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May 18, 2016
International aviation leaders are seeking nominations for one of the world's most prestigious safety awards, but the deadline is nigh. Nominations for the 2016 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award must be submitted by June 1.   The award honors a "significant individual or group effort contributing to improving aviation safety, with emphasis on original contributions" that was...
May 18, 2016
Statoil said it will investigate the April 29 Norwegian offshore helicopter accident in an effort to improve Statoil's helicopter safety efforts in the region. The Accident Investigation Board Norway's investigation of that crash is...
May 17, 2016
Valmie Resources Inc. and its joint venture partner, AeroLift eXpress, is discussing daily, unmanned offshore transport capabilities with a major Latin American energy company. Since AeroLift's debut at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, several companies have...
May 16, 2016
At HeliOffshore's second annual conference, members said they will undergo a review of the offshore fleet and determine any improvements toward an increased safety of operations worldwide. The review will be...
May 13, 2016
Lease Corp. International (LCI) has delivered the first of four new AW139s to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service in Australia. It will arrive at the nonprofit...
May 13, 2016
Used-helicopter asking prices plunged more than 25% for turbine-powered helicopters and sales of those and piston helicopters sank nearly 20% in this year's first quarter, compared to the same period in 2015, according to JETNET LLC.   Prices for used piston-powered helicopters in the period increased 14.4%, it noted.   Rotorcraft weren't alone in suffering such ill effects. Asking prices slipped...
May 11, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. has closed a revolving credit facility led by the Specialty Finance Lending unit of KeyBank, N.A. The facility provides...
May 11, 2016
A U.S. bankruptcy court has approved CHC's request to reject immediately leases on 16 Airbus Helicopters, 12 Leonardo-Finmeccanica and 10 Sikorsky aircraft as part the company's planned reorganization under Chapter 11 protection from creditors, according to the company.   CHC said the court in Dallas approved "first day" motions filed May 5 with its petition for reorganization under Chapter...
May 11, 2016
Bell Helicopter said it plans to demonstrate the Bell 412EPI on a five-month tour in the Asia Pacific region. Bell last...
May 10, 2016
Memorial Hermann Health System has renamed the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute to Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute in honor of the late James H. "Red" Duke, who founded the organization's...
May 10, 2016
Erickson Inc. has been contracted by Rokstad Power Ltd. for heavy-lift delivery services to Brucejack Mine in Stewart, British Columbia. With the S64 Aircrane, Erickson will transport heavy equipment and...
May 10, 2016
Robinson Helicopter Co. has received FAA certification for its R44 Cadet. The trainer has the same airframe...
May 6, 2016
The FAA aims to set up a joint team with the industry this year to track and analyze the safety of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and recommend measures for mitigating specific weaknesses, R&WI learned this week at the Assn. of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International annual gathering this week in New Orleans. The team would be modeled on the agency/industry Commercial Aviation Safety Team, whose...
May 5, 2016
CHC Group has filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas to facilitate the...
May 5, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica said the third prototype of the AgustaWestland AW609 tilt rotor has completed its first ground run at the company's facilities in Cascina Costa, Italy. The aircraft began restrained ground run...
May 4, 2016
Maverick Helicopters received the Best Air Tour award from the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Assn.'s Concierge Choice...
May 4, 2016
The FAA is setting up a standing committee to advise it on how to integrate drones in civil airspace and is tapping a top Silicon Valley executive to lead it.   The drone advisory committee will gather about 30 leaders from throughout the aviation and unmanned systems industries to work with FAA officials in prioritizing policy and research integration issues that must be tackled and in building broad...
May 3, 2016
A senior Norwegian accident investigation official said the April 29 crash of an EC225LP that killed 13 people was due to technical failure and not human error, according to two press reports.   Norway's Accident Investigation Board held a press conference at 3 p.m. local time at the Haakonsvern naval base in Bergen to provide an update on its probe of the Airbus Helicopters/CHC Helikopter Service...
May 2, 2016
Finmeccanica's shareholders have approved the company's name change to Leonardo in a meeting last week. The official full name, Leonardo...
May 2, 2016
International investigators are seeking clues to why an EC225LP's main rotor detached in flight during a return flight from an offshore rig in Norway April 29.   The Airbus Helicopters medium twin crashed on the island of Turoey, west of its destination of Bergen, killing the two pilots and 11 passengers on board. Operated by CHC Helikopter Service for the Stavanger, Norway-headquartered global oil...
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