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Babcock sold offshore operation to CHC for just £10M ($14M)

Babcock sold offshore operation to CHC for just £10M ($14M)

2-Sep-2021

Stock exchange returns by parent company Babcock International Group plc reveal that the company realised just £10 Million (US$13.79 at today’s rate) from the disposal of its offshore helicopter operations to CHC.  The release below refers to “about 30 aircraft” – and our sister organisation Parapex Media says it is exactly 30, made up as... Read more

CHC completes acquisition of Babcock Offshore operations

CHC completes acquisition of Babcock Offshore operations

1-Sep-2021Source: CHC

HeliHub.com editor note.  Ahead of reading this press release, please bear in mind that the UK Competition and Markets Authority still has an open investigation into this transaction – and hence one paragraph has been emboldened by us. The CMA has confirmed to HeliHub.com that their Initial Enforcement Order prevents the two organisations being integrated  ... Read more

Bristow loses another North Sea contract to CHC

Bristow loses another North Sea contract to CHC

28-Jun-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Only a matter of weeks since we reported that Apache Oil had decided to move their helicopter support operations away from Bristow, we can confirm that another oil company is taking the same route.  TAQA Bratani has decided to move away from Bristow for the North Sea support flights to their Brae fields, located 135... Read more

CHC merger with Babcock Offshore on hold

CHC merger with Babcock Offshore on hold

14-Jun-2021Source: CMA

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on CHC Group LLC, EEA Helicopter Operations B.V., CHC Scotia Limited, Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore Limited, Babcock Offshore Services Australasia Pty Ltd, and Babcock Denmark A/S in relation to the acquisition by CHC Group... Read more

Apache terminate Bristow North Sea contract before it completes

Apache terminate Bristow North Sea contract before it completes

12-Mar-2021Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com understands that Apache Corporation have invoked a 120-day termination clause on Bristow Helicopters for their contract to provide helicopters between Aberdeen and the Forties and Beryl fields. In this unusual move, Bristow will have flown 75% of the original five year contract, which started in September 2017. It also puts offshore operators on warning... Read more

Babcock sells offshore helicopter business

Babcock sells offshore helicopter business

11-Mar-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock, the aerospace and defence company, has entered into a conditional agreement for the sale of its Oil and Gas aviation business to CHC Group, LLC (CHC). The Oil and Gas business, which is part of the Group’s Aviation sector, provides offshore oil and gas crew transportation services in the UK, Denmark and Australia. It... Read more

Babcock wins extension to North Sea SAR contract

Babcock wins extension to North Sea SAR contract

4-Feb-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock has been awarded a contract extension to continue delivering a lifesaving Search and Rescue (SAR) service in support of the men and women working in the North Sea. The four-year extension – which follows a previous one-year extension – will see the contract for the Aberdeen-based operation, which was due to complete this April,... Read more

NHC Northern Helicopter takes over offshore air rescue for the RWE Amrumbank wind farm

NHC Northern Helicopter takes over offshore air rescue for the RWE Amrumbank wind farm

23-Nov-2020Source: NHC Northern Helicopter GmbH

Since November 1, 2020, NHC Northern Helicopter GmbH has once again been responsible for the offshore rescue for the RWE Amrumbank West wind farm in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the North Sea. After a four years intermission, the Amrumbank wind farm with its 80 offshore wind turbines is again one of the... Read more

50+ North Sea workers isolating after rig flights

50+ North Sea workers isolating after rig flights

20-Oct-2020Source: BBC

Fifty-four oil workers have been asked to self-isolate after sharing North Sea rig helicopter flights with colleagues infected with Covid-19. See Full Story.... Read more

Babcock starts Total contract from Aberdeen

Babcock starts Total contract from Aberdeen

16-Oct-2020Source: Babcock

In August, Babcock won the long-term contract from CHC to transport Total workers to its central North Sea platforms. The US helicopter firm took a thinly-veiled swipe at Total over loss of the work, saying “unsustainable pricing, will ultimately see an end to future industry investment in technology, safety improvements and the next generation of... Read more

Neptune Energy extends contract with CHC Helicopters

Neptune Energy extends contract with CHC Helicopters

21-Sep-2020Source: Neptune Energy

Neptune Energy today announced it has extended its contract with CHC Helicopters, covering the Dutch sector of the North Sea, for a further two years. CHC will continue to conduct all helicopter flight transfers for personnel to and from Neptune’s 29 offshore platforms in the Dutch sector. Lex de Groot, Managing Director of Neptune Energy... Read more

Babcock wins major new contracts with Total E&P UK

Babcock wins major new contracts with Total E&P UK

3-Aug-2020Source: Babcock

Babcock has secured two new five-year contracts in the UK and Denmark to provide energy major Total with helicopter transport in the North Sea. The contracts, which were won in a competitive tender, will see Babcock’s Offshore business operate a mix of S-92 and H175 helicopters for Total in the UK. Flights from Aberdeen will... Read more

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

6-Jul-2020Source: Ørsted

World leader in offshore wind, Ørsted have today confirmed that CHC Helicopter has been awarded the contract for aerial transportation during the construction and operations phases of its Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. CHC will continue to work with UniFly to deliver flight operations for Hornsea One, covering the construction phase as well as the... Read more

NHV extends North Sea contract with Ithaca Energy

NHV extends North Sea contract with Ithaca Energy

15-Jun-2020Source: NHV

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced it has signed a five-year contract extension with Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited, providing aviation services to the Ithaca Energy Group’s operated FPF-1 installation, Alba, Captain and Erskine fields in the Scottish North Sea. The extension covers seven-day-a-week coverage and will start in January 2021.... Read more

COVID-19 – CHC adapt AW139s with all approvals completed inside two weeks

COVID-19 – CHC adapt AW139s with all approvals completed inside two weeks

8-Apr-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Offshore operator CHC has produced an adaption for their offshore AW139s in the Netherlands to provide a safety screen between the pilots and the passengers during the COVID19 pandemic.  Quinten Hergaarden, Deputy Accountable Manager at CHC Helicopters Netherlands spoke with HeliHub.com to explain the project further. With the AW139 cabin reduced from 12 to 8 passengers (for... Read more

COVID19 – Equinor suspends helicopter services to several North Sea rigs

COVID19 – Equinor suspends helicopter services to several North Sea rigs

12-Mar-2020Source: Offshore Energy Today

Norwegian oil and gas giant Equinor has suspended helicopter flights to several offshore installations due to suspected coronavirus case, but the test results are still not in. See Full Story.... Read more

Babcock wins major new North Sea helicopter contract from Bristow

Babcock wins major new North Sea helicopter contract from Bristow

6-Mar-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Babcock MCS Offshore have won a significant new five-year shared contract with three oil and gas operators for helicopter transport in the northern North Sea. The contract will initially see Babcock operate over 100 helicopter flights each month from Sumburgh in Shetland, on behalf of CNR International, EnQuest and TAQA under a collaborative agreement. Flights... Read more

Bristow Announces Contract Extensions with ConocoPhillips

Bristow Announces Contract Extensions with ConocoPhillips

11-Feb-2020Source: Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. today announced extensions to two contracts with ConocoPhillips to support its air transportation crew change and shuttle/search and rescue (SAR) services for the Greater Ekofisk Area in the North Sea. Bristow has been ConocoPhillips’s aviation partner for more than 20 years. The current two contracts started September 1, 2014 and the extension... Read more

Bell and Wintershall Dea Set Sights for Innovative North Sea Operations

Bell and Wintershall Dea Set Sights for Innovative North Sea Operations

29-Jan-2020Source: Bell

During HAI 2020, Bell announced their collaboration with Norwegian oil and gas operator, Wintershall Dea Norge AS, to bring enhanced helicopter operational safety to the North Sea. “Wintershall Dea is a pioneer in their industry and working together with Bell, we believe we will challenge industry norms and create a new standard of innovation in... Read more

First Sikorsky S92 retired from active service

First Sikorsky S92 retired from active service

30-Dec-2019Source: HeliHub.com

Since the introduction of the Sikorsky S92 from its FAA certification in 2002, the only airframes to be withdrawn from service have been as a consequence of an accident. Until now. CHC in the UK have retired serial number 920024, which the UK Civil Aviation Authority recorded in February 2019 as having 12,024 hours on... Read more

Babcock confirmed contracts for North Sea operations

Babcock confirmed contracts for North Sea operations

19-Aug-2019Source: Babcock

Babcock Offshore has confirmed two new contracts for helicopter crew change operations out of their Aberdeen base. The work will see Babcock continue and expand aviation support operations with Oil and Gas operators Total and CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited. Total selected a bid from Babcock to continue operations with... Read more

Bristow Secures Contract with BP plc

Bristow Secures Contract with BP plc

4-Jun-2019Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (OTC:BRSWQ) announced a new contract with BP plc, to support its North Sea operations. The contract, with a five year primary term, commenced on May 13, 2019. Bristow will deliver a fully integrated aviation solution to BP plc from bases in Aberdeen and Sumburgh. New pilot and crew positions are being created, with... Read more

CHC pilots accept 9.27% pay rise

CHC pilots accept 9.27% pay rise

22-May-2019Source: HeliHub.com

Members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association recently voted to strike against CHC Helicopters after they were unable to provide an acceptable pay rise offer. However, strike action has been evaded as the pilots have accepted CHC’s new offer of a 9.27% pay raise till September 2020, reports Energy Voice.... Read more

Babcock swaps aircraft between UK and Australia

Babcock swaps aircraft between UK and Australia

3-Mar-2019Source: HeliHub.com

Babcock has in the last week completed a fleet move that saw two helicopters moving from UK to Australia, and two coming back on the return flight. The move was completed by freight specialists Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA), using an Antonov An-124 aircraft.  After shipping two Leonardo AW139 helicopters from Prestwick UK to Melbourne in Australia, VDA... Read more

Babcock exits southern North Sea operations

Babcock exits southern North Sea operations

11-Feb-2019Source: HeliHub.com

Following the loss of the contract with Perenco, Babcock MCS Offshore have closed their base at Norwich and the four Leonardo AW139s which they operated from there have been dispersed. In the early days of January, two of the four AW139s based there (G-PERD and G-VINC) were ferried to Babcock’s facility in Aberdeen. The third aircraft,... Read more

New Director for North Sea Babcock Offshore

New Director for North Sea Babcock Offshore

6-Feb-2019Source: Babcock

Babcock International (Babcock) has appointed Simon Meakins as Director of its UK Offshore business, which provides crew change and search and rescue services to the oil and gas industry. Simon, who trained as a helicopter pilot during his time with the RAF, has been with the business since 2011 and moves into the role of... Read more

Norwegian Navy tests NH90 helicopter landings on ships in open sea

Norwegian Navy tests NH90 helicopter landings on ships in open sea

29-Aug-2018Source: NLR

The Norwegian navy recently tested helicopter/ship landings in the North Sea. The object was to determine the operational limits within which NH90 helicopters could land safely on two Norwegian ships in open sea. The method used for that purpose, developed by NLR in association with the Dutch navy, produced a significant saving on the costs... Read more

Babcock wins BP Sheltand operations from Bristow

Babcock wins BP Sheltand operations from Bristow

14-Jun-2018Source: HeliHub.com

BP has announced that they are moving their entire Shetland operations from Scatsta Airport to Babcock at the Sumburgh Airport in November. They have notified the Integrated Aviation Consortium about their move and have announced that their focus still remains on providing safe transportation to clients in the North Sea, reports Energy Voice.... Read more

NHV awarded contract by Dana Petroleum

NHV awarded contract by Dana Petroleum

8-Jun-2018Source: NHV Group

The NHV Group today announced a new long term contract with Dana Petroleum to provide helicopter services to their central and northern North Sea assets. Daily flights will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to the Triton FPSO in the Central North Sea and Western Isles FPSO in the East Shetland Basin for a period... Read more

Bristow moves two AW189s to Aberdeen and updates fixed wing terminal

Bristow moves two AW189s to Aberdeen and updates fixed wing terminal

24-Jan-2018Source: Bristow

Bristow Helicopters has invested in new aircraft operating out of Aberdeen, and developed a new fixed-wing passenger terminal designed to improve conditions for offshore workers heading to work in the North Sea. The development of the new fixed-wing terminal at the Forties Road heliport complex coincides with the introduction of two additional Leonardo AW189 aircraft,... Read more

CHC starts $6M Aberdeen redevelopment

CHC starts $6M Aberdeen redevelopment

22-Jan-2018Source: CHC

CHC reaffirmed its long-term commitment to the North Sea energy sector as it held a ground-breaking ceremony for the major redevelopment of our Aberdeen base earlier today. Customer representatives and fixed wing partners were present as CHC’s Regional Director for EMEA, Mark Abbey, was joined by the CEO of Oil and Gas UK, Deirdre Michie,... Read more

Union threatens strike vote if EC225 returns to North Sea

Union threatens strike vote if EC225 returns to North Sea

20-Dec-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Trade union Unite has asked its members if they would join in a strike, should the Super Puma helicopter return to North Sea operations. Many oil and gas companies including Statoil ASA, Shell UK and BP plc have severed links with the Super Pumas, after the fatal crash in Norway in April 2016, reports Rigzone.... Read more

BALPA to support the North Sea pilot community

BALPA to support the North Sea pilot community

11-Dec-2017Source: BALPA

It’s been an extremely tough few years for offshore helicopter firms in the North Sea. The downturn in the oil and gas industry has hit the local economy hard and the knock-on effect has been redundancies at both CHC Helicopters and Bristow Helicopters. For those facing the news that their jobs are on the line... Read more

Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

20-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

In the recent Q3 earnings call with financial analysts, Era Helicopters President and CEO Chris Bradshaw provided the following commentary as part of his introduction:- “The next topic is an update on the status of H225 and AS332 L2 model helicopters following the fatal accidents off the coast of Norway in April 2016, and resultant... Read more

Pilot union reacts to Bristow North Sea redundancies

Pilot union reacts to Bristow North Sea redundancies

16-Oct-2017Source: BALPA

Reacting to the news Bristow Helicopters is to make 12 pilots redundant, BALPA National Officer Mick Brade said: “The UK helicopter community has had to endure round after round of redundancies in the last few years. “This latest announcement by Bristow Helicopters of the loss of eight pilots in Shetland and four in Norwich is... Read more

Bristow plans North Sea pilot job cuts

Bristow plans North Sea pilot job cuts

12-Oct-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow plans to cut 12 pilot jobs from their North Sea operations. Aberdeen holds eight of these positions and the remaining four will be from Norwich, reports Oil and Gas People.... Read more

Airbus boss Faury flies in H225 to demo confidence in type

Airbus boss Faury flies in H225 to demo confidence in type

4-Oct-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Airbus CEO, Guillaume Faury, landed at the Helitech Expo in a Super Puma H225 to demonstrate the renewed safety of the helicopter type. The H225s were grounded after a fatal crash in Norway, where 13 people died. Since then, they have been cleared to fly, but operators in the North Sea are reluctant to reintroduce... Read more

Bristow cuts North Sea Engineering jobs

Bristow cuts North Sea Engineering jobs

3-Oct-2017Source: HeliHub.com

After losing work with Dana Petroleum and BP, Bristow has had to make 12 engineering jobs redundant. These jobs come from their Shetland and Aberdeen operations. they are currently in consultation with trade unions and employees, reports BBC.  ... Read more

Two thirds of passengers unlikely to fly in H225 ever again

Two thirds of passengers unlikely to fly in H225 ever again

12-Sep-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Airbus Helicopters has made the results of its survey available to operators and oil companies, but not officially to the press.  However, we have validated from a reliable source that 62% of respondents say they are most unlikely to, or will never, fly in the H225 again.  Airbus are trying to compare this to the... Read more

Den Helder Airport adapts to enable more helicopter usage

Den Helder Airport adapts to enable more helicopter usage

23-Aug-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Den Helder Airport will soon be revealing their new hub-and-spoke infrastructure. This will allow helicopters to have various take-off and landing sites or “helispots” along the Dutch coast. This new infrastructure will help with helicopter flights to the North Sea offshore wind farms and the affordability of them, reports Offshore Wind.... Read more

BP parks decision on allowing offshore workers to fly on EC225

BP parks decision on allowing offshore workers to fly on EC225

11-Jul-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Oil company BP is being reported by Energy Voice as saying it will not consider allowing its offshore workforce using Airbus EC225 or AS332L2 helicopters until the Norwegian investigation authority AIBN has completed and reported on its work regarding the CHC accident of April 2016. This news comes after the UK and Norwegian CAAs both... Read more

Shell extends CHC North Sea contract by two years

Shell extends CHC North Sea contract by two years

17-May-2017Source: CHC

CHC has been Shell’s aviation partner for five years, initially serving Shell Central North Sea assets. As part of a joint initiative to improve supply chain efficiencies over the contract period, CHC service now also extends to Shell’s Northern North Sea activities. “We are delighted with this contract extension” said Mark Abbey, CHC Regional Director... Read more

Bristow announces Apache contract award

Bristow announces Apache contract award

20-Apr-2017Source: Bristow

Bristow Helicopters Limited has secured a new contract with Apache North Sea Limited to support its North Sea operations. The contract which has a five year primary term, with further extension options, will commence on 1 September 2017. Aircraft types provided under the contract will comprise both the Sikorsky S-92 and Leonardo AW189. Alan Corbett,... Read more

Southern North Sea support heliport being marketed for sale

Southern North Sea support heliport being marketed for sale

24-Mar-2017Source: Roche Surveyors

The North Denes Airfield at Caister Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 5TF has been put up for sale.  The site was used as a base for helicopters serving oil and gas platforms in the Southern North Sea for many years but has not been operational for the last two years, owing to a decline in business... Read more

Norway Sends out Audit on Repsol after North Sea Incident

Norway Sends out Audit on Repsol after North Sea Incident

21-Mar-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Repsol has been called to respond to safety issues brought up by an audit from the Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway. They carried out the audit to investigate the emergency preparedness requirements, the maintenance of safety equipment and evacuation routes and drills, as it is in connection with their Gyda helicopter deck in the North... Read more

Bel Air AW189 helicopters exceed 6000 flight hours in North Sea operations

Bel Air AW189 helicopters exceed 6000 flight hours in North Sea operations

15-Feb-2017Source: Leonardo

The two AgustaWestland AW189 super medium twin engine helicopters operated by Bel Air of Denmark have exceeded 6000 flight hours as of January, setting a new milestone while demonstrating exceptional availability and mission effectiveness performing long range offshore transport missions in the North Sea. This outstanding result was possible through the strong cooperation between the... Read more

Vici Helicopters – the new name on the North Sea?

Vici Helicopters – the new name on the North Sea?

6-Feb-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Last week, the oil industry journal Energy Voice wrote about a potential new helicopter operator on the North Sea – Vici Helicopters.  Incorporated on 18th January with an address in Stavangar, the company is reportedly going to operate two AgustaWestland AW189s, although it is still in the process of obtaining the necessary operating licences. The... Read more

CHC: Rising from the ashes of Chapter 11

CHC: Rising from the ashes of Chapter 11

21-Dec-2016Source: Allan Blake

CHC Group Ltd and 42 affiliated companies petitioned to enter the US Chapter 11 process on 5th May 2016, with outstanding debt obligations of approximately $1.6 billion. The Chapter 11 process has many of the features present in bankruptcy proceedings both in the US and other jurisdictions. However, it also provides additional benefits for debtors... Read more

Statoil drops Super Puma for ever

Statoil drops Super Puma for ever

6-Dec-2016Source: Reuters

Oil firm Statoil will not resume using AS332/EC225 helicopters even if Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority decides to lift the ban imposed after a fatal crash off Bergen in Norway – reports Reuters... Read more

HeliOffshore publishes presentations from Membership conference calls

HeliOffshore publishes presentations from Membership conference calls

4-Nov-2016Source: HeliOffshore

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

NHV opens new facilities in Aberdeen

NHV opens new facilities in Aberdeen

25-Oct-2016Source: NHV

NHV is pleased to announce the opening of a new hangar, apron and passenger handling facilities at their operational base at Aberdeen InternationalAirport. The construction works commenced in September 2015 and were completed in September 2016. The new double story passenger handling terminal incorporates all the facilities required to process offshore passengers including check in,... Read more

Helitech 2016: ​Stretching Safety too Far – a Withering Safety Culture

Helitech 2016: ​Stretching Safety too Far – a Withering Safety Culture

11-Oct-2016Source: Allan Blake

The 66 page Statoil Report into helicopter safety following the Norwegian H225 accident in April 2016 makes some telling comments on the retrenchment by oil and gas operators and the impact on helicopter operators. The investigation team of eight internal Statoil staff and one external member of the Norwegian military met with and interviewed 80... Read more

EASA allows EC225 and AS332L2 to fly

EASA allows EC225 and AS332L2 to fly

7-Oct-2016Source: EASA

On 7 October 2016 the decision to lift the temporary flight suspension of the Super Puma EC225 LP and AS332 L2 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters put in place on 2 June 2016 following the crash of an EC225 LP helicopter in Norway on 29 April 2016. The set of very stringent protective measures which enable the... Read more

UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

7-Oct-2016Source: CAA

Following the release today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of proposals to allow the return to service of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that its existing restriction, prohibiting all commercial flying of this type by UK operators, is to remain in place. The Super... Read more

Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

7-Oct-2016Source: NCAA

{electronic translation} CAA has, like the British Civil Aviation Authority determined that there is still a flight ban for helicopter types EC225LP and AS332L2 until further notice. This decision follows after Europe’s Aviation Safety Agency EASA today decided to again permit the use of Airbus helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma. The ban on flights... Read more

Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry

Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry

3-Oct-2016Source: Allan Blake

Helitech 2016 in Amsterdam, October 11-13, is taking place at a critical moment for the offshore helicopter industry: •    The industry has been shocked by a series of accidents including the second and continuing grounding within three years of about 180 large offshore helicopters (H225 and AS332L2) following the tragic H225 accident in Norway; •  ... Read more

Statoil report warns cost cutting should not risk safety

Statoil report warns cost cutting should not risk safety

26-Sep-2016Source: Energy Voice

An internal investigation by oil company Statoil into the cause of the CHC EC225 crash on 29th April 2016, which killed 13 people, has warned safety must not be compromised as operators focus on cost savings.   The company has published a report into the incident, the worst helicopter disaster on the Norwegian Continental Shelf since... Read more

CAA Improving Systems and Faith of North Sea Helicopter Industry

CAA Improving Systems and Faith of North Sea Helicopter Industry

22-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have made positive changes to the way the UK regulator works, improving the faith of the North Sea Helicopter industry. Energy Voice has reported that the operators have had issues with the amount of audits being done and how they were being filled with more of what people wanted... Read more

Bel Air passes 5000 flight hours on AW189 fleet

Bel Air passes 5000 flight hours on AW189 fleet

16-Sep-2016Source: Bel Air

Bel Air has just passed the first 5000 safe flight hours with our two AgustaWestland AW189 helicopters. This means that Bel Air remain AW189 fleet leader worldwide. In comparison the total fleet of 23 AW189 helicopters worldwide has flown just under 16000 hours. Bel Air took delivery of two AW189 helicopters from Leonardo Helicopters (formerly... Read more

Successful Landing of Sikorsky S-92 on New Mariner B Helideck

Successful Landing of Sikorsky S-92 on New Mariner B Helideck

16-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Statoil has had its first successful landing of its Sikorsky S-92 on its new Mariner B Helideck. The inaugurating flight began at CHC’s Aberdeen Airport, making this its first offshore flight for the Mariner B. CHC and Statoil are happy with the outcome of their alliance, reports Energy Voice. The pilots, support teams and engineers... Read more

Offshore rig count down 27.2% year on year

Offshore rig count down 27.2% year on year

13-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

Bristow ships two S92s from Gulf of Mexico to North Sea

Bristow ships two S92s from Gulf of Mexico to North Sea

22-Aug-2016Source: Bristow

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

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

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

12-Jul-2016Source: Sikorsky

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

Sikorsky and Babcock Sign 10-Year S-92 Support Agreement

Sikorsky and Babcock Sign 10-Year S-92 Support Agreement

12-Jul-2016Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky and Babcock Mission Critical Services Ltd. today signed a 10-year agreement providing Babcock’s S-92® helicopter fleet with extended support for its aftermarket material needs. Sikorsky’s Total Assurance Program provides Babcock continued aftermarket support to operate its S-92 fleet within a known budget, reducing the risk of unplanned costs. Babcock MCS Ltd. is a division... Read more

Bristow opens up Scatsa interline opportunities to more oil companies

Bristow opens up Scatsa interline opportunities to more oil companies

29-Jun-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow Helicopters in the UK has announce the launch of Bristow Logistics Services Shetland (BLSS) as a new offering to transport oil and gas workers through Scatsta Airport. This will be run in parallel with the existing Integrated Aviation Consortium (IAC) work they have had at the airport for the last 20 years, and will... Read more

Busy Babcock create Aberdeen space by moving out three Super Pumas

Busy Babcock create Aberdeen space by moving out three Super Pumas

24-Jun-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore are going through more fleet changes than most following the grounding of the Airbus AS332L2 and EC225 models.  In recent weeks they have taken on four new Sikorsky S92s, but that seems to have given them a storage issue at Aberdeen. Yesterday, Babcock transported three AS332L2 Super Pumas by road... Read more

Babcock adds two factory-new S92s to North Sea fleet

Babcock adds two factory-new S92s to North Sea fleet

7-Jun-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

CHC transfers two S92s from Canada to North Sea

CHC transfers two S92s from Canada to North Sea

7-Jun-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Embattled offshore operator CHC, in the midst of reducing their fleet by 90 helicopters over 60 days, is taking steps to ensure current contract commitments can be met following the grounding of EC225 and AS332L2 helicopters.  In common with other operators on the North Sea, CHC have brought in two Sikorsky S92s from Canada to... Read more

Bristow moves one S92 from Brazil to UK

Bristow moves one S92 from Brazil to UK

6-Jun-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow Group has moved an offshore-equipped Sikorsky S92 from Brazil to the UK.  Owned in the name of their own Brilog Leasing division, the aircraft was previously operated in Brazil by Lider Taxi Aereo as PR-JBH from new in spring 2012. The helicopter is now registered G-CIYD and is serial 920159.  I was operated by... Read more

EASA grounds Airbus AS332L2 and EC225

EASA grounds Airbus AS332L2 and EC225

3-Jun-2016Source: HeliHub.com

EASA has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive 2016-0104-E which prohibits any flights of Airbus AS332L2 and EC225 helicopters with the exception of a single flight without passengers to ferry such a helicopter to a maintenance base.  This follows earlier groundings from the national Civil Aviation Authorities of Norway and the UK, with the exception of... Read more

Bristow brings S92 back from Nigeria for North Sea cover

Bristow brings S92 back from Nigeria for North Sea cover

24-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

As the grounding of the EC225 continues, the North Sea operators are looking around their fleets to see how they can cover the shortfall.  Bristow has identified a Sikorsky S92 in its Nigerian operation, and the aircraft is currently on its ferry flight north. The particular aircraft only departed Aberdeen on 23rd March and ferried... Read more

Statoil launches internal investigation into CHC EC225 accident

Statoil launches internal investigation into CHC EC225 accident

19-May-2016Source: Statoil

The mandate for Statoil’s in-house investigation of the helicopter accident on 29 April is ready. The purpose of the investigation is to identify measures to improve Statoil’s work on helicopter safety on the Norwegian continental shelf. The Accident Investigation Board Norway is responsible for identifying the chain of events and the cause of the accident.... Read more

Bristow starts S92 ops from Norwich

Bristow starts S92 ops from Norwich

17-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow Helicopters are today starting operations from Norwich using a Sikorsky S92.  This is the first time the S92 has been used by any operator out of Norwich, one of two key bases for the southern sector of the North Sea and supporting offshore rigs involved in gas production. The move has come around following... Read more

Bristow ship three S92s out at end of Falkland contract

Bristow ship three S92s out at end of Falkland contract

6-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow Helicopters has completed a one year contract in the Falkland Islands with three Sikorsky S92s.  While the contract allowed for extensions beyond the first year, the continued depressed oil price has meant that these were not exercised – as predicted by HeliHub.com.  The company’s announcement of the contract win early in 2015 described it... Read more

Bristow Flies Farewell Flight for Decommissioned Platform

Bristow Flies Farewell Flight for Decommissioned Platform

27-Apr-2016Source: Bristow Helicopters

On March 31, 2016, Bristow Helicopters Limited flew the last scheduled flight to and from the Murchison platform in the North Sea before its decommissioning. The flight crew wanted to make the journey especially memorable for the oil workers onboard, and after Bristow’s chief pilot liaised with the teams both onshore and offshore to ensure... Read more

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