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CHC wins £55M North Sea contract from Apache

CHC wins £55M North Sea contract from Apache

Leading offshore services provider CHC Helicopter announced today it has been awarded an £11m/year contract to provide crew change services for Apache North Sea. The five-year deal, which has the potential for two one year extensions, will see CHC Helicopter add a second Sikorsky S92 aircraft to its Aberdeen fleet at a cost of £14.5m…. Read more »

Source: CHC, 31-Jul-10

Bristow appoint new Director of European Operations

Bristow appoint new Director of European Operations

Bristow Helicopters has named its new director who will drive forward the company’s European growth plans. Mike Imlach, who was previously Director of Bristow’s Nigerian Business Unit, has been appointed as the Director of European Operations. He will oversee all commercial and operational aspects of the company’s activities in the UK, Norway and Holland. Mike,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 23-Jul-10

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Air traffic controllers blamed for ‘near miss’ on North Sea

Air traffic controllers blamed for ‘near miss’ on North Sea

Crews onboard the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter had told air traffic control they would be carrying out a winching exercise in West Voe, flying at what air traffic controllers “assumed” would be no higher than 100ft.

Source: Press and Journal, 22-Jul-10

CHC AW139 fleet leader breaks 5,000 hours milestone

CHC AW139 fleet leader breaks 5,000 hours milestone

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that an AW139 medium twin helicopter operated in the Netherlands by the CHC Helicopter group of companies is the first to achieve the milestone of 5,000 flying hours. CHC is the largest AW139 operator worldwide with 34 units in service or on order. CHC introduced the AW139… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Jul-10

South African Air Force commences offshore oil platform supply flights

South African Air Force commences offshore oil platform supply flights

SAAF is flying the shuttle service for Government-owned PetroSA with effect from July 1.  A spokesman added “We complied because part of our mandate is to assist other government departments” , also confirming the flights were infrequent.

Source: DefenceWeb, 20-Jul-10

Era Helicopters and Priority 1 Air Rescue Announce Louisiana SAR Service

Era Helicopters and Priority 1 Air Rescue Announce Louisiana SAR Service

Era Helicopters LLC (Era) announced today the launch of a Search and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (SAR/EMS) operation from its base located in Fourchon, Louisiana. Together, Era and Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) will offer FAA-approved, full-service SAR/EMS capability and turnkey solutions to offshore Oil & Gas companies located in the Gulf of Mexico… Read more »

Source: Era Helicopters, 06-Jul-10

CHC bring second S92 to their British North Sea fleet

CHC bring second S92 to their British North Sea fleet

Yesterday, CHC added a second Sikorsky S92 to their Aberdeen-based North Sea fleet.  Registered G-CHCS, and the 125th S92 off the production line, it joins sister ship G-CHCK which has been active supporting British offshore oil installations since spring 2006.  CHC has other S92s in the North Sea operating from Stavangar in support of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-10

FAA responds to Gulf of Mexico story about Temporary Flight Restrictions

FAA responds to Gulf of Mexico story about Temporary Flight Restrictions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today’s story by the Associated Press contains a number of inaccuracies with regard to the government’s oversight of flyovers in and around the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Since May 28th, the FAA has approved every request to fly over the area – more than 176 requests. While the temporary… Read more »

Source: FAA, 18-Jun-10

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Bristow provides update on Gulf of Mexico operations

Bristow provides update on Gulf of Mexico operations

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) today provided an update on the impact of the ongoing deepwater oil spill and the recently announced 180-day moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico (the “Drilling Moratorium”) on its activity in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. “While we expect that the Drilling Moratorium will have a near… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 10-Jun-10

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Almost 40% of Canadian offshore workers would prefer not to fly to work

Almost 40% of Canadian offshore workers would prefer not to fly to work

Almost 40 per cent of the people working in the offshore oil industry east of Newfoundland would prefer not to use helicopters to go to work, a new survey has found.

Source: CBC, 04-Jun-10

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CHC Nigeria ends partnership with Aero Contractors

CHC Nigeria ends partnership with Aero Contractors

Against the backdrop of mounting debt and continued service without payment, the management of CHC Helicopter, a novel business initiative in the country, yesterday terminated its partnership with Aero Contractors. (see full story)

Source: Vanguard, 04-Jun-10

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Saudi Aramco takes delivery of three more AW139s

Saudi Aramco takes delivery of three more AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Saudi Aramco has taken delivery of three more AW139 medium twin helicopters during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant in Italy. These aircraft will be used to support oil and gas operations in Saudi Arabia. The AW139 has achieved great success in many countries… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Jun-10

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Bond starts new Perenco contract in Southern North Sea

Bond starts new Perenco contract in Southern North Sea

[The following press release from Bond supplements HeliHub’s own story regarding the delivery of these two 365s] The latest additions to Bond Offshore Helicopters’ fleet of aircraft have entered service on behalf of new client, Perenco (UK) Ltd, in the UK sector of the southern North Sea. Crew change flights with two AS365N3 Dauphin aircraft… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 03-Jun-10

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DanCopter provides details of $630M Shell Nigeria contract

DanCopter provides details of $630M Shell Nigeria contract

[HeliHub.com was the first aviation website to break this story two days ago.  This press release merely confirms the fact and provides more details] The Norwegian based helicopter group Blueway has won its largest contract ever within the offshore sector. It has been awarded a five year contract, with an extension option of 2 x… Read more »

Source: DanCopter, 03-Jun-10

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Shell Nigeria signs big contract with Caverton/Dancopter partnership

Shell Nigeria signs big contract with Caverton/Dancopter partnership

The contract, which would last for five years and is renewable for another two years, is the biggest aviation contract between an international oil company and an indigenous one.

Source: Capital.gr, 01-Jun-10

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Bond Offshore Helicopters takes delivery of two 365N3 Dauphins

Bond Offshore Helicopters takes delivery of two 365N3 Dauphins

In the last few days, Bond Offshore Helicopters have registered two new AS365N3 Dauphins, G-REDG (serial 6907) and G-REDH (6911).  The former was first registered in the UK on Thursday 27th and delivered into the UK the following day.  The latter was (most unusually) first registered on a UK public holiday yesterda, and the HeliHub.com… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-10

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Bristow AS332 starts 18 month Baltic Sea contract

Bristow AS332 starts 18 month Baltic Sea contract

In a previously unannounced contract, HeliHub.com reports that the International division of Bristow Helicopters have contracted a Super Puma for 18 months to Saipem.  The helicopter is supporting their “Castoro Sei” semi-submersible pipelay vessel, which is laying part of the new Nord Stream pipeline from St Petersburg to Hamburg through the Baltic Sea in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-May-10

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PHI plans expanstion into Brazil with new JV

PHI plans expanstion into Brazil with new JV

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) — announced today that they have entered into a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with TAM Empreedimentos e Participacoes S/A. (“TEP”) to form a joint venture company that will provide helicopter transportation to the expanding Brazilian oil and gas offshore market. PHI, founded in 1949,… Read more »

Source: PHi, 05-May-10

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CHC Norway to add S92 under new five year contract

CHC Norway to add S92 under new five year contract

French oil company GDF Suez contracts for a Sikorsky S92 for the Gjoa field for five years starting October 2010, with options for a further three years after that.

Source: Findaposten, 30-Apr-10

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Cougar S92 inquiry chair calls for more safety progress

Cougar S92 inquiry chair calls for more safety progress

“Progress may not be as fast as some people might like — and perhaps I might like,” said commissioner Robert Wells in an interview.  “But you know, in fairness, they are making progress.”

Source: CTV, 30-Apr-10

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GE Announces Industry’s First Proven Web-based HUMS utilizing Advanced Anomaly Detection technology

GE Announces Industry’s First Proven Web-based HUMS utilizing Advanced Anomaly Detection technology

GE Aviation recently announced the launch of the first proven web-based health and usage monitoring system utilizing GE Advanced Anomaly Detection (AAD) technology. The system is introduced with AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, on the AW139 to further enhance its global Customer Support Services. “This application of our Advanced Anomaly Detection technology brings about one of… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 23-Apr-10

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HAC sets best practices for oil and gas operations

HAC sets best practices for oil and gas operations

At the recent HAC Convention and Trade Show, outgoing committee chair Robert Gallagher and incoming chair Corey Taylor presented the final draft of the Land Seismic Industry Best Practices on schedule, standards that will now be put to the HAC board of directors for sector-wide adoption. Developed in conjunction with key oil and gas producer… Read more »

Source: HAC, 23-Apr-10

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Major Bristow Safety Initiative with TCAS-II

Major Bristow Safety Initiative with TCAS-II

Last Friday 9th April was a very significant first for Bristow. The first commercial flight of a helicopter with the collision avoidance system TCAS-II installed. This safety system, which has been standard on fixed wing aircraft for years, was proven to work on helicopters by an Aberdeen and Redhill based team, and has now been… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 16-Apr-10

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Icelandic volcano cancels North Sea rig support flights

Icelandic volcano cancels North Sea rig support flights

The eruption under a glacier in the Eyjafjallajoekull area of Iceland is the second in Iceland in less than a month. Aberdeen Airport, central to the majority of North Sea oil rig support helicopter flights, closed at Midnight and the latest update at 04.45 local states “Following advice from the Met Office, the airspace around… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Apr-10

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Newfoundland/Labrador safety fix “months away”, say oil companies

Oil companies operating in Newfoundland and Labrador say they won’t be able to fully comply with orders to improve offshore helicopter safety until late 2010

Source: CBC, 11-Apr-10

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Helicopter task group states safety aim a year on from North Sea crash

Accident referred to is in HeliHub.com database here – 01-Apr-09 G-REDL Eurocopter AS332 11m E of Peterhead, UK

Source: Press & Journal, 08-Apr-10

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Bristow announces new contracts in Brazil and North Sea valued at $275M

Bristow announces new contracts in Brazil and North Sea valued at $275M

HOUSTON, March 23, 2010 – Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that it has won four contracts for work in Brazil and the U.K. North Sea totaling in excess of $275 million over their initial five-year terms. William E. Chiles, President and Chief… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 23-Mar-10

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Bristow to Present at the Howard Weil Energy Conference

Bristow to Present at the Howard Weil 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 presenting at the 38th Annual Howard Weil Energy Conference to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 21 – 25, 2010. William E. Chiles, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bristow… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 20-Mar-10

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Broadpoint partners with SandRidge and FAA for Gulf of Mexico communications

Broadpoint partners with SandRidge and FAA for Gulf of Mexico communications

Broadpoint, an industry leader in telecommunications and network solutions, has announced its contract with SandRidge Energy to provide critical offshore aviation communications to the Federal Aviation Administration. Using Broadpoint’s expansive digital communications network, the Federal Aviation Administration was able to successfully upgrade critical airspace communications equipment, located on offshore oil platforms owned by SandRidge Energy,… Read more »

Source: Broadpoint, 20-Mar-10

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CHC considers move from North Denes heliport to Norwich Airport

CHC considers move from North Denes heliport to Norwich Airport

CHC is reportedly considering moving its Yarmouth operation to Norwich International Airport because of the costs of building a new run way at North Denes.

Source: EDP24, 11-Mar-10

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Cougar S92 inquiry renews calls for separate safety agency to oversee Newfoundland offshore

Cougar S92 inquiry renews calls for separate safety agency to oversee Newfoundland offshore

Observers, experts and employees said the crash of Cougar Flight 491 highlighted the need for a separate safety agency to replace an offshore regulator that has the competing tasks of promoting the industry and protecting workers

Source: Canadian Press, 11-Mar-10

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North Sea Helicopter Traffic Safety Improves with Sensis Wide Area Multilateration

North Sea Helicopter Traffic Safety Improves with Sensis Wide Area Multilateration

NATS Services is now using Sensis Corporation’s Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland for helicopter flight following. Air traffic controllers are using the WAM surveillance information as a supplement to established procedural flight rules until the WAM system completes testing and regulatory approval for flight information services later this… Read more »

Source: Sensis, 10-Mar-10

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Bond Offshore signs a new SBH® Contract with Turbomeca UK

Bond Offshore signs a new SBH® Contract with Turbomeca UK

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-10

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Bursary and scholarship program established to remember Cougar Flight 491

Bursary and scholarship program established to remember Cougar Flight 491

A scholarship and bursary program has been established in the memory of the 17 victims of the crash of Cougar Flight 491 off Newfoundland last year.

Source: News 880AM, 02-Mar-10

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Belgian operator NHV wins contract in Ghana

Belgian operator NHV wins contract in Ghana

Tullow Oil Plc, operators of the jubilee oil field in Ghana, has dropped the Ghanaian-owned Citylink airline company in favour of Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen (NHV) of Belgium

Source: Peace FM Online, 01-Mar-10

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Bristow urged to improve training after crash

Bristow urged to improve training after crash

Accident investigators have now made several recommendations for Bristow Helicopters, which is based at Aberdeen Airport.  The incident on November 21, 2006, happened near the Dutch port of Den Helder

Source: Evening Express, 27-Feb-10

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S-92 Enters into Service in Brazil’s Offshore Oil Market

S-92 Enters into Service in Brazil’s Offshore Oil Market

The S-92® helicopter has entered into the offshore oil market in Brazil, following the well established work of another Sikorsky Aircraft product already serving that industry in the region. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). Petrobras, one of the largest oil companies in the world, has been using Sikorsky helicopters through their… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 23-Feb-10

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Bristow orders four AW139s to take fleet to seven

Bristow orders four AW139s to take fleet to seven

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Bristow Group Inc. has placed an order for four AW139 medium-twin helicopters to be used to perform offshore transport missions. The purchase adds to the previous one for three aircraft already delivered and further strengthens Bristow’s AW139 fleet and the relationship with AgustaWestland, reinforcing the continued… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Feb-10

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Newfoundland oil firms ordered to have rescue helicopter available

The regulators of Newfoundland’s oil industry have ordered a faster emergency response after the head of an inquiry into offshore helicopter safety made an urgent call for improvement.

Source: Chronicle Herald, 14-Feb-10

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Canadian offshore workers union want safety hazards reduced

Source: Vancouver Sun, 10-Feb-10

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Personal beacons return to North Sea

Personal beacons return to North Sea

Oil & Gas UK today announced that personal locator beacons on helicopter flights are to be reintroduced to the North Sea from next Monday.

Source: Upstream Online, 05-Feb-10

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Cougar executive says offshore S92 crash changed him forever

Cougar executive says offshore S92 crash changed him forever

“The events of March 12th changed my life forever, there´s no doubt about that,” said Burt, who is also a vice-president of Cougar´s parent company, VIH Aviation

Source: Oilweek, 02-Feb-10

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Bristow to Present at the 2010 Credit Suisse Energy Summit

Bristow to Present at the 2010 Credit Suisse Energy Summit

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that the Company will be presenting at the 2010 Credit Suisse Energy Summit to be held in Vail, Colorado on February 1 – 5, 2010. William E. Chiles, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bristow Group, is… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 29-Jan-10

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Peru’s Pluspetrol equips fleet with Blue Sky Network’s Portable GPS Tracking Transceivers

Peru’s Pluspetrol equips fleet with Blue Sky Network’s Portable GPS Tracking Transceivers

Blue Sky Network, a leading global provider of GPS tracking and communication solutions for land, sea, and aviation assets, announced today that the largest oil and gas producer in Peru, Pluspetrol, is utilizing Blue Sky Network’s GPS-based aviation tracking devices to follow and stay in contact with its contracted helicopter fleets. The portability and easy… Read more »

Source: Blue Sky Network, 22-Jan-10

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New generation safety device for North Sea workers

New generation safety device for North Sea workers

Industry body Oil and Gas UK has met the UK Civil Aviation Authority to pave the way for the return of PLBs.  Its helicopter task group has overseen a redesign of the beacons and that PLBs would be issued to all workers on all flights for the first time.

Source: Aberdeen Press & Journal, 18-Jan-10

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Bond North Sea AS332 crash families aid 11 charities

Bond North Sea AS332 crash families aid 11 charities

More than £300,000 raised in memory of the 16 men killed in a Super Puma helicopter crash in the North Sea last year is to be distributed to 11 charities chosen by the bereaved families. Funds have also been set aside for a “symbol of remembrance” in a public garden in Aberdeen

Source: Scotsman, 15-Jan-10

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Oil companies testify in Cougar S92 inquiry

Oil companies testify in Cougar S92 inquiry

Oil company executives at an offshore helicopter inquiry said safety is their top priority — even as a lawyer representing workers pushed to question them on why it took nine years to introduce underwater breathing devices onboard.

Source: Toronto Sun, 12-Jan-10

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Gulf of Mexico controllers start to use ADS-B technology

Gulf of Mexico controllers start to use ADS-B technology

WASHINGTON — Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt announced today that Houston air traffic controllers are beginning to use an improved satellite-based system – Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) — to more efficiently and safely separate and manage aircraft flying over the Gulf of Mexico. “Safety is our highest priority at the U.S. Department of… Read more »

Source: FAA, 12-Jan-10

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VIH Cougar Helicopters Takes Delivery Of An AW139

VIH Cougar Helicopters Takes Delivery Of An AW139

AgustaWestland , a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the VIH Cougar Helicopters Inc. of USA has taken delivery of an AW139 medium twin helicopter during an official ceremony recently held at Vergiate plant (Italy). This 12 seat-configured helicopter will be operated for offshore transport missions in the Gulf of Mexico. Emilio Dalmasso, Senior… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Jan-10

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Copterline sell two AW139s to PHi

Copterline sell two AW139s to PHi

IBA has completed the sale of two Agusta AW139 Helicopters on behalf of Copterline OY, a rotary wing operator based in Helsinki. The helicopters were purchased by PHI Inc. in the USA, for immediate deployment within its expanding rotary operations. IBA was awarded the remarketing contract by Copterline OY in April 2009 against stiff competition…. Read more »

Source: IBA, 11-Jan-10

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Bond Aviation Group starts new offshore EC135 contract in Eire

Bond Aviation Group starts new offshore EC135 contract in Eire

(HeliHub.com editor note – this contract was previously run by CHC using a Eurocoptper AS365N Dauphin) Bond Aviation Group, one of Europe’s leading twin engined helicopter service providers, has returned to Ireland after winning a three year contract with Irish energy firm, PSE Kinsale Energy Limited – a wholly owned subsidiary of Petronas. The contract,… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 10-Jan-10

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PHi S76 flight recorder reveals pilot’s last words in Jan-09 accident

PHi S76 flight recorder reveals pilot’s last words in Jan-09 accident

Refers to accident 04-Jan-2009 – HeliHub record of the accident is here.

Source: Daily Comet, 08-Jan-10

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Bond returns to Blackpool to support Centrica’s gas rigs

Bond returns to Blackpool to support Centrica’s gas rigs

To start the new year, Bond Offshore Helicopters took over the rig support contract out of Blackpool Airport for gas firm Centrica.  Bond have now moved in with two brand new bright red AS365N3 Dauphins, registered G-REDE and G-REDF, operating initially from temporary accommodation at this UK airport.  They had won the contract from CHC… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com editorial team, 06-Jan-10

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Sikorsky settles Cougar S-92 lawsuit

Sikorsky settles Cougar S-92 lawsuit

The families of passengers who died in the crash of a Sikorsky helicopter off the coast of Newfoundland last year, as well as the sole survivor of the tragedy, have reached a settlement in their lawsuit against the U.S. company.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press, 06-Jan-10

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Bond wins 5+ year Perenco contract in Southern North Sea

Bond wins 5+ year Perenco contract in Southern North Sea

Aberdeen-based Bond Offshore Helicopters has won a five-year deal with global energy company Perenco, which will see Bond provide helicopter services to Southern North Sea rigs from Norwich International airport.

Source: EDP24, 29-Dec-09

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Pawan Hans Helicopters gets approval to buy seven AS365N3 Dauphins

Pawan Hans Helicopters gets approval to buy seven AS365N3 Dauphins

The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure has approved the proposal for purchase of seven number of Dauphin AS-365 N3 helicopters by Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited

Source: PIB, 23-Dec-09

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Gazpromavia looks to buy five Eurocopter EC225s to support Shtokman gas field

Gazpromavia looks to buy five Eurocopter EC225s to support Shtokman gas field

To win the tender “Gazpromavia”, Eurocopter specially developed a new modification of helicopters to the volume of the fuel tank 800 liters.

Source: UA Tenders, 01-Dec-09

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Bond Offshore Helicopters EC225 North Sea ditching report delayed

Bond Offshore Helicopters EC225 North Sea ditching report delayed

An official report to determine why a helicopter with 18 people on board ditched into the North Sea has been delayed, the Government announced on Tuesday.

Source: STV, 26-Nov-09

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Survival suits could have been safer, Cougar S92 crash inquiry hears

Survival suits could have been safer, Cougar S92 crash inquiry hears

Emergency breathing devices for suits worn by passengers during offshore helicopter flights weren’t installed until nine years after they were first recommended and only after a helicopter crashed off the coast of Newfoundland in March, killing 17 people, an inquiry heard Monday.

Source: CBC, 17-Nov-09

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Gulf Helicopters win short-term offshore contract with Reliance Oil

Gulf Helicopters win short-term offshore contract with Reliance Oil

Gulf Helicopters Company (GHC), an associate of Gulf International Services, has entered into a service pact with Reliance Exploration and Production DMCC, a subsidiary of India’s private sector petroleum giant Reliance Industries.

Source: Gulf Times, 16-Nov-09

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Now is the safest time to fly in helicopter, says oil executive

Now is the safest time to fly in helicopter, says oil executive

An oil and gas industry leader says now is the safest time there has ever been to fly in a North Sea helicopter.  Bob Keiller feels there is still no room for complacency, however. Mr Keiller is chairman of Oil & Gas UK’s helicopter task group, set up earlier this year to look at helicopter… Read more »

Source: Press & Journal, 04-Nov-09

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VIH Aviation Group and Helicopters NZ finalize joint venture

VIH Aviation Group and Helicopters NZ finalize joint venture

VIH Aviation Group and HNZ Group of helicopter companies are pleased to announce their joint venture to specialize in the provision of offshore helicopter services in Australia and its coastal regions.

Source: VIH, 01-Nov-09

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Bel Air ready for 2010 introduction of new offshore helicopter rules

Denmark’s Bel Air, which has entered a “Call off” contract with Maersk Oil, says it has fully complied with the new European performance requirements for offshore helicopters that come into force in 2010.

Source: EBAN, 11-Oct-09

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Upgrade of drillship Neptune Explorer includes helipad for Sikorsky S92

Neptune Marine Oil & Gas has completed a US$340 million upgrade of its deepwater drillship, the Neptune Explorer. The Pelican Class drillship, acquired in April 2005, has undergone major upgrading and reactivation works at the Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore

Source: Scandinavian Oil & Gas, 06-Oct-09

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Pilot sues after trip and fall from helicopter

A helicopter pilot has filed suit against the owners of a platform and the company that maintains the platform, alleging he tripped while attempting to get out of a helicopter.

Source: South East Texas Record, 26-Sep-09

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Bond Aviation Group secures five long-term contracts, adds 80 jobs

Eighty new jobs have been created at a Gloucestershire-based helicopter specialists after it secured five new long-term contracts worth £153m

Source: BBC, 25-Sep-09

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New Platform Approach System Offers Enhanced Safety, Reduced Pilot Workload in Sikorsky S-92®

Sikorsky announced the introduction of a new functionality offered on the S-92® helicopter to provide offshore oil operators with an automated approach that reduces cockpit workload and allows safer operations under challenging weather and operating conditions.

Source: Sikorsky, 24-Sep-09

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Eurocopter keeps on expanding in the United Kingdom

Eurocopter keeps on expanding in the United Kingdom

The company exhibits the EC135 “L’Hélicoptère par Hermès” as centre piece, as well as a large array of eight state-of-the-art helicopters: a London “Met” EC145, an EC135 by Suffolk Police, the UK’s first helicopter – an EC135 – dedicated to offshore wind farm maintenance, a utility AS355 NP used by National Grid for powerline inspections,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Sep-09

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Bristow Group Signs An Agreement For Three AW139s

Bristow Group Signs An Agreement For Three AW139s

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Bristow Group Inc. has signed an agreement for three AW139 medium twin engine helicopters to be used to perform offshore transport missions. The purchase further strengthens the relationship between AgustaWestland and Bristow Group and also includes options for additional AW139 purchases by the Bristow Group which would reinforce… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Sep-09

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Bristow vacates hangar at Sumburgh after 36 years

After a 36 year presence at Sumburgh Airport in Shetland, Bristow  gave up the lease on the hangar and handed the keys back to the airport owners.

Source: PPRuNe, 22-Sep-09

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Eurocontrol warns North Sea pilots of kites at 1000′ agl

EUROCONTROL Agency has been informed of an incident that happened on 15 September 2009 over the Southern North Sea:

Source: Eurocontrol, 18-Sep-09

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TUC joins BALPA call for North Sea air safety summit

The TUC, meeting in Liverpool threw its weight behind a call from the pilots’ union BALPA (British Airline Pilots’ Association) for a North Sea oil and gas Safety Summit.

Source: BALPA, 18-Sep-09

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Gulf Helicopter signs three-year Bell 212 contract with Saffer

Gulf Helicopter signs three-year Bell 212 contract with Saffer

Gulf Helicopters has entered into a service agreement with Saffer Company for exploration and production in order to use one Helicopter type (Bell 212) to support petroleum operations for 3 years

Source: Peninsula, 16-Sep-09

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New helicopter surveillance system boosts North Sea offshore flight safety

The new system enables air traffic controllers to see helicopters on their radar screens at Aberdeen Airport at a far greater range from the shore than has previously been possible using solely shore-based radars.

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 09-Sep-09

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Helicopter potential as South Carolina Committee Recommends Offshore Drilling

A South Carolina feasibility study committee will give a go-ahead this week for offshore natural gas and oil exploration while federal regulators in September are expected to put some protections of thousands of square miles of the potential drilling area where valuable deep sea coral is found.

Source: RotorNews, 28-Aug-09

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