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Bell and Wintershall Dea Set Sights for Innovative North Sea Operations

Bell and Wintershall Dea Set Sights for Innovative North Sea Operations

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 »

Source: Bell, 29-Jan-20

Heli-One develops new H225 mods

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has developed several new H225 modifications for HEMS purpose. The modifications are a modular medical equipment wall and stretcher installation. These modifications support HEMS teams with improved flexibility and efficiency while maintaining patient and crew safety. Updated Medical Wall This is the third… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 28-Jan-20

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IOGP oil & gas companies commit to joint project with HeliOffshore

IOGP oil & gas companies commit to joint project with HeliOffshore

The Safety and Aviation Committee of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) endorsed plans for a new aviation-focused Joint Industry Project (JIP) to fund work in support of its Project Safira goal of eliminating fatalities from the upstream energy business. The JIP will result in fresh investment of approximately £500,000 in the… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 28-Jan-20

Sikorsky introduces S-92A+ and S-92B upgrades

Sikorsky introduces S-92A+ and S-92B upgrades

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announced today it is accepting position agreements for upgrades to the best-in-class S-92 helicopter: the S-92A+™ and the S-92B™ helicopters. The announcement at the annual Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli Expo demonstrates continued investment in and commitment to commercial helicopter operators and customers. “We are excited to offer… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 28-Jan-20

Keith Mullett joins HeliOffshore Board

Keith Mullett joins HeliOffshore Board

On Monday 27th January, 2020 HeliOffshore announced the appointment of Keith Mullett to HeliOffshore’s board of directors. Keith Mullet is President of PHI International and acting President of PHI Americas.  He has been President of PHI International since the acquisition of HNZ by PHI in December of 2017.  Before that, he was the Executive Vice… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 28-Jan-20

Bristow to merge with Era Helicopters

Bristow to merge with Era Helicopters

Letter posted by Bristow Group as an official filing with the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), written by L. Don Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer.:- Dear Colleagues, Today is an important day in the life of Bristow as we continue to position our global company for long term success. It is with great enthusiasm… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 24-Jan-20

Bristow used Chapter 11 process to drop Airbus H175 order

Bristow used Chapter 11 process to drop Airbus H175 order

At one time, Bristow Group had a total of 22 Airbus H175s on order. Here’s the timeline of the announcements 2013 – an initial order of “up to 12”, which turned out to be 5 when you read the 2015 release 2015 – increased by 12 in 2015, a further five were then added in 2017 –… Read more »

10-Jan-20

First Sikorsky S92 retired from active service

First Sikorsky S92 retired from active service

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Dec-19

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HeliHub.com celebrates Christmas

HeliHub.com celebrates Christmas

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2020. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Dec-19

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UK AOC for NHV Group granted; new AW169 operating base at Blackpool in prospect?

UK AOC for NHV Group granted; new AW169 operating base at Blackpool in prospect?

The Belgian NHV Group announced on Monday 28th October that it had been granted a UK Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) for its offshore operations from the UK. Six of the fleet of helicopters already based at Norwich and Aberdeen-Dyce had been re-registered from the Belgian register to NHV Helicopters Ltd on the British register by… Read more »

Source: Robert Swan, 30-Oct-19

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NHV gains a UK Air Operator Certificate

NHV gains a UK Air Operator Certificate

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced that it has gained an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). With this AOC, NHV again confirms its intention to strengthen its position in the UK offshore helicopter segment. The Group has currently inducted 7 aircraft under its UK… Read more »

Source: NHV, 28-Oct-19

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UK wind farm heliport construction completed

UK wind farm heliport construction completed

A leading civil engineering company has finished work on a heliport base linked to the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK designed and built the £4.2m heliport base in Barrow-in-Furness, which will enable helicopters to transport technicians to and from the Walney Extension offshore wind farm project. Walney Extension became the… Read more »

Source: Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, 27-Sep-19

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Pawan Hans recruiting Chairman and Managing Director during privatisation process

Pawan Hans recruiting Chairman and Managing Director during privatisation process

At a time when loss-making Pawan Hans is in the process of being privatised, the helicopter company has issued a notice inviting applicants for the post of its chairman and managing director (CMD) See full story

Source: Hindustan Times, 25-Sep-19

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NHV Awarded Offshore Contract by Petrofac

NHV Awarded Offshore Contract by Petrofac

The NHV Group today announced a new long-term contract to provide helicopter services for Petrofac. Initially, under the new four year agreement, four crew change flights per week will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to the FPF1 floating production facility using H175 helicopters. The state-of-the-art H175 aircraft, an Airbus Helicopter’s Super Medium type is… Read more »

Source: NHV, 29-Aug-19

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Omni Táxi Aéreo awarded for most distant Offshore flight ever made in Brazil

Omni Táxi Aéreo awarded for most distant Offshore flight ever made in Brazil

During the Labace event, which occurred from August 13th to 15th, Omni was awarded by Leonardo Helicopters, one of the world’s leading helicopter manufacturers, for the historic performance of the most distant flight ever made from the Brazilian coast. This flight was performed by a Leonardo Helicopters aircraft, model AW189 (using a belly tank), to… Read more »

Source: Omni Táxi Aéreo, 22-Aug-19

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Bristow picks the weekend to file for Chapter 11

Bristow picks the weekend to file for Chapter 11

Bristow took the unusual step of announcing this on a Saturday:- Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) (“Bristow” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company has voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (the “Bankruptcy Court” or “the Court”). Bristow intends to use the proceedings to restructure and… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 13-May-19

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Pawan Hans unable to pay April salaries

Pawan Hans unable to pay April salaries

India’s largest helicopter operator, Pawan Hans, is in a financial crisis and unable to pay employee salaries for April. The company reportedly sent a circular sent to employees on Thursday saying that the company is facing “an uncomfortable financial position”. It is also the time of year that salary levels are historically reviewed, according to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Apr-19

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NHV awarded contract from Premier Oil

NHV awarded contract from Premier Oil

The NHV Group announced a new long-term contract with Premier Oil to provide helicopter services to their North Sea assets. Daily flights with the H175 will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen for a period of 5 years. To further optimize its service, NHV will add another brand new H175 to its fleet in Aberdeen…. Read more »

Source: NHV, 05-Apr-19

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PHi report on results for the year to 31 December 2018

PHi report on results for the year to 31 December 2018

PHI, Inc. (Nasdaq: PHII (voting); PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018. PHI, Inc (the “Company”) today announced a net loss from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2018 of $141.5 million, or $8.95 per share, on revenue of $674.4 million. This compares to a net gain… Read more »

Source: PHI, 20-Mar-19

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PHI enters Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

PHI enters Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Select Global Market: PHII (voting); PHIIK (non-voting)) (“PHI” or “the Company”) today announced that PHI and its principal U.S. entities filed for voluntary Chapter 11 protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas to address the upcoming maturity of PHI’s unsecured senior notes and strengthen its balance sheet in… Read more »

Source: PHI, 15-Mar-19

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Babcock Australasia reports successful first year of H175 operations

Babcock Australasia reports successful first year of H175 operations

Babcock Australasia, the aerospace and defence company, is celebrating its first year of Airbus H175 helicopter operations in Timor Leste after clocking up nearly 1400 flights providing offshore aviation services for their oil and gas customer. The company, which operates two H175s on personnel transport, search and rescue, and medevac duties in the Timor Sea… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Mar-19

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Era Group Announces Q4 and FY2018 Earnings Release Call

Era Group Announces Q4 and FY2018 Earnings Release Call

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, today announced it will release financial results for its fiscal year and fourth quarter 2018 after the market closes on Thursday, March 7, 2019. In connection with the release, Era has scheduled a conference call for Friday, March 8, 2019, to… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 06-Mar-19

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Babcock swaps aircraft between UK and Australia

Babcock swaps aircraft between UK and Australia

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-19

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Babcock wins five year Australia contract with two AW139s

Babcock wins five year Australia contract with two AW139s

Babcock Australasia (Babcock), the aerospace and defence company, is pleased to announce that its Offshore Aviation division has been awarded a five year contract with Santos Ltd (Santos) operating from Karratha, Western Australia. Commencing 1 July 2019, the contract facilitates the provision of two dedicated Leonardo AW139 aircraft to provide crew change, emergency support, 24/7… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 25-Feb-19

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Major PHI shareholder issues Open Letter to Management

Major PHI shareholder issues Open Letter to Management

One of PHI, Inc.’s [Nasdaq: PHIIK, PHII] largest shareholders, Timothy Stabosz, who owns roughly 11% of the company’s non-voting (PHIIK) shares, today released an “open letter to management,” calling on the company to address, and refute, a story published by Debtwire on February 11th.  Such letter is provided below in its entirety.  Separately, Stabosz announces… Read more »

Source: Timothy Stabosz via Globe Newswire, 20-Feb-19

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Babcock exits southern North Sea operations

Babcock exits southern North Sea operations

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Feb-19

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Babcock H175s return to Airbus for retrofit work

Babcock H175s return to Airbus for retrofit work

Babcock MCS Offshore have a fleet of four Airbus H175 helicopters, and we recently tracked one of these taking an unusual route.  Ship #5022 registered as G-MCSE took a two day ferry flight on 29th and 30th January from Babcock’s base at Aberdeen through to the Airbus Helicopters facility at Albacete in Spain, with an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-19

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Bristow postpones FY2019 Q3 earnings release and concall

Bristow postpones FY2019 Q3 earnings release and concall

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of global industrial aviation services, announced today that it will now release financial results for its fiscal year 2019 third quarter after the market closes on Monday, February 11, 2019. Bristow has also rescheduled its conference call, which will now be broadcast live over the internet on… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 07-Feb-19

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Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2019. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

25-Dec-18

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Falcon Aviation Services starts AW169 contract in Kuwait

Falcon Aviation Services starts AW169 contract in Kuwait

In a press release timed to coincide with the opening of the MEBAA Middle East Business Aircraft Association show in Dubai, UAE based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) have provided more information on their new operation in Kuwait. At a newly built 160,000 m² heliport at Kuwait Oil Company’s premises, FAS commences a five-year onshore and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-18

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Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing buys Waypoint for $650 Million

Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing buys Waypoint for $650 Million

Waypoint Leasing Holdings Ltd., the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it and certain subsidiaries (“Waypoint”) have entered into an agreement to be purchased by Macquarie Group (“Macquarie”) for approximately $650 million. Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing will combine the Waypoint helicopter assets and management platform with its own portfolio and employ the Waypoint… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 08-Dec-18

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Lider receives two new H135s

Lider receives two new H135s

Helibras announced the delivery of two H135 helicopters to Líder Aviação. The contract was signed at the beginning of the second half of this year and includes the provision of helicopters configured for offshore operations such as passenger transport and medical evacuation missions in the Oil & Gas market. “Flexibility, reduced maintenance and lower operating… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-18

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Bristow Caribbean marks 30,000 hour milestone in AW139 fleet

Bristow Caribbean marks 30,000 hour milestone in AW139 fleet

Bristow Caribbean, based out of Port of Spain in Trinidad & Tobago, has recently marked the milestone of 30,000 hours on AW139 operations.  Manufacturer Leonardo provided the banner in the image below, which Bristow posted on social media.  No press release was issued. Bristow has seven AW139s currently registered in Trinidad & Tobago of which… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Oct-18

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Bristow Announces Organizational Changes

Bristow Announces Organizational Changes

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE:BRS) today announced organizational changes as part of continuous improvements to the company’s support services model. The changes build off the company’s success over the past 15 months to reduce costs and align the company’s structure with the market environment for offshore services. “We have been pursuing increases in revenue and more efficient… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 13-Sep-18

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Bergen H225 Final Accident Report : Comprehensive and Worrying

Bergen H225 Final Accident Report : Comprehensive and Worrying

It seems a long time ago. On 29th April 2016, the Main Rotor Head and mast suddenly detached from an Airbus Helicopters H225 flying from Gullfaks B to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter impacted on a small island east of Turøy.  As the final accident report is published our thoughts have to be with the… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 10-Aug-18

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Airbus pays Era $40 Million linked to EC225

Airbus pays Era $40 Million linked to EC225

The following statement, issued by Era Group to the US Securities & Exchange Commission (original here), states that Airbus has agreed a $42 Million payout to Era relating to the operators purchase of eleven H225s. “On July 3, 2018, Era Group Inc. (the “Company”) and Era Helicopters, LLC (together with the Company “Era”), entered into… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 10-Jul-18

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NHV wins contract in Gambia with two H155s

NHV wins contract in Gambia with two H155s

FAR Gambia Ltd have recently awarded offshore operator NHV a contract for the Provision of Helicopter Transport Services out of Banjul (Gambia).  The Belgian based operator has said that they will be using two H155s to cover the work required. Australian-owned FAR expanded its West African exploration portfolio in March 2017 in the offshore Mauritania-Senegal-Guinea-Bissau… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-18

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Airbus have sold 21 ex-CHC H225s to Ukraine

Airbus have sold 21 ex-CHC H225s to Ukraine

Following our detailed analysis of the H225/AS332L2 fleet movements yesterday there is one other key contract for H225s which we can now provide more details to. In late May, the French Government announced that Airbus signed a €555 million ($643M) deal with Ukraine for 55 helicopters.  The Ukraine Government have said that this covers 24… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-18

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Bristow renews Guyana contract for five years

Bristow renews Guyana contract for five years

Bristow has renewed their contract with ExxonMobil in Guyana for the following two years. This means they will continue to provide SAR services, EMS services as well as offshore crew change to the company. The renewal officially started on January 1, 2018, reports Offshore Energy Today.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-18

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Bell 525 certification heads for spring 2019

Bell 525 certification heads for spring 2019

In a recent HeliHub interview, Larry Thimmesch, VP Sales and Marketing for the Bell 525 Relentless program provided further details on the timelines of the certification process. Despite the delays brought upon by the fatal accident of one of the prototypes in July 2016, Bell tell us their new certification program is on schedule to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-18

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India – ONGC to procure offshore rescue helicopter

India – ONGC to procure offshore rescue helicopter

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is looking into the purchase of an air ambulance. The helicopter would then be at their “beck and call,” providing available EMS for offshore workers at all times. The ONGC has invited helicopter companies to partake in bids, reports Indian Express.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-18

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HeliInvestor 2018: Alliances or Band-Aids?

HeliInvestor 2018: Alliances or Band-Aids?

When helicopters are not needed and put into long term storage, either by lessors or operators, they are wrapped in a cover that protects them from the effects of humidity.  Steve Hanna is the CEO of the company that provides these covers, over 300 of them so far, and his business success and attendance for… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 05-Feb-18

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Happy Christmas from HeliHub.com

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a great 2018. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

22-Dec-17

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CHC receives second H175 via LCI lease

CHC receives second H175 via LCI lease

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has taken delivery of its first Airbus Helicopters H175 aircraft and placed it on lease with CHC. The aircraft will be based out of Aberdeen, Scotland, supporting oil and gas production activities in the North Sea. Crispin Maunder, Executive Chairman of LCI, says: “This… Read more »

Source: LCI, 18-Dec-17

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Report forecasts 59% utilization of offshore helicopters 2017-2022

Report forecasts 59% utilization of offshore helicopters 2017-2022

The offshore helicopter market has finally started to recover following some three years of decline. Rotorcraft operators have reorganised, restructured and recognised that the outlook in the near-term is for modest growth. In our latest analysis, covering the period to 2022, we conclude that the market still presents opportunities for the supply chain. We expect… Read more »

Source: West Wood Energy, 05-Dec-17

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Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-17

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Airbus takes H225 to Helitech

Airbus takes H225 to Helitech

Airbus Helicopters have brought an H225 to the Helitech International show which starts tomorrow at the ExCeL exhibition centre close to London City Airport.  The helicopter touched down around 11.15L this morning.  In an attempt to improve the PR surrounding the helicopter type, Airbus has brought an example which they had stored at the factory… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Oct-17

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Babcock MCS Offshore boss quits for non-aviation job

Babcock MCS Offshore boss quits for non-aviation job

Aberdeen Harbour Board is delighted to announce that, following an extensive recruitment process, Michelle Handforth is to join in the role of Chief Executive. Michelle, who has 20 years of board and leadership experience in global, multi-site businesses, will succeed Colin Parker in her new role, however, Colin will remain in post as Chief Executive… Read more »

Source: Aberdeen Harbour Board, 02-Oct-17

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Two thirds of passengers unlikely to fly in H225 ever again

Two thirds of passengers unlikely to fly in H225 ever again

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-17

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HNZ Group Reports FY2017 Q2 Results

HNZ Group Reports FY2017 Q2 Results

Revenue was $56.4 million in the second quarter of 2017, a decrease of $0.9 million compared to $57.3 million a year ago. This variation is mostly explained by a decrease in onshore revenue and ancillary revenue, partially offset by an increase in offshore revenue. The Corporation flew 10,725 hours compared to 11,557 hours in the second quarter of 2016, a decrease… Read more »

Source: HNZ, 18-Aug-17

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Heli Holland expand offshore fleet with two H155s and an H175

Heli Holland expand offshore fleet with two H155s and an H175

Heli Holland have announced on their Facebook page the acquisition of three helicopters to increase their offshore work.  They have acquired two EC155s previously operated by CHC, registered PH-EUB and PH-SHO, and the sole EC175 operated by Mexican operator Pegaso.  The 155s are already carrying Heli Holland Offshore titles, and one is currently not fitted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-17

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Bristow vocalise current H225 thought process

Bristow vocalise current H225 thought process

In a recent investor call, Jonathan Baliff – President and CEO of Bristow Group – said the following on the company’s position on the Airbus H225 helicopter and their current plans for its Return To Service. “You may be aware that the civil aviation authorities in the United Kingdom and Norway recently issued directives that… Read more »

Source: SeekingAlpha, 15-Aug-17

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Bristow adds offshore AW189 in UK – impacts SAR fleet too

Bristow adds offshore AW189 in UK – impacts SAR fleet too

Today, Bristow Helicopters is taking delivery of another AW189 from the Leonardo factory in Italy – serial 89002 and registered G-OENC. This will join the first two Bristow offshore AW189s G-OENA and G-OENB in the near future. The crew made a lunch stop at Clermont-Ferrand in France en route to the UK. The new aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Aug-17

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Bristow returns two EC225s to leasing company

Bristow returns two EC225s to leasing company

The flight restrictions on the Super Puma EC225s was lifted earlier this month, after being grounded since the fatal crash last year that killed 13 people. The public has voiced their anger however. Unions have requested a public inquiry into the accidents involving the Super Pumas. They state that the workers are getting by with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-17

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CHC to add AW189 and H175 to fleet

CHC to add AW189 and H175 to fleet

Currenty in flight test at the Leonardo factory in Italy is an AW189 in full CHC livery.  However, it is not a brand new aircraft and we believe it may have been stored at the facility for over two years.  When seen in March 2015, serial 49022 was wearing the livery of Nigerian opertor Caverton… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-17

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BP parks decision on allowing offshore workers to fly on EC225

BP parks decision on allowing offshore workers to fly on EC225

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jul-17

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Ghana Orders 4 Z-9EH Helicopters for Oil and Gas Project

Ghana Orders 4 Z-9EH Helicopters for Oil and Gas Project

Four Z-9 EH helicopters have been commissioned by the President of Ghana, John Mahama, to be delivered by the Chinese government. The helicopters will have a large role in the Ghana Gas infrastructure project. The commission comes to $100 million, reports My Joy Online. The helicopters will be used for security of oil installations on… Read more »

26-May-17

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Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet

Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore are in the process of rotating their AS365N3 fleet, which are based at Blackpool and serve offshore gas installations in the Irish Sea.  In recent weeks they have received two helicopters, one from Germany and one from Tunisia. The German example D-HAVU was previously in the Babcock (Bond) fleet as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-17

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AW189 to enter offshore service in Brazil

AW189 to enter offshore service in Brazil

The AgustaWestland AW189 has arrived in South America, and is expected to start offshore operations in the near future from Cabo Frio in Brazil, near Rio de Janeiro.  Operated by Aeroleo, part of the Era Group, serials 49025 and 49028 were shipped to Brazil in March and are going through a normal introduction project, getting… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-17

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LN-OJF Preliminary Report: H225 Concerns Remain Open

LN-OJF Preliminary Report: H225 Concerns Remain Open

A Preliminary Report into the fatal accident of the CHC operated H225 helicopter LN-OJF by the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) was issued on April 28th 2017 (“The Report” is located at https://www.aibn.no/Aviation/Investigations/16-286. The detailing of the catastrophic events makes very sad reading indeed, particularly the questions as to: 1. Why two similar catastrophic accidents… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake for HeliHub.com, 03-May-17

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EASA responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

EASA responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) takes note of the publication today by the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) of the preliminary investigation report of the tragic accident of an Airbus Helicopters EC225 (registration number LN-OJF) which occurred on 29 April 2016 in Norway. While the accident investigation is not complete, EASA continues to implement… Read more »

Source: EASA, 28-Apr-17

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Norwegian Investigators issue another Preliminary Report on EC225 accident

Norwegian Investigators issue another Preliminary Report on EC225 accident

Investigation of helicopter accident at Turøy near Bergen in Hordaland county, Norway Description 29 April 2016 the Main Rotor Head (MRH) and mast suddenly detached from an Airbus Helicopters EC 225 LP enroute from Gullfaks B to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter impacted on a small island east of Turøy. All 13 people on board… Read more »

Source: AIBN, 28-Apr-17

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Tender Issued for EMS Helicopter to Support Baltic Wind Farms

Tender Issued for EMS Helicopter to Support Baltic Wind Farms

A tender has been issued for a three-year contract for an EMS helicopter, including aeronautical and medical crew, for 50Hertz Transmission GmbH and three offshore wind developers in the Baltic Sea. This helicopter will be used for emergency rescues of employees on the wind turbines and offshore platforms at Iberdrola’s Wikinger, E.ON’s Arkona and EnBW’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Apr-17

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Sikorsky Launches Safety Enhancement Program with PHi and Outerlink

Sikorsky Launches Safety Enhancement Program with PHi and Outerlink

Sikorsky, PHI Inc. and Outerlink Global Solutions, a Metro Aviation company, today announced that the S-92® helicopter has demonstrated the ability to transmit in-flight, real-time Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) data to PHI’s operations control center. The announcement came at the 2017 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show. With this new capability, PHI operators can… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 08-Mar-17

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Vici Helicopters – the new name on the North Sea?

Vici Helicopters – the new name on the North Sea?

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-17

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Helicopter Investor London 2017 – A Report

Helicopter Investor London 2017 – A Report

The annual Helicopter Investor Conference brings together about 200 helicopter lessors, financiers and manufacturers, with some operators and others closely tied to the financing of the industry. There is a primary but not exclusive focus on the offshore helicopter industry. This was my first visit and a very appropriate time to listen and talk to… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 03-Feb-17

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HUMS: Safety Alert

HUMS: Safety Alert

The recent “near miss” that occurred on a rig landing by S92A G-WNSR on December 28th 2016 is the latest in a series of major incidents that appear to have been caused by the accelerated deterioration of critical components, this time in the tail rotor bearing assembly (Air Accident Investigations Branch “AAIB” Special Bulletin S1/2017,… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake for HeliHub.com, 03-Feb-17

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Milestone provides $230M Secured Debt Facility to Bristow Group

Milestone provides $230M Secured Debt Facility to Bristow Group

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GE Capital Aviation Services (“GECAS”) company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today a commitment letter with Bristow Group Inc. (“Bristow”), a leading provider of global industrial aviation services. Under the agreement, Milestone is providing a $230 million secured term loan facility to a subsidiary of Bristow,… Read more »

Source: Milestone, 03-Feb-17

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Babcock set to return two UK AW139s to lessor

Babcock set to return two UK AW139s to lessor

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore is preparing to return two AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters to lessor Era Helicopters.  Registered G-PERA and G-PERB were imported to the UK in full Era colours in March 2011, and shortly after were repainted to the traditional red Bond Offshore Helicopters scheme – as the company was known at that time. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-17

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New era on North Sea as oil company buys two H175s

New era on North Sea as oil company buys two H175s

HeliHub.com understands from reliable sources in the offshore helicopter industry that oil company Nexen Petroleum is the principal behind the acquisition of two Airbus H175 helicopters to be operated by Babcock MCS Offshore. We approached Nexen to validate their involvement, but their Corporate Communications lead in Aberdeen declined to comment. Babcock also declined to comment,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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NHV wins UK-based H175 contract with Ithaca Energy

NHV wins UK-based H175 contract with Ithaca Energy

The NHV Group today announced a new contract with Ithaca Energy UK Ltd (Ithaca) to provide helicopter services in support of their upcoming drilling project at the Harrier Well in Block 30/6. The operations are expected to start Q2 2017. Flights will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to the harrier well, which is approximately… Read more »

Source: NHV, 30-Jan-17

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Waypoint sees market recovery with Improved demand for helicopters

Waypoint sees market recovery with Improved demand for helicopters

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today published its ‘January 2017 Oil Report,’ which reflects positive fundamental shifts in the market. Ian Gurekian, Chief Risk Officer of Waypoint said, “As highlighted in our recent Oil Report, sentiment shifted in the oil and gas market in the fourth quarter of… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 30-Jan-17

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Unveiling of the First Oil and Gas AW169

Unveiling of the First Oil and Gas AW169

The Marina Mall Helipad in Abu Dhabi saw the first ever new generation offshore-configured Leonardo AW169 helicopter. The aircraft was presented to the Oil & Gas Community, with Falcon Aviation being the first to purchase the aircraft. It will be used for offshore oil and gas transportation, reports Arabian Aerospace.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-17

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Northern HeliCopter to Work at Merkur Offshore Wind Farm

Northern HeliCopter to Work at Merkur Offshore Wind Farm

Northern HeliCopter (NHC) has entered into a contract with GeoSea to provide medical services to the Merkur offshore wind farm in the German Bight during their commissioning and installation phase. They will provide offshore paramedics for the installation vessels as well as providing telemedicine services. The wind farm is hoped to be done by 2018… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-17

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Perfect storm – Sikorsky grounds S92

Perfect storm – Sikorsky grounds S92

Follow a recent landing incident on a North Sea rig, the BBC is reporting that Sikorsky has grounded the S92 pending certain checks.  A British CHC machine, registered G-WNSR, had a problem when landing on the West Franklin helideck on 28th December, resulting in large gouges out of the helideck surface as shown in photos… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-17

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