremony Marks Construction Work On New SAR Base at St Athan

Ceremony Marks Construction Work On New SAR Base at St Athan

A ceremony was held yesterday (December 2, 2014) to mark construction of a new Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter base at St Athan Aerospace Business Park within the Enterprise Zone. The base will house two state-of-the-art SAR helicopters, operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, their crews and support team. It is due to become fully operational… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 09-Dec-14

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Bristow first to deploy SAR applications using Iridium OpenPort

Bristow first to deploy SAR applications using Iridium OpenPort

Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) today announced Bristow Helicopters Limited will use Iridium OpenPort® broadband service via LiveAero, a Thales product, to enable high-speed connectivity on their Sikorsky S-92 helicopters for search and rescue applications. Iridium with LiveAero is the only mobile satellite network that has demonstrated the capability of providing reliable in-flight broadband connectivity on… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 03-Dec-14

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AgustaWestland Completes GrandNew Deliveries to Intermountain Life Flight

AgustaWestland Completes GrandNew Deliveries to Intermountain Life Flight

AgustaWestland announced today that Intermountain Life Flight of Utah has taken delivery of its fifth GrandNew for EMS and SAR missions as they expand service to patients throughout the western United States. Completed in Philadelphia, the GrandNew delivered to Intermountain Life Flight provides increased emergency response capability, including NVG compatibility, to the communities they serve…. Read more »

Source: Agustawestland, 02-Dec-14

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AW189 Completes Successful North Sea Demo Tour

AW189 Completes Successful North Sea Demo Tour

AgustaWestland announced today that the new generation AW189 super medium twin engine helicopter has completed a demonstration tour in the North Sea. The tour was deemed a success with more than 60 attendees from leading oil & gas companies, operators and helicopter associations, taking the opportunity to assess the AW189’s outstanding capabilities. The tour, which… Read more »

Source: Agusta Westland, 01-Dec-14

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AW189 delays mean Bristow will fly AW139 on UK Coastguard contract

AW189 delays mean Bristow will fly AW139 on UK Coastguard contract

The development of the AgustaWestland AW189 has been somewhat slower than expected, which means that operators will not receive their aircraft on the expected timescale.  In some cases the aircraft will be at least a year behind schedule, and when a fleet of AW189s are involved, alternatives need to be sought. And so it is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-14

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Milestone finances 11 S92s and an AW189 for Bristow UK SAR fleet

Milestone finances 11 S92s and an AW189 for Bristow UK SAR fleet

Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it has closed seven of 12 helicopter leases to Bristow Helicopters Limited, an affiliate of the Bristow Group. The helicopters will be used for civilian search and rescue (SAR) services when Bristow Helicopters takes over delivery of UK SAR services on behalf of… Read more »

Source: Milestone, 12-Nov-14

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Spanish Air Force celebrates 50,000 hours on S-76C fleet

Spanish Air Force celebrates 50,000 hours on S-76C fleet

On October 14, at 10:30 am, the crew of Air Force instructor Juan Jose Villaescusa Adam and Army Sergeant student Juan Carlos Román Hernández reached the milestone 50,000 flight hours for the Spanish military Sikorsky S-76C fleet.  The flight was an instrument rating training flight operated by 781 Squadron. Upon landing, the crew was received… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Oct-14

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Bristow ramp up SAR S92 fleet in readiness for national UK contract

Bristow ramp up SAR S92 fleet in readiness for national UK contract

In March 2013 it was announced that Bristow Helicopters will take over as the single operator for SAR helicopters around the UK, with an operational fleet of 10 Sikorsky S92 and 10 AgustaWestland AW189 helicopters. In fact, their business model requires 11 of each type to help cover for maintenance. Bristow already have four S92s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Oct-14

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Havelock Europa to provide Furniture Fittings and Equipment for new Bristow SAR bases

Havelock Europa to provide Furniture Fittings and Equipment for new Bristow SAR bases

Balfour Beatty appointed Havelock Europa to provide a complete Furniture Fittings and Equipment (FF&E) solution for Bristow Helicopters’ new bases in Inverness, Humberside, Caernarfon and St Athan. Bristow Helicopters is the leading provider of Search and Rescue (SAR) services in the UK, with extensive experience in delivering large SAR projects, led by personnel with the… Read more »

Source: Havelock Europa, 23-Oct-14

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Successful implementation of the new redesigned shaft on first EC225s/EC725s

Successful implementation of the new redesigned shaft on first EC225s/EC725s

Airbus Helicopters is working alongside operators of its EC225 and EC725 aircraft to implement the final step of its proven solution: the retrofit of the worldwide EC225/EC725 fleet with the redesigned bevel gear vertical shaft, which was certified in April of this year. Since the previous safety measures were put in place in July 2013,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Oct-14

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Airbus Helicopters and Priority 1 Air Rescue join at Helitech

Airbus Helicopters and Priority 1 Air Rescue join at Helitech

The teaming of Airbus Helicopters and Priority 1 Air Rescue for search and rescue (SAR) mission training is being highlighted by the two companies’ joint presence at the Helitech International exposition and conference in Amsterdam. With courses for both pilots and crew, this mission training combines the full resources of Airbus Helicopters as one of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Oct-14

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Polish-produced W-3PL helicopters demo capabilities at European military exercise

Polish-produced W-3PL helicopters demo capabilities at European military exercise

PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that two Świdnik-produced W-3PL Głuszec helicopters, in service with the Polish Land Forces, are successfully demonstrating their combat support capabilities during the Combined Joint Personnel Recovery Standardisation Course (CJPRSC) that is being held in Florennes, Belgium. PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that two Świdnik-produced… Read more »

Source: PZL-Świdnik, 09-Oct-14

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Bristow Group Announces Multi-Year Contracts Including New Clients and New Markets

Bristow Group Announces Multi-Year Contracts Including New Clients and New Markets

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today in advance of the Johnson Rice Energy Conference, that since the beginning of calendar year 2014, it has secured several renewal and new multi-year contracts for oil and gas and search and rescue operations (SAR). These contracts… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 01-Oct-14

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Bristow Expands to New Base in Kintore

Bristow Expands to New Base in Kintore

Bristow Helicopters Ltd. has expanded its presence in the North East by opening a new office at Kintore Business Park in Aberdeenshire. The building, which comprises three floors of office accommodation as well as a warehouse facility on a 1.09-acre site, is now home to 46 Bristow employees from the company’s Centralized Operations Business Unit… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 30-Sep-14

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Bristow accepts first Sikorsky S-92 for Long-Term SAR services in UK

Bristow accepts first Sikorsky S-92 for Long-Term SAR services in UK

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Bristow Group Inc. today announced the acceptance of an S-92® helicopter by Bristow Helicopters Ltd. The helicopter, configured for search and rescue service, was accepted during a ceremony at the Sikorsky facility in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Bristow Helicopters Ltd. is affiliated with Bristow Group Inc., Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 09-Sep-14

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24-Aug-14 HU.15-90 Airbus Bo105CBS-4 Marana, Spain (3F)

Blades struck mountain side during rescue operation of a climber, causing helicopter to crash.  All three on board killed, named as Captain Emilio Pérez Peláez Lieutenient Marcos Antonio Benito Rodríguez José Martínez Conejo (Mountain specialist) The helicopter is officially serialled HU.15-90.  It also carried the Guardia Civil code 09-118 See also Guardia Civil tribute video… Read more »

24-Aug-14

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18-Aug-14 I-AICO Airbus BK117C1 Val Badia, Italy

Main rotor blade strike in mountainous region during rescue. Helicopter landed safely with main blade tips suffering the most damage

18-Aug-14

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Cantabria renews emergency service contract with INAER

Cantabria renews emergency service contract with INAER

Babcock announces that INAER Spain (INAER), part of Avincis,  has been awarded a further four-year £5 million contract to provide helicopter transport for search and rescue operations and other civil defence missions by the local government of Cantabria, Spain. INAER will operate a 24 hour service from Santander Airport using Bell 412 helicopter. The helicopters… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 14-Aug-14

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Spain – Cantabria renews SAR contract with INAER

Spain – Cantabria renews SAR contract with INAER

The Government of Cantabria Spain INAER been renewed with the shuttle by helicopter for search and rescue operations, emergency medical services and other work of civil protection. This contract has a value of 6.35 million euros and a duration of four years. INAER Spain will continue to operate the Bell 412EP helicopter base located in Santander… Read more »

Source: INAER, 11-Aug-14

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Armed Forces of Malta celebrate delivery of first AW139

Armed Forces of Malta celebrate delivery of first AW139

AgustaWestlandis pleased to announce thatthe Armed Forces of Malta celebrated today the delivery of their first AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter during an official ceremony. The aircraft, delivered in June, will primarily be used to perform maritime border control missions. The best-in-class AW139 was selected following an extensive evaluation process thanks to its unmatched capability, performance… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 07-Aug-14

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Sikorsky delivers first SAR S-76D to Japan Coast Guard

Sikorsky delivers first SAR S-76D to Japan Coast Guard

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the delivery of the first S-76D™ aircraft equipped for search-and-rescue (SAR) services. The aircraft was delivered to Mitsubishi Corporation for use by the Japan Coast Guard. The announcement was made at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show in Farnborough, United Kingdom. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX)…. Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Jul-14

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Bangladesh Air Force orders two SAR AW139s

Bangladesh Air Force orders two SAR AW139s

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has signed a contract for two AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters. These helicopters, which will be delivered by the end of 2015, will be operated by the Bangladesh Air Force to perform maritime search and rescue (SAR) and other… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Jul-14

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Shell launches landmark SAR service in Australia

Shell launches landmark SAR service in Australia

Shell Australia has launched a dedicated search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service to support the offshore oil and gas industry in the Kimberley – the first of its kind in Australia. The EC225 SAR helicopter is based at the Broome International Airport and is operated by CHC.  It is supported by a dedicated team of… Read more »

Source: Shell, 08-Jul-14

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Bristow Australia partners with CareFlight for SAR training

Bristow Australia partners with CareFlight for SAR training

In preparation for the start of a new contract, Bristow’s Australia Business Unit (AUSBU) search and rescue (SAR) employees and CareFlight have been working together to become familiarized with the new equipment that will be used on Bristow aircraft. The training focuses on a variety of topics, and ensures that everyone involved will work as… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 04-Jul-14

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Topping-out ceremony marks construction milestone at new Bristow SAR base

Topping-out ceremony marks construction milestone at new Bristow SAR base

A traditional topping out ceremony has taken place to mark the construction of the new Search and Rescue helicopter base at Humberside Airport reaching its full height. The base will house two state-of-the-art SAR helicopters, operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, their crews and support team.  It is due to become fully operational in April 2015,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 02-Jul-14

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02-Jul-14 Eurocopter EC225 North Sea, Norway (1F)

Swedish patient airlifted from Troll A platform in North Sea broke loose and fell from the helicopter to his death while en route to Bergen.  Body found one hour later

02-Jul-14

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22 Bristow engineering apprentices complete initial 8 months training

22 Bristow engineering apprentices complete initial 8 months training

Bristow Helicopters’ engineering apprentices well on their way to success Aberdeen-based helicopter operator, Bristow Helicopters Ltd, has confirmed that its latest intake of 22 engineering apprentices have successfully completed their initial eight months of training at the LRTT College in Gloucester. The future engineers were selected from a field of more than 1,300 applicants last… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 23-Jun-14

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Norway SAR Program selects FLIR HD Systems for AW101 fleet

Norway SAR Program selects FLIR HD Systems for AW101 fleet

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced today that its Star SAFIRE 380-HDc was selected by the Norway Ministry of Justice and Public Securityfor its new fleet of AW101 helicopters to be used in Norway’s All Weather Search and RescueHelicopter (NAWSARH) program. Deliveries will commence this year, with an in-service date of 2017. FLIR’s Star SAFIRE 380-HDc selection… Read more »

Source: FLIR Systems, 29-May-14

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Australian Helicopters to continue supporting the Torres

Australian Helicopters to continue supporting the Torres

Communities in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula will receive improved emergency helicopter services after the Queensland Government committed funding to 30 June 2016. Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said the extension of the agreement with Australian Helicopters Pty Ltd would ensure the residents of Far North Queensland communities would continue to benefit from this… Read more »

Source: Australian Helicopters, 26-May-14

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EASA approves Airlift Super Puma NVIS STC

EASA approves Airlift Super Puma NVIS STC

Airlift’s EASA Part-21 Design Organisation (DOA)  has been awarded with Supplemental Type Certificate (EASA STC number 10049153) for the installation and certification of Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) lighting for Airbus Helicopters AS332 L/L1 Super Pumas with the certification of the first helicopter, an AS332 L1 operated by the Icelandic Coast Guard, ordered by MRO… Read more »

Source: Airlift, 23-May-14

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Irish Coast Guard helicopter crew receives international award

Irish Coast Guard helicopter crew receives international award

Four crew attached to Rescue 118, based in Sligo, are due to receive the Fredrick L Feinberg award, conferred by the American Helicopter Society since 1961.  See full story

Source: Irish Times, 20-May-14

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US Antarctic Program recognized for SAR efforts

US Antarctic Program recognized for SAR efforts

The New Zealand Search and Rescue Council has recognized the U.S. Antarctic Program, which is managed by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Polar Programs, for its cooperation with Antarctica New Zealand in response to the January 2013 loss of a Twin Otter aircraft and its crew in the Antarctic. On Tuesday May 13 (New… Read more »

Source: NSF, 20-May-14

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Coast Guard Atlantic Area welcomes new Command Master Chief

Coast Guard Atlantic Area welcomes new Command Master Chief

The Coast Guard Atlantic Area command held a ceremony to officially mark the Command Master Chief Change of the Watch in Portsmouth, Thursday. Master Chief Petty Officer Charles “Rob” Bushey relieved Master Chief Petty Officer Steven W. Cantrell as the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command Master Chief. “I’m thrilled to serve in this capacity where… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 16-May-14

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Coquitlam SAR adds Helicopter Long Line Rescue Capability

Coquitlam SAR adds Helicopter Long Line Rescue Capability

Coquitlam Search and Rescue is happy to announce that as of May 5th, 2014, our helicopter rescue group is fully operational, and capable of Helicopter Long Line Rescues, also known as HETS. This project, originally announced in March, 2011, has been over three years in development. Helicopter Long Line rescue, known locally as “HETS” (Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Coquitlam SAR, 16-May-14

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Canadian Coast Guard tender won by Bell 429

Canadian Coast Guard tender won by Bell 429

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced a contract of up to $172 million awarded to Bell Helicopter for the procurement and delivery of 15 light-lift helicopters within the context of the Canadian Coast Guard’s Fleet Renewal Plan. This… Read more »

Source: Canadian Government, 13-May-14

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AgustaWestland supports Canadian CH-149 Cormorant exercise in Peru

AgustaWestland supports Canadian CH-149 Cormorant exercise in Peru

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company is proud to provide its support to the Royal Canadian Air Force in deploying an AW101/CH-149 Cormorant for Exercise COOPERACIÓN III in Peru.  The exercise is running until May 2, 2014. “This is the first time the RCAF has deployed a Cormorant outside Canada and we are pleased to provide assistance… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-May-14

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Careflight celebrates five years of training Abu Dhabi Police

Careflight celebrates five years of training Abu Dhabi Police

CareFlight Group Queensland is celebrating half a decade of diligently working away in Abu Dhabi, expanding its internationally recognised safety instruction program through the provision of world-class training to the emirate nation’s Police Force Air Wing. In five years, three CareFlight instructors have spent in excess of 2,000 hours training more than 70 Abu Dhabi… Read more »

Source: CareFlight Group, 08-Apr-14

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Irish Coast Guard add names to their S92 fleet

Irish Coast Guard add names to their S92 fleet

The Irish Coast Guard turned to the people of Ireland when it came to choosing names for the S-92® helicopters that recently joined the fleet. The agency held a naming contest and asked residents to come up with names fitting the helicopter’s mission, Search and Rescue. The winners have been selected and will be honored… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Apr-14

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AgustaWestland picks GE’s MAGIC1 Rugged Display Computer for SAR missions

AgustaWestland picks GE’s MAGIC1 Rugged Display Computer for SAR missions

GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) today announced that it had received orders from Agusta Westland of Italy for GE’s MAGIC1 Rugged Display Computer. The MAGIC1 will be part of Agusta Westland’s OPLS (Obstacle Proximity LIDAR system) which the company will offer on helicopters destined for search and rescue (SAR) deployment. Helicopters operating in SAR operations… Read more »

Source: GE, 02-Apr-14

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Canadian Forces Rescue Crew Wins Two More International Awards

Canadian Forces Rescue Crew Wins Two More International Awards

Royal Canadian Air Force Rescue Crew 912 continues to receive accolades for a daring rescue with an AW101/CH-149 “Cormorant”  helicopter. The latest awards are from the international aviation community for Captain Jonathon Groten, Captain Aaron Noble, Sergeant Bradley Hiscock, Master Warrant Officer Jeffrey Warden, and Master Corporal Mark Vokey. On February 25, 2014, the crew… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Mar-14

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19-Mar-14 HD.21-10 Eurocopter AS332B Morro Jable, Spain (4F)

Military SAR helicopter crashed into the water off the Canary Islands at 2155 CET on night training flight.  One rescued, four later confirmed dead when the helicopter was located under water.

19-Mar-14

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Construction begins on Bristow SAR facility at Inverness

Construction begins on Bristow SAR facility at Inverness

Construction work began on a ground breaking new search and rescue helicopter base at Inverness Airport on Wednesday.  See full story See also Balfour Beatty to build new UK SAR bases for Bristow

Source: Highland News, 13-Mar-14

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US Air Force to fund rescue helicopter in last-minute reversal

US Air Force to fund rescue helicopter in last-minute reversal

US Air Force decided on Tuesday to start work on a new rescue helicopter by sole-bidder Sikorsky in fiscal 2015, a surprising turnaround hours after the Pentagon told Congress the program to replace the HH-60 Pave Hawk had been postponed.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 06-Mar-14

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