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April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
April 19, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. said it has closed on a $100 million term loan facility led by Lombard North Central Plc. The facility has a maturity of about six yr. Waypoint will...
April 13, 2016
Finmeccanica has secured a purchase agreement with a Chinese company for more than two dozen helicopters. Chinese distributor and operator Sino-U.S. Intercontinental Helicopter Investment signed the agreement on April 12 at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai. Finmeccanica will deliver 25...
April 6, 2016
The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will...
April 5, 2016
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team said it will focus its attention during the next four years on reducing fatal helicopter accidents within the U.S. The team is targeting a reduction to 0.61 fatal accidents per 100,000 flight hr, 20% less than the average since 2009. It will do so by analyzing...
March 22, 2016
Airbus Helicopters is showcasing demo flights of its H145 in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan. The first tour was held in Southeast Africa in 2013, covering Malaysia and Thailand.  This Asian demo tour will be divided into two legs. From March 23...
March 17, 2016
Northwest MedStar is integrating its critical-care transport program into Life Flight Network, an Oregon-based, not-for-profit air medical program serving the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West effective April 1. Life Flight will open helicopter bases in Colville...
March 17, 2016
Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) began nighttime Helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) operations across the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) region and the Isle of Wight.   TVAA's...
March 8, 2016
Montreal, Canada-based helicopter transportation provider HNZ Group Inc. has partnered with Acasta HeliFlight Inc., which will be based in Yellowknife, NWT, and will expand HNZ's services to northern Canada, according to a company press release. HNZ operates in Canada, New...
March 3, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. closed a multi-aircraft agreement with DRF Luftrettung, a non-profit air rescue...
March 3, 2016
Finmeccanica and Era Group Inc. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a platform for the AgustaWestland AW609 tilt-rotor program. Under the MoU, Finmeccanica...
March 2, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. told Heli-Expo attendees that it has surpassed $1.5 billion in total helicopter assets. Its fleet of more than 120 aircraft ranges from light-twin to heavy helicopters. The company also has firm and option orders with...
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 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 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 21, 2016
Air Methods Corp. has acquired Tri-State Care Flight for $222.5 million, expanding the air medical transport provider's...
January 21, 2016
Airbus Helicopters has increased the H145's maximum take-off weight to 3.7 metric tons, after EASA awarded the manufacturer the...
January 19, 2016
Former Sikorsky Aircraft President and CEO Gerald Tobias, a driving force beyond the development and sales of the Black Hawk and S-76 helicopters, died Nov. 14, 2015, in Huntington Beach, California, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to an obituary in The Los Angeles Times.   A U.S. Army Air Force WWII veteran, Tobias worked for the Martin Company, managed Boeing’s...
January 15, 2016
The declining and unpredictable oil and gas market is not shrinking Lockheed Martin’s interest in the commercial helicopter market, according to the Reuters news agency.   Citing a top L-M business development executive, Reuters said oil’s decline is not just affecting...
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