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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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HeliHub.com takes a Christmas break

HeliHub.com takes a Christmas break

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2017. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, and we reflect on what that means to us and how it should direct the lives we live.   We trust many of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Dec-16

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CHC: Rising from the ashes of Chapter 11

CHC: Rising from the ashes of Chapter 11

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 »

Source: Allan Blake, 21-Dec-16

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Nigerian Oil and Gas Sector Takes a Knock

Nigerian Oil and Gas Sector Takes a Knock

Companies such as Caverton and Bristow have taken a knock in the Nigerian oil and gas sector, due to the price decline of crude oil. Many clients have cancelled contracts or reduced them, causing the companies to struggle to stay afloat. The economic recession has caused many grievances for the employees of these two companies…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

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Airbus H145 delivered to Wiking Helikopter

Airbus H145 delivered to Wiking Helikopter

Wiking Helikopter has just received their first H145 Airbus helicopter, one of two. The two helicopters are the first ones ordered in offshore configuration. The second H145 will be delivered in October 2017, reports Eban Magazine. The new helicopters will be used for recuse missions in the North Sea area, transporting harbour pilots and technicians… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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Statoil drops Super Puma for ever

Statoil drops Super Puma for ever

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

Source: Reuters, 06-Dec-16

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Retrenched Caverton Workers Protest

Retrenched Caverton Workers Protest

Caverton Helicopters recently let go 150 of their staff without a severance package, only a month’s pay. The two leading aviation unions; National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN) took up the issue and for two hours protested at the Caverton office inside the Murtala Muhammed International… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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Shut Down of Bristow Helicopters in Nigeria

Shut Down of Bristow Helicopters in Nigeria

This past Wednesday, The National Association of Aircrafts Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) closed down Bristow Helicopters nationwide after Bristow’s management retrenched 10 Nigerian pilots and 13 Nigerian engineers. This caused the branches in Port Harcourt, Warri and Lagos to all shut down, reports Daily Trust.

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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150 Caverton Employees Retrenched

150 Caverton Employees Retrenched

Caverton Helicopters has recently retrenched 150 of its workers. The decision came without warning, with letters being delivered to the affected workers lastThursday. Most of the employees had been working for the company for over 10 years, reports Sahara Reporters. The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) has taken up the matter, claiming that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-16

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HeliOffshore publishes presentations from Membership conference calls

HeliOffshore publishes presentations from Membership conference calls

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

Source: HeliOffshore, 04-Nov-16

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Expansion for Weststar Aviation Services

Expansion for Weststar Aviation Services

Weststar Aviation Services (WAS) hopes to expand their business outside of Malaysia. They plan to expand in offshore oil and gas projects in South America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa. WAS is currently working within a seven-year PTT Exploration and Production contract in Thailand that started in 2014. The contracts allows them to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-16

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NHV opens new facilities in Aberdeen

NHV opens new facilities in Aberdeen

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 »

Source: NHV, 25-Oct-16

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Parilease asks Avinco to manage 21 ex CHC EC225s

Parilease asks Avinco to manage 21 ex CHC EC225s

Helicopter marketing company Avinco has been asked to recover, manage and remarket a fleet of EC225s previously operated by CHC following the operator’s filing for Chapter 11.  Avinco report that they have already completed a “lengthy and complex” initial phase consisting of centralising 21 machines spread about the world to one European location.  HeliHub.com research… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-16

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Bristow announces date for Q2 results

Bristow announces date for Q2 results

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of global industrial aviation services, announced today it will release financial results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter ended September 30, 2016, after the market closes on Thursday, November 3, 2016.  In conjunction with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 19-Oct-16

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Avinco to remarket 21 ex-CHC H225 fleet

Avinco to remarket 21 ex-CHC H225 fleet

Avinco was recently awarded the largest contract of its kind, in charge of recovering, managing and remarketing a fleet of H 225 superpumas previously operated by CHC following the operator’s filing for Chapter 11. Further to the lengthy and complex initial phase consisting of centralising 21 machines spread about the world to one European location,… Read more »

Source: Avinco, 19-Oct-16

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Waypoint tries to scupper CHC marriage to Milestone

Waypoint tries to scupper CHC marriage to Milestone

In Helitech 2016: Shaking Up the Offshore Helicopter Business I commented that: “some lessors are definitely not welcoming the recently announced Milestone (part of GE) relationship with CHC…have no doubt that the position is pretty dire for those lessors focused on heavy aircraft in the offshore oil and gas market and those with CHC exposure… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 17-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: From Offshore Pilot to Lobo MD – an interview with Mark Kelly

Helitech 2016: From Offshore Pilot to Lobo MD – an interview with Mark Kelly

I met up with Mark Kelly at Helitech 2016. He was appointed Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Lobo Leasing in January 2016. Mark worked in his family’s engineering business in Ireland for ten years, self-sponsored his way to a pilot’s license and then joined CHC as a co-pilot on the Puma fleet in… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 14-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: Shaking Up the Offshore Helicopter Business

Helitech 2016: Shaking Up the Offshore Helicopter Business

In my article, Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry, I stated that a change in the offshore helicopter market was inevitable and success for the offshore helicopter companies depended upon how quick and able they were at: 1.    Diversifying their business; 2.    Providing a “Personnel Only” option for oil and gas clients;… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 13-Oct-16

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Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease with HNZ

Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease with HNZ

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed a lease agreement with HNZ Group (“HNZ”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, for one Leonardo AW139 helicopter previously operated by CHC, which will go on long-term lease in support of oil and… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 13-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

It must have been with some trepidation that Airbus anticipated attending Helitech this year. For the second time in three years their flagship offshore helicopter, the H225 along with the AS332L2, had been grounded following a tragic accident in Norway on 29th April 2016, leading to an idle fleet of 111 H225s and over $3billion… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 12-Oct-16

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Milestone gets in bed with CHC

Milestone gets in bed with CHC

CHC Group (the “Company” or “CHC”) (OTC Pink Sheets: HELIQ) today announced that it has entered into a plan support agreement (the “PSA”) with respect to the terms of a chapter 11 plan of reorganization (the “Plan”). The PSA contemplates a comprehensive recapitalization of the Company that will provide $300 million in new capital from… Read more »

Source: CHC, 12-Oct-16

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

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

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 »

Source: Allan Blake, 11-Oct-16

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EASA allows EC225 and AS332L2 to fly

EASA allows EC225 and AS332L2 to fly

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 »

Source: EASA, 07-Oct-16

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UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

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 »

Source: CAA, 07-Oct-16

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Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

{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 »

Source: NCAA, 07-Oct-16

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Bristow Group Appoints new SVP of Global Operations

Bristow Group Appoints new SVP of Global Operations

Bristow Group today announced the appointment of William “Bill” Collins to senior vice president global operations, responsible for overseeing safe and reliable helicopter and airplane operations across Bristow’s business. In his new role, Collins will focus on improving operational safety, reliability and efficiency for clients, reporting directly to Bristow Group President and Chief Executive Officer… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 06-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry

Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry

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 »

Source: Allan Blake, 03-Oct-16

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Era Group announces new five year contract

Era Group announces new five year contract

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

Source: Era Group, 30-Sep-16

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Statoil report warns cost cutting should not risk safety

Statoil report warns cost cutting should not risk safety

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 »

Source: Energy Voice, 26-Sep-16

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Sikorsky continues S92 one million flight hours celebrations

Sikorsky continues S92 one million flight hours celebrations

Sikorsky today continued its celebration of the S-92® helicopter fleet’s one million flight hour milestone with events in the North Sea Region, the largest S-92 operating area in the world. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT). Celebrating Monday in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Tuesday in Stavanger, Norway, Sikorsky executives thanked operators and customers for… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 23-Sep-16

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