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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 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
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...
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...
April 29, 2016
A Eurocopter EC225 carrying 13 passengers crashed Friday while flying from the Gullfaks oil field to Bergen...
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 18, 2016
CHC Group said it has decided to not make a $46 million interest payment due today on its 9.25% senior secured notes maturing Oct. 15, 2020, according to a company press release. Under the terms, the company has a 30-day grace period after the due date to make a payment and prevent default for...
April 11, 2016
SeaPlanner will be the system provider for DONG Energy's Marine and Helicopter Coordination Centre (MHCC), which will be a centralized hub for its U.K. offshore wind farm construction and a number of regional Operations MHCCs. SeaPlanner will...
April 4, 2016
Bristow Helicopters Ltd. has commenced flights for Petrofac in the Central North Sea. The three-year contract, which...
April 4, 2016
Dallas-based Protective Packaging Corp. can help preserve idled helicopters through a cost-efficient packaging solution, as it has demonstrated on a helicopter operator serving offshore rigs in the North Sea. The downturn in the...
March 31, 2016
Bond Offshore Helicopters has been awarded a three-year contract by Premier Oil to provide...
March 29, 2016
A powerful methane-detection sensor flight tested by NASA researchers might increase the viability of using small unmanned aircraft systems for pipeline patrol, the agency said March 28.   The Pasadena, California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been testing its Open Path Laser Spectrometer sensor on various platforms since 2014. Similar to another sensor NASA developed for use on Mars, the device...
March 25, 2016
Heli-One has developed repair capability for the Sikorsky S-92 air inlet, said the MRO provider. According to a press release, the air inlet was identified as a top contributor to aircraft-on-ground events for the S-92. The component was found to have...
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 7, 2016
Bristow Helicopters Ltd. confirmed the return of Sikorsky S-76 aircraft to service Saturday, following completion of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority's (NCAA) operational audit and the company's return-to-service...
March 1, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. has closed a multi-aircraft agreement with Bristow Group Inc. for the sale and leaseback of three AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. All...
February 29, 2016
Bristow has acknowledged that "a number of our clients have received a letter" from Nigeria's National Petroleum Investment Management Services asking them to terminate the company's helicopter services, telling R&WI it has "engaged the authority and other government officials on the matter."  The directive followed the Feb. 3 crash of a Bristow Sikorsky Aircraft S-76 C+...
February 29, 2016
Bell Helicopter President and CEO Mitch Snyder emphasized a focus on innovation for the future in terms of both “disruptive” and “leap-forward” technologies in its future aircraft.   At a Feb. 29 press conference during Heli-Expo, Snyder explained Bell's innovation falls in three parts: safety improvements...
February 25, 2016
Chris Emerson on June 1 became president and chief executive of Airbus Helicopters Inc. [Booth 9651] and head of Airbus Helicopters North America Region, overseeing Airbus Helicopters' subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada. (He succeeded Marc Paganini, who led the Grand Prairie, Texas-based U.S. subsidiary for more than 12 years.) Emerson previously was SVP and head of marketing for Airbus' airliner unit. We...
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