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Falcon to Operate First AW169 in Middle East in Offshore role - Nov/12/2015, 9:49AM

11 Nov, 15, Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced today that the AW139 intermediate twin and the AW189 super medium twin helicopter fleets operated by Gulf Helicopters of Qatar have set two major milestones. Their 17 AW139s used for offshore operations have now achieved 75,000 flight hours while the four AW189s delivered so far have exceeded 1000 flight hours performing long...Read More

Sikorsky is now known as… - Nov/12/2015, 9:46AM

11 Nov, 15, Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has closed its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft, a world leader in military and commercial rotary-wing aircraft. Aligned under the Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training (MST) business segment, Sikorsky Aircraft is now known as Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company.

“Today we are proud to welcome the Sikorsky...Read More

Abu Dhabi Aviation to acquire 15 AgustaWestland helicopters - Nov/12/2015, 9:44AM

2015/11/10
AgustaWestland Press Release
Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland has announced that Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) has agreed to acquire 15 helicopters from the AW Family, comprising the AW169 light intermediate, AW139 intermediate and AW189 super medium twin types.

The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered from 2016 through to 2019 and will be used for a variety of missions...Read More

Falcon Aviation Services to operate first offshore-configured AW169 in the Middle East - Nov/09/2015, 10:53PM

AgustaWestland Press Release
Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced that Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) will be the first operator in the Middle East to use the all new AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter for offshore oil and gas transportation services. The announcement was made during an official ceremony held at the Dubai Airshow in...Read More

Gulf Helicopters' AW139 and AW189 fleets set new milestones - Nov/09/2015, 10:51PM

AgustaWestland Press Release
Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced that the AW139 intermediate twin and the AW189 super medium twin helicopter fleets operated by Gulf Helicopters of Qatar have set two major milestones. Their 17 AW139s used for offshore operations have now achieved 75,000 flight hours, while the four AW189s delivered so far have exceeded 1,000 flight hours performing long...Read More

QinetiQ wins £5.2m contract to support UK Chinook upgrade - Oct/29/2015, 7:17PM

29 Oct, 15, Source: QinetiQ P

QinetiQ has signed a £5.2m contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to independently evaluate Boeing’s Digital Automatic Flight Control System upgrades to the Chinook helicopter.

As Boeing conducts a series of upgrades to the aircraft, QinetiQ will provide independent technical evaluation and advice to the MOD Chinook Project Team. QinetiQ will...Read More

Falklands SAR AW189 test flying in full colours - Oct/29/2015, 9:13AM

28 Oct, 15,
The first of two AgustaWestland AW189s for Search and Rescue work off the Falkland Islands has started test flying in full colours, as seen below in this photo by Marco Bianchi. The aircraft will be operational under a new ten year contract starting April 2016. When AAR announced the contract win, the value was quoted as approximately $275 million (£180 million). The...Read More

First AW189 for Vietnam Helicopter Corp now test flying - Oct/16/2015, 10:12AM

16 Oct, 15, Source: AgustaWestland

In December 2014, HeliHub.com ran a story from AgustaWestland announcing the sale of two AW189 helicopters to Vietnam Helicopter Corporation (Vietnam Helicopters/VNH), with both aircraft to fly medium/long range offshore transport operations.

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H175 to start UK-based offshore operations - Oct/12/2015, 3:44PM

5 Oct, 15, Source: HeliHub.com
Belgian based operator NHV have recently taken delivery of their third H175. OO-NSD (Serial #5006) routed into the UK via their current base at Norwich on Tuesday 29th September before flying north to Aberdeen from where it is now based. HeliHub.com understands a second H175 will join it in the coming weeks, ...

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Bristow Group's Overlooked Strength - Oct/12/2015, 3:40PM

Oct. 8, 2015 1:42 PM ET
Based on various multiples and a strong leadership we believe Bristow Group is a good stock to go long. Furthermore, Bristow has recently reached a five year low in share price due to the recent decline in oil and gas commodities. In our opinion, these two factors combined make Bristow an undervalued company.

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Bristow to import four more SAR S92s in place of AW189s - Sep/23/2015, 1:43PM

23 Sep, 15, Source: HeliHub.com
Bristow Helicopters in the UK continues to experience delays with the introduction of the AgustaWestland AW189, and has no plans to operate the type on the national Maritime and Coast Guard Agency contract until all of its issues are sorted. The contractual requirement is for 20 helicopters, two at each of ten bases, and the company tendered a fleet of 22...Read More

Able signs RotorLink as in-country distributor - Sep/16/2015, 6:56PM

A new agreement between Able Aerospace and Vancouver-based RotorLink has established “in-country” availability of Able’s comprehensive PMA offerings and full line of rotor wing components. Under the agreement, RotorLink will serve as Able’s distributor and logistics coordinator in Canada.

“This partnership places one of the world’s largest PMA and Bell components inventory with a single...Read More

Hong Kong's Government Flying Services acquires seven H175s - Sep/09/2015, 10:54AM

Hong Kong-based Government Flying Services (GFS) has ordered seven Airbus Helicopters H175s, becoming the world’s launching customer for this new-generation super-medium-sized rotorcraft in the public services configuration.

GFS is a department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, with the main responsibility of providing 24-hour emergency support services....

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NHV Logs First 1,000 Hours with Airbus Helicopters H175 - Aug/28/2015, 1:45PM

by Thierry Dubois - August 27, 2015, 12:08 PM
Two Airbus Helicopters H175s have logged the first 1,000 hours in the type at launch operator NHV from its base in Den Helder, Netherlands, to offshore oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. The helicopters entered service in December.

They have completed more than 750 flights and carried approximately 11,000 passengers, according to...Read More

Global Market for Military & Civil Helicopters - 2015-2024 - Market Dynamics, Competitive Landscape, OEM Strategies & Plans, Trends & Growth Opportunities, Strategic Outlook - Aug/20/2015, 4:27PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The global helicopter market is currently facing a double whammy with the military helicopter segment impacted significantly by continued defense budgetary pressures & cuts underway across most traditional markets while the recent slide in global crude oil prices has been impacting the demand for new civil helicopters and activity levels of existing...Read More

Over Tropical Waters - Aug/10/2015, 3:47PM

by Dan Megna
Throughout the tropical blue/green waters of the Caribbean there are thousands of individual islands. Some are tiny, undeveloped outposts of natural habitat. Others are quite large with vibrant population and business centers, and alluring beach resorts that attract visitors from around the globe. Many islands are governed as territories of foreign countries; others have...Read More

New Priorities - Jul/28/2015, 2:00PM

NEWS // 2015/07/27
When Lockheed Martin made the decision, announced July 20, to acquire Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corporation (UTC), it wasn’t because of Sikorsky’s commercial helicopters.

For Lockheed — currently the world’s largest defense contractor by sales — the strategic importance of Sikorsky lies in its multi-billion-dollar backlog with the U.S....Read More

Offshore Helicopter Leasing – an Existential Risk? - Jul/28/2015, 1:39PM

28 Jul, 15, Source: Nova Systems
The recent announcement by the Bristow Group that 130 jobs are at risk in the UK Sector of the North Sea is an ugly enough headline for an industry that, up until 12 months ago, couldn’t get enough pilots to fill helicopter cockpits around the world. But underlying that announcement, the structural effects on the medium heavy offshore helicopter market...Read More

Russian oil company Rosneft orders ten AW189s - Jul/23/2015, 11:08AM

21 Jul, 15, Source: Agusta Westland
Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today it has signed a contract for the sale of ten AW189 commercial helicopters to RN-Aircraft, a subsidiary of the oil company Rosneft. The contract foresees that the new helicopters will be used for transportation purposes.

Delivery of the aircraft is expected between 2015 and 2017. Moreover, as already...Read More

Lockheed Martin to acquire Sikorsky Aircraft Lockheed - Jul/21/2015, 5:23PM

Martin Press Release 2015/07/20
Lockheed Martin has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sikorsky Aircraft, a world leader in military and commercial rotary-wing aircraft, for $9.0 billion. The price is effectively reduced to approximately $7.1 billion, after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction.

“Sikorsky is a natural fit for Lockheed Martin...Read More

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