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Airlift takes over Norwegian maritime pilot transfers - Jul/14/2017, 5:05PM

12 Jul, 17, Source: Nordic Rotors

On July 1, 2017, Airlift’s contract period starts with the Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket). For six years, Airlift will ship Norwegian maritime pilots to Large Class Vessels and ships carrying dangerous goods. The contract itself is valued at approximately a hundred million NOK a year.

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Fuel Consumption Figure Drops for AW189 - Jul/14/2017, 5:01PM

14 Jul, 17, Source:

Leonardo will soon be able to boast an official fuel consumption figure drop of their AgustaWestland AW189. Monitoring systems and flight recorders have shown that the super-medium-twin helicopter has had an improvement of 4-7%. This figure has also been validated via test flights by GE Aviation, who is the supplier of the CT7 engines reports Flight...Read More

Bell 525 Relentless resumes flight test program - Jul/11/2017, 11:44AM

Posted on July 7, 2017; Bell Helicopter Press Release
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced that the Bell 525 Relentless program has resumed flight test activity after receiving experimental certificate renewal from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Sweeping changes for Westpac Helicopter announced - Jun/30/2017, 2:14PM

Claudia Jambor | 30th Jun 2017 1:34 PM

WESTPAC Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter has moved to assure donors money raised will continue to keep the chopper in the air as the service finalizes its merger with its Hunter, New England and North West Region counterparts.

It comes as sweeping changes were announced this afternoon by the service's chief executive...

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Sikorsky delivers second Coast Guard S92 to South Korea - Jun/28/2017, 10:12AM

28 Jun, 17, Source: Sikorsky

The South Korea Coast Guard has accepted delivery of its second S-92® helicopter for search and rescue following a ceremony today. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT).

The South Korea Coast Guard has operated a single S-92 helicopter since March 2014. To date, that aircraft has flown more than 850 flight hours, saving more than 30 lives...Read More

UAE coy partners OAS to provide helicopter services in Nigeria - Jun/11/2017, 2:56PM

The United Arab Emirates helicopter company, Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA), has partnered with a Nigerian indigenous aircraft charter operator, OAS Helicopters.

ADA had introduced a 15-seater full offshore equipped helicopter AW-139 with registration number A6-AWH at OAS' new terminal NAFBASE Airport, Port Harcourt.

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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