Offshore News

DLA Piper advises Bristow Helicopters on acquisition of Eastern Airways stake

DLA Piper advises Bristow Helicopters on acquisition of Eastern Airways stake

11-Feb-2014Source: DLA Piper

DLA Piper has advised Bristow Helicopters Limited (Bristow Helicopters) on its acquisition of a 60% interest in the privately owned Eastern Airways International Limited. Eastern Airways will continue to operate as normal and under its own brand, led by the current management team. Bristow is the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore... Read more

EASA certifies the AgustaWestland AW189

EASA certifies the AgustaWestland AW189

10-Feb-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Late last week, the AgustaWestland AW189 was certified by EASA.  First deliveries are expected shortly, perhaps as early as this week with Bristow Helicopters expecting the first at their Norwich base for operations on oil rig support in the southern North Sea.  Their helicopter – photographed below – is serial 49007 and is seen here... Read more

Bristow return two SAR S61s to UK at end of Dutch contract

Bristow return two SAR S61s to UK at end of Dutch contract

7-Feb-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow Helicopters have now ferried both of their Sikorsky S61s back to the UK at the end of their SAR contract in the Netherlands. Earlier this year we reported that Belgian operator NHV had won the North Sea offshore SAR contract from Bristow and will operatetwo AS365N Dauphin helicopters from Den Helder Airport. Bristow ferried one... Read more

Weststar starts seven year offshore contract in Thailand

Weststar starts seven year offshore contract in Thailand

7-Feb-2014Source: Weststar

Weststar Aviation Services Sdn. Bhd., a member of the Weststar Group of Companies, today announced the successful launch of its first regional expansion in Asia after its new Songkhla base in Thailand commenced operations on a seven-year PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) contract last Friday. Weststar Aviation Services expansion into Thailand comes after a joint... Read more

Bristow Helicopters Invests in Eastern Airways

Bristow Helicopters Invests in Eastern Airways

7-Feb-2014Source: Bristow

Bristow Helicopters Ltd has made a strategic investment acquiring a 60 percent interest in Eastern Airways International Ltd. Eastern Airways will continue to operate as normal, independently from Bristow, and under its own brand led by the current management team. This formalised agreement builds on a strong relationship between Bristow and Eastern Airways that dates... Read more

Bristow Group announces results for FY14 Q3 ended 31st December 2013

Bristow Group announces results for FY14 Q3 ended 31st December 2013

7-Feb-2014Source: Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) today reported net income for the December 2013 quarter of $18.9 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, compared to net income of $36.4 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago. Adjusted net income, which excludes special items and asset disposition effects, decreased 27% to $31.3 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, for the December 2013 quarter, compared to $42.6... Read more

Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

7-Feb-2014Source: Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that its Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of$0.25 per share of common stock issued and outstanding at the close of business on February 28, 2014 (the “Record Date”). The dividend will be payable on March 14, 2014 to stockholders of record... Read more

Airbus Helicopters Canada to make EC225 engine cowlings

Airbus Helicopters Canada to make EC225 engine cowlings

5-Feb-2014Source: Airbus

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

MYU Helicopters heliport plan faces challenges from neighbours

MYU Helicopters heliport plan faces challenges from neighbours

4-Feb-2014

Already operating out of the back yard behind his house (with two S76s and three B407s), Tim Mayeux is facing difficulties from the owner of a business park (away from the residential area) where he would like to build a new $3M heliport.  See full story... Read more

Bristow Group CEO William Chiles to retire

Bristow Group CEO William Chiles to retire

3-Feb-2014Source: Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc., the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that William E. Chiles, President and Chief Executive Officer, will retire from those positions at the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders on July 31, 2014, and be succeeded by Jonathan E. Baliff, Bristow’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Following the... Read more

Bristow to Present at 2014 Credit Suisse Energy Summit

Bristow to Present at 2014 Credit Suisse Energy Summit

3-Feb-2014Source: Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that it will be presenting at the 2014 Credit Suisse Energy Summitto be held in Vail, Colorado on February 10-13, 2014. Bristow Group management is scheduled to present on Wednesday, February 12, at 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time (1:00 p.m. Eastern Time).  A live broadcast of the... Read more

Dancopter is one of six new European customers for Ramco Systems

Dancopter is one of six new European customers for Ramco Systems

30-Jan-2014Source: Ramco Systems

Ramco Systems, an enterprise software product company focused on delivering ERP, HCM and Aviation MRO on Cloud, Tablets and Smart phones has witnessed good traction in the Europe region. The company has announced 5 new wins in Q3 of FY 2013-14. This includes Denmark-based, DanCopter, Eagle Air in Iceland, Ellinair in Greece, Aerogulf Sola Engine... Read more

Blueway to be launch customer for Thales training centre in Norway

Blueway to be launch customer for Thales training centre in Norway

29-Jan-2014Source: Thales

Blueway is a market leader in Scandinavian on-shore and off-shore helicopter services, specialising in shuttle services and replacement of flare tips, as well as search & rescue, infrastructure and environmental operations. In particular, Blueway’s offshore activity is very well regarded in the Scandinavian oil and gas sector. The Thales training centre will answer to the... Read more

Pilots union calls for independent judicial inquiry into North Sea safety

Pilots union calls for independent judicial inquiry into North Sea safety

28-Jan-2014Source: BALPA

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

Era establishes focused service line for SAR

Era establishes focused service line for SAR

26-Jan-2014

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (Era) is pleased to announce its Search and Rescue (SAR) Program (“EraSAR”), operating in the Gulf of Mexico, has reached its 500 mission milestone. Since the initial implementation in August 2010, the program has experienced continuous growth supporting a primary membership group consisting of its initial customer, Anadarko, followed by... Read more

Oil & Gas UK responds to AAIB Special Bulletin

Oil & Gas UK responds to AAIB Special Bulletin

24-Jan-2014Source: Oil & Gas UK

In response to today’s AAIB Special Bulletin, Oil & Gas UK Health, Safety & Employment Issues Director, Robert Paterson, said: “Oil & Gas UK fully supports the safety action made in today’s AAIB special bulletin. We are now working closely with helicopter operators to ensure safety briefings clearly explain the application of the re-breather system which... Read more

UK AAIB issues special bulletin on offshore pre-flight briefings

UK AAIB issues special bulletin on offshore pre-flight briefings

24-Jan-2014Source: AAIB

OThe AAIB has issued a Special Bulletin specifically referring to the CHC AS332L2 fatal accident of G-WNSB near Sumburgh on 23 August 2013.  The key information from this bulletin is shown below, but it is best taken in context of their full report. This Special Bulletin is published to highlight a safety concern relating to... Read more

Four FlightSafety helicopter simulators with VITAL 1100 visuals receive FAA Level D approval

Four FlightSafety helicopter simulators with VITAL 1100 visuals receive FAA Level D approval

22-Jan-2014Source: FlightSafety

FlightSafety International announces that five of its simulators equipped with the recently introduced VITAL 1100 visual system have been qualified to Level D by EASA and the FAA. Three additional VITAL 1100 equipped simulators are scheduled to receive Level D qualification in the next few months. “The VITAL 1100 is leading the industry with unprecedented... Read more

CHC announces IPO pricing

CHC announces IPO pricing

17-Jan-2014Source: CHC

CHC Group Ltd., the parent company of CHC Helicopter S.A., today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 31,000,000 of its ordinary shares, at a price to the public of $10 per share. The securities are scheduled to begin trading tomorrow (Friday) on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “HELI.” CHC... Read more

KKR invests over $100M in Lease Corp International’s helicopter business

KKR invests over $100M in Lease Corp International’s helicopter business

17-Jan-2014Source: LCI

Lease Corporation International (“LCI”), a Libra Group company, and KKR Financial Holdings LLC (NYSE: KFN) (“KFN”), a specialty finance company managed by a subsidiary of KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR), today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which KFN has agreed to invest in excess of $100 million in LCI... Read more

Royal Engineered Composites awarded Bell 525 work

Royal Engineered Composites awarded Bell 525 work

17-Jan-2014Source: Royal

Royal Engineered Composites has been awarded work for Bell Helicopter’s new 525 Relentless. The Relentless program will require Royal to produce approximately 50 part numbers per aircraft. The composite components will be in support of the helicopter’s tailboom and cockpit assemblies. The Bell 525 Relentless will feature sponsons on the aft fuselage for retractable wheeled... Read more

Lease Corporation International takes delivery of 5th AW139

Lease Corporation International takes delivery of 5th AW139

16-Jan-2014Source: LCI

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

Bristow adds four S92s – two in Australia and two in UK

Bristow adds four S92s – two in Australia and two in UK

15-Jan-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow Australia has recently registered two new Sikorsky S92 helicopters on the local VH- aircraft register.  VH-ZUO is the 203rd off the production line, while sister aircraft VH-ZUQ is the 205th.  Both were officially registered on 23rd December, and are leased from VIH Group – the parent company of Cougar Helicopters in which Bristow have... Read more

Unmanned flying drones to help identify oil reserves

Unmanned flying drones to help identify oil reserves

15-Jan-2014Source: University of Aberdeen

Unmanned flying drones are being used to recover more of the oil reserves from the North Sea and beyond by studying geology from the sky. Academics at the University of Aberdeen, in collaboration with a group at the University of Bergen in Norway, are using remotely operated flying machines to scan rock formations in remote... Read more

HNZ prepares for second AW139 in Philippines

HNZ prepares for second AW139 in Philippines

14-Jan-2014Source: HeliHub.com

In September 2013, HNZ embarked on a new multi-year contract in the Philippines in support of the Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power Project. A single AW139 helicopter was contracted to Shell Global Solutions International B.V. to provide crew change helicopter services from Manila and Puerto Princesa to Shell’s offshore petroleum platform.  That helicopter is shown in... Read more

Thailand – SFS Aviation to add fifth AW139

Thailand – SFS Aviation to add fifth AW139

13-Jan-2014Source: HeliHub.com

SFS Aviation currently operate a fleet of four AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. With the first two purchased in 2011 – one new and one pre-owned – the Thai operator has purchased one new aircraft in each of 2012 and 2013. The trend is set to continue with a further example to be added in 2014.  No... Read more

Bristow Group Announces FY14 Q3 Earnings Release and Conference Call

Bristow Group Announces FY14 Q3 Earnings Release and Conference Call

12-Jan-2014Source: Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry, announced today it will release financial results for its fiscal year 2014 third quarter ended December 31, 2013, after the market closes on Thursday, February 6. In conjunction with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call, which... Read more

Pawan Hans pays first dividend for five years

Pawan Hans pays first dividend for five years

10-Jan-2014Source: Pawan Hans

Pawan Hans pays dividend after a gap of 4 years. Cheque of dividend of Rs.1,19,32,164/- for the financial year 2012-13 was presented to the Hon’ble Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Ajit Singh by Shri Anil Srivastava, Chairman & Managing Director,Pawan Hans in the presence of Shri Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, Civil Aviation Sh. Alok Sinha JS,Sh.... Read more

Bristow World – 2013 issue 3

Bristow World – 2013 issue 3

9-Jan-2014Source: Bristow Group

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Era orders four S92s, plus options for another five

Era orders four S92s, plus options for another five

8-Jan-2014Source: Era Group

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (Era) is pleased to announce it has signed a multi-year agreement with Sikorsky Global Helicopters, Inc. for the purchase of four Sikorsky S92 heavy helicopters for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $129 million. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery commencing the first quarter of 2016. Era also has an... Read more

Safety Management Systems Offering New Internationally Approved-courses

Safety Management Systems Offering New Internationally Approved-courses

8-Jan-2014Source: SMS

Safety Management Systems (SMS) has expanded its course selection to include globally-recognized Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization (OPITO) training. Classes begin Jan. 8. OPITO, an industry-owned organization that sets standards for international oil & gas training, approved SMS as a provider after a rigorous process to assure the quality and content of SMS’ offshore safety... Read more

Vietnam Helicopter Corp orders two Cabri

Vietnam Helicopter Corp orders two Cabri

7-Jan-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Vietnam Helicopter Corp has ordered two G2 Cabri helicopters from Hélicoptères Guimbal in France – for delivery this summer. Following a year-long selection process, including flight evaluation and a government bidding procedure, the purchasing contract was signed in Hanoï between General Ha Tien Dung, VNH chairman and CEO, and Roland Mampe, director of programme at... Read more

CHC Group kicks off IPO with share price estimate

CHC Group kicks off IPO with share price estimate

7-Jan-2014Source: CHC

CHC Group Ltd., the parent company of CHC Helicopter S.A., today announced that it has commenced an initial public offering of 29,412,000 of its ordinary shares, all of which will be offered by the company. The IPO price is currently expected to be between $16 and $18 per share. To the extent that the underwriters... Read more

First S-76D delivered – to Bristow Helicopters

First S-76D delivered – to Bristow Helicopters

6-Jan-2014Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that it delivered its first fully configured S-76D™ helicopter, the latest in the long and highly successful Sikorsky S-76® commercial aircraft family, to the Bristow Group Inc. in December. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The delivery follows an announcement in March 2013 that Bristow would acquire up to... Read more

UK – Norwich Airport offshore operators face noise complaints

UK – Norwich Airport offshore operators face noise complaints

5-Jan-2014Source: EDP24

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

NHV takes over Dutch SAR contract from Bristow

NHV takes over Dutch SAR contract from Bristow

2-Jan-2014Source: NOGEPA

On 20th December, NOGEPA signed a contract with North Sea Helicopters Vlaanderen (NHV) for Search and Rescue (SAR) services. The contract entails provision of SAR services from 1/1/2014 and has a minimum duration of 6 months. NHV will operate from Den Helder Airport with two AS365N (Dauphin) helicopters, supported by additional AS365N helicopters from the Botlek area. The... Read more

Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

24-Dec-2013Source: HeliHub.com

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and better times in 2014. 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... Read more

Brazil – Omni and Aeroleo are last to resume EC225 operations

Brazil – Omni and Aeroleo are last to resume EC225 operations

20-Dec-2013Source: Eurocopter

With the resumption of EC225 commercial flights by BHS Helicopter, OMNI and Aeróleo Taxi Aéreo in Brazil, all operators using this Eurocopter helicopter around the globe have now reinstated service. The EC225 oil and gas fleet’s return-to-service began in July 2013 in Angola, and now has been completed with all three Brazilian operators back in... Read more

CHC reports FY2014 Q2 results

CHC reports FY2014 Q2 results

16-Dec-2013Source: CHC

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

Eurocopter delivers two EC225 to Bond via Waypoint Leasing

Eurocopter delivers two EC225 to Bond via Waypoint Leasing

13-Dec-2013

Two EC225s delivered yesterday are the initial Eurocopter-built aircraft in the portfolio of Waypoint Leasing, a leading global helicopter leasing company. Waypoint has signed an agreement to provide the aircraft to Avincis Group’s subsidiary, Bond Helicopters Australia, to use for offshore crew change missions. The EC225 handovers to Waypoint Leasing occurred at Eurocopter’s Marignane, France... Read more

Waypoint Leasing announce 13 helicopter AW139/S92 deal with CHC

Waypoint Leasing announce 13 helicopter AW139/S92 deal with CHC

13-Dec-2013Source: Waypoint Leasing

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), a leading global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has reached an agreement with CHC Helicopter (“CHC”), the world’s largest helicopter services company specializing in transportation to offshore oil and gas platforms, to lease to CHC 13 new technology medium and heavy aircraft, which include the Sikorsky S-92 and... Read more

13-Dec-13 Sikorsky S92 Sumburgh, UK

13-Dec-13 Sikorsky S92 Sumburgh, UK

13-Dec-2013

“Pan Pan” message following cockpit warning light.  Bristow aircraft landed safely with 18 pax and 2 crew... Read more

Bristow wins five-year BP contract for two S92s

Bristow wins five-year BP contract for two S92s

11-Dec-2013Source: Bristow Group

Following a competitive tender process Bristow Helicopters Ltd has been successful in securing a significant new contract to provide helicopter services to BP Exploration Operating Company Ltd. The contract is for a five year term, with an option to extend, and has a value around £125million. Bristow will provide helicopter support for BP’s offshore installations... Read more

Bond wins five year contract for two S92s with Nexen Petroleum

Bond wins five year contract for two S92s with Nexen Petroleum

8-Dec-2013Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters

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

Bristow and CHC EC225 training captains like EC175 too

Bristow and CHC EC225 training captains like EC175 too

5-Dec-2013Source: Eurocopter

Participants of the Oil & Gas Symposium had a great night networking during a party organized at the Sky Bar, on level 33 of the Traders Hotel after the first day of presentations and workshops. It was a great vantage point from which they had a panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline. The... Read more

Eurocopter customer MHS praises EC175

Eurocopter customer MHS praises EC175

5-Dec-2013Source: Eurocopter

Under the overcast skies at Subang, the rain threatened to wreak havoc on a day when the EC175 is set to show its might to experienced offshore pilots, many of whom arrived from all over Asia to attend the 2-day Oil & Gas Symposium organized by Eurocopter, in addition to the demo flights. Fortunately for... Read more

Pawan Hans pilots call off strike after management compromises

Pawan Hans pilots call off strike after management compromises

5-Dec-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Pawan Hans was in flux earlier this week after five experienced pilots quit  to protest against flying anti-Naxal missions (see HeliHub.com story).   Naxalites are a radical communist group, supportive of Maoist political sentiment and ideologies, and active on the eastern side of India. They are generally regarded as the biggest threat to stability in the country.... Read more

Aircraft Zero is a Go – The launch of the Bell 525 RASIL

Aircraft Zero is a Go – The launch of the Bell 525 RASIL

4-Dec-2013Source: Bell

Since its launch in early 2012, pilots and operators from around the globe have expressed their enthusiasm and anticipation for the Bell 525 Relentless — they want one now! Those who have experienced the 525’s capabilities with the help of an advanced cockpit simulator have been impressed with its ARC Horizon® flight deck, exceptionally comfortable and... Read more

Astronics electronic power distribution system to be Installed on Bell 525

Astronics electronic power distribution system to be Installed on Bell 525

4-Dec-2013Source: Astronics

Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq:ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp. (Astronics AES), will be supplying Bell Helicopter with the Secondary Electronic Power Distribution System (EPDS) for the new Bell 525 Relentless. Astronics designs and builds modern electrical distribution... Read more

Pawan Hans pilots go on flash strike, crippling offshore ops

Pawan Hans pilots go on flash strike, crippling offshore ops

4-Dec-2013Source: Mumbai Mirror

Forty Pawan Hans pilots refused to fly their helicopters from Mumbai to the offshore rigs on Monday to show solidarity with five senior officials who quit on Saturday  See full story... Read more

Eurocopter takes EC175 and EC145T2 on three-week tour of Asia

Eurocopter takes EC175 and EC145T2 on three-week tour of Asia

3-Dec-2013Source: Eurocopter

Two of Eurocopter’s newest members in its twin-engine helicopter family – the next-generation EC175 and evolved EC145 T2 – are coming to Asia for a three-week demonstration tour with operators in the oil and gas, VIP, corporate, charter, military and law enforcement segments. In addition to providing opportunities to experience the performance and capabilities of... Read more

Bristow Presents Target Zero at Turbomeca Asia-Pacific Symposium

Bristow Presents Target Zero at Turbomeca Asia-Pacific Symposium

2-Dec-2013Source: Bristow Group

Centralized Operations Business Unit (COBU) Technical Services Manager Richard Tudge, who is based in Perth, was recently invited to speak at the Turbomeca Asia-Pacific Symposium on Bristow’s Target Zero culture of safety and its safety management system (SMS). The bi-annual event was held in Bali, Indonesia, with 140 delegates representing various civil and military operators... Read more

Is wind turbine radar interference a thing of the past now?

Is wind turbine radar interference a thing of the past now?

2-Dec-2013Source: Terma

Some offshore operations have in recent years been hampered by radar interference from massive offshore wind farms.  However, it looks like this could soon be history with the following press release from Terma:- Terma’s SCANTER 4002 radar demonstrated exceptional results during a test performed in late 2012 in Abilene, Texas, U.S. with more than 500... Read more

Avincis Group releases results overview for 2013 Q3

Avincis Group releases results overview for 2013 Q3

29-Nov-2013Source: Avincis Group

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

CHC to release FY14Q2 results on Dec 11th, plus investor call day after

CHC to release FY14Q2 results on Dec 11th, plus investor call day after

28-Nov-2013Source: CHC

CHC Helicopter expects to release its fiscal-year 2014 second-quarter financial results, for the period ended Oct. 31, after market close on Wednesday, Dec. 11. CHC senior leaders will discuss the company’s strategy and operating performance during a conference call and webcast on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors, members of the news... Read more

Eurocopter Canada profiles EC225 in offshore and SAR roles

Eurocopter Canada profiles EC225 in offshore and SAR roles

28-Nov-2013Source: Eurocopter Canada

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

Bristow to present at the Cowen Ultimate Energy Conference

Bristow to present at the Cowen Ultimate Energy Conference

26-Nov-2013Source: Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that the Company will be attending the Cowen and Company Third Annual Ultimate Energy Conference held in New York City on December 3 – 4, 2013. Jonathan Baliff, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is scheduled to present on Tuesday, December 3, at 8:00... Read more

Australian Helicopters appoints new Managing Director

Australian Helicopters appoints new Managing Director

26-Nov-2013Source: Australian Helicopters

One of Australia’s leading suppliers of mission-critical helicopter services, Australian Helicopters, has appointed respected industry veteran John Boag as its new Managing Director. Mr Boag will add the role with Australian Helicopters to his existing responsibilities at Bond Helicopters Australia, both of which are part of the Avincis Group (Avincis). CEO Avincis Northern Europe &... Read more

Avincis Group confirms Joint Venture talks with Babcock International

Avincis Group confirms Joint Venture talks with Babcock International

25-Nov-2013Source: Avincis & Babcock

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

CHC orders nine S92s, plus 15 options

CHC orders nine S92s, plus 15 options

24-Nov-2013Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced that CHC Helicopter has signed a multi-year contract to purchase nine S-92(R) helicopters, with options to acquire up to 15 more, for use in transporting offshore oil workers and for possible search and rescue operations. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). CHC, based in Vancouver, British... Read more

Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

24-Nov-2013Source: Sunday Times

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

Unite union denies North Sea helicopter campaign is a cheap stunt

Unite union denies North Sea helicopter campaign is a cheap stunt

21-Nov-2013Source: STV

Safety consultant Ronnie  McDonald also said the issues raised by Unite are already being addressed by the Helicopter Safety Steering Group, which features the offshore unions, including Unite.  See full story... Read more

Bristow to hold Investor Day for updates on Brazilian market and Lider Aviacao

Bristow to hold Investor Day for updates on Brazilian market and Lider Aviacao

18-Nov-2013Source: Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, will host an Investor Day in New York City on Thursday, November 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at approximately 1:30 p.m. The company plans to highlight its partner Lider’s operations in Brazil and the country’s aviation growth... Read more

Abu Dhabi Aviation to take delivery of first Bell 412EPI

Abu Dhabi Aviation to take delivery of first Bell 412EPI

18-Nov-2013Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), is pleased to announce the upcoming delivery of the first Bell 412EPI helicopter in the world to Abu Dhabi Aviation for offshore oilfield support in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “The Bell 412 platform has been a vital part of our operations for many years. We chose... Read more

Waypoint Leasing to triple workforce in Ireland

Waypoint Leasing to triple workforce in Ireland

18-Nov-2013Source: Irish Times

Alan Jenkins, the company’s chief financial officer, told The Irish Times that Waypoint plans to increase its headcount in Limerick from seven currently to 20 by the end of 2014.  See full story... Read more

Gulf Helicopters signs firm order for 15 AW189s

Gulf Helicopters signs firm order for 15 AW189s

17-Nov-2013Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Gulf Helicopters of Qatar has signed firm orders for fifteen AW189 helicopters. This signing follows the preliminary sale contract announced in early 2012, confirming customer’s commitment to this new generation model. The first two aircraft are planned to be delivered to the customer in 2014 and... Read more

Bristow Group To Present At The Barclays Select Growth Conference

Bristow Group To Present At The Barclays Select Growth Conference

15-Nov-2013Source: Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that the Company will be attending the Barclays Select Growth Conference held in New York City on November 18 – 20, 2013. Jonathan Baliff, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is scheduled to present on Monday, November 18, at 8:20 a.m. Central Time (9:20 a.m.... Read more

PHI flies first Rig Approach™ Customer Flights in the S-92

PHI flies first Rig Approach™ Customer Flights in the S-92

14-Nov-2013Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and PHI Inc. announced today the completion of the first operational flights of the new “Rig Approach” system, a first of its kind functionality on the S-92®helicopter that provides helicopter operators with an automated approach to offshore rigs and platforms.  The flights occurred yesterday. Earlier this year, two FAA Demonstration test flights... Read more

PHi announces 2013 Q3 results to 30th September 2013

PHi announces 2013 Q3 results to 30th September 2013

12-Nov-2013Source: PHi

-PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. Operating revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2013 were $200.8 million, compared to $170.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, an increase of $29.9 million. Consolidated net income for... Read more

Union campaign sends strong message to North Sea operators

Union campaign sends strong message to North Sea operators

10-Nov-2013Source: Unite

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

Bristow reports financials for FY2014 Q2 to 30th September 2013

Bristow reports financials for FY2014 Q2 to 30th September 2013

8-Nov-2013Source: Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) today reported net income for the September 2013 quarter of $110.6 million, or $3.01 per diluted share, compared to net income of $29.7 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago. The results for both the quarter and six-month period include a significant gain on the sale of the FB Entities, an unconsolidated U.K. affiliate, of $103.9... Read more

Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

7-Nov-2013Source: Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that its Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share of common stock issued and outstanding at the close of business on November 29, 2013 (the “Record Date”). The dividend will be payable on December 13, 2013 to stockholders of record... Read more

Bristow Group to present at the Jefferies 2013 Global Energy Conference

Bristow Group to present at the Jefferies 2013 Global Energy Conference

6-Nov-2013Source: Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that the Company will be attending the Jefferies 2013 Global Energy Conference held in Houston on November 12 – 13,  2013. Jeremy Akel, Senior Vice President Global Operations and Jonathan Baliff, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, are scheduled to present onWednesday, November... Read more

UK union launches “Back Home Safe” North Sea safety campaign

UK union launches “Back Home Safe” North Sea safety campaign

6-Nov-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Unite the union have invited media to the launch on Wednesday 6th November of their ‘Back Home Safe’ campaign which calls for immediate improvements to the safety of offshore helicopter flights on the North Sea.  The union’s demands which reflect the wishes and concerns of Unite members and the wider offshore workforce call for; Safer emergency... Read more

New operator Atlantic Aviation starts offshore flights in Nigeria

New operator Atlantic Aviation starts offshore flights in Nigeria

5-Nov-2013Source: Daily TImes

Atlantic Aviation, an indigenous company wholly owned by Jagal Group with technical service support given by CHC, completed its first commercial offshore flight for Total Exploration &Production Nigeria Limited off the Nigerian coast.  See full story... Read more

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