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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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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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