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Babcock adds two factory-new S92s to North Sea fleet

Babcock adds two factory-new S92s to North Sea fleet

Babcock MCS have imported two brand new Sikorky S92 helicopters in recent days, with the pair arriving airfreight in an Antonov An-124 to Prestwick Airport and then transported by road to the company base at Aberdeen.  They have been registered G-MCSA (serial 920273) and G-MCSB (serial 920281), the first use of a new series of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-16

Bond re-brands to Babcock today

Bond re-brands to Babcock today

British based operator Bond is finally rebranding its operations to the corporate image of parent company Babcock today.  This is just short of two years since the announcement mid May 2014 that engineering support services company Babcock International Group PLC officially completed its acquisition of the Avincis Group. All aspects of Bond in the UK… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Apr-16

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Bond Offshore Helicopters wins new contract with Premier Oil

Bond Offshore Helicopters wins new contract with Premier Oil

Bond Offshore Helicopters has been awarded a new contract to provide offshore crew transport on behalf of Premier Oil. The three year deal, awarded after a competitive tender, will see the helicopter operator transport thousands of men and women to and from Premier’s offshore platforms in the North Sea. Bond’s helicopters will serve areas including… Read more »

Source: Bond, 31-Mar-16

Bond flies offshore workers halfway by fixed wing

Bond flies offshore workers halfway by fixed wing

Bond Offshore Helicopters, part of the Babcock Mission Critical Services business, has launched an entirely new service which will take passengers to offshore Oil and Gas facilities in the Northern North Sea from Aberdeen via new facilities at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland. Following an agreement with LoganAir, Bond now transport hundreds of passengers a week from… Read more »

Source: Bond, 16-Dec-15

Bond launches North Sea service for sick and injured workers

Bond launches North Sea service for sick and injured workers

Bond Offshore Helicopters – a Babcock Mission Critical Services business – has launched a new service today that allows sick or injured passengers, including those who can’t wear a lifejacket or survival suit, to be brought back to shore by helicopter. Previously people who were too ill to fly either had to wait offshore until… Read more »

Source: Bond, 14-Dec-15

Bond Offshore Helicopters fit Konecranes girder crane in new Aberdeen hangar

Bond Offshore Helicopters fit Konecranes girder crane in new Aberdeen hangar

It was not just Konecranes engineering expertise that came under the spotlight recently, but also its logistical capabilities. And it all centred on the world’s leading lifting equipment manufacturer transporting an under-running double girder crane spanning 36 metres from its crane-manufacturing site in East Kilbride to Aberdeen Airport. Once onsite, the two tonne capacity crane… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 18-Nov-15

Bond continues Blackpool operations on smaller fleet

Bond continues Blackpool operations on smaller fleet

Bond Offshore Helicopters has reduced its fleet at its Blackpool base, but continues to maintain operations supporting offshore rigs in the Irish Sea. Initially launched with a fleet of four N3 Dauphins, the base at Blackpool serves gas rigs between the English coast and the Isle of Man – an area often known as Morecambe… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Nov-15

Spectre of negative PR may lead to Bond name change

Spectre of negative PR may lead to Bond name change

We are hearing more and more that Bond will change its name to bring it in line with parent company Babcock.  The onshore element Bond Air Services, along with Bond Offshore Helicopters, were both represented under the Babcock name at the recent Helitech International event in London, and Bond staff told us there that they… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Oct-15

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Bristow MD replaces Babcock/Bond CEO on Oil & Gas UK board

Bristow MD replaces Babcock/Bond CEO on Oil & Gas UK board

Oil & Gas UK, the representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, today (25 August) announces a number of appointments of member company representatives to its Board with immediate effect. Alan Corbett, managing director at Bristow Helicopters, will represent the aviation sector on the Board, replacing Richard Mintern of Babcock International Group…. Read more »

Source: Oil And Gas, 14-Sep-15

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Bond Offshore Helicopters picks Heli-One to overhaul H225

Bond Offshore Helicopters picks Heli-One to overhaul H225

Stavanger, Norway -Heli-One, one of the world’s largest independent providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has been chosen as Bond Offshore Helicopters’ service partner for an H225G-REDR, 9,000 hour G check. The contract, to be serviced at Heli-One’s Stavanger facility in Norway, constitutes the first major H225 inspection in Bond Offshore Helicopter’s… Read more »

Source: Heli-one, 02-Sep-15

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Bond Offshore Helicopters opens new Norwich passenger terminal

Bond Offshore Helicopters opens new Norwich passenger terminal

The new facilities, which can accommodate more than  25,000 passengers a year, include new departure gates, new security areas and a new passenger lounge, all specifically designed with safety, security and comfort in mind. Catering is provided by a local supplier and the building is equipped with wifi, large LCD screens and all the other… Read more »

Source: Bond, 30-Jun-15

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Bond pilots sue Airbus over 2012 EC225 ditching

Bond pilots sue Airbus over 2012 EC225 ditching

Timothy Cousins and David Pountain were at the controls of the Super Puma when it was forced down in May 2012. See Full Story

Source: stv, 26-May-15

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Bond wins £60M five year offshore SAR contract

Bond wins £60M five year offshore SAR contract

North Sea oil and gas operators have committed to fund a search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service, supplementing national SAR cover for parts of the Central North Sea. The service will be operated by Bond Offshore Helicopters and will ensure existing rescue and recovery standards are maintained. The launch of a new UK-wide search and… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 01-Apr-15

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New board members at Oil & Gas UK includes helicopter CEO

New board members at Oil & Gas UK includes helicopter CEO

Oil & Gas UK, the representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, today (26 February 2015) confirms the appointment of three member company representatives to its Board. Craig May, managing director of Chevron Upstream Europe Limited, is appointed to the Board as a representative of the operator community bringing experience gained in… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 01-Mar-15

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Bond Offshore Helicopters CEO quits for airline job

Bond Offshore Helicopters CEO quits for airline job

Just over two years since he was appointed as CEO of Bond Offshore Helicopters, Luke Farajallah has been announced as the new CEO of British airline Flybe effective from 1st April.  This sees a return to his roots, given Bond’s announcement in early November 2012 said he had experience with Spanish startup low-cost airline Volotea… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Feb-15

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Avincis rebrands as Babcock

Avincis rebrands as Babcock

Following the acquisition of Avincis Group (Avincis) by Babcock International Group PLC (the Group) in May 2014, the process to integrate the business into the Group has progressed well and it is therefore appropriate to reflect this by taking the Babcock name. Avincis will therefore now become Babcock Mission Critical Services (Babcock). The local companies… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 15-Jan-15

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27-Dec-14 G-REDV Eurocopter EC225 North Sea, UK

Suspected lightning strike, returned to base.  Reg to be confirmed

27-Dec-14

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28-Oct-14 Airbus EC225 North Sea, UK

Faulty indicator led to precautionary landing on Forties Charlie platform instead of intended destination at Forties Unity

28-Oct-14

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Bond to move Blackpool rig support flights to Warton

Bond to move Blackpool rig support flights to Warton

Bond have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they will be moving their rig support flights from Blackpool Airport to Warton.  This airfield, better known as the production line for Eurofighters for BAE Systems, is approximately 8 miles to the south east. John Fyall from Bond said “To ensure continuity of services, Bond Offshore Helicopters is transferring… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-14

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UK – Bond prepares for threatened closure of Blackpool base

UK – Bond prepares for threatened closure of Blackpool base

British operator Bond has been supporting gas rigs on the Irish Sea since at least 1978 when they took delivery of an initial pair of SA365C Dauphins.  In reality very little has changed over the years apart from a short term change of operator – Bond still fly Dauphins from Blackpool, but these days they… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-14

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Super Puma co-pilot death preventable, says coroner

Super Puma co-pilot death preventable, says coroner

A helicopter crash which killed its co-pilot and 15 other men could have been prevented, an inquest has found.  See full story

Source: BBC, 28-Jul-14

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New Aberdeen hangar for Bond Offshore Helicopters nears approval

New Aberdeen hangar for Bond Offshore Helicopters nears approval

A proposal for a new helicopter hangar at Aberdeen International Airport is to be considered by councillors next week. The Bond Offshore Helicopter plan, which proposes building a hangar at the corner of Farburn Terrace and Cordyce View, adjacent to the firm’s eastern terminal, has been recommended for approval. The proposed hangar, which would be… Read more »

Source: Aberdeen City Council, 13-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters responds to AAIB Final Report on EC225 North Sea accidents

Airbus Helicopters responds to AAIB Final Report on EC225 North Sea accidents

Today, the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued its final determination following its investigation into the causes linked to two controlled ditchings that occurred in the North Sea on May 10, 2012 and October 22, 2012 aboard EC225 helicopters. Airbus Helicopters affirms the conclusions drawn in the report concerning the causes of the two controlled… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Jun-14

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AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

The formal report on the accidents to a Bond and a CHC EC225 in 2012 has now been released by the AAIB.  A further seven new Safety Recommendations have been made, including five related to the liferafts and one related to the fatigue performance  of components manufactured from high strength low alloy steel.  These are listed below… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-14

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Oil & Gas UK’s response to FAI conclusion

Oil & Gas UK’s response to FAI conclusion

Robert Paterson, Oil & Gas UK health, safety and employment issues director, said: “Today’s Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) conclusion into the 2009 helicopter crash provides us with a powerful reminder of the paramount importance of following procedures, and the need for effective communication. Since the publication of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report in… Read more »

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

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Bond Offshore Helicopters’ Response to AS332L2 Determination

Bond Offshore Helicopters’ Response to AS332L2 Determination

Bond Offshore hopes that Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle’s determination today (March 13th) brings a degree of closure to the families, friends and dependents of those who died in the tragedy of 2009. We at Bond also lost friends and colleagues that day. Although Sheriff Principal Pyle has indicated that spalling was, on balance, the most… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 13-Mar-14

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Fatal Accident Inquiry determination published on Bond AS332L2 fatal accident

Fatal Accident Inquiry determination published on Bond AS332L2 fatal accident

Summary of FAI Determination into the deaths of 16 people following the helicopter crash on 1 April 2009. On Wednesday 1 April 2009, a Super Puma helicopter, owned by Bond Offshore Helicopters Limited, was flying over the North Sea, en route from the Miller Oil Platform to Aberdeen, when it plunged into the sea killing… Read more »

Source: Judiciary of Scotland, 13-Mar-14

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13-Mar-14 Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

Helicopter turned round on flight to ENSCO 100 offshore rig following a technical warning and made a successful precautionary landing back at Aberdeen

13-Mar-14

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Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing buys two S92s for Bond Offshore Helicopters

Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing buys two S92s for Bond Offshore Helicopters

Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing, the helicopter leasing business of Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG; ADR: MQBKY), announced today its first purchase and lease back transaction for Bond Offshore Helicopters, a subsidiary of the Avincis Group (Avincis), for two new Sikorsky S-92 helicopters to be configured for offshore oil-and-gas crew change operations.  The two S-92 helicopters will be… Read more »

Source: Macquarie, 25-Feb-14

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Pilots union calls for independent judicial inquiry into North Sea safety

Pilots union calls for independent judicial inquiry into North Sea safety

Pilots will call for an independent judicial inquiry into North Sea helicopter safety in evidence to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee this afternoon. Captain Colin Milne, the Chairman of BALPA’s Helicopter Affairs Committee, will give evidence to the Committee’s inquiry into helicopter safety at 1500 today, Monday, 27 January 2014 at the Committee’s… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 28-Jan-14

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Lease Corporation International takes delivery of 5th AW139

Lease Corporation International takes delivery of 5th AW139

Lease Corporation International’s (LCI) helicopter division has taken delivery of its fifth AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter, and has placed the aircraft on lease with Bond Offshore Helicopters (Bond) in Aberdeen, Scotland. The delivery follows the agreement last year of a long term lease between LCI and Bond’s parent company Avincis Group – a leading global provider… Read more »

Source: LCI, 16-Jan-14

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UK – Norwich Airport offshore operators face noise complaints

UK – Norwich Airport offshore operators face noise complaints

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

Source: EDP24, 05-Jan-14

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Bond wins five year contract for two S92s with Nexen Petroleum

Bond wins five year contract for two S92s with Nexen Petroleum

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

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 08-Dec-13

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Avincis Group releases results overview for 2013 Q3

Avincis Group releases results overview for 2013 Q3

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

Source: Avincis Group, 29-Nov-13

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Avincis Group confirms Joint Venture talks with Babcock International

Avincis Group confirms Joint Venture talks with Babcock International

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

Source: Avincis & Babcock, 25-Nov-13

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Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

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

Source: Sunday Times, 24-Nov-13

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Union campaign sends strong message to North Sea operators

Union campaign sends strong message to North Sea operators

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

Source: Unite, 10-Nov-13

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HAI advances HUMS initiatives in UK

HAI advances HUMS initiatives in UK

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

Source: HAI, 18-Oct-13

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EC225 grounding cost Bond £4.17M

EC225 grounding cost Bond £4.17M

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

Source: Business Insider, 03-Oct-13

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Bond SAR crew wins Edward and Maisie Lewis Award

Bond SAR crew wins Edward and Maisie Lewis Award

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

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 01-Oct-13

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North Sea operators join for their own safety review

North Sea operators join for their own safety review

Offshore helicopter operators Avincis Group, Bristow Group and CHC Helicopter announced today they have launched a review of safety practices that will deepen their commitment to share best practices and consistently operate at the highest possible level of safety. The three companies leading this effort will reach out to other helicopter operators to encourage them… Read more »

Source: Bond/Bristow/CHC, 27-Sep-13

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Turbomeca and Avincis Group sign a Global Support Contract

Turbomeca and Avincis Group sign a Global Support Contract

During Helitech, Turbomeca (Safran) and Avincis Group are pleased to announce the signature of a global support contract that covers engines operated by Inaer, Bond Air Services, Bond Offshore Helicopters and Australian Helicopters. This agreement further enhances the strengthening relationship between Avincis and Turbomeca. This agreement includes the incorporation into Turbomeca’s Support By the Hour… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 25-Sep-13

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

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

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

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

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UK Chancellor visits Bond HQ as part of government funding launch

UK Chancellor visits Bond HQ as part of government funding launch

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

Source: UK Treasury, 13-Sep-13

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Bond Offshore Helicopters – Open Day 24th August, Aberdeen

Bond Offshore Helicopters – Open Day 24th August, Aberdeen

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

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

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CIT provides financing to Lease Corporation International for three AW139s

CIT provides financing to Lease Corporation International for three AW139s

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

Source: CIT, 02-Jul-13

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EC225 pilots nominated for flying award

EC225 pilots nominated for flying award

Four hero pilots who saved the lives of 29 oil workers after two helicopter ditchings off the coast of Scotland have been shortlisted for a prestigious flying award. (See Full Story)

Source: The Herald Scotland, 29-May-13

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Avinics Appoints New CEO Western Europe

Avinics Appoints New CEO Western Europe

Avincis Group (Avincis), a leading global provider of aerial services for mission critical operations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Manuel Lopez Aguilar as Regional CEO Western Europe with immediate effect. Manuel will also hold the position of Director General for INAER Spain. Based in Alicante, Spain, Manuel will be responsible for Avincis’ business… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 24-May-13

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Bond Offshore Helicopters signs new contract with ADTI

Bond Offshore Helicopters signs new contract with ADTI

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd (Bond), one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a new contract with Applied Drilling Technology International (ADTI). The new contract, worth approximately £14m, is to provide crew-change flights for the well management specialist. Services are due to begin early… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 09-May-13

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No criminal proceedings for April 2009 Bond AS332L2 accident

No criminal proceedings for April 2009 Bond AS332L2 accident

On 1 April 2009 Super Puma helicopter AS332 L2 G-REDL crashed into the North Sea resulting in the deaths of all 16 men on board. Having carefully considered all the circumstances of this incident, Crown Counsel have decided that there is insufficient evidence for a prosecution and as result no criminal proceedings are instructed. The… Read more »

Source: Scottish Crown Office, 05-Apr-13

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Bond Offshore Helicopters signs new contract with Premier Oil

Bond Offshore Helicopters signs new contract with Premier Oil

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd (Bond), one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a new contract with Premier Oil plc. The contract is to provide crew change flights for the independent exploration and production company. Services started on the 4th of March and the… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 28-Mar-13

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Avincis responds to losing UK SAR contract

Avincis responds to losing UK SAR contract

Avincis CEO James Drummond said: “We are pleased that Secretary of State has noted the very high quality and credibility of our bid, which drew on our global and UK expertise in providing helicopter emergency services.  Of course we are disappointed, but Bond has had  fantastic success in winning new business this year.  I’m very… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 27-Mar-13

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Super Puma AS332 L2 G-REDL Fatal Accident Inquiry announced

Super Puma AS332 L2 G-REDL Fatal Accident Inquiry announced

On 1 April 2009 Super Puma helicopter AS332 L2 G-REDL crashed into the North Sea resulting in the deaths of all 16 men on board. Having carefully considered all the circumstances of this incident, Crown Counsel have decided that there is insufficient evidence for a prosecution and as result no criminal proceedings are instructed. The… Read more »

Source: Crown Office, 22-Mar-13

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Bond SAR crew win award for courage

Bond SAR crew win award for courage

Two Bond Offshore Helicopters (Bond) Search and Rescue (SAR) crewmen have been awarded the Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy 2012, in recognition of their key role in a dramatic North Sea rescue last December. The award honours SAR winchmen and operators who have shown great skill and courage in carrying out rescues over land or… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 13-Mar-13

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Bond Offshore Helicopters becomes a full member of Step Change In Safety

Bond Offshore Helicopters becomes a full member of Step Change In Safety

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd (Bond), one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services, is proud to be the first helicopter operator to become a full member of Step Change In Safety. Step Change In Safety was founded in 1997 by the principal oil and gas industry trade associations, with the aim of making… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 06-Mar-13

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Bond Offshore Helicopters confirm fleet repaint

Bond Offshore Helicopters confirm fleet repaint

Bond Offshore will be changing the livery of its helicopters to dark blue to match the rest of the Avincis Group’s global offshore fleet, but the aircraft will still be branded with the Bond name.  This change is designed to allow Avincis to more efficiently direct resources to where they’re most needed, such as bringing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Feb-13

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Bond to base AW139 at Aberdeen for new North Sea contract

Bond to base AW139 at Aberdeen for new North Sea contract

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd, one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a new contract with BW Offshore. This new contract, worth in the region of £16 million, is to provide crew change support for the BW Offshore (UK) Limited Floating Production Storage and… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 21-Feb-13

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Scottish Ambulance Service trains volunteers to light helipads

Scottish Ambulance Service trains volunteers to light helipads

The Scottish Ambulance Service has completed an initiative to create new lit helicopter landing sites on Shetland’s outer isles that will enhance access for medical evacuations. While the Coastguard helicopter has always had 24 hour access to these islands, the new sites will allow access at night by the Jigsaw helicopter, which requires a lit… Read more »

Source: Scottish Ambulance Service, 18-Feb-13

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Two senior level departures from Bond Offshore Helicopters

Two senior level departures from Bond Offshore Helicopters

Bond Offshore Helicopters have confirmed to HeliHub.com this morning that Malcolm Paine, Director of Flight Operations, and Graham Wildgoose, Ground Operations Manager, have both “left the company to seek opportunities externally” (our inverted commas, not theirs) Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Feb-13

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10-Dec-12 G-PERA AgustaWestland AW139 Southern North Sea, UK

12 December: Bond Offshore Helicopters can confirm that one of its aircraft developed a technical problem whilst on an offshore platform. Engineers were dispatched and examined the aircraft. Once the relevant part has been delivered and fitted, the aircraft will be returned to normal service.  update 14th December – G-PERA returned to Norwich Airport yesterday… Read more »

10-Dec-12

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Alerts on two Bond AS332L2s

Alerts on two Bond AS332L2s

Two Super Puma helicopters were at the centre of fresh safety fears.  The Bond aircraft, which were travelling independently to different offshore installations, were both forced to return to the heliport in Aberdeen following concerns. (see full story)

25-Nov-12

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UK – Bond to add new base with offshore contract win

UK – Bond to add new base with offshore contract win

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd, one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a new contract with Perenco Oil and Gas. This new contract, worth in the region of £37 million, is for the provision of crew change flights to Perenco’s newly-acquired assets in the… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 19-Nov-12

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Bond Offshore Helicopters names new Managing Director

Bond Offshore Helicopters names new Managing Director

Luke Farajallah joins Bond Offshore Helicopters as new Managing Director 5th November 2012. Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Luke Farajallah as Managing Director. Luke brings with him 25 years of aviation experience leading different functions in a number of airlines both in the UK and Internationally. Most recently Luke… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 05-Nov-12

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Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Avincis Mission Critical Services (Avincis Group) has established itself in the UK today as the world’s leading provider of mission critical aviation services. The Group’s mission is to save lives, protect the environment and provide safe transport for mission critical people and assets for public services and blue chip corporations.  Avincis’ operating companies deliver across… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 16-Oct-12

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Bond settles with partners of pilots involved in April 2009 Super Puma crash

Bond settles with partners of pilots involved in April 2009 Super Puma crash

Paul Burnham, 31, of Methlick, Aberdeenshire, and Richard Menzies, 24, of Worcestershire, were at the controls of the Bond Offshore Super Puma when the aircraft plunged into the sea in April 2009. (see full story) See also this page from our safety data coverage – 01-Apr-09 G-REDL Eurocopter AS332 11m E of Peterhead, UK (16F)

07-Oct-12

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Lerwick Harbour pilot boats are key in Bond’s Jigsaw operations

Lerwick Harbour pilot boats are key in Bond’s Jigsaw operations

Crews of Lerwick Harbour pilot boats and Bond Offshore Helicopters’ aircraft are working together to ensure the high level of skill required in Bond’s search-&-rescue operations in Scottish waters. The combination has now reached its 100th exercise since the pilot boats began supporting Bond’s training programme in early 2011. Bond’s offshore search and rescue operation… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 14-Sep-12

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Bond’s SAR clinical lead gives insight to medicine in extreme offshore conditions

Bond’s SAR clinical lead gives insight to medicine in extreme offshore conditions

Bond Offshore Helicopters’ clinical lead, Dr. Mark Bloch, today gave insight into the critical work of paramedics on search and rescue (SAR) helicopters, and the challenges they face working in extreme conditions offshore. Bond has been operating the Jigsaw SAR service for BP in the North Sea since 2006.  In that time, Bond’s on-board paramedic… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 10-Sep-12

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UK Government reduces SAR bidders to three

UK Government reduces SAR bidders to three

After the huge debacle of the previous round of bids (see £6bn UK SAR privatisation deal on hold – police investigate), the UK Government has announced the short-list of bidders going forward to provide SAR services around the British coastline for a 25 year period.  The successful bidder(s) will take over roles currently provided by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-12

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Eurocopter clears Bond over EC225 ditching

Eurocopter clears Bond over EC225 ditching

In an unusual move, Eurocopter has announced that there is no blame on Bond Offshore Helicopters for the ditching of their EC225 on 10th May.  In an unpublished statement released only to the Aberdeen Press & Journal – and then widely re-reported elsewhere, Eurocopter have stated “the incident was caused by a rupture of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jun-12

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UK pilot union comments on Shell’s rejection of Bond

UK pilot union comments on Shell’s rejection of Bond

Commenting on the decision by Shell to withdraw from a contract with Bond helicopters following three  incidents in three years, Jim McAuslan, General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association, said: ‘People are used to contracts changing; it is part of commercial life in the North Sea. What is of concern in this instance is… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 01-Jun-12

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Shell abandons plans to sign contract with Bond Offshore Helicopters

Shell abandons plans to sign contract with Bond Offshore Helicopters

It is reported that the oil giant has pulled out of a deal with Bond to take over its UK flights as it did not have “sufficient assurances” of the safety of Bond’s operations. (see full story)

Source: STV, 31-May-12

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Managing Director of Bond Offshore Helicopters quits

Managing Director of Bond Offshore Helicopters quits

The second part of Bond’s press release deserves a separate story… It was also announced that Bill Munro has decided to step aside as Managing Director of Bond Offshore Helicopters. Malcolm Paine, hitherto Director of Operations at the company, will assume leadership of the business with immediate effect. Paine brings an extensive knowledge of Bond… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 28-May-12

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Bond Aviation Group appoints new CEO

Bond Aviation Group appoints new CEO

Bond issue a two-part announcement of people changes, here is part 1… The Bond Aviation Group announces the appointment of Richard Mintern to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Mintern comes with nearly 30 years’ experience leading different functions of international aviation businesses, most recently as Group COO of The Monarch Travel Group. Prior to… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 28-May-12

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Bond AS332s and EC225s take to the air again

Bond AS332s and EC225s take to the air again

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd., one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services announced the resumption of flights following the release of important data from Eurocopter. The full fleet of helicopters will return to service over the next 24 hrs. Bill Munro, Managing Director of Bond Offshore Helicopters said, “Bond puts safety first, above… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 15-May-12

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Helicopter Safety Steering Group meets over North Sea EC225 ditching

Helicopter Safety Steering Group meets over North Sea EC225 ditching

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) met today, Monday 14 May, to share preliminary information on the recent helicopter ditching incident in the North Sea. Making up the HSSG are helicopter operators, oil and gas operators and contractors, offshore trade unions, the pilots’ union BALPA, the regulators HSE and CAA and Oil & Gas UK…. Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 15-May-12

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