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China Helicopter Market Growth Still Positive - Apr/15/2016, 11:08AM

by Kerry Lynch and Matt Thurber
- April 13, 2016, 6:00 AM

After a slight slow-down in the helicopter market in Greater China during the first three quarters of 2015, business has returned to the strong levels of growth experienced over most the past six years, according to Chris Jaran, vice president, China, for Bell Helicopter....

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AAR starts SAR ops for UK military in the Falkland Islands - Apr/01/2016, 11:58AM

1 Apr, 16, Source: AAR

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces its Airlift division has commenced operations for Search and Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter (SH) services for the UK Ministry of Defence in the Falkland Islands.

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Bond announces new contract with Premier Oil - Mar/31/2016, 9:58AM

Bond, a Babcock International Group company, has been awarded a new contract to provide offshore crew transport on behalf of Premier Oil. The three-year deal, awarded after a competitive tender, will see the helicopter operator transport thousands of men and women to and from Premier’s offshore platforms in the North Sea.>>>

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Bell Helicopter improves performance with Bell 412SP to HP upgrade - Mar/11/2016, 2:36PM

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has introduced a newly available kit that allows customers to upgrade their current Bell 412SP to the 412HP configuration — increasing aircraft performance and reducing customers’ cost.

The new 412HP upgrade kit provides an additional 165 horsepower available at the main rotor, allowing out-of-ground-effect hover performance to...Read More

Thai Aviation Services selects fleet of Sikorsky helicopters - Mar/10/2016, 11:01PM

Sikorsky Press Release
Thai Aviation Services has informed Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, of the decision to renew its existing fleet of commercial helicopters with five S-76D medium lift and two S-92 heavy lift aircraft.

Selection of an all-new Sikorsky aircraft fleet will enable the Bangkok-based operator to continue its track record of providing safe,...Read More

Petroleum Air Services becomes the first authorized Bell Helicopter customer service facility in North Africa - Mar/10/2016, 10:58PM

Bell Helicopter Press Release
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has announced that Petroleum Air Services has been appointed as the first Bell Helicopter authorized customer service facility in North Africa.

“Since 1982, we have been providing both fixed-wing and helicopter transportation to the oil and gas and travel industries in Egypt,” said General...Read More

Thinking big - Mar/10/2016, 10:56PM

By Oliver Johnson
The experience of visiting Capitale Hélicoptère’s dazzling new facility, adjacent to the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Qué., is truly that — an experience. The utility operator, established in 2010 by local entrepreneur Stephan Huot, moved into the $22-million, 60,000-square-foot building almost two years ago.

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Lockheed Martin warns of Sikorsky under-performance - Mar/09/2016, 11:56PM

9 Mar, 16, Source: Lockheed Martin
The acquired Sikorsky business may underperform relative to our expectations, the transaction may cause our financial results to differ from our expectations or the expectations of the investment community and we may not be able to achieve anticipated cost savings or other anticipated synergies.

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Heli-Expo 2016 Preview - Feb/23/2016, 9:18AM

23 Feb, 16, Source:
Heli-Expo is almost upon us, and it is a good time to both reflect on the year since the last event and look ahead to the future – hoping that we can see an improvement to give us a warm feeling inside. We look for new models being revealed, contracts being announced, the camaraderie of coming together as an industry, and the opportunities that presents...Read More

NHV starts in Aberdeen with two H175s - Jan/05/2016, 10:09PM

5 Jan, 16, Source: NHV

NHV, a fast growing international helicopter operator, pursues its development by rolling out its strategic plan to become a sizeable, alternative player. Finally after five years we established our new base in Aberdeen. NHV is proud to announce that two Airbus H175 helicopters will reinforce the Aberdeen’s fleet.

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Global civil helicopter fleet projected to grow 50 percent in long-term ReportBuyer Press Release - Jan/05/2016, 10:06PM

ReportBuyer Press Release
The global civil helicopter fleet will grow 50 percent by 2034, despite the short-term pressures emanating from a weak energy market, according to a new report from analysts at Noealt Corporate Services.

The global civil helicopter market has grown almost threefold in size...

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NHV strengthens its presence in the UK, providing Aberdeen base with new Airbus H175 helicopters - Dec/20/2015, 12:02PM

NHV Group Press Release - 2015/12/18

NHV, a fast growing international helicopter operator, is pursuing its development by rolling out its strategic plan to become a sizeable, alternative player. After five years, the company has established its new base in Aberdeen. NHV is proud to announce that two Airbus H175 helicopters will reinforce the Aberdeen base’s fleet.

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Bristow retires last AS332 Super Pumas - Dec/10/2015, 12:07AM

9 Dec, 15, Source: Bristow

Bristow is retiring its last two Aerospatiale AS332 Super Puma aircraft — VH-BHY and VH-BHX — in December after many long years of dedicated service to the company. These retirements are part of Bristow’s ongoing fleet rationalization strategy. The company has been actively managing its fleet by renewing older aircraft with newer technology aircraft, while...Read More

Ornge to stick with AW139s - Dec/09/2015, 11:19PM

By Oliver Johnson
Ornge is to stick with its fleet of AgustaWestland AW139s after finding no suitable alternatives following a 10-month request for information (RFI) for possible replacements....

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Rega orders three AW169s - Dec/02/2015, 10:19AM

2 Dec, 15, Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced today that Swiss Air-Rescue Rega has placed an order for three AW169 light intermediate twin-engine and one GrandNew light twin-engine helicopters which will join the current fleet of a GrandNew and nine single-pilot configured Da Vinci helicopters. The aircraft will perform emergency medical service and search and rescue...Read More

First of two AW139s for Atlantic Airways now in flight test - Nov/26/2015, 10:42PM

25 Nov, 15, Source:
The first of two AW139s announced by AgustaWestland in June 2015 as sold to Atlantic Airways has been seen on flight test in Italy. In our photo here by Marco Bianchi, the first example is seen with double hoist mounted to starboard.

In their press release, AgustaWestland stated that the aircraft will be used to perform SAR missions and scheduled...Read More

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

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