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CHC wins Statoil contract off Newfoundland with two S92s

CHC wins Statoil contract off Newfoundland with two S92s

Norway-based oil-and-gas company Statoil has awarded CHC Helicopters Canada Inc. a contract to provide vital helicopter transportation to Statoil’s new exploration rig in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Newfoundland. The 18-month contract calls for CHC Canada to operate two Sikorsky S-92 aircraft on behalf of Statoil. The helicopters will fly between their home… Read more »

Source: CHC, 06-May-14

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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Register Update – Canada – April 2014

Register Update – Canada – April 2014

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: Rotorspot.nl, 02-May-14

Canadian pilots claim they are losing jobs to cheap foreign labour

Canadian pilots claim they are losing jobs to cheap foreign labour

One longtime helicopter pilot says temporary foreign workers are typically paid half of what their Canadian counterparts make, and accuses helicopter operators of capitalizing on the program to increase their profit margins.  see full story

Source: CTV, 01-May-14

30-Apr-14 Bell 206B Gold River, Canada

Problem on take off from logging site, emergency landing during which main blades chopped tail boom.  Operator has two Bell 206s – C-GSEE (451) and C-GLOG (3186).  Minor injuries to 4 POB

30-Apr-14

29-Apr-14 C-GREU Bell 205A.1 Vernon, Canada

Tail rotor clipped windsock on take-off for training flight.  Minor damage, landed safety. CADORS 2014P0551

29-Apr-14

Cadorath Group Welcomes New Business Development Leader

Cadorath Group Welcomes New Business Development Leader

The Cadorath Group, a supplier of extended repairs, modifications, and overhaul solutions for rotary and fixed wing customers has announced the addition of Rod Kucheran to the Business Development Team for their Cadorath Aerospace and Meridian Helicopters divisions. Kucheran brings his extensive helicopter industry experience, energy and passion into his new role at Cadorath where… Read more »

Source: Cadorath, 25-Apr-14

FAA and Transport Canada approve Dart R66 Cargo Mirror and Bearpaws

FAA and Transport Canada approve Dart R66 Cargo Mirror and Bearpaws

DART Aerospace is pleased to announce that it has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for its R66 Cargo Mirror and R66 Bearpaws; EASA approval should follow shortly. The DART Cargo Mirror mounts easily to the Fwd end of the right hand skidtube to provide better viewing of the… Read more »

Source: Dart, 23-Apr-14

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23-Apr-14 C-FHSJ Robinson R44 Holland Marsh, Canada

Departed from a private residence in Queensville, Ontario for a local flight with the pilot and two passengers on board. During a landing in a marshy area of the Holland Marsh near Cooks Bay, a skid cut in the soft earth and the helicopter dynamically rolled over. There were no injuries and the helicopter was… Read more »

23-Apr-14

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23-Apr-14 C-FHSJ Robinson R44 Cooks Bay, Canada

departed from a private residence in Queensville, Ontario for a local flight with the pilot and two passengers on board. During a landing in a marshy area of the Holland Marsh near Cooks Bay, a skid cut in the soft earth and the helicopter dynamically rolled over. There were no injuries and the helicopter was… Read more »

23-Apr-14

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Canada approves Dart’s R66 Emergency Float System

Canada approves Dart’s R66 Emergency Float System

DART Aerospace is pleased to announce that, as part of a bilateral agreement between the US and Canada, Transport Canada has confirmed that DART’s R66 Emergency Float System can now be installed in Canada. The new float system designed and manufactured by DART, is the only emergency float system currently available on the market that… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 22-Apr-14

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09-Apr-14 C-FCSV Eurocopter AS350B2 Fermont, Canada

AS350-B2 with a pilot and three passengers on board, took off while it was near a communication tower. During takeoff, the pilot wanted to bypass the tower and conduct a takeoff facing the wind away from the guy wires. Nevertheless, the main rotor came into contact with a guy wire and the aircraft crashed into… Read more »

09-Apr-14

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Airbus Helicopters Canada delivers AS350B3e to Innukoptères

Airbus Helicopters Canada delivers AS350B3e to Innukoptères

The AS350 B3e will join Innukoptères’ current fleet of 3 AS350 B2’s and will be flown for different utilities projects, including mining industry, tourism and wildlife services. “Selecting the AS350 B3e was an important next step for Innukoptères,” said Mr. Paul Desmeules, General Director, Innukoptères Inc. “This aircraft will provide accessibility for higher payload and range for… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-Apr-14

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Register Update – Canada – March 2014

Register Update – Canada – March 2014

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: Rotorspot.nl, 03-Apr-14

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Airbus Helicopters Canada – Apr/May/Jun 2014

Source: Airbus Helicopters Canada, 01-Apr-14

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AgustaWestland Sponsors HAC Spring Reception

AgustaWestland Sponsors HAC Spring Reception

AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to sponsor the 2014 Helicopter Association of Canada Spring Reception. Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2014 Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Place: Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel and Suites, 5875 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario.   AgustaWestland will also have two presentations that day: FIRST PRESENTATION: Time: 10 a.m. to 11… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Mar-14

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STARS air ambulance not a good value in Manitoba, says union

STARS air ambulance not a good value in Manitoba, says union

Manitoba’s contract with Alberta-based STARS came under fire on Wednesday, noting that the province did not follow proper tendering procedures when it signed the $159-million, 10-year service agreement in 2011.  See full story

Source: CBC, 23-Mar-14

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HNZ Group reports 2013 Year-End Results

HNZ Group reports 2013 Year-End Results

• Revenue of $255.1 million, versus $256.0 million last year • EBITDA of $76.7 million or 30.1% compared to $77.5 million or 30.3% a year ago • Net income of $19.9 million or $1.52 per share due to a Q3 non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $23.5 million or net income before goodwill impairment charge totaling… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 20-Mar-14

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Aviation Specialties Unlimited Obtains FAA and Transport Canada STC for S76B

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Obtains FAA and Transport Canada STC for S76B

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Inc. (ASU) added a new Transport Canada and revised FAA STC to its growing list of STCs after successfully completing an NVIS Lighting System installation on a Sikorsky S76 B in Canada. “This is the fifth joint STC with the FAA and Transport Canada that we have obtained for NVG use on… Read more »

Source: ASU, 13-Mar-14

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12-Mar-14 C-GALR Bell 206B Mount Chapman, Canada

The helicopter set down right side low on the chosen sloping landing site and remained partially supported by the rotor. The pilot attempted to move to a different site nearby, but a skid dug into the snow and the helicopter entered a dynamic rollover condition and fell to the ground on its right-hand side. There… Read more »

12-Mar-14

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STARS Resumes Service in Manitoba

STARS Resumes Service in Manitoba

On the advice of medical professionals, the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) air ambulance will resume responding to calls for emergency service effective immediately, Health Minister Erin Selby announced today. “The decision to temporarily suspend STARS was a difficult one, but I rely on the advice of medical experts,” Minister Selby said.  “The medical… Read more »

Source: Manitoba Health, 10-Mar-14

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AgustaWestland appoints new Support/Training VP for Canada, US and Central America

AgustaWestland appoints new Support/Training VP for Canada, US and Central America

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Michael Hotze has been appointed as Vice President, Customer Support and Training. As Vice President, Michael will oversee the Philadelphia-based customer support team comprised of Product Support Engineering, Technical Representatives, Customer Support Managers, the Fleet Operations Center (24/7 AOG Help Desk), Part 145, and Customer Training…. Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 10-Mar-14

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Fire chiefs urge Manitoba to re-instate STARS air ambulance

Fire chiefs urge Manitoba to re-instate STARS air ambulance

The service was grounded in December after a number of critical incidents, including one where one patient died, and another was left brain damaged.  See full story

Source: CBC, 05-Mar-14

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AgustaWestland to Open Canadian Supply Centre

AgustaWestland to Open Canadian Supply Centre

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has signed an agreement for its first Canadian Supply Center, to be strategically located in Toronto and operated by Chartright Executive Helicopters. The supply center will allow for materials to be moved closer to the customer and serve the expanding Canadian fleet of aircraft. The supply center will carry in excess… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 05-Mar-14

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Register Update – Canada – February 2014

Register Update – Canada – February 2014

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: Rotorspot.nl, 04-Mar-14

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STARS Horizons – Spring 2014

Source: STARS, 01-Mar-14

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Rolls-Royce completes large fleet agreements for M250 customers

Rolls-Royce completes large fleet agreements for M250 customers

Rolls-Royce has signed multi-year agreements with four large fleet operators, aimed at enhancing operational support for more than 220 helicopters. The agreements provide vital engine repairs and overhauls through the authorizedRolls-Royce FIRST network, which guarantees the use of genuine Rolls-Royce parts and exclusive use of the Rolls-Royce M250 repair network, as well as access to tailor-made technical manual libraries. Greg Fedele, Rolls-Royce,… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 26-Feb-14

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Vector Signs Exclusive MRO Support Contract with Blackcomb Aviation

Vector Signs Exclusive MRO Support Contract with Blackcomb Aviation

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (“HS-NA”), a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace and one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed a 5 year, exclusive MRO support contract… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 25-Feb-14

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Canada – Summit Helicopters acquires CC Helicopters

Canada – Summit Helicopters acquires CC Helicopters

The Ledcor Group of Companies, its subsidiary Summit Helicopters, and CC Helicopters announced today that they have concluded a definitive agreement for Ledcor to acquire CC Helicopters, subject to regulatory approval. “Ledcor has been seeking to expand the capability and capacity of Summit Helicopters, and add new operational bases,” said Paul McElligott, President of Ledcor Resources… Read more »

Source: Ledcor Group, 25-Feb-14

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21-Feb-14 C-GRHL Airbus AS350B2 Slave Lake, Canada

During a hydraulics off landing exercise, control of the helicopter was lost and the helicopter collided with the ground resulting in substantial damage. The two flight crew sustained minor injuries. The engine continued to run after the impact; however, there was no post impact fire. CADORS 2014C0677

21-Feb-14

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STARS disagrees with critical Manitoba Health report

STARS disagrees with critical Manitoba Health report

STARS “strongly disagrees” with a Manitoba Health report which says their crews lack adequate training, are not familiar with pediatric patients and do not understand patient oxygen needs.  See full story

Source: CBC, 20-Feb-14

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CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures win tourism leadership award

CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures win tourism leadership award

CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures, the leading operator of Heli-Skiing in the world and pioneer of Heli-Hiking and mountaineering in western Canada, was honored with the prestigious Responsible Travel & Tourism Forum Leadership Award at a special ceremony in Toronto last week. CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures was recognized for its nearly half century of… Read more »

Source: CMH Heli-Skiing, 11-Feb-14

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Heli-ski operators relieved at Supreme Court ruling

Heli-ski operators relieved at Supreme Court ruling

A landmark B.C. Supreme Court decision last week ruling that skiers aren’t responsible for the death of “ski buddies” on backcountry tours was welcome news to Whistler’s largest heli-skiing operator.  See full story

Source: Pique, 09-Feb-14

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Summit Group and Haisla Nation Form Aviation Partnership

Summit Group and Haisla Nation Form Aviation Partnership

The Summit Aviation Group and the Haisla Nation announced today that they have jointly formed a new entity called Summit Kitimaat Aviation Limited Partnership to provide aviation services within the Haisla Traditional Territory near Kitimat, British Columbia. “We are honoured to be selected as their partner and look forward to helping foster economic development within… Read more »

Source: Summit Group, 08-Feb-14

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Loss of tail rotor effectiveness led to 2013 Alberta helicopter crash

Loss of tail rotor effectiveness led to 2013 Alberta helicopter crash

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A13W0070) into a collision with terrain of a Bell 206B helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alberta. On 29 May 2013, the Bell 206B helicopter operated by Wood Buffalo Helicopters was conducting wildlife survey work approximately 75 nautical miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, with one pilot and two passengers… Read more »

Source: TSB, 06-Feb-14

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Airbus Helicopters Canada to make EC225 engine cowlings

Airbus Helicopters Canada to make EC225 engine cowlings

Airbus Helicopters Canada (formerly called Eurocopter Canada) announced today that it will be adding a new production line at its Fort Erie, ON helicopter production facility, creating approximately 40 new high-skill manufacturing jobs. Following a global competitive process the new production work has been awarded to Airbus Helicopters Canada by its parent company, Airbus Helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 05-Feb-14

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Register Update – Canada – January 2014

Register Update – Canada – January 2014

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: Rotorspot, 03-Feb-14

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02-Feb-2014 C-GPIG Robinson R22 St-Rémi, Canada

Crashed close to the owner’s home.  Pilot to hospital.  CADORS 2014Q0192

02-Feb-14

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ORNGE cuts 25 jobs in management shake-up

ORNGE cuts 25 jobs in management shake-up

A dramatic restructuring at ORNGE has eliminated 25 senior jobs as managers take a broom to the costly legacy of former boss Chris Mazza and his global ambitions for the air ambulance operator – see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 30-Jan-14

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Airbus takes EC175 to Northern Canada for cold weather trials

Airbus takes EC175 to Northern Canada for cold weather trials

Airbus Helicopters have shipped one of their EC175 development aircraft to Canada, ready for cold weather trials. The helicopter was shipped by Volga-Dnepr Airlines in one of their Antonov AN124 freighters (RA-82074, should anyone be asking!) to Edmonton last Friday evening. It then moved north 900 odd miles to Yellowknife, arriving Sunday 26th – captured… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-14

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Southeast Aerospace appoints sales rep in Canada

Southeast Aerospace appoints sales rep in Canada

Southeast Aerospace (SEA) announces the addition of Darrel Davies, located in the Vancouver area, as its regional sales representative for Canada. Davies will assist in the development of SEA rotorcraft program services in the expansive and continuously growing Canadian helicopter market. Davies has more than 25 years of experience in the Canadian aircraft parts distribution… Read more »

Source: Southeast Aerospace, 29-Jan-14

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Dart launches 39-inch Extended Height Gear for Bell 412

Dart launches 39-inch Extended Height Gear for Bell 412

DART Aerospace is pleased to announce the introduction of a 39-inch extended height landing gear for the Bell 412 aircraft. Designed specifically for this aircraft, the landing gear will include an exclusive, stainless-steel, aft crosstube that is stronger, more durable, and corrosion-resistant. This unique landing gear was developed to provide additional ground clearance for belly-mounted… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 29-Jan-14

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28-Jan-14 C-GMCI Schweizer 300CBi Pitt Lake, Canada

2POB escaped unharmed.  helicopter rolled off bank into the waters of Pitt Lake, British Columbia CADORS 2014P0128

28-Jan-14

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Canada and Brazil certify Bell 429WLG

Canada and Brazil certify Bell 429WLG

Today, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the initial certification of the Bell 429WLG by Transport Canada and the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil. Unveiled in October 2013 at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) conference, the helicopter combines the advanced capabilities of the Bell 429 with the added operational flexibility… Read more »

Source: Bell, 27-Jan-14

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Canadian Coast Guard helicopter procurement facing delays

Canadian Coast Guard helicopter procurement facing delays

The project to replace the Canadian Coast Guard Bo105 fleet has ground to a halt after Eurocopter filed a lawsuit against the government following allegations that Bell had been given an unfair advantage.  See full story

Source: Calgary Herald, 26-Jan-14

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Gala raises nearly $1.1 million for STARS Air Ambulance

Gala raises nearly $1.1 million for STARS Air Ambulance

Saturday’s gala raised in excess of $1 million, helping the total contributions from the 20 years of the gala to surpass the $10 million mark.  See full story

Source: CTV, 26-Jan-14

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RK Heliski launches sightseeing flights

RK Heliski launches sightseeing flights

RK offers a choice of three Heli Flightseeing Tours starting at $80 per person – See full story

Source: Vancouver Sun, 23-Jan-14

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23-Jan-14 C-GNMU Bell 206B Haines Junction, Canada

The helicopter had just been started with an ground power unit (GPU). The pilot exited the aircraft in order to disconnect the GPU, when a gust of wind pushed the helicopter into the trees next to the helipad. The pilot was not injured.  CADORS 2014C0375

23-Jan-14

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STARS expects to raise $10M with 21st annual lottery

The 21st annual STARS Lottery officially launches today with 3,217 prizes worth more than $5.6 million retail. The STARS Lottery raises over $10 million net each year and continues to be STARS’ single largest source of funding in Alberta, helping critically ill and injured patients across the province. “In 2013 STARS responded to more than… Read more »

Source: STARS, 20-Jan-14

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Canada decides not to scrap troubled H-92 purchase

Canada decides not to scrap troubled H-92 purchase

The plan to replace the Sea King fleet is years behind schedule, billions of dollars over the original project estimate and apparently beset with technical glitches.  Last year, the Public Works Department indicated it was looking at other aircraft because Cyclone manufacturer Sikorsky had delivered just four test aircraft, which National Defence has refused to… Read more »

Source: Huffington Post, 07-Jan-14

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Yellowhead Helicopters take delivery of a new AS350B3e for heliski work

Yellowhead Helicopters take delivery of a new AS350B3e for heliski work

Eurocopter Canada have announced that over the holidays, Yellowhead Helicopters took delivery of a AS350 B3e for heli-skiing operations in British Columbia.  Serial 7649 remains on the Canadian register in Eurocopter’s name, but it expected to change to Yellowhead in the near future. From left to right: Brad Pratt, Pilot and Rob Wittmack, AME. Jeremy Parkin… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-14

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Register Update – Canada – December 2013

Register Update – Canada – December 2013

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: Rotorspot.nl, 03-Jan-14

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03-Jan-14 AgustaWestland AW139 Haliburton, Canada

Lost window in flight, diverted to Muskoka airport

03-Jan-14

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Jailbreak helicopter pilot loses licence over anxiety and post-traumatic stress

Jailbreak helicopter pilot loses licence over anxiety and post-traumatic stress

Sebastien Foray may not have been physically injured when he was turned into an unwitting tool in a dramatic airborne prison escape, but his time behind the controls of the helicopter that briefly spirited two prisoners to freedom wound up temporarily grounding his career.  See full story

Source: CTV, 02-Jan-14

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SkyTrac Systems extends Frankfurt Seminar venue and registration dates

SkyTrac Systems extends Frankfurt Seminar venue and registration dates

Due to an overwhelmingly favorable response to the upcoming Seminar “Harnessing the Power of Your Satellite Data to Enhance Safety, Efficiency & Compliance” (January 21-22, Frankfurt Germany) , a larger conference room has been booked and more hotel rooms have been reserved at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center. As a result of… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac Systems, 02-Jan-14

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Vector Signs Exclusive MRO Support Contract with Blackcomb Aviation

Vector Signs Exclusive MRO Support Contract with Blackcomb Aviation

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (“HS-NA”), a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace and one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed a 5 year, exclusive MRO support contract with… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 02-Jan-14

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Profile – Danny Sitnam, President and CEO of Helijet

Profile – Danny Sitnam, President and CEO of Helijet

When Danny Sitnam started a scheduled passenger helicopter service between Vancouver and Victoria 27 years ago, a potential partner told him it was the stupidest idea ever. Sitnam went for it anyway.  See full story

Source: Vancouver Sun, 01-Jan-14

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Edmonton Police move their two EC120s 35km away

Edmonton Police move their two EC120s 35km away

Following the closure of the City Centre Airport last month, Edmonton police are moving their flight operations 35km to Villeneuve Airport for “at least the next three years” — despite the additional 12 minute delay each way to get to the city and a corresponding reduction in on-scene time. The City Centre Airport had been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jan-14

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Airbus Helicopters Canada – Jan/Feb/Mar 2014

Source: Airbus Helicopters Canada, 01-Jan-14

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SkyTrac Systems Announces Installation Service

SkyTrac Systems Announces Installation Service

SkyTrac Systems has announced that it has added installation services to its capabilities, making the integration of their end-to-end SatCom solutions completely seamless. Theirs is truly a one-stop shop, including engineering, manufacturing, software design, installation and post-installation support services. This new service utilizes SkyTrac product experts who travel to client locations to oversee the integration… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac Systems, 23-Dec-13

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Queen Victoria Hospital helipad study approved

Queen Victoria Hospital helipad study approved

Revelstoke City Council approved the funding for a feasibility study for a helipad at Queen Victoria Hospital.  See full story

Source: Revelstoke Times Review, 23-Dec-13

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22-Dec-13 C-GIMV Sikorsky S76 Gillies Township, Canada

The helicopter entered a high hover to blow away snow accumulation at the scene. During the manoeuvre a white out condition was created. The main rotor contacted trees. Control of the helicopter was maintained and a landing was performed immediately. There were no injuries. The helicopter sustained damage to all 4 rotor blades.

22-Dec-13

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CFB Trenton team rescue crane operator from fire

CFB Trenton team rescue crane operator from fire

A dramatic rescue unfolded yesterday afternoon in downtown Kingston, Ontario, when a crew from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, located at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, saved a crane operator who was trapped above a massive building fire. Around 2 p.m. on December 17, a fire broke out in a student residence that was under construction… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 19-Dec-13

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CHC reports FY2014 Q2 results

CHC reports FY2014 Q2 results

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

Source: CHC, 16-Dec-13

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GE Capital finances acquisition of Universal Helicopters

GE Capital finances acquisition of Universal Helicopters

GE Capital today announced that it is providing a $10 million senior credit facility to a group of investors to purchase and operate Universal Helicopters Newfoundland and Labrador (“UHNL”), a regional helicopter services company. The new owners, through a limited partnership formed by Nunatsiavut Group of Companies, Tasiujatsoak Trust and CAPE Fund LP, are acquiring UNHL from its majority… Read more »

Source: GE Capital, 09-Dec-13

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STARS provides update on Winnipeg base

STARS provides update on Winnipeg base

As you may have seen in recent media reports, the Manitoba government, in consultation with STARS, has made a decision to temporarily place the Winnipeg base out of service. This has been done to allow the government to conduct a review of an interhospital transport mission that occurred on Thursday, November 28th. The care and… Read more »

Source: STARS, 09-Dec-13

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08-Dec-12 Eurocopter EC120 Niagara, Canada

Emergency landing with no apparent damage.  TV reports stated helicopter had been “smoking” and that it remained in place and was blocking a taxiway.

08-Dec-13

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Register Update – Canada – November 2013

Register Update – Canada – November 2013

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: Rotorspot.nl, 05-Dec-13

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Canada – Fatal June 2012 AS350 crash blamed on inadvertent IMC

Canada – Fatal June 2012 AS350 crash blamed on inadvertent IMC

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A12P0079) into a fatal collision with terrain involving a Eurocopter AS350 operated by Bailey Helicopters Ltd. on 1 June 2012 in Terrace, British Columbia. The helicopter was on a local mountain training flight in daylight conditions under visual flight rules with three crew members on board. Approximately 45… Read more »

Source: TSB, 05-Dec-13

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Rooftop pad opens at Regina General Hospital

Rooftop pad opens at Regina General Hospital

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is ready to land at Regina General Hospital now that Transport Canada has certified the new $3.4 million rooftop heliport for use. “Landing directly at Regina General will allow our emergency services to get patients in southern Saskatchewan to a critical care team about 15 minutes faster,” Health… Read more »

Source: Regina Qu’Appelle, 04-Dec-13

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Manitoba Minister of Health temporarily suspends STARS

Manitoba Minister of Health temporarily suspends STARS

Following a recent patient transportation incident with STARS air ambulance service and advice from medical professionals, Health Minister Erin Selby announced today the temporary suspension of STARS. “On the advice from medical professionals, I’ve instructed my department to take this action.  Up until now, I’ve been assured that STARS is providing appropriate emergency care, but… Read more »

Source: Manitoba Health, 03-Dec-13

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Engine failure caused August 2012 B407 crash in Newfoundland

Engine failure caused August 2012 B407 crash in Newfoundland

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A12A0085) into the August 2012 engine failure and hard landing of a Bell 407 helicopter inWabush, Newfoundland and Labrador. On 12 August 2012, a Universal Helicopters Newfoundland Limited Bell 407 helicopter was slinging a drill tower approximately 4 nautical miles southwest of Wabush, Newfoundland and Labrador. At around 1 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time, as the helicopter was… Read more »

Source: TSB, 29-Nov-13

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Eurocopter Canada profiles EC225 in offshore and SAR roles

Eurocopter Canada profiles EC225 in offshore and SAR roles

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

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 28-Nov-13

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Eurocopter Canada delivers EC130 to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Eurocopter Canada delivers EC130 to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Eurocopter Canada has delivered an EC130 single-engine helicopter to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR). The aircraft will be used to support various missions across Ontario including; forest fire suppression, wildlife management and utility operations. With delivery of the EC130, OMNR will operate a Eurocopter fleet of seven EC130’s and an AS350 B2. OMNR’s… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 26-Nov-13

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ORNGE endangered helicopter pilots, federal probe says

ORNGE endangered helicopter pilots, federal probe says

ORNGE failed to ensure the safety of its helicopter operations and endangered its pilots, federal investigators say in a damning indictment that orders immediate changes at the medical transport agency. See full story

Source: Toronto Star, 20-Nov-13

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