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March 10, 2015
Bristow Group has raised its total firm orders for Airbus Helicopters’ H175 (formerly EC175) to 17, and also signed a comprehensive support services agreement for its new seven-metric-ton-category rotorcraft. This endorsement was formalized during a signing ceremony at HAI Heli-Expo 2015. It expands upon Bristow’s initial order agreement, announced two years ago. Deliveries of the H175s will...
March 9, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has expanded on its initial Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM) for H225 (formerly EC225) aircraft in oil and gas missions – the first such source document produced by a rotorcraft manufacturer – and has announced the release of an updated version, now extended to include emergency procedures. Airbus Helicopters worked closely on the document with a group of oil and gas...
March 9, 2015
AgustaWestland has appointed Heliconia Industrie Sarl as an Authorized Service Center for the AW139 intermediate twin helicopter in Morocco. Heliconia, an official distributor of AgustaWestland commercial helicopters in Morocco since early 2014, with two offshore-configured AW139s already in service and a contract for two additional helicopters, will provide a range of support and maintenance services from...
March 6, 2015
AgustaWestland and Kaigai Corporation of Japan have announced that Shizuoka Air Commuter has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin helicopter to perform emergency medical service (EMS) missions for Toyama Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in summer 2015. This latest purchase is part of the Doctor Heli system program, which is intended to provide modern airborne EMS coverage to all...
March 5, 2015
At HAI Heli-Expo 2015, Erickson Incorporated's President and CEO Udo Rieder announced his intentions to retire from the company (including from his membership in the board) effective March 31, 2015. The board of directors has appointed Jeff Roberts as new President and CEO of Erickson effective April 1, 2015. Both the outgoing and incoming CEOs were available at the expo to answer questions, and Rotor...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland announced today it has entered into an agreement with Life Flight Network, the United States’ largest not-for-profit air ambulance provider, for up to ten additional aircraft. The agreement includes four firm orders and two options for AW119Kx EMS-configured helicopters and preliminary agreements for up to five AW109...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland and Kaigai Corporation of Japan announced today that Shizuoka Air Commuter has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin helicopter to perform emergency medical service missions for Toyama Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in summer 2015.  This latest purchase is part of the Doctor Heli system programme...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited, the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that Clark McGinn, Global Head of Aviation Financing at CHC Leasing, will join Waypoint as Senior Vice President of Sales in the second quarter of 2015. McGinn will be responsible for leading the Company’s origination, sales and business development...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Hillsboro Aviation Inc., a leading provider of helicopter and airplane services and charter operations in the Pacific Northwest, has purchased its first new Airbus Helicopters aircraft and has signed an option agreement with Airbus Helicopters Inc. enabling it to purchase up to five more. Hillsboro has already taken delivery of its first aircraft, an industry...
February 23, 2015
Bristow Group Ltd. has opened a new 23,000 square-foot helicopter terminal at its Galliano base in Louisiana that offers increased security and greater conveniences for passengers, including expanded check-in, waiting and customer service areas, increased baggage handling and more parking. The terminal will serve as a temporary facility for Bristow’s operations through 2015 while the company...
February 18, 2015
Earlier this month, Sikorsky Aircraft employees assembled and donated 50 bicycles to patients at Miami Children’s Hospital Doral Outpatient Center.   Photo courtesy Sikorsky The bicycles were assembled during Sikorsky’s Worldwide Sales Conference held recently in Miami, Fla., and were donated to 50 patients from Miami Children’s Hospital Doral Outpatient Center who were chosen by the...
February 17, 2015
The Indian government is to divest itself of its 51 percent shareholding in Pawan Hans, the national helicopter company of India, according to a report published on Feb. 10 by the Economic Times in India. The other 49 percent is owned by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. Pawan Hans was incorporated in 1985 mainly to provide rotorcraft support services to the offshore...
February 11, 2015
CHC Group Ltd., the parent company of CHC Helicopter, announced that the board of directors has appointed Karl Fessenden chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors effective Feb. 9, replacing William Amelio, who will be leaving the company. Mr. Fessenden joins CHC from GE, where over his 20-year career at the company he...
February 9, 2015
As we were going to press with this issue, I happened to notice two different stories in the mainstream media, both about new startup companies offering helicopter shuttle services. One story was from the Jan. 20 edition of the New York Post, and you can access it from our website at Why take a taxi to the airport when you can take a helicopter? The other was posted the very next day on the Wall Street...
February 6, 2015
Book your travel plans now (hopefully, you already have), because HAI Heli-Expo 2015 is almost upon us. This year, the event will be held from March 2 - 5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., and more than 20,000 attendees are expected. It will feature professional educational courses, exhibitors, events and seminars that cover all aspects of the helicopter community including military...
February 5, 2015
CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with the FAA to advance efforts to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting. The arrangement will integrate efforts from...
February 4, 2015
CHC Group Ltd., the parent company of CHC Helicopter, plans to issue its earnings release for the fiscal-year 2015 third quarter, which ended Jan. 31, after market close on Monday...
February 3, 2015
Emerging Markets Communications (EMC), a global satellite and terrestrial communications services provider, has acquired General Industry Systems (GIS) AS, a Norwegian-based provider specializing in energy and maritime connectivity services for offshore operations. The consolidated portfolio of products, services, experience, locations and engineers of the companies strengthens EMC’s energy and...
February 2, 2015
In 2014, European air ambulance company DRF Luftrettung achieved a total of 37,811 missions from its 30 HEMS bases in Germany and Austria, including worldwide repatriations with its ambulance aircraft. Within Germany, DRF Luftrettung flew a total of 35,368 HEMS missions. Apart from heart attacks, strokes and accidents were the most frequent reasons for alerts. Fourteen percent of the emergency helicopter...
January 27, 2015
United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods Division, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) of an Airbus EC130 T2 emergency medical helicopter equipped with a next generation state-of-the-art medical interior and avionics suite. The first completed aircraft was delivered from United Rotorcraft’s facility in Englewood, Colo. The STC was completed in partnership...
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