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New era on North Sea as oil company buys two H175s - Jan/31/2017, 12:20PM

31 Jan, 17, Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com understands from reliable sources in the offshore helicopter industry that oil company Nexen Petroleum is the principal behind the acquisition of two Airbus H175 helicopters to be operated by Babcock MCS Offshore. We approached Nexen to validate their involvement, but their Corporate Communications lead in Aberdeen declined to comment. Babcock...Read More

Falcon Aviation presents the world’s first offshore-configured new generation AW169 helicopter to Oil & Gas community - Jan/31/2017, 12:09PM

30 Jan, 17, Source: Falcon Aviation Services

During an official ceremony held at the Marina Mall Helipad in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) at the presence of H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Falcon Aviation presented the world’s first offshore-configured new generation AW169 helicopter of Leonardo to the Oil & Gas community. “Falcon Aviation and TOTAL ABK are complying...Read More

NHV wins UK-based H175 contract with Ithaca Energy - Jan/31/2017, 12:08PM

30 Jan, 17, Source: NHV

The NHV Group today announced a new contract with Ithaca Energy UK Ltd (Ithaca) to provide helicopter services in support of their upcoming drilling project at the Harrier Well in Block 30/6. The operations are expected to start Q2 2017. Flights will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to the harrier well, which is approximately 150nm from Aberdeen.

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H160 completes cold weather trials - Jan/31/2017, 12:07PM

Posted on January 30, 2017 by Oliver Johnson
The Airbus H160 has completed its cold weather test program in northern Canada, as the aircraft continues its journey towards certification in late 2018 or early 2019.

The 5.5- to 6-tonne twin-engine aircraft, unveiled at HAI Heli-Expo in March 2015, is powered by the 1,200-horsepower Safran Arrano, and features a number of innovations...Read More

Falcon Aviation presents world’s first offshore-configured AW169 NG helicopter to Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas community - Jan/19/2017, 7:39PM

January 19th, 2017
Falcon Aviation has presented the world’s first offshore-configured new generation AW169 to Abu Dhabi's Oil & Gas community during a ceremony at the Marina Mall Helipad.

“Safety is the number one priority for Falcon Aviation and TOTAL ABK. The use of the AW169 helicopter helps to maintain the high safety standards to which Falcon Aviation and TOTAL ABK...Read More

Toll Rescue Helicopter Service is airborne for communities of NSW - Jan/17/2017, 11:47AM

January 13, 2017; Toll Group Press Release
Toll Group has officially launched the Toll Rescue Helicopter Service in partnership with NSW Ambulance to provide greater aeromedical services to communities of New South Wales in the Southern Zone.

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NYPD Win Approval for S-76D to Fly State Governor - Jan/17/2017, 11:45AM

16 Jan, 17, Source: HeliHub.com

Governor Cuomo has been allowed a $12.5 million helicopter to use for transportation across the state. Cuomo had requested in November last year for a new helicopter, but the request was denied by comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on the grounds that the interior couldn’t be changed for police needs and that there wasn’t enough information to waive bid...Read More

Era Search and Rescue Program Recognized for Excellence - Jan/13/2017, 12:32PM

HOUSTON, Jan. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Era Group Inc. (ERA), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, today announced that its search and rescue (SAR) program is the 2017 winner of Helicopter Association International’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The annual award is presented to those who have advanced the use of helicopters in the vital mission...Read More

Leonardo rolls out AW609 in Philadelphia - Jan/12/2017, 9:56AM

12 Jan, 17, Source: HeliHub.com

Photos taken yesterday have emerged on the internet of prototype AC3 on the ramp at the Leonardo facility in Philadalphia, Pennsylvania. Registered N609PA and all white with huge AW609 titles, the aircraft is clearly being prepared for a flight in the near future.

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Babcock to provide helicopter support to world’s biggest offshore wind farm - Jan/09/2017, 11:51AM

Posted on January 9, 2017; Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore Press Release
Babcock Mission Critical Services (MCS) Onshore has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by DONG Energy to provide specialist helicopter support to the new Walney Extension offshore wind farm.

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Helijet air ambulance service resumes at hospital heliports in B.C. - Dec/05/2016, 1:27PM

December 2, 2016; Helijet International Inc. Press Release
Helijet International Inc. has received the necessary regulatory approvals from Transport Canada to re-establish full 24-hour emergency air ambulance service to all hospital heliports in British Columbia, including Vancouver General Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital and Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.

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HNZ Group announces joint venture in Australia - Dec/05/2016, 1:25PM

December 2, 2016; HNZ Group Inc. Press Release

HNZ Group Inc., an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced it has entered into a joint venture with PHI, Inc. to provide offshore helicopter transportation services for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project.

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Leonardo-Finmeccanica announces new AW169 certifications - Nov/23/2016, 5:15PM

November 18, 2016; Leonardo-Finmeccanica Press Release
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has announced that the AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter has obtained certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for an increased maximum gross weight kit; and achieved basic certification by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) of Brazil.

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EASA "comfortable" with Super Puma fleet flying again - Oct/19/2016, 5:05PM

October 11, 2016 by Thierry Dubois

A European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) executive this morning reaffirmed the agency’s comfort in its decision to authorize the Airbus Helicopters AS332 L2 Super Pumas and EC225 LP (H225) to fly again, despite the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and its Norwegian counterpart maintaining their grounding directives for the types....

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Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW169 scores further global success - Oct/19/2016, 5:04PM

October 11, 2016; Leonardo-Finmeccanica Press Release

The AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter of Leonardo-Finmeccanica further strengthened its presence in the market with orders for aircraft from operators who’ve already experienced its capabilities and a new customer in the Republic of Korea...

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Industry enduring ‘unprecedented downturn’ according to global fleet analysis - Oct/19/2016, 4:57PM

October 12, 2016 by Oliver Johnson

An “unprecedented downturn” in the offshore helicopter sector has seen the global in-service offshore fleet fall by over 180 aircraft since the end of 2015, and resulted in up to 75 percent of the fleet being valued at below base level, according to figures released yesterday by Flight Ascend Consultancy....

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Versatile by Design - Oct/19/2016, 4:55PM

October 19, 2016 by Ken Swartz

The Sikorsky S-92 flies to places most people have never been. From Barrow, Alaska, in the Arctic; to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in the Middle East; and to the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, the S-92 has proved itself across an extraordinary range of challenging missions and operating environments since it entered service in late 2004....

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Helicopter Travel Munich buys H145 for wind farm work - Oct/17/2016, 11:24AM

17 Oct, 16, Source: Airbus Helicopters
Leading global helicopter offshore hoist operator Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) has signed for one H145 today at Helitech International.

The new aircraft – to be delivered in December 2017- will be...

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Helitech 2016: Shaking Up the Offshore Helicopter Business - Oct/17/2016, 11:22AM

13 Oct, 16, Source: Allan Blake
In my article, Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry, I stated that a change in the offshore helicopter market was inevitable and success for the offshore helicopter companies depended upon how quick and able they were at:...

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Bell Helicopter strengthens customer support capabilities in Europe - Oct/17/2016, 11:19AM

Posted on October 12, 2016; Bell Helicopter Press Release
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, and its Authorized Customer Service Facility (CSF), Agrarflug Helilift, have announced that Agrarflug Helilift is in the process of obtaining an expanded capability to support medium tail booms for the Bell 212 and 412 aircraft — continuing to strengthen aircraft support for European...Read More

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