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February 22, 2016
International helicopter pilot organization Twirly Birds has awarded this year's Les Morris Award to Anthony Melvin "Mel" O'Reilly, founder of Eagle Copters Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. O'Reilly began his aviation career in eastern Canada in 1955 with the Royal Canadian Air Force in field helicopter maintenance and later saw extensive duty as an engineer and...
February 18, 2016
A unique unmanned tiltrotor has successfully completed a new testing stage after performing its first flight. The aircraft was created by VR-Technologies, an innovative design bureau part of Russian Helicopters. A number of oil and gas companies and various government agencies are...
February 18, 2016
Silverstone Helicopters, a joint venture between Sloane Helicopters and Fresh Air, has been awarded a contract by Silverstone Circuits to provide aviation services at the Northamptonshire race circuit. In addition to general aviation support at the circuit, Silverstone Helicopters will be...
February 17, 2016
Erickson Inc. is partnering with Sterlite Grid to install nearly 160 power transmission towers using Erickson’s S64 Aircrane in the Pir Panjal mountain range in northern India. The initiative will be the first time transmission lines are...
February 17, 2016
Sikorsky has appointed UI Helicopter Co., Ltd. to become a Sikorsky-authorized customer support center in South Korea, the first such center in the country. Based in Yesan, 100 km south of Seoul, the center will enable operators of Sikorsky S-76 and S-92...
February 16, 2016
A new president has taken the reins at Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. as that manufacturing unit adjusts to changing market conditions and shifting production approaches.  Cynthia Garneau, an 11-year veteran of the company based in the Montreal suburb of Mirabel, Quebec, took over as president in late January. She succeeded Raymond Leduc, who held the presidency for slightly more than a year and...
February 12, 2016
Guidance Aviation has been experiencing great success by using the Robinson R66 turbine helicopter for a variety of commercial helicopter operations.   Guidance Aviation offers helicopter charter services utilizing the Robinson R66. Applications vary from construction deliveries, airport shuttles, executive transportation, scenic tours, pipeline/power line assessment and external loads.  ...
February 11, 2016
Bristow Group's diversification strategy has helped substantially offset weakening offshore transport profits, but has also caused what executives indicated are temporary hiccups in the company's coveted safety record until it can fully integrate new business lines into its "Target Zero" culture.   "Our third quarter results demonstrate the success of our diversified business...
February 9, 2016
Bristow Group Inc. has invested $4.2 million in Sky-Futures, the leading provider of drone inspection data services for the oil and gas industry. This investment gives Bristow immediate entry to the fast-growing UAV services business and bolsters Bristow's offerings to include drone inspection services.   The investment, which also includes an exclusive partnership agreement, gives Bristow access to...
February 8, 2016
XTI Aircraft Company representatives expressed their deep sorrow after the loss of the company's Vice Chairman Jeff Pino, who died in a plane crash Feb. 5 near Phoenix. XTI founder and Chairman David Brody said the board has named XTI board member Charlie Johnson as interim CEO to oversee the continued development of the TriFan 600.   Johnson, the former president and COO of Cessna...
February 5, 2016
Sequoia Helicopters has selected Skytrac Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) for its fleet of Bell 212 helicopters. With a focus on the oil-and-gas, firefighting and tourism sectors, Sequoia was looking for a solution that could assist with both proactive...
February 5, 2016
Erickson Inc. has renewed a long-standing contract for aerial timber harvesting with Vancouver-based Western Forest Products. This is Erickson's second timber-harvesting...
February 4, 2016
Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) has completed an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace for a dealership at its Philadelphia facility.   MAG’s recent certification is a result of providing...
February 2, 2016
Statoil has awarded Bristow Norway contracts for personnel transportation from Bergen and Florø starting on May 1, 2017. The contracts are valued at around NOK 1 billion in the 5-year fixed period. In addition, the contracts include four yearly options. By combining the new contracts with the current helicopter portfolio, Statoil...
February 1, 2016
Heli-Expo is fast approaching, so don't let your important announcements or news pieces slip by. Exhibitors may submit any press releases and photos, including those that are embargoed...
January 29, 2016
Erickson Inc. has renews a contract with Canadian aerial heavy-lift company Helifor Canada to continue providing aerial timber harvesting services in British Columbia and western Canada. The contract is the...
January 28, 2016
Marking a milestone for both Pacific Helicopters and aviation operations in Papua New Guinea, Pacific Helicopters has taken delivery of the first of three H145 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters. The first H145, leased from international lessor, Waypoint Leasing, has arrived...
January 28, 2016
Textron reported Wednesday in a fourth-quarter earnings call that overall quarterly revenues were down from last year, stemming from its Bell Helicopter, Systems and (fixed-wing) Aviation subsidiaries.   Despite a slight increase in sales of military platforms, such as the H1, Textron said Bell’s fourth-quarter commercial revenues were down to roughly $36 million as a result of a lower...
January 28, 2016
At a ceremony held today at Stavanger, Norway, Thales officially opened its Norway Training Centre, unveiling the first of several planned helicopter training programs.   Having received both the EASA FSTD (Flight Simulation Training Devices Operator) Operator, and Level D...
January 27, 2016
Lockheed Martin Corp., in a Tuesday report of its fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 earnings, shared more of its plans for its recently acquired rotorcraft subsidiary, Sikorsky. Executive presenters also responded to pointed questions about how Sikorsky might grow in its new home in ways that it might not have under its former parent company.   L-M on Tuesday equated Sikorsky to a roughly $5 billion...
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