Leading offshore services provider CHC Helicopter announced today it has been awarded an Â£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 Â£14.5m…. Read more »
Bristow Helicopters has named its new director who will drive forward the companyâ€™s European growth plans. Mike Imlach, who was previously Director of Bristowâ€™s Nigerian Business Unit, has been appointed as the Director of European Operations. He will oversee all commercial and operational aspects of the companyâ€™s activities in the UK, Norway and Holland. Mike,… Read more »
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 â€œassumedâ€ would be no higher than 100ft.
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 »
SAAF is flying the shuttle service for Government-owned PetroSA with effect from July 1.Â A spokesman added â€œWe complied because part of our mandate is to assist other government departmentsâ€ , also confirming the flights were infrequent.
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 »
Yesterday, CHC added a second Sikorsky S92 to their Aberdeen-based North Sea fleet.Â 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.Â CHC has other S92s in the North Sea operating from Stavangar in support of the… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C. â€” Todayâ€™s story by the Associated Press contains a number of inaccuracies with regard to the governmentâ€™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 â€“ more than 176 requests. While the temporary… Read more »
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 »
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)
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 AgustaWestlandâ€™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 »
[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 »
[HeliHub.com was the first aviation website to break this story two days ago.Â 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 »
In the last few days, Bond Offshore Helicopters have registered two new AS365N3 Dauphins, G-REDG (serial 6907) and G-REDH (6911).Â The former was first registered in the UK on Thursday 27th and delivered into the UK the following day.Â The latter was (most unusually) first registered on a UK public holiday yesterda, and the HeliHub.com… Read more »
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.Â 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 Broadpointâ€™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 »
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
NATS Services is now using Sensis Corporation’s Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system in the North Sea off the coast ofÂ ScotlandÂ 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 »
British oil & gas helicopter support operator Bond Offshore Helicopters signed a new Support-by-the-HourÂ® contract with Turbomeca UK for their four new AS365N3 Dauphins, powered by the Arriel engine. The helicoptersâ€™ Arriel 2C turbines will be maintained by Turbomeca UK which supports nearly 700 engines powering British and Irish-owned customersâ€™ helicopters. Two of the new… Read more »
The S-92Â® 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 »
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 Bristowâ€™s AW139 fleet and the relationship with AgustaWestland, reinforcing the continued… Read more »
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 â€“ 5, 2010. William E. Chiles, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bristow Group, is… Read more »
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 »
Industry body Oil and Gas UK has met the UK Civil Aviation Authority to pave the way for the return of PLBs.Â 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.
More than Â£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
Oil company executives at an offshore helicopter inquiry said safety is their top priority â€” even as a lawyer representing workers pushed to question them on why it took nine years to introduce underwater breathing devices onboard.
WASHINGTON â€” Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt announced today that Houston air traffic controllers are beginning to use an improved satellite-based system â€“ Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) â€” to more efficiently and safely separate and manage aircraft flying over the Gulf of Mexico. â€œSafety is our highest priority at the U.S. Department of… Read more »
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 »
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 »
(HeliHub.com editor note – this contract was previously run by CHC using a Eurocoptper AS365N Dauphin) Bond Aviation Group, one of Europeâ€™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 â€“ a wholly owned subsidiary of Petronas. The contract,… Read more »
To start the new year, Bond Offshore Helicopters took over the rig support contract out of Blackpool Airport for gas firm Centrica.Â 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.Â They had won the contract from CHC… Read more »
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.
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.
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.
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 Indiaâ€™s private sector petroleum giant Reliance Industries.
An oil and gas industry leader says now is the safest time there has ever been to fly in a North Sea helicopter.Â Bob Keiller feels there is still no room for complacency, however. Mr Keiller is chairman of Oil & Gas UKâ€™s helicopter task group, set up earlier this year to look at helicopter… Read more »
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.
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.
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
Sikorsky announced the introduction of a new functionality offered on the S-92Â® helicopter to provide offshore oil operators with an automated approach that reduces cockpit workload and allows safer operations under challenging weather and operating conditions.
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 »
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.
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.