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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

In-development H160 is on performance, Airbus says - Oct/17/2016, 11:17AM

Posted on October 12, 2016 by Thierry Dubois
Flight testing of the Airbus Helicopters H160 medium twin is progressing and performance is on target, the airframer has told Vertical.

Some 250 flight hours have been logged on the type from Airbus Helicopters’ Marignane, France, headquarters. “Performance goals have been met or exceeded,”...

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CAA statement on Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2 Airworthiness Directive - Oct/09/2016, 11:42AM

7 October, 2016
Following the release today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of proposals to allow the return to service of Airbus Helicopters' Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that its existing restriction, prohibiting all commercial flying of this type by UK operators, is to remain in place.

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Sikorsky delivers Alaska’s first S-92 SAR helicopter - Oct/03/2016, 12:02PM

September 29, 2016; Lockheed Martin Press Release
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, has announced that North Slope Borough (NSB), Alaska, received its first S-92 helicopter dedicated to search-and-rescue (SAR). Acceptance of the aircraft occurred in a ceremony at Sikorsky’s commercial helicopter center in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

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Airlift wins Norwegian marine pilot contract with AW169s - Sep/26/2016, 11:01PM

26 Sep, 16, Source: Airlift
Following a competitive tendering process, Airlift AS has been awarded a contract involving transport of Norwegian pilots to and from large vessels and vessels carrying hazardous and/or pollutive cargo serving the oil and gas terminals at Kårstø, Sture, Mongstad, Nyhavna and Melkøya.

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Sikorsky continues celebration of S-92 helicopter one million flight hour milestone - Sep/21/2016, 2:18PM

September 21, 2016; Sikorsky Press Release
Sikorsky continued its celebration of the S-92 helicopter fleet’s one million flight hour milestone with events in the North Sea Region, the largest S-92 operating area in the world. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin Company.

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AMGH, Aviators Air Rescue take delivery of H130 for India EMS operation - Aug/30/2016, 7:56PM

August 30, 2016
Vertical Magazine

Leaders of Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) and Aviators Air Rescue Ltd. accepted delivery of the first of three Airbus Helicopters H130s on Aug. 29, which the companies will use to launch the first affordable single-engine helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operation in India.

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Airbus Helicopters delivers first H175 to be operated in the Americas - Aug/24/2016, 10:25AM

August 24, 2016; Airbus Helicopters Press Release

The new seven-ton class helicopter has now arrived in Mexico, where it has joined the fleet of Transportes Aéreos Pegaso, a company specialized in air transport services for the energy industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

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NHV starts H175 operations for Maersk Oil out of Esbjerg - Aug/23/2016, 8:55AM

August 23, 2016; NHV Press Release

NHV has successfully started H175 helicopter operations in Denmark for its customer Maersk Oil, an international oil and gas company with whom it has a long-standing relationship.

The contract entails provision of passenger and freight transport services to Maersk Oil installations in the North Sea from Esbjerg, Denmark.

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Pakistan chooses AW139 for transport and EMS requirements - Aug/05/2016, 3:48PM

August 4, 2016

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has announced that the Government of Pakistan has signed a contract for an undisclosed number of AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to be used for transport and emergency medical service missions.

This event sets a major milestone for Leonardo

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Summit Aviation adds Sikorsky S-76D to list of authorizations - Jul/27/2016, 6:36PM

July 26, 2016
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has announced that Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, has named it as an authorized customer support service center for the Sikorsky S-76D....

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Swedish SAR - Jul/27/2016, 6:34PM

July 27, 2016 by Vertical Mag
Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) has responsibility for one of the largest Scandinavian search-and-rescue (SAR) regions, stretching from the Southern Baltic Sea right up to the Northern Gulf of Bothnia. Overland, Sweden’s SAR responsibilities also extend well into the Arctic Circle under its commitment to the Arctic Search-and-Rescue Agreement.

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Textron CEO is committed to develop the Bell Helicopter 525 Relentless despite crash - Jul/25/2016, 10:22PM

The crash of a Bell Helicopter 525 Relentless during a test flight earlier this month has indefinitely delayed the certification and first deliveries of the helicopter, company executives said Friday.

“We’ve suspended flight-test activities on the program until we determine the cause of the accident,” Textron Chief Executive Scott Donnelly told investors on the company’s earnings call...Read More

Airbus sees Super Puma future but no quick helicopter market rebound - Jul/14/2016, 1:31PM

Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:35pm EDT
Airbus has no plans to scrap its Super Puma helicopter in the wake of a crash that killed 13 people in Norway, the head of its helicopter division said on Wednesday, but he warned the market would remain weak at least until the end of 2017.

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Sikorsky S-76D™ VIP Helicopter Receives Expanded EASA Validation - Jul/11/2016, 1:13PM

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has completed a second phase of validations for new capabilities and expanded performance of the Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter. Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), made the announcement at the Farnborough International Air Show and expects to make its first delivery to a European VIP...Read More