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Sikorsky and Babcock sign 10-year support agreement for S-92 helicopter - Jul/11/2016, 12:37PM

July 11, 2016
Vertical Magazine
Sikorsky and Babcock Mission Critical Services Ltd. have signed a 10-year agreement providing Babcock’s S-92 helicopter fleet with extended support for its aftermarket material needs. Sikorsky’s Total Assurance Program provides Babcock continued aftermarket support to operate its S-92 fleet within a known budget, reducing the risk of unplanned costs...Read More

Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW189 ice protection system certified - Jul/11/2016, 12:35PM

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the AW189’s full ice protection system (FIPS), clearing the way for the aircraft to operate in full icing conditions when other helicopters would be grounded.

The EASA certification comes after three years of flight trials...

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VNH South take delivery of second AW189 on six month lease - Jul/08/2016, 4:01PM

8 Jul, 16, Source: VNH
On July 5th 2016, Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South) accepted a new AgustaWestland AW189 (serial 49029) at Vungtau airport after a ferry flight from Malaysia. VNH South has signed a lease contract on this helicopter for six months, along with a further option for another six months...

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Airbus delivers first H175 into the Americas - Jul/01/2016, 1:43PM

30 Jun, 16, Source:
In the latest issue 104 of the Airbus Helicopters house magazine Rotor, the company has revealed that they have delivered the first H175 helicopter into the Americas. In particular, they show the image reproduced below in the colours of Mexican operator Pegaso...

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HNZ Group announces renewal of offshore oil-and-gas support contract in the Phillippines - Jun/03/2016, 12:44PM

HNZ Group Press Release

HNZ Group Inc., an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, HNZ New Zealand Limited, has entered into an offshore oil-and-gas helicopter support contract with Shell Philippines Exploration B.V.

HNZ New Zealand Limited has been awarded a five-year...Read More

WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH orders two H145s for offshore operations - Jun/01/2016, 6:49PM

Airbus Helicopters Press Release
Airbus Helicopters and WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH have signed a contract for two H145s in offshore configuration at the international aerospace exhibition ILA in Berlin, making them the first Airbus Helicopters products to be added to its WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH’s fleet. The delivery of the first H145 is scheduled for the end...Read More

HNZ Group announces renewal of offshore oil-and-gas support contract in New Zealand - Jun/01/2016, 6:48PM

HNZ Group Press Release
HNZ Group Inc, an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, HNZ New Zealand Limited, has entered into an offshore oil-and-gas helicopter support contract with a consortium of customers, which includes Shell Todd Oil Services Limited, AWE Taranaki Limited, OMV...Read More

Offshore helicopter fleet grows in UAE with first AW169 delivered to Falcon Aviation - May/26/2016, 6:16PM

Leonardo-Finmeccanica Press Release 2016/05/25
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has announced that Falcon Aviation of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) has taken delivery of a new generation AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin helicopter this month. The handover makes Falcon Aviation the first operator in UAE to use the new type and the first customer worldwide to use the aircraft for...Read More

Bristow brings S92 back from Nigeria for North Sea cover - May/25/2016, 6:24PM

24 May, 16, Source:

As the grounding of the EC225 continues, the North Sea operators are looking around their fleets to see how they can cover the shortfall. Bristow has identified a Sikorsky S92 in its Nigerian operation, and the aircraft is currently on its ferry flight north.

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LCI delivers first of four AW139 to Westpac in Australia - May/13/2016, 9:33AM

13 May, 16, Source: LCI

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, has delivered the first new AW139 helicopter to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service based in Australia. The aircraft is currently en route and will arrive at Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s main base in Newcastle, New South Wales, in June to enable pilots along with rescue and...Read More

NHV start operating two H175s out of Ghana - May/13/2016, 9:31AM

12 May, 16, Source:

Belgian based operator NHV have recently taken two Airbus H175 helicopters out to Western Africa, and will be operating them from Ghana. They will be based at Takoradi under contract to Tullow Oil, which has had interests in two exploration licences offshore Ghana since 2006. NHV now has two H175s based at Aberdeen in the UK, two at Den Helder in...Read More

Bristow Caribbean wins S92 contract - May/09/2016, 11:02AM

6 May, 16, Source:

Bristow Caribbean has announced that they have secured a new contract with BHP Billiton in Trinidad and Tobago.

The contract begins this month using Sikorsky S-92 aircraft. This will be the first time an S-92 has been operated in the Trinidad and Tobago oil and gas market and the first time that Bristow is using an S-92 in the country.

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Inside Fort McMurray: Helicopter crews battle wildfires from the sky - May/09/2016, 10:51AM

Carrie Tait and Justin Giovannetti
Fort McMurray, Alta. The Globe and Mail Last updated: Monday, May 09, 2016 11:10AM EDT

Helicopter crews get an overview of destruction as they rain down water with precision passes to snuff out threats to the city’s critical infrastructure, Carrie Tait and Justin Giovannetti report from Fort McMurray, Alta.

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Serial Production of the MI-171A2 Will Begin in 2017 - Apr/29/2016, 11:25AM

29 Apr, 16, Source: Rostec

The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAZ) being a part of Russian Helicopters Holding, will begin serial production of its newest helicopter, the MI-171A2, in the first quarter of next year.

As reported by Leonid Belykh, managing director of the plant, the machine is now undergoing final testing. “Our challenge in the first quarter of 2017 is to get the...Read More

Babcock wins wind farm support work from Siemens - Apr/29/2016, 11:24AM

29 Apr, 16, Source:

Siemens has received a major order for its offshore wind power business – to supply, install and commission a total of 102 wind turbines, each with a capacity of seven megawatts and a rotor diameter of 154 meters. This falls under the East Anglia ONE project, for which the customer is ScottishPower Renewables, and is planned to be operational in 2020,...Read More

Helicopter industry awaits recovery as oil-price rebounds to over $40 - Apr/28/2016, 10:56PM

by: Sijia Jiang
While other parts of the aviation industry have gained from slumping oil prices, helicopter companies have been suffering.

The aviation industry has benefitted from plunging oil prices which has saved them billions.

The exception has been the helicopter industry which has suffered because of less business from offshore oil and gas companies — their biggest...Read More

Babcock buys German operator Heli Aviation - Apr/28/2016, 10:05AM

28 Apr, 16, Source:

Babcock International Group has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Heli Aviation, the German operator based in Augsburg, and this business will sit within Babcock’s Mission Critical Services (MCS) business. With over 7-years’ experience in complex helicopter operations in challenging environments, Heli Aviation operates more than 11...Read More

Third Bell 525 Relentless joins the flight test program - Apr/28/2016, 10:03AM

27 Apr, 16, Source:

Bell has flown the third 525 Relentless in recent days, according to a posting they made on Facebook without any other marketing effort.

The maiden flight was made at Bell’s plant in Amarillo, Texas, on Friday 22nd April, the location where the company also builds military models including the UH-1Y Yankee, AH-1Z Talon and the V-22 Osprey, and are...Read More

A new Era: Gulf of Mexico operator on U.S. launch of AW189 & Houma 'super base' - Apr/28/2016, 10:01AM

By Dan Megna
Finmeccanica helicopter division’s AW189 is the latest addition to the Era fleet supporting the oil-and-gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). As the largest global operator of Finmeccanica helicopters, including the AW119, AW109 and AW139, Era Group also has the distinction of being the launch customer for the AW189 in the Americas...

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Silk Way Helicopter Services starts S92 offshore long-line operations - Apr/20/2016, 10:03AM

20 Apr, 16, Source: SWHS

Commercial helicopter company “Silk Way Helicopter Services” LLC (SWHS LLC) received a status of the official service provider for external cargo sling on offshore and onshore oil and gas platforms according to Oil & Gas Producers Standard (OGP).

The main direction of these services is focused on...

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