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FAA certifies AW169 - Feb/15/2017, 7:36PM

15 Feb, 17, Source: AgustaWestland

The AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin-engine helicopter has achieved validation by FAA of the United States of its certification, with deliveries to begin in USA this year.

A versatile, new generation twin-engine light-intermediate category helicopter, the AW169 has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an...Read More

HNZ Group Receives S-92A Helicopters - Feb/15/2017, 7:22PM

13 Feb, 17, Source:

HNZ Group has recently received the first two of four Sikorsky S-92A Helibus helicopters from PHI. The two aircraft will be kept at Broome, Western Australia. The four helicopters will be leased from PHI for five years, starting in April, in support of Ichthys LNG Project, reports Aviation WA.

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Lider receives Petrobras safety award - Feb/10/2017, 1:38PM

10 Feb, 17, Source: Bristow Group
Bristow partner Líder Aviação received the Petrobras Excellence Award in Air Transport Operations (Peotram) 2016 on January 27, 2017, in recognition of its performance last year. The announcement was made at an event at the Petrobras Senate Building in Rio de Janeiro, which brought together more than 100 aviation professionals.

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HNZ and PHi to fly up to four S-92s in Australian JV - Feb/09/2017, 2:51PM

7 Feb, 17, Source: HNZ

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that it has entered into a joint venture with PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) to provide offshore helicopter transportation services for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project. INPEX is Japan’s largest oil and gas exploration and...Read More

Vici Helicopters – the new name on the North Sea? - Feb/09/2017, 2:32PM

6 Feb, 17, Source:
Last week, the oil industry journal Energy Voice wrote about a potential new helicopter operator on the North Sea – Vici Helicopters. Incorporated on 18th January with an address in Stavangar, the company is reportedly going to operate two AgustaWestland AW189s, although it is still in the process of obtaining the necessary operating licences.

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525 to resume flight tests ‘within months’ - Feb/09/2017, 2:27PM

February 3, 2017 by Oliver Johnson
Bell Helicopter is hoping to be able to resume flight tests of its 525 Relentless “witihin several months,” and is coordinating with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on a return to flight date.

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

31 Jan, 17, Source: 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:

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:

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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