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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

Shell Extends Helicopter Contract With Caverton - Jul/01/2015, 11:48AM

June 29, 2015
Caverton Offshore Support Group PLC (COSG), a leading provider of marine, aviation and logistics services to local and international oil and gas companies in Nigeria has announced that Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has exercised contract extension options with its subsidiary, Caverton Helicopters Limited for a two year period.

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Atlantic Airways to replace 412s with AW139s - Jun/24/2015, 1:10PM

23 Jun, 15, Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland announced today that Atlantic Airways has signed a contract for two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform SAR (Search and Rescue) missions and scheduled passenger transportation within the Faroe Islands. The helicopters are expected to be delivered late 2015 and in spring 2016 respectively, and will...Read More

Falcon Aviation Services takes delivery of two AW189 helicopters - AgustaWestland Press Release - Jun/19/2015, 3:38PM

Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland has announced that Falcon Aviation Services (FALCON) of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) has taken delivery of two AW189 super medium helicopters in offshore transport configuration. The deliveries and entry into service in the UAE of the AW189 was marked by ceremony at Marina Mall Helipad in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa.

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Pegaso sign for ten Airbus H145s - Jun/19/2015, 2:37PM

19 Jun, 15, Source: Airbus
Mexican operator Transportes Aéreos Pegaso has established a framework agreement to acquire 10 H145s, becoming the initial Latin American customer for this latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ four-ton-class twin-engine rotorcraft product range.

Announced today at the Paris Air Show, the agreement foresees Pegaso placing its first firm order in the...Read More

Milestone Aviation Group signs agreements for 48 helicopters - Jun/15/2015, 4:07PM

NEWS // 2015/06/15
Milestone Aviation Group has raised its commitment to the Airbus Helicopters H175 to 28 orders and options, and has also announced a letter of intent to purchase 20 Bell 525 Relentless helicopters.

The increase in commitment to the H175 represents the largest order for Airbus’ new super-medium-lift twin-engine rotorcraft.

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