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Sikorsky S-92A certified in CIS, but not Russia - Jun/02/2017, 10:15AM

2 Jun, 17, Source: Sikorsky

The Aviation Register of the CIS-wide Interstate Aviation Committee (AR IAC) certified the US Sikorsky S-92A medium-lift helicopter along with its modifications on March 30.

However, the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA) points out that a government decree issued in 2015 stripped the AR IAC of certification powers within Russia. FATA has...Read More

CHI Aviation Awarded Contract With USTRANSCOM - May/25/2017, 3:52PM

25 May, 17, Source: CHI Aviation
CHI Aviation is pleased to announce it has been selected to provide helicopter airlift support for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. This mission is to include tactical troop transport, internal and external cargo operations.

In a statement by Chris Turner, President, “We are very pleased to have been awarded this contract and this only reinforces...Read More

Maverick Helicopters wins eight consecutive Best Air Tour award - May/25/2017, 3:50PM

19 May, 17, Source: Maverick Helicopters

Maverick Helicopters took home its eighth consecutive award for Best Air Tour from the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s (SNHCA) Concierge Choice Awards. The company was honored during the Choice Awards Gala on Sunday, April 30 at Omnia Nightclub.

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Technical Approvals for Airlift AW169 - May/19/2017, 1:07PM

18 May, 17, Source: Airlift
On the 26th of April Airlift AS has been awarded from the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority of both Continuing Airworthiness and Maintenance Organisation Approvals on Leonardo AW169 helicopter in accordance with EU 1321/2014 (Annex I EASA Part-M and Annex II EASA Part-145).

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AW189 to enter offshore service in Brazil - May/10/2017, 9:20AM

5 May, 17, Source:
The AgustaWestland AW189 has arrived in South America, and is expected to start offshore operations in the near future from Cabo Frio in Brazil, near Rio de Janeiro. Operated by Aeroleo, part of the Era Group, serials 49025 and 49028 were shipped to Brazil in March and are going through a normal introduction project, getting everyone up to speed on type...Read More

Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet - May/10/2017, 9:19AM

9 May, 17, Source:
Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore are in the process of rotating their AS365N3 fleet, which are based at Blackpool and serve offshore gas installations in the Irish Sea. In recent weeks they have received two helicopters, one from Germany and one from Tunisia.

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HNZ Group announces offshore SAR deal - May/10/2017, 9:18AM

09 May 2017
HNZ Group Inc. reported on 8 May that it has been awarded contracts by INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd and Shell Australia Pty Ltd to provide offshore search and rescue (SAR) services for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project and the Shell-led Prelude FLNG Project.

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Bristow launches SAR consortium - May/03/2017, 12:50PM

Posted on May 1, 2017 by Jen Boyer
Bristow U.S., LLC officially launched a new search-and-rescue (SAR) consortium in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year with the award of a deep-water medevac and SAR service contract with Shell Offshore, Inc.

In the works since Bristow took over CHI Aviation’s SAR base in Galliano, Louisiana, in mid-2016, the Bristow SAR consortium is designed...Read More

PHI HNZ Australia PTY Limited Performs First Flight - Apr/06/2017, 9:56AM

Helihub - 6 Apr, 17,
On April 3, 2017 PHI HNZ Australia PTY Limited performed its first flight for the Inpex-led Ichthys LNG Project, based out of Broome, Western Australia. The PHI HNZ joint venture supplies up to four Sikorsky S-92 heavy helicopters providing transportation services for the Ichthys LNG Project’s massive offshore facilities in Australia.

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AW189 enters UK SAR operations today - Apr/03/2017, 10:41PM

31 Mar, 17, Source: HM Coastguard
The HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base in Lee-On-Solent will start flying the new Leonardo AW189 helicopter for SAR operations from 1 pm on Friday 31st March.

The new £20 million AW189 helicopters are painted in red and white HM Coastguard colours, and operated by Bristow Helicopters Limited on behalf of HM Coastguard. The...Read More

Erickson Inc. plan of reorganization confirmed by bankruptcy court - Mar/26/2017, 10:10PM

March 22, 2017; Erickson Incorporated Press Release
Erickson Incorporated has completed another important step toward its emergence from bankruptcy when its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization was confirmed by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. This confirmation, which comes less than five months after Erickson and its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy...Read More

GE, HeliOffshore provide safety data management system for global offshore helicopter industry - Mar/21/2017, 6:52PM

March 21, 2017; GE Aviation Press Release
HeliOffshore and GE Aviation have signed an agreement to develop and implement digital solutions for a global safety data management system for the offshore helicopter industry. The system will be deployed in phases beginning this year.

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HNZ Group announces contract to support Nova Scotia offshore operations - Mar/15/2017, 1:13PM

14 Mar, 17, Source: HNZ Group

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today it has secured a new, multi-year contract to provide helicopter services to support ExxonMobil Canada and Encana Corporation’s activities offshore Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Air Methods to be acquired by American Securities - Mar/15/2017, 1:12PM

Posted on March 14, 2017; Air Methods Press Release
Air Methods Corporation, a global leader in air medical transportation and air tourism, on March 14 announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of American Securities LLC. Under the terms of the agreement, affiliates of American Securities will acquire all outstanding shares of Air Methods for...Read More

Corporate and VIP operators across the Americas select AW139, AW169 - Mar/15/2017, 1:10PM

Posted on March 8, 2017; Leonardo Press Release
The AgustaWestland AW139 and AW169 continue to be selected as preferred platforms by discerning corporate and VIP customers, with additional sales of both types accelerating in early 2017.

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NHV’s H175 fleet reaches milestone - Mar/15/2017, 1:09PM

01st March 2017 - 12:30 by The Shephard News Team
NHV's fleet of eight H175 aircraft has completed 10,000 flight hours in support of offshore oil and gas operations, the company announced on 28 February.

The first two aircraft were introduced to the fleet in December 2014 with NHV being the launch operator for the type. The helicopters have since completed over 4750 flights; with...Read More

ANALYSIS: Downturn in offshore helicopter sector may be bottoming out: Flight Ascend Consultancy - Feb/23/2017, 8:00PM

22 February, 2017 SOURCE: Flight International BY: Murdo Morrison London

The downturn in the oil and gas sector that has seen deliveries and values of large and medium helicopter types plummet over the past two years may be bottoming out – but any recovery is likely to be at least a year away, believes Flight Ascend Consultancy....

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Idex 2017: Bell Helicopter eyes Gulf deals - Feb/23/2017, 7:58PM

February 18, 2017
The US helicopter manufacturer Bell Helicopter expects to clinch a deal with the UAE military this year as it expands its military business outside the home ground.

The Texas-based company that has as its major client the US government, has supplied Bell 412 and Bell 212 models to Abu Dhabi Aviation, which uses 44 of its helicopters. ..

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NHV awarded with offshore contract by Seaway Heavy Lifting - Feb/23/2017, 7:56PM

22 Feb, 17, Source: NHV

The NHV Group today announced a new contract with Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) to provide helicopter services in support of their upcoming wind farm construction project at the Beatrice Offshore Wind farm. The 588MW, 84 turbine wind farm, will be situated in the Outer Moray Firth and is expected to power approximately 450,000 homes. The operations are expected to...Read More

Bel Air AW189 helicopters exceed 6000 flight hours in North Sea operations - Feb/15/2017, 7:37PM

15 Feb, 17, Source: Leonardo

The two AgustaWestland AW189 super medium twin engine helicopters operated by Bel Air of Denmark have exceeded 6000 flight hours as of January, setting a new milestone while demonstrating exceptional availability and mission effectiveness performing long range offshore transport missions in the North Sea. This outstanding result was possible through the...Read More