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CHC partners with Cayman Islands CAA

CHC partners with Cayman Islands CAA

CHC Helicopter, the world’s leading offshore helicopter services provider, is pleased to announce a joint partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI). This new partnership will provide CHC Helicopter with the opportunity to obtain and maintain a Cayman Islands Air Operator Certificate to conduct offshore operations in several foreign jurisdictions worldwide…. Read more »

Source: CHC, 19-Apr-11

New publication underlines offshore industry’s commitment to helicopter safety

New publication underlines offshore industry’s commitment to helicopter safety

The oil and gas industry has underlined its ongoing commitment to offshore helicopter safety, with the launch of a new publication. Oil & Gas UK’s ‘Guidelines for the Management of Aviation Operations’ has been revised and updated to improve awareness of helicopter issues for those whose jobs require a comprehensive technical or logistical understanding. The… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 18-Apr-11

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Survival-One designs new helicopter passenger survival suit with Outlast® technology

Survival-One designs new helicopter passenger survival suit with Outlast® technology

Increased survival chances without sacrificing comfort Water is a dangerous place with unpredictable elements. But with some jobs and activities it is not possible to just stay away from it. To get to offshore installations there is no other choice than to fly over water. So if a risk can’t be avoided it is essential… Read more »

Source: Survival-One, 13-Apr-11

CHC celebrates value of SQID safety database

CHC celebrates value of SQID safety database

CHC has always been proud of its single, world-wide system for incident reporting, but how can that data be used to benefit customers and the company? It is critical to have the right data and we start by measuring things that are important to customers, to safety, and to the growth of the company. These… Read more »

Source: CHC, 31-Mar-11

Heliwest moves into offshore operations, taking over former Bristow contract

Heliwest moves into offshore operations, taking over former Bristow contract

Leading WA-based helicopter company Heliwest has moved into the offshore operations area, securing a contract with Roc Oil (WA) Pty Ltd to provide service and maintenance crew transfers for its Cliff Head project off the (Western Australian) coast from Dongara. Heliwest CEO David Grimes said the contract, previously operated by Bristow, was a major win… Read more »

Source: Heliwest, 29-Mar-11

Acquisition #3 – Boustead buys 51% of MHS Aviation

Acquisition #3 – Boustead buys 51% of MHS Aviation

Boustead Holdings Bhd will buy a 51% stake in helicopter and aircraft charter services provider MHS Aviation Bhd for RM100mil in an effort to strengthen its involvement in the oil and gas industry. In Kuala Lumpur today, a filing on the “Bursa Malaysia” stock market stated that Boustead will buy 10.2mil shares of MHS Aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Mar-11

Acquisition #1 – Bond Aviation Group sold to INAER’s private equity owners

Acquisition #1 – Bond Aviation Group sold to INAER’s private equity owners

Bond Aviation Group, the UK company encompassing the onshore operator Bond Air Service and its sister company Bond Offshore Helicopters, is set to be sold by Stephen and Peter Bond for a figure thought to be around £300 million (approx $480M).  The buyers are the two private equity groups that own Spanish operator INAER, which… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Mar-11

Bristow to present at Howard Weil 39th Annual Energy Conference

Bristow to present at Howard Weil 39th Annual Energy Conference

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced today that the Company will be attending the Howard Weil 39th Annual Energy Conference to be held in New Orleans on March 28 – 31, 2011. William E. Chiles, President and Chief Executive Officer, is scheduled to present on Tuesday, March… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 28-Mar-11

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Denmark: BelAir wins five year Maersk shuttle contract

Denmark: BelAir wins five year Maersk shuttle contract

It is with pride that Bel Air has been chosen to take charge of shuttle flights in the North Sea for Maersk Oil and Gas. Whole Maersk Oil and Gas Contract has been in the contract. Bel Air has won the part of the contract as you welcomed into. Director Susan H. Lastein: “I am… Read more »

Source: BelAir, 25-Mar-11

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UK: Closure of North Denes HP put on hold

UK: Closure of North Denes HP put on hold

CHC announced this week that “under current market conditions” the plan to move was not viable at the current time, and would be put on hold.

Source: EDP24, 25-Mar-11

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Gazprom selects partner to develop heliport supporting Shtokman gas field

Gazprom selects partner to develop heliport supporting Shtokman gas field

Gazprom has selected Rubin (St. Petersburg) after a tender to draft a concept design for an intermediate marine helicopter landing pad for the Shtokman gas condensate field. The client is the 100-percent Gazprom subsidiary Gazflot.  Rubin will use its own knowledge and expertise to draft the concept for Gazflot; the project is part of the… Read more »

Source: Gazprom, 22-Mar-11

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Weststar takes delivery of last three of nine AW139s

Weststar takes delivery of last three of nine AW139s

Malaysian offshore operator Weststar Aviation Services has taken delivery of the last three of the nine AgustaWestland AW139s it ordered, primarily for supporting offshore oil and gas operations in the country.  The three were delivered today to Kualan Lumpur’s Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah airport courtesy of an Antonov AN124 freighter. Six AW139s will be based… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Mar-11

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Bond Offshore Helicopters signs a new SBH contract with Turbomeca

Bond Offshore Helicopters signs a new SBH contract with Turbomeca

British oil & gas helicopter support operator Bond Offshore Helicopters signed a new Support-by-the-Hour® contract with Turbomeca UK for their four new AS365N3 Dauphins, powered by the Arriel engine. The helicopters’ Arriel 2C turbines will be maintained by Turbomeca UK which supports nearly 700 engines powering British and Irish-owned customers’ helicopters. Two of the new… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 09-Mar-11

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UTair orders 15 Eurocopter EC175s

UTair orders 15 Eurocopter EC175s

Russia’s UTair Aviation today signed a firm contract for the acquisition of 15 EC175 helicopters, extending its long-term strategic partnership with Eurocopter and the Eurocopter Vostok subsidiary in Russia and the CIS. This agreement, which firms up a letter of intent announced at Heli-Expo in 2008, covers the deliveries of 15 EC175s in 2013 and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 08-Mar-11

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P&WC signs long-term agreement with Era Helicopters

P&WC signs long-term agreement with Era Helicopters

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed a long-term agreement with Era Helicopters LLC (Era) of Lake Charles, La., to provide engine support for Era’s fleet of 70 P&WC-powered helicopters. The contract covers 150 installed PW200/PT6B/PT6C and PT6T engines, plus spares, for a period of 10 years. Pratt & Whitney Canada is a United Technologies… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 06-Mar-11

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PHi chooses AW139s and Signs Long-Term Engine Service Agreement for PT6C-67C Engines

PHi chooses AW139s and Signs Long-Term Engine Service Agreement for PT6C-67C Engines

PHI Inc (NASDAQ: PHII, PHIIK), a leading provider of helicopter transportation and related services to a diverse customer group that includes the oil and gas industries, has purchased 10 AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC’s) PT6C-67C engines. As well, PHI has signed a long-term Engine Service Agreement for the repair and… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 06-Mar-11

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Bristow Nigeria recruiting pilots

Bristow Nigeria recruiting pilots

Bristow is one of the world’s largest providers of helicopter services. The first civil helicopter company to work in the oil and gas industry, Bristow has earned an international reputation for speed of response and quality of service.Bristow is a truly global organization, working together from facilities around the world to offer a wide-ranging array of services…. Read more »

Source: Bristow Nigeria, 04-Mar-11

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Shell considers move to non-airport base to avoid $1.5M tax at Scholes

Shell considers move to non-airport base to avoid $1.5M tax at Scholes

Shell pays about $1.5M annually in taxes by using Scholes International Airport. These are imposed on passengers flying on large helicopters such as S-92s and S-76s, which PHI operates at Scholes.  To avoid the tax, Shell has asked PHI to move its base from the island to a non-airport field in Alvin.  Click on the… Read more »

Source: Galveston Daily News, 22-Feb-11

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CHC airfreights first two helicopters to Australia for Woodside contract

CHC airfreights first two helicopters to Australia for Woodside contract

Over three months ahead of contract start date on 1st June, CHC yesterday air freignted the two AW139s it needs for the Woodside Energy contract in an Antonov An124 of Volga-Dnepr Airlines.  The pair had been delivered from the factory in Italy to CHC in the UK and then ferried to CHC’s Norwegian base at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Feb-11

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CHC moves Australian HQ to Perth

CHC moves Australian HQ to Perth

Following the company’s success at winning the Woodside Energy contract from Bristows, AUstralia’s largest commercial operator is moving its local office from Adelaide to Perth.  CHC will  be flying four Eurocopter EC225 and two AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters on the contract, based out of Karratha in Western Australia – nearly 1,000 miles north of Perth.  The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Feb-11

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Gulf of Mexico ADS-B Avionics Forum to be held at Heli-Expo 2011

Gulf of Mexico ADS-B Avionics Forum to be held at Heli-Expo 2011

HAI is pleased to announce a Gulf of Mexico ADS-B avionics forum will be held at HELI-EXPO 2011 in Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday, March 8, from 1:00pm-3:00pm in Room S230 A & B of the Orange County Convention Center. The forum will include helicopter operators, avionics and airframe manufacturers and the FAA, with discussion focused on… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Feb-11

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PHI show commitment to Scholes International Airport

PHI show commitment to Scholes International Airport

Corporate officers with PHI have grounded whirling rumors that they planned to move longtime operations from the island to the mainland.   PHI has about nine helicopters at Scholes International Airport to shuttle crews to and from offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Source: Galveston Daily News, 14-Feb-11

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Oil firms curtail helicopter use over rough Newfoundland seas

Oil firms curtail helicopter use over rough Newfoundland seas

Offshore oil companies are grounding helicopter flights over rough seas off Newfoundland as recommended by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

Source: Vancouver Sun, 12-Feb-11

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Canada’s Safety Board to release Cougar S92 report on Wednesday

Canada’s Safety Board to release Cougar S92 report on Wednesday

The Transportation Safety Board (“TSB”) of Canada has announced that it will be holding a press conference for the media on Wednesday to publically release the final TSB investigation report (reference id A09A0016) into the crash of a Cougar Helicopters Sikorsky S-92A off the coast of Newfoundland on March 12, 2009.  Members of the panel… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-11

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Bristow Nigeria lost $1m to bird strikes

Bristow Nigeria lost $1m to bird strikes

This was made known by the Managing Director of Bristow Helicopters, Capt Akin Oni, briefing journalists on efforts at repositioning the company and the aviation safety conference tagged, “Target Zero,” in Lagos recently.

Source: Independent Online, 06-Feb-11

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Bristow Nigeria running safety seminar 8-9 February

Bristow Nigeria running safety seminar 8-9 February

The forum with a theme “Fostering a safety Culture” is expected to bring stakeholders from aviation, oil and gas industry and government circles to discuss the latest trends in aviation safety.

Source: World Stage, 03-Feb-11

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CHC signs for 800 hours a year on new EC225 simulator

CHC signs for 800 hours a year on new EC225 simulator

As part of Eurocopter UK’s launch of their new North Sea Service Centre in Aberdeen, the company also provided a focal point with the opening of a Eurocopter EC225 simulator.  They have already made significant progress selling time on this simulator, made in Spain by Indra, by using the event to host a contract signing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-11

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Eurocopter inaugurates North Sea Service Centre with EC225 simulator at Aberdeen

Eurocopter inaugurates North Sea Service Centre with EC225 simulator at Aberdeen

Eurocopter officially inaugurated its new North Sea Service Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland today, providing a highly capable training, technical support and logistics facility in close proximity to helicopter operators who support the region’s vital oil and gas industry – as well as the emerging wind farm sector.  Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft constitute the largest helicopter fleet… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter UK, 01-Feb-11

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Bond Offshore Helicopters prepare for AW139 operations

Bond Offshore Helicopters prepare for AW139 operations

Yesterday, Bond Offshore Helicopters registered their first AW139 helicopter with teh UK CAA – it is G-PERA which reflects it being contracted to the independent oil & gas company Perenco.  Previously this company’s operations were supported by an AW139 from CHC.  The AW139, which will be joined by a second prior to the contract start… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Feb-11

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Cougar S92 enquiry results in new underwater escape trainer

Cougar S92 enquiry results in new underwater escape trainer

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland today announced a $2.4 million donation by Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) towards the installation of new, state-of-the art simulation training equipment at the Institute’s Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC) in Foxtrap, NL. “A commitment to safety is something we value and… Read more »

Source: Marine Institute, 26-Jan-11

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Pawan Hans target of 500 helicopters seen as ambitious

Pawan Hans target of 500 helicopters seen as ambitious

State-run Pawan Hans Helicopters, which has emerged as Asia’s leading helicopter, is working towards building a fleet of 500 helicopters. That’s a huge increase over its current fleet strength of 41 helicopters

Source: Business Standard, 26-Jan-11

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Two more Bell 407s for PHi

Two more Bell 407s for PHi

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the recent sale of two Bell 407 helicopters to PHI, one of the world’s leading helicopter services companies, for use in the transportation of oil and gas workers in the Gulf of Mexico. PHI, known industry wide for the relentless pursuit of safe and reliable… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Jan-11

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Bond Offshore Helicopters turnover up 13% at £61M, profits up 12%

Bond Offshore Helicopters turnover up 13% at £61M, profits up 12%

Recently released accounts show turnover at £61.09 million for the year to 31st March 2010, up 13%, and pre-tax profits at £3.572 million, up 12%

Source: Aberdeen Press & Journal, 10-Jan-11

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Pawan Hans gets funding boost from various Government organisations

Pawan Hans gets funding boost from various Government organisations

ONGC, the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India, is increasing its shareholding in helicopter operator Pawan Hans with a cash injection of Rs96 crore – 960 million rupees – equivalent to US$21.2M.  This takes the ONGC shareholding from 21% to 49% in the state-owned helicopter operator.  Given this as the value of 28% would… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jan-11

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NBC Nightly News features ADS-B in Gulf of Mexico

NBC Nightly News features ADS-B in Gulf of Mexico

NBC Nightly News recently aired a report on the FAA’s Next-Generation Air Traffic System that featured the pioneering application of that system’s backbone, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), for helicopter operations in the Gulf of Mexico. “The FAA is touting a revolutionary system that it says will overhaul air traffic control across America, making the nation’s… Read more »

Source: HAI, 04-Jan-11

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Boustead Holdings buys majority stake in Malaysian operator MHS Aviation

Boustead Holdings buys majority stake in Malaysian operator MHS Aviation

Boustead Holdings, founded in 1828, is one of Malaysia’s established and diversified conglomerates. Today Boustead has more than 100 subsidiaries and associate companies of which four companies are listed on the local stock market – Bursa Malaysia.

04-Jan-11

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Two S92s arrive in Azerbaijan for offshore ops in Caspian Sea

Two S92s arrive in Azerbaijan for offshore ops in Caspian Sea

Local reports in Azerbaijan confirm the delivery of two Sikorsky S92s to operator SW Helicopter Services, with the pair arriving at Zabrat airport near Baku.  HeliHub.com understands they will be put to use supporting offshore exploration in the Caspian Sea with oil company BP. The two helicopters are serials 92-0135 and 0136, and one has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-10

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CHC prepares Australian AW139s in Norway

CHC prepares Australian AW139s in Norway

We reported on 19th November that CHC had won the Woodside Energy contract in Australia from long-term incumbent Bristow Helicopters.  CHC will commence flying this contract in June 2011, operating four EC225 aircraft and two AW139 aircraft based out of Karratha in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The two AgustaWestland AW139s have been delivered… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-10

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Ground-breaking North Sea helicopter tracking system goes live

Ground-breaking North Sea helicopter tracking system goes live

Oil & Gas UK and NATS, the UK’s leading air navigation service provider, today announced the world’s first operational use of wide area multilateration technology for tracking offshore flights. Helicopters in transit to and from oil and gas platforms in the North Sea are now visible to air traffic controllers from takeoff to landing, increasing… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 14-Dec-10

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Newfoundland seeks independent offshore oil regulator to oversee safety

Newfoundland seeks independent offshore oil regulator to oversee safety

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) announced today early steps in an implementation strategy for the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry Phase I Report Recommendations. The report contains 29 recommendations. The C-NLOPB completed its review and accepts 27 of the 29 recommendations in full. Recommendation 12, which calls for an on-going ban on night… Read more »

Source: C-NLOPB, 14-Dec-10

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Russian Helicopters add more details on offshore Mi-171 contract

Russian Helicopters add more details on offshore Mi-171 contract

[HeliHub.com ran a story on the sale of these helicopters prior to Russian Helicopters issuing this press release] The Russian multi-role Mi-171A1, manufactured by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, a subsidiary of the Russian Helicopters holding company, won the tender of Brazil national oil company Petrobras to operate in the Amazon Basin. Brazilian operators bid in… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 07-Dec-10

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PHi and Bristow fight new Louisiana state law

PHi and Bristow fight new Louisiana state law

PHI and Bristow argue in a federal lawsuit filed last week in Lafayette that the law is an improper and unnecessary intrusion by the state into the realm of aviation regulation, which is generally handled by the federal government.

Source: 3TheAdvocate, 03-Dec-10

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Malaysia: Weststar takes delivery of first AW139 of nine

Malaysia: Weststar takes delivery of first AW139 of nine

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Weststar Aviation Services of Malaysia has taken delivery of its first of nine AW139 medium twin engine helicopters. The helicopters will be used to perform offshore transport missions supporting offshore oil & gas industry operations in Malaysia. Weststar Aviation Services is currently the largest commercial customer… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-Dec-10

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Bristow to present at the Jefferies Global Energy Conference

Bristow to present at the Jefferies Global Energy Conference

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that the Company will be attending the Jefferies Global Energy Conference to be held in Houston on December 1-2, 2010. Mark Duncan, Senior Vice President, Commercial, is scheduled to present on Thursday, December 2, at 4:00 p.m…. Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 01-Dec-10

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NTSB cites lack of bird strike resistant windshield requirements in fatal PHi S76 crash

NTSB cites lack of bird strike resistant windshield requirements in fatal PHi S76 crash

The National Transportation Safety Board today released a final report on a fatal crash involving a transport-category helicopter caused by a bird strike. The Board said the lack of requirements for bird strike-resistant windshields contributed to the crash, and called on the FAA to develop such requirements. On January 4, 2009, a dual-engine Sikorsky S-76C++… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 25-Nov-10

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Chevron orders two Bell 429s for Gulf of Mexico ops

Chevron orders two Bell 429s for Gulf of Mexico ops

FORT WORTH, TX. (November 22, 2010) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the sale of two (2) 429 helicopters to Chevron, one of the largest integrated energy companies in the world. The aircraft will be servicing Chevron’s oil & gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico with deliveries planned in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Nov-10

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Helicopter safety agency needed, Cougar S92 report says

Helicopter safety agency needed, Cougar S92 report says

Critics have accused the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board of a conflict of interest because it is tasked with developing offshore resources to the maximum extent while also protecting workers and the environment.

Source: Toronto Star, 19-Nov-10

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Australia: CHC lands Woodside Energy contract from Bristow

Australia: CHC lands Woodside Energy contract from Bristow

CHC Helicopter has been awarded a nine-year $500 million contract to provide helicopter services for Woodside Energy’s Australian operations, possibly the largest helicopters service contract ever written in Australia. Managing Director for CHC Helicopter’s Australian operations, Rick Burt, was proud to be working with Woodside. “Woodside continue to play a lead role in developing the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 19-Nov-10

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C-NLOPB releases Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry Report, Phase I

C-NLOPB releases Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry Report, Phase I

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) received the Report of the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry today and is releasing it to the public immediately. “On behalf of the Board, I thank Commissioner Robert Wells, commission counsel and the staff of the commission for their work during the course of Phase I of the… Read more »

Source: C-NLOPB, 18-Nov-10

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CHC Scotia to close North Denes HP and move to Norwich

CHC Scotia to close North Denes HP and move to Norwich

CHC Scotia Limited has announced the closure of Great Yarmouth’s North Denes heliport next May with offshore operations focusing on Norwich International Airport from that date.

09-Nov-10

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Mobilarm to supply VHF Locator Beacons to Bristow Helicopters Australia

Mobilarm to supply VHF Locator Beacons to Bristow Helicopters Australia

Mobilarm has announced that it has secured a significant new contract to supply its VHF Locator Beacons to Bristow Helicopters Australia (part of the Bristow Group) as the sole contractor to BHP Billiton Petroleum for offshore personnel transfers by helicopter in Australia. In the initial order, Mobilarm will supply 50 of its innovative V100 VHF… Read more »

Source: Mobilarm, 04-Nov-10

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Eurocopter focuses on security, transport and offshore missions at Dubai Helishow

Eurocopter focuses on security, transport and offshore missions at Dubai Helishow

Marignane, France, 2 November 2010 Eurocopter will mark its 30-plus year presence in the Middle East and Arabian Gulf region with a major participation at this week’s Dubai Helishow 2010, underscoring its helicopter product line’s capabilities for evolving applications that include anti-piracy, counter-insurgency and border patrol missions; corporate and VVIP transportation; emergency medical airlift; search… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 02-Nov-10

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CHC Helikopter Service recognizes its Norwegian heritage

CHC Helikopter Service recognizes its Norwegian heritage

CHC Helicopter, the world’s leading offshore helicopter services provider, announced today that its Norwegian business operations will be renamed CHC Helikopter Service. “By using the name ‘CHC Helikopter Service’ we are recognizing the long tradition and proud history of a company that has been serving the Norwegian oil and gas industry for almost 60 years,”… Read more »

Source: CHC Norway, 29-Oct-10

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Cougar drops Sikorsky subsidiary from Can$27M lawsuit

Cougar drops Sikorsky subsidiary from Can$27M lawsuit

Cougar launched the lawsuit in June against both Sikorsky and its subsidiary Helicopter Services Inc. (HSI), but has recently served notice it was discontinuing the civil action against HSI.

Source: The Telegram, 28-Oct-10

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Canadian offshore safety report expected by Friday

Canadian offshore safety report expected by Friday

Inquiry commissioner Robert Wells is expected to report by Friday to the federal-provincial board that regulates oil activity offshore. But it’s up to the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board to make those findings public.

Source: Winnepeg Free Press, 27-Oct-10

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Bristow renews North Sea contract with IAC for 5-10 years

Bristow renews North Sea contract with IAC for 5-10 years

Bristow Helicopters Ltd has secured a £multi-million five year deal with the Integrated Aviation Consortium (IAC) in the UK North Sea. The IAC comprises six major oil companies: BP, CNR International, Fairfield Energy, Petrofac, Shell and TAQA. The contract was renewed for a five year term with the option to extend for an additional five… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 26-Oct-10

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UK: Helicopter task group head honoured after disaster

UK: Helicopter task group head honoured after disaster

Robert Paterson, industry body Oil and Gas UK’s health, safety and employment issues director, said: “Everyone in the oil and gas industry really appreciates the work Bob put in to make these safety improvements actually happen.”

Source: BBC, 21-Oct-10

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Sikorsky and Líder sign for one S-92

Sikorsky and Líder sign for one S-92

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Líder Taxi Aéreo S.A. Air Brasil today announced the signing of a contract for one S-92® aircraft in a ceremony held at NBAA. This contract continues the 30-year relationship between the companies. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). Líder will operate the aircraft in Brazil in support of… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 19-Oct-10

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WSI enhances Gulf of Mexico capabilities for helicopter operators

WSI enhances Gulf of Mexico capabilities for helicopter operators

WSI (Weather Services International) today announced that its award-winning Pilotbrief Online flight service has added US Mineral Management Service (MMS) Blocks and Platforms, as well as new weather hazard analysis features focused on the Gulf of Mexico (GOMEX) for rotorcraft operators. ”WSI Pilotbrief has always offered best-in-class global weather decision support for pilots in one… Read more »

Source: WSI, 15-Oct-10

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Dancopter orders three AW139s for Shell contract in Nigeria

Dancopter orders three AW139s for Shell contract in Nigeria

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that BlueWay AS of Norway has signed a contract for three AW139 medium twin engine helicopters. The helicopters will be operated by its subsidiary DanCopter to support Shell offshore oil & gas operations in Nigeria. The three aircraft, which will be delivered in late 2011, will be… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 10-Oct-10

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Bristow announces further long-term contracts in UK and Malaysia

Bristow announces further long-term contracts in UK and Malaysia

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that it has secured new contracts for work in the UK North Sea, Norway and Malaysia potentially worth in excess of $1.3 billion in revenue over the next ten years. William E. Chiles, President and Chief Executive… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 09-Sep-10

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Bristow to present at the Barclays Capital 2010 CEO Energy-Power conference

Bristow to present at the Barclays Capital 2010 CEO Energy-Power conference

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that the Company will be attending the Barclays Capital 2010 CEO Energy-Power Conference to be held in New York City, September 15 – 16, 2010. William E. Chiles, President and Chief Executive Officer is scheduled to present… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 08-Sep-10

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Aero Contractors loses offshore oil and gas operations to Caverton

Aero Contractors loses offshore oil and gas operations to Caverton

Aero Contractors rotary wing, which carries out over 35 per cent of offshore shuttle services for oil and gas companies, has lost a major Shell contract to Caverton Helicopters and multibillion naira major services in the off-shore operations

Source: This Day, 06-Sep-10

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Cougar S92 crash probe review unfair, says lawyer

Cougar S92 crash probe review unfair, says lawyer

The Transportation Safety Board probe into a deadly helicopter crash off Newfoundland is flawed and unfair, say lawyers for the victims of Cougar Flight 491.

06-Sep-10

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New web based helideck monitoring service introduced by Kongsberg

New web based helideck monitoring service introduced by Kongsberg

Kongsberg Maritime has launched a sophisticated new web service to provide users of its Helideck Monitoring Systems (HMS) with live data over the internet. The new Web HMS 100 service meets the demands of helicopter operators and pilots for advance data on helideck conditions before the flight embarks for the platform and addresses forthcoming new… Read more »

Source: Kongsberg Maritime, 05-Sep-10

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WestStar Aviation Services signs up for nine AW139s

WestStar Aviation Services signs up for nine AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to confirm a previously unannounced order by Weststar Aviation Services of Malaysia for nine AW139 medium twin engine helicopters. The helicopters will be used to perform offshore transport missions supporting oil & gas industry operations in Malaysia. All nine aircraft will be delivered by March 2011. Dedicated pilot and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 04-Sep-10

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Sikorsky filed with near $27M lawsuit over Cougar S92 accident

Sikorsky filed with near $27M lawsuit over Cougar S92 accident

Lawsuit claims almost $27-million for damages and losses from the 2009 tragedy in the North Atlantic

Source: Globe and Mail, 02-Sep-10

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PHi signs for ten AW139s

PHi signs for ten AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that PHI, Inc. has signed a contract for ten AW139 medium twin helicopters. These aircraft will be used to perform offshore transport missions. Emilio Dalmasso, Senior Vice President Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland said, “We are proud to add PHI to our growing customer base. PHI’s order further… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 31-Aug-10

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Bereaved Cougar S92 families call for mandatory helmets offshore

Bereaved Cougar S92 families call for mandatory helmets offshore

The families of two pilots who died in a helicopter crash that killed 17 people off Newfoundland and Labrador last year want improved safety equipment – including mandatory helmet use – for helicopter crews flying offshore workers

Source: Montreal Gazette, 31-Aug-10

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Statoil awards Bristow 10 year contract for three S92s

Statoil awards Bristow 10 year contract for three S92s

Statoil has awarded Bristow Norway a 10-year contract for three S92s from Flesland heliport in Bergen, effective from 15 January 2012.

Source: Norway Post, 30-Aug-10

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Platform worker sues PHi after being struck by lightning

Platform worker sues PHi after being struck by lightning

Mississippi resident is suing a helicopter courier service for insisting to transport him in severe and dangerous weather.

Source: Louisiana Record, 18-Aug-10

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Consultation over CHC departure from North Denes HP due by month end

Consultation over CHC departure from North Denes HP due by month end

A lengthy consultation over possible plans to relocate operations from Great Yarmouth’s heliport to Norwich should be concluded by the end of the month.

Source: Great Yarmouth Mercury, 17-Aug-10

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CHC Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

CHC Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

CHC Helicopter, the world’s leading offshore helicopter services provider today announced the appointment of William J. “Bill” Amelio as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Amelio replaces Sylvain Allard who recently retired after a successful 25-year career with CHC that saw the company grow from a small domestic helicopter operator to a global leader in offshore… Read more »

Source: CHC, 11-Aug-10

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Protege of Warren Buffett back in aviation with new Helicopter Fund

Protege of Warren Buffett back in aviation with new Helicopter Fund

SUMMARY: Chairman is Richard Santulli, founder of private jet fractional ownership, NetJets, RTS Helicopters Unique focus provides much-needed lease financing to helicopter and private jet communities Secures US$500 million of equity capital Milestone Aviation Group, the first global specialty finance company focused exclusively on the helicopter and private jet markets, today announced that it has… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation Group, 05-Aug-10

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Brazil’s TAM negotiates offshore joint venture with PHi

Brazil’s TAM negotiates offshore joint venture with PHi

Brazil’s TAM Empreendimentos e Participações is negotiating with Petroleum Helicopters the final details of a joint venture helicopter enterprise dedicated to the flourishing Brazilian offshore market

Source: Flightglobal, 03-Aug-10

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