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Bristow Forms New SAR Consortium for the Gulf of Mexico

Bristow Forms New SAR Consortium for the Gulf of Mexico

Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. “We are drawing on our years of experience of safely and efficiently operating SAR around the world to deliver… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 22-Mar-17

HeliOffshore publishes presentations from Membership conference calls

HeliOffshore publishes presentations from Membership conference calls

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

Source: HeliOffshore, 04-Nov-16

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Era Group announces new five year contract

Era Group announces new five year contract

Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and the longest serving helicopter transport operator in the U.S., announced today that it has entered into a new contract with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, for an initial term… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 30-Sep-16

Offshore rig count down 27.2% year on year

Offshore rig count down 27.2% year on year

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Sep-16

Bristow ships two S92s from Gulf of Mexico to North Sea

Bristow ships two S92s from Gulf of Mexico to North Sea

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

Source: Bristow, 22-Aug-16

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

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

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

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Jul-16

Era marks 1000 SAR missions on Gulf of Mexico since 2010

Era marks 1000 SAR missions on Gulf of Mexico since 2010

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”) is pleased to announce its Search and Rescue (SAR) Program has successfully completed 1,000 missions in the Gulf of Mexico. Collaborating with Priority 1 Air Rescue (“P1AR”), an internationally recognized leader of SAR services, Era pioneered the establishment of its commercial air ambulance and search and rescue offering in… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 24-May-16

Congressman highlights alleged illegal Gulf of Mexico fuel grabs

Congressman highlights alleged illegal Gulf of Mexico fuel grabs

Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD, (R-Lafayette) sent a letter with his colleagues calling for an official U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation into illegal practices by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in the Gulf of Mexico. BSEE has historically entered into contract agreements with helicopter service providers to obtain helicopter fuel… Read more »

Source: Charles Boustany, 23-Mar-16

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Era Helicopters passes 100,000 flight hour landmark in AW139 fleet

Era Helicopters passes 100,000 flight hour landmark in AW139 fleet

The Helicopter Division of Finmeccanica celebrated today with the Era Group, the longest serving helicopter provider in the industry and the largest civil operator of AgustaWestland helicopters, their tremendous operational success and achievement of 100,000 flight hours with their fleet of 40 AW139 helicopters operated across their group. Era operates and leases the aircraft in… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 02-Mar-16

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Latest Rockwell Collins displays now in service in Era AW189s

Latest Rockwell Collins displays now in service in Era AW189s

Rockwell Collins’ latest solutions for helicopters will be playing a key role in the Gulf of Mexico as Era Group Inc., a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, has taken delivery of its first two Finmecannica AW189 heavy helicopters. “We congratulate Era – the first operator of the AW189 in the Americas… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 01-Mar-16

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HAI joins Gulf of Mexico operators for safety meeting

HAI joins Gulf of Mexico operators for safety meeting

The Helicopter Safety Advisory Committee (HSAC) is an opportunity for the stakeholders in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) to come together and work on safety issues that affect the Oil and Gas industry. HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose joined helicopter operators, the energy companies, the regulators and other who operate in and around… Read more »

Source: HAI, 25-Jan-16

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Era Group Begins S92 Flight Operations

Era Group Begins S92 Flight Operations

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”), a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, today announced that it has placed into service its first Sikorsky S92 heavy helicopter in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The first revenue flight occurred today as flight operations commenced under a contract with a large independent oil and gas company…. Read more »

Source: Era Group, 22-Oct-15

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Era Group Inc. Expands S-92® Helicopter Fleet Opens Super Base

Era Group Inc. Expands S-92® Helicopter Fleet Opens Super Base

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that Era Group Inc. continues to expand its S-92® helicopter fleet with acceptance of a second S-92 helicopter baseline delivery. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). In January 2014, Era signed a multi-year contract with Sikorsky for S-92 helicopters. Sikorsky and Era celebrated the first… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 29-Jun-15

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Era Group Inc. Expands S-92 Helicopter Fleet; Opens Super Base

Era Group Inc. Expands S-92 Helicopter Fleet; Opens Super Base

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that Era Group Inc. continues to expand its S-92® helicopter fleet with acceptance of a second S-92 helicopter baseline delivery. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). In January 2014, Era signed a multi-year contract with Sikorsky for S-92 helicopters. Sikorsky and Era celebrated the first… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Jun-15

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Bristow to present at William Blair Annual Growth Stock Conference

Bristow to present at William Blair Annual Growth Stock 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 35th Annual William Blair Annual Growth Stock Conference to be held in Chicago on June 9 – 11, 2015. Jonathan E. Baliff, President and Chief Executive Officer, is scheduled to… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 05-Jun-15

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Era Group reports FY 2015 Q1 results

Era Group reports FY 2015 Q1 results

 Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) today reported break-even net earnings for its first quarter ended March 31, 2015 (“current quarter”) on operating revenues of $67.4 million. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 (“prior year quarter”) was $4.4 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, on operating revenues of $79.4 million. Earnings before interest,… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 06-May-15

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Reimbursement sought in helicopter emergency landing

Reimbursement sought in helicopter emergency landing

Two global maritime enterprises have sued a helicopter company, citing nonpayment of a 2013 rescue operation. See Full Story

Source: The Louisiana Record, 08-Apr-15

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H175 tours Mexico, the US and Brazil

H175 tours Mexico, the US and Brazil

The H175 has embarked upon a three-month demo-tour in Mexico, the United States and Brazil following its appearance at the Heli-Expo 2015 industry show in Orlando, Florida, earlier this month.

Source: Airbus, 18-Mar-15

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Four Bell 412EPs Delivered to Heliservicio Campeche

Four Bell 412EPs Delivered to Heliservicio Campeche

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the final delivery of four Bell 412EPs to Heliservicio Campeche to support their oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico. “Heliservicio has been an operator of the Bell 412 for nearly 25 years, so we know it has the superior performance capabilities that fit… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Mar-15

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Widow sues helicopter company, alleging wrongful death

Widow sues helicopter company, alleging wrongful death

A woman has sued a Galveston County helicopter transport company in the death of her husband. See Full Story

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, 05-Mar-15

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PHI’s AW139 Fleet Passes 25,000 Flight Hours Milestone

PHI’s AW139 Fleet Passes 25,000 Flight Hours Milestone

AgustaWestland announced today that PHI’s AW139 fleet has passed a key milestone of 25,000 flight hours. The important result was achieved by a fleet of ten helicopters performing offshore transportation missions in the Gulf of Mexico since 2011, with the PHI AW139 fleet leader aircraft having accrued more than 3,500 flight hours in less than… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 04-Mar-15

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FlightSafety location in Louisiana becomes AgustaWestland Authorised Training Centre

FlightSafety location in Louisiana becomes AgustaWestland Authorised Training Centre

AgustaWestland announced today the approval of the FlightSafety International Learning Centre in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA as an AgustaWestland Authorised Training Centre. FlightSafety International has been providing AW139 Training since May, 2013. Courses for the popular AW139 intermediate helicopter delivered from the Learning Centre benefit from an AW139 Level D qualified Full Flight Simulator which features… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Feb-15

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Waypoint buys ten Bell 206L and 407 from RLC on leaseback

Waypoint buys ten Bell 206L and 407 from RLC on leaseback

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed on a multi-aircraft agreement with RLC, the largest privately held helicopter operator in the Gulf of Mexico. The initial transaction includes the purchase and leaseback of 10 helicopters, including the Bell 407 and Bell 206L4, supporting near-shore… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 11-Feb-15

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Oil price not affecting Era and PHi at Houma

Oil price not affecting Era and PHi at Houma

In spite of the recent downturn in oil prices, officials said service expansions planned for the Houma-Terrebonne Airport should move forward as planned. See Full Story

Source: Dailycomet, 28-Jan-15

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Era Helicopters expands in Gulf of Mexico

Era Helicopters expands in Gulf of Mexico

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) today announced that it has secured contracts for three additional medium helicopters in the Gulf of Mexico. The helicopters, which include two Sikorsky S-76s and one AgustaWestland AW139, will be used to support drilling programs and various projects for three of the Company’s oil and gas partners. “Era’s proven ability… Read more »

Source: ERA, 15-Jan-15

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LQT Industries provides Helicopter Refueling Station and Aluminum Accommodations Facility

LQT Industries provides Helicopter Refueling Station and Aluminum Accommodations Facility

LQT Industries, LLC, a full-service provider of high quality accommodation facilities, design-build construction services, and support services to the oil and gas industry, has provided a newly designed modular helideck to support helicopter refueling operations and an eleven (11) aluminum building package that will accommodate 60 personnel on an oil and gas platform in the… Read more »

Source: LQT, 04-Dec-14

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CHI Aviation awarded Gulf of Mexico S92 contract

CHI Aviation awarded Gulf of Mexico S92 contract

CHI Aviation has won a five-year contract to provide search and rescue services, and helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) using a Sikorsky S-92 for a major oil and gas producer in the Gulf of Mexico. See Full Story

Source: offshore, 02-Oct-14

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FAA Calls on the Aviation Industry to Equip with ADS-B

FAA Calls on the Aviation Industry to Equip with ADS-B

Federal Aviation Administration Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker announced to a group of aviation leaders at the NextGen Institute today that the FAA will hold a “Call to Action” summit to engage the aviation industry in meeting the January 1, 2020 deadline to equip aircraft with new avionics technology. The all-day session will be held on… Read more »

Source: FAA, 19-Sep-14

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PHI reaches highest level of FAA Safety Management System

PHI reaches highest level of FAA Safety Management System

PHI, Inc. announced today that the company has achieved the highest level (Level 4) of the Federal Aviation Administration’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program. SMS is rapidly becoming a worldwide standard throughout the aviation industry and is recognized by the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and Civil… Read more »

Source: PHi, 14-Aug-14

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OPITO makes Gulf of Mexico travel safer with new survival training standard

OPITO makes Gulf of Mexico travel safer with new survival training standard

With 2.3 million passengers travelling to work on offshore installations by helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico every year, OPITO is making sure every worker has the necessary training to get to work and return home safely every trip. The oil and gas industry’s training standards body has set new and higher standards for Tropical… Read more »

Source: OPITO, 01-Aug-14

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Two bodies found near site of helicopter crash in Gulf

Two bodies found near site of helicopter crash in Gulf

A dive team assisting the U.S. Coast Guard in the search found two bodies Thursday morning near the crash site – See full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 11-Jun-14 N207MY Bell 206L4 Terrebonne Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico (2F)

Source: KPLC, 13-Jun-14

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11-Jun-14 N207MY Bell 206L4 Terrebonne Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico (2F)

Helicopter ditched in Gulf of Mexico.  US Coast Guard found two bodies and helicopter appears to have sunk.  The two victims were identified as George Leloup, the pilot of the helicopter, and Rory Bourgeois, a technician with BNA Marine Services.

11-Jun-14

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RLC lays off about 50 staff

RLC lays off about 50 staff

Broussard-based Rotorcraft Leasing Co. LLC has laid off about 50 employees, the company confirmed Thursday. See full story

Source: The Advertiser, 30-May-14

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11-Jun-14 Bell 407 US-Gulf of Mexico

Contolled landing close to rig.  Floats deployed and helicopter remained upright on floats on calm seas, 6 POB safely evacuated by liferaft

30-May-14

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Arnold & Itkin Claims Top Texas Aviation Verdict for 2013 – against PHI

Arnold & Itkin Claims Top Texas Aviation Verdict for 2013 – against PHI

The nearly $1.7 million verdict won by Houston civil litigation firm Arnold & Itkin LLP for an offshore worker who was injured in a helicopter accident is being recognized as the top aviation verdict in Texas during 2013, according to the legal reporting service VerdictSearch. Arnold & Itkin attorneys Cory Itkin and Caj Boatright represented… Read more »

Source: Arnold & Itkin LLP, 29-May-14

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HAI promote Houston Helicopter Safety Conference

HAI promote Houston Helicopter Safety Conference

Multiple Safety Briefings for all helicopter pilots, and a free lunch! Attention all helicopter pilots! Don’t miss this event featuring the latest information on the safety issues facing the rotorcraft industry. Presented by top industry experts in their field, discussions inlcude accident trends, Next-Gen for helicopters, medical qualifications, and more! May 15, 9:00 am, 1940… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-May-14

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Raytheon and Petrofac debut new tropical helicopter underwater escape training at OTC

Raytheon and Petrofac debut new tropical helicopter underwater escape training at OTC

Raytheon Professional Services LLC, (RPS), a subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), and Petrofac Training Services announced a first-of-its-kind offering under their jointly owned Hi-Con Training program. The new Tropical Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (THUET) course is being launched at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, May 5-8, 2014. Approved by OPITO, an accreditation… Read more »

Source: Raytheon, 06-May-14

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CHC intends to enter Gulf of Mexico market

CHC intends to enter Gulf of Mexico market

CHC will enter the GOM market either by applying for an air operator certificate or through an acquisition, CEO William Amelio said in an interview  See full story

Source: Reuters, 09-Apr-14

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AW189 starts demo tour among US Oil & Gas operators on the Gulf of Mexico

AW189 starts demo tour among US Oil & Gas operators on the Gulf of Mexico

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the new generation medium twin helicopter AW189 will depart for a demo tour among US Oil & Gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico region, from March 4th to the 7th. After been showcased at Heli Expo in Anaheim, California and a few days after the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Feb-14

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Amur HFS buys entire Bristow fleet of 28 LongRanger IVs

Amur HFS buys entire Bristow fleet of 28 LongRanger IVs

Amur Helicopter Financial Services (Amur HFS) is pleased to announce that the company has entered into an agreement to complete a major fleet transaction with Bristow Group Inc. The transaction involves purchasing the entire Bristow fleet of twenty-eight (28) Bell 206-L4 helicopters. As part of completing this transaction, Amur HFS provided short-term operating leases to Bristow… Read more »

Source: Amur HFS, 26-Feb-14

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First S-76D delivered – to Bristow Helicopters

First S-76D delivered – to Bristow Helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that it delivered its first fully configured S-76D™ helicopter, the latest in the long and highly successful Sikorsky S-76® commercial aircraft family, to the Bristow Group Inc. in December. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The delivery follows an announcement in March 2013 that Bristow would acquire up to… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 06-Jan-14

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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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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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Bristow announces New Multi-Year Contracts In Expanding Markets

Bristow announces New Multi-Year Contracts In Expanding Markets

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

Source: Bristow Group, 11-Sep-13

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13-Aug-13 N53LP Bell 407 Trinity V Platform, US-Gulf of Mexico

Ditched near offshore rig – the pilot and two passengers had minor injuries and were airlifted to Thibodaux General Medical Center for treatment.   Helicopter destroyed – see photo after recovery onto ship

13-Aug-13

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

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

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

Source: Houma Today, 24-Jun-13

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Era signs for 10 more AW189s plus options

Era signs for 10 more AW189s plus options

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

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Jun-13

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19-Mar-13 N408RL Bell 206L4 Platform WD79C, US-Gulf of Mexico

Vertical fin contacted pipe on landing on offshore platform

19-Mar-13

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EC175 demo for offshore oil and gas industry

EC175 demo for offshore oil and gas industry

Eurocopter and American Eurocopter are bringing a new EC175 helicopter, configured for offshore oil and gas industry transport, to the Houston area for demonstrations on Thursday and Friday, March 14-15. As part of the demonstration tour news media are invited to come see and fly in the EC175 on March 14 at Western Airways, 100… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 12-Mar-13

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Transportes Aereos Pegaso Signs for Two EC155s

Transportes Aereos Pegaso Signs for Two EC155s

On the final day of the Heli-Expo air show in Las Vegas, Mexican operator Transportes Aéreos Pegaso, the largest oil and gas transportation provider in the Gulf of Mexico, signed on for two EC155s. Live from the Eurocopter booth, Transportes Aéreos Pegaso CEO Enrique Zepeda and Eurocopter President and CEO Lutz Bertling celebrated the signature,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 08-Mar-13

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All American Aviation to fly first AS350B3e on Gulf of Mexico

All American Aviation to fly first AS350B3e on Gulf of Mexico

American Eurocopter is pleased to announce that All American Aviation LLC will be the first helicopter operator to provide offshore oil and gas transport service in the Gulf of Mexico using new Eurocopter AS350B3e AStar helicopters. All American has leased two AS350B3e aircraft from Rainier Heli International, an affiliate of Papillon Helicopters, and plans to… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 08-Mar-13

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Mexico’s ASESA signs for six S-76D

Mexico’s ASESA signs for six S-76D

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the signing of a contract with ASESA (Aeroservicios Especializados, S.A. de C.V.), a Mexican helicopter service provider, for the purchase of six S-76D™ helicopters to serve the offshore oil transport mission. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), announced the sale at the 2013 Heli-Expo Industry Show. The sale… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 07-Mar-13

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Bristow awarded FAA STC for ADS-B Out solution on S76C

Bristow awarded FAA STC for ADS-B Out solution on S76C

Bristow Group Inc., a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that working with Aviation Design Management, it has been awarded an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate for the installation of a fully rule compliant 1090ES DO-260B ADS-B Out solution for the Sikorsky S-76C+ and S-76C++ helicopters as the required first… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 05-Mar-13

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SkyCharts Releases First and Only iOS App for Helicopter Flight Charts

SkyCharts Releases First and Only iOS App for Helicopter Flight Charts

SkyCharts LLC released the first available iOS mobile app of FAA navigational charts for helicopter pilots, SkyCharts Heli. This moving map has current aviation charts, including normal sectional & WAC merged charts, TAC & FLY charts and low en route charts. Users simply double tap anywhere on the maps to bring A/FD and instrument approaches…. Read more »

Source: SkyCharts, 04-Mar-13

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ASU completes second S-76C++ NVG conversion for PHi

ASU completes second S-76C++ NVG conversion for PHi

ASU has completed their second night vision modification for a ASU aircraft owned and operated by PHI, Inc, headquartered in Lafayette, LA. The aircraft is a new aircraft that has been specifically designed to serve the oil and gas industry offshore. The aircraft is equipped with cardiac monitors with 12-lead EKG capability, transport ventilators and intravenous… Read more »

Source: ASU, 02-Mar-13

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Transwest Helicopters to overhaul two Gulf of Mexico Bell 412s

Transwest Helicopters to overhaul two Gulf of Mexico Bell 412s

Transwest Helicopters Ltd, who in October 2011 relocated from the Chilliwack Airport in Southwest British Columbia to the Oliver Airport in the Southern Interior, is pleased to announce that the company has won a contract to overhaul two Bell 412 helicopters at its brand new hangar facility in Oliver British Columbia Canada this winter. These… Read more »

Source: Transwest Helicopters, 03-Feb-13

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RLC selects new SkyRouter to manage Gulf of Mexico fleet

RLC selects new SkyRouter to manage Gulf of Mexico fleet

Blue Sky Network, a leading, global provider of satellite tracking and communication solutions for aviation, land, and marine, announced today that its fleet management portal, New SkyRouter, has been selected by RLC, the largest privately-held helicopter operator in the Gulf of Mexico. New SkyRouter is a feature rich, cloud-based solution designed to enable constant connectivity with remotely dispersed mobile assets…. Read more »

Source: Blue Sky Network, 18-Dec-12

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Good news for Gulf of Mexico operators

Good news for Gulf of Mexico operators

The global energy map is changing in dramatic fashion, the International Energy Agency said as it launched the 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO). The Agency’s flagship publication, released today in London, said these changes will recast expectations about the role of different countries, regions and fuels in the global energy system over the coming decades. “North… Read more »

Source: IEA, 13-Nov-12

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Bristow orders ten S92s, options for another 16

Bristow orders ten S92s, options for another 16

In an extract from the Q2 results notice, Bristow announced the following when commenting on the current EC225 situation:- “In order to minimize or eliminate the impact on our clients, we have increased utilization of other in-region aircraft and have implemented contingency plans designed to mobilize additional available aircraft, including entering into an agreement on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-12

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05-Oct-12 N406AL Bell 407 Intracoastal City, US-Louisiana (1F)

From a Bristow press release:-  A Bristow Bell 407  operating near Intracoastal City, Louisiana was involved in a fatal accident at approximately 8:00 a.m. CDT . Local press reported poor visibility.  The pilot was the only person onboard – later named as Carl Amos, from Corpus Christi, Texas

05-Oct-12

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Bristow selects FreeFlight Systems’ RANGR ADS-B Solution for GoM AW139 fleet

Bristow selects FreeFlight Systems’ RANGR ADS-B Solution for GoM AW139 fleet

FreeFlight Systems announced today that Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, has selected FreeFlight Systems RANGR FDL-978TX ADS-B Out solution for its AW139 helicopters serving Bristow’s customers in the Gulf of Mexico. The FreeFlight Systems RANGR FDL-978TX system for the AW139 is the first certified,… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight Systems, 20-Aug-12

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RLC awarded HAI Operator Safety Award for second consecutive year

RLC awarded HAI Operator Safety Award for second consecutive year

RLC, the largest privately held helicopter operator in the Gulf of Mexico, has earned the Helicopter Association International (HAI) 2011 Operator Safety Award. The 2011 award marks the second year in a row RLC has been recognized by HAI for operator safety.  The new award honors a total of over 115,000 accident-free flight hours over… Read more »

Source: RLC, 16-Aug-12

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Era Group signs for five AW189s

Era Group signs for five AW189s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Era Group (“Era”) has signed a contract for five AW189 helicopters plus options. These aircraft will be used to perform long range offshore transport missions. Emilio Dalmasso, Senior Vice President Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland said “We are delighted to have signed this contract with Era, a… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Jul-12

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RLC appoints VP of Human Resources

RLC appoints VP of Human Resources

RLC, LLC today announced that Edie Hunt has joined the organization as Vice President Human Resources.  She brings nearly 15 years of management and leadership experience in the field of human resources to her new role at RLC and has a proven track record in recruiting and retaining exceptional talent to facilitate company growth.  As… Read more »

Source: RLC, 21-Jun-12

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FreeFlight Systems and Chevron Receive STC for ADS-B solution

FreeFlight Systems and Chevron Receive STC for ADS-B solution

For First Rule-Compliant ADS-B Installation In GOMEX Helicopters Waco Texas, June 14, 2012, FreeFlight Systems, a leading NextGen avionics supplier, and Chevron Corporation announced today that FreeFlight Systems has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the first fully rule-compliant ADS-B solution for Gulf of Mexico (GOMEX) helicopter operators. Developed using the FreeFlight Systems RANGR… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight Systems, 18-Jun-12

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Pilot dies in PHi LongRanger accident in Gulf of Mexico

Pilot dies in PHi LongRanger accident in Gulf of Mexico

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-12

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28-May-12 N7077F Bell 206L Gulf of Mexico (1F)

PHi LongRanger down in GOM.  Sole occupant pilot lost his life – body found and recovered four hours after accident.  Helicopter completely submerged.  Pilot later named as Arturo Lebron

28-May-12

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Bristow LLC pilots ratify three year pay agreement

Bristow LLC pilots ratify three year pay agreement

Oil service industry helicopter pilots in the Gulf of Mexico andAlaska, members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 107 employed by Bristow LLC, have voted to ratify a three-year agreement covering 235 pilots. The agreement comes after 18 months of negotiations and was ratified by 84.3 percent of the voting members.  The secret… Read more »

Source: OPEIU, 14-May-12

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S&P revises PHi outlook to stable from negative

S&P revises PHi outlook to stable from negative

Overview — U.S. aviation service provider PHI Inc.’s operating performance has improved materially over the last several quarters due to increased Gulf of Mexico activity and increased profitability in the company’s Air Medical segment. — We are revising the outlook on the company to stable from negative. We are affirming the ‘B+’ corporate credit rating…. Read more »

Source: Standard & Poor, 30-Apr-12

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Sikorsky S76 down in Gulf of Mexico – all accounted for

Sikorsky S76 down in Gulf of Mexico – all accounted for

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Apr-12

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RLC appoints Director of Maintenance

RLC appoints Director of Maintenance

RLC, the largest privately-held helicopter operator in the Gulf of Mexico, announced the appointment of Curtis Hudson as Director of Maintenance (DOM) of RLC.  Hudson has been a vital team member at RLC for the past 18 years where he served in a variety of roles including his most recent position as Chief Inspector.  His… Read more »

Source: RLC, 17-Apr-12

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17-Apr-12 N56RD Sikorsky S76B Gulf of Mexico

U.S. Coast Guard responded to a downed helicopter about 82 nautical miles off Vermilion Bay in the vicinity of Vermilion Block 336. The Sikorsky S-76 was floating upside down, and the life raft had been deployed.  All 7 POB accounted for

17-Apr-12

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RLC President retires

RLC President retires

RLC, the largest privately-held helicopter operator in the Gulf of Mexico, today announced the retirement of President, Rodger Bagwell.  Dru Milke, who joined the company in September 2011 as CEO, will assume the role of President and CEO. During Bagwell’s tenure, RLC grew from a small Part 135 operator focused primarily on the refurbishment and… Read more »

Source: RLC, 26-Feb-12

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Era Helicopters orders seven EC135s

Era Helicopters orders seven EC135s

From Eurocopter booth #1917 at the 2012 Heli-Expo, Era Helicopters and American Eurocopter announced Era’s acquisition of seven EC135® helicopters. With this purchase, Era’s fleet will include 17 EC135s. “Era and American Eurocopter are committed to aviation excellence by incorporating the latest technology aircraft and training in order to provide the highest levels of safety… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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PHi does a deal with City of Galveston

PHi does a deal with City of Galveston

PHi has committed to an expansion program at Scholes International Airport for completion within the next two years, and in exchange the City of Galveston has waived over $850,000 of lease payments.  PHi, which has operated from the airport since 2001, flies S76 and S92 helicopters to Gulf of Mexico rigs from here. PHi will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-12

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