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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...
January 27, 2016
Cool City Avionics has announced management changes that reflect the progress being made in the certification of its various SAS and autopilot systems for the helicopter and fixed-wing markets.   Jeffrey Kelly has been named chairman, president and CEO of Cool City Avionics. Kelly has been President of Kelly Aerospace since 2002 and will retain that position as well as his new position with Cool City...
January 27, 2016
The H160’s second prototype took off today in Marignane, France, kicking off a busy 2016 for the H160 as it pursues its flight test program with two prototypes.   The second prototype is the first H160 to fly with the Turbomeca Arrano engines. PT1 had accumulated more than 75 hours of flight testing by the end of 2015, allowing the...
January 26, 2016
Air medical services provider Memorial Hermann Life Flight was recently honored at the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) Awards Banquet 2016.   The Houston-area operator was recognized as the EMS/Air Medical Partner of the Year, one of four total awards given at the event.   In its inaugural awards ceremony, SETRAC honored hospitals and first responders who have...
January 25, 2016
In 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from the company’s civil, parapublic and military product lines. Meanwhile, the company booked 383 orders (adjusted to 333 due to contract amendments for governmental NH90 and Tiger helicopters) with a strong performance of the new-generation medium H175. Demand remained steady for the H135 and H145 family of light twin helicopters, with bookings...
January 25, 2016
The offshore helicopter industry latest safety efforts includes the launched of collaborative research to further enhance pilot performance in the cockpit.   A safety priority across the industry is to optimise the training and tools provided to offshore crews, according to Gretchen Haskins, HeliOffshore's CEO. Haskins said the research, which began earlier this month, is aimed at understanding...
January 22, 2016
XTI Aircraft has earned a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) qualification under Regulation A+. Investors interested in supporting development of the new TriFan 600 aircraft will now be able to purchase...
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