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May 28, 2015
Bell Helicopter is completing final preparations for the first flight of its 525 Relentless, which it expects within weeks, the company’s VP of that program told Rotor & Wing. Larry Thimmesch said the company is transitioning from manufacturing of Flight Test Aircraft No. 1 to pre-flight prep activity. Current...
May 11, 2015
Gretchen Haskins, CEO of the global offshore helicopter association HeliOffshore commended “inclusion, engagement and delivery” to more than 150 leaders attending the association's Annual Conference and General Meeting yesterday. Speaking at the inaugural HeliOffshore conference, Haskins told industry leaders that, with their commitment and collective might, the offshore helicopter...
May 7, 2015
Bristow Helicopters uses the AgustaWestland AW189 for offshore transport missions, as well as for search and rescue in the U.K. Photo courtesy of Bristow Helicopters With their fates tied to the ever-swinging price of crude oil, helicopter offshore transport operators had a tough year in 2014. Around this time last year, oil sold for more than $100 per barrel. By January, that price had been halved. Though...
May 1, 2015
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced at the Offshore Helicopter Safety Action Group (OHSAG) a new set of proposals aimed at improving the safety of helicopter operations to the 116 normally unattended offshore installations in the North Sea. The proposals build upon an independent report compiled by Cranfield University, commissioned by the CAA, aimed at providing a new strategy for...
April 27, 2015
North Pole Investments Inc. of Panama has signed a contract for one AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin-engine and one AW189 super medium helicopter. The aircraft will be delivered by early 2016 and operated by Helistar de Aviacion of Colombia for offshore transport missions in support of the oil and gas industry.   Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland This...
April 17, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has announced the certification by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) of its Rig Approach™ for the S-92® helicopter. Rig Approach is a first-of-its-kind functionality on the S-92 helicopter that provides helicopter operators with an automated approach to offshore rigs and platforms. Rig...
March 16, 2015
AgustaWestland celebrated today the official opening of its new Regional Supply Center in Aberdeen, Scotland. The opening ceremony was held in the presence of local dignitaries and representatives from major operators and industry. Located close to Aberdeen Airport, the new facility has been operational 24/7 since January of this year delivering spare parts to operators. The Supply Center supports a range...
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...
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 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 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...
January 15, 2015
Utilized worldwide in some of the most challenging conditions, the deployed fleet of Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in service for the oil and gas industry has accumulated more than 10 million flight hours as of the end of 2014. Of the estimated 2,300 rotorcraft used in oil and gas missions today, approximately 25 percent are produced by...
January 15, 2015
Air Amazonia, a subsidiary of Erickson International, will secure a passenger transport contract with the Brazilian oil and gas company HRT Participações em Petróleo, S.A. Under...
January 15, 2015
Era Group Inc. has secured contracts for three additional medium helicopters in the Gulf of Mexico. The helicopters, which include two Sikorsky S-76s and one AgustaWestland AW139, will be used to support drilling programs and...
January 9, 2015
When we last got your input for our State of the Rotorcraft Market study 18 months ago, it was easy to see where the big competition in the market for new aircraft sales was going to be. While the air medical segment continued to show the strongest buying signals overall, the study showed a significant uptick in plans to purchase new aircraft among corporate and offshore operators. Of those two, there was...
January 8, 2015
Following an agreement signed on Dec. 29, AgustaWestland will provide 160 AW189 civil helicopters to the oil company Rosneft by 2025. The supply will be provided mainly through HeliVert, a joint venture between Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of the corporation Rostec).   Photo courtesy AgustaWestland HeliVert will be responsible for the final assembly of the...
December 31, 2014
Three companies have signed a tripartite agreement on strategic partnership: state corporation Rostec, Italian industrial group Finmeccanica and the Rosneft oil company. Under the agreement, the HeliVert plant near Moscow, a joint enterprise between Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland and Rostec’s Russian Helicopters, will begin producing medium commercial AW189 helicopters for Russia and the...
December 29, 2014
Titan Helicopter Group (THG) has accepted delivery of the first Sikorsky S-76D helicopter to operate in Africa. The aircraft is configured for offshore service, and will be on lease from Milestone Aviation Group. Milestone currently has 86 Sikorsky aircraft in its fleet with 55 S-92 helicopters and 31 S-76 aircraft including four S-76D helicopters.   Photo courtesy Sikorsky The new generation S-76D...
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