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February 1, 2014
Sikorsky Global Helicopters has reached an agreement with Era Group to provide four S-92s, with an option for...
February 1, 2014
S-92 on display at Sikorsky’s booth during Heli-Expo 2013. The resurgence of the civil rotorcraft market could be described as follows: the party has yet to begin, but the invitations have been mailed. The rotorcraft industry is showing improvement in several segments of the market, with the development of a new rotorcraft for the single-engine turbine category and the creation of new super mid-size...
February 1, 2014
MD902 Explorer in operation with Doha-based LifeFlight. In November 2013, Doha-based Gulf Helicopters Company (GHC) used the biennial Dubai Airshow to announce an order for 15 new AgustaWestland AW189 helicopters, increasing its rotary wing fleet from 45 to 60 aircraft, a serious indicator that helicopter operations around the Middle East continue to be a growth industry. The first two of the...
January 16, 2014
Russian Helicopters is expanding flight coverage to the regional government of Sakhalin Oblast with the delivery of two medium multirole Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters scheduled for...
January 16, 2014
AgustaWestland has handed over its fifth AW139 helicopter to Lease Corporation International (LCI). The helicopter will be...
January 10, 2014
Safety Management Systems (SMS) is expanding its international oil and gas training courses to include Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization (OPITO) approved...
January 8, 2014
Sikorsky Global Helicopters has reached an agreement with Era Group to provide four S-92s, with an option for a...
January 7, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft has handed over the initial offshore-configured S-76D to Bristow Helicopters as part of an order for 26 of the type. Bristow purchased the helicopters in March 2013. The helicopter is the first of the S-76D variant to enter...
January 3, 2014
BP Exploration Operating Company has granted a five-year contract to Bristow Helicopters for offshore support at installations in West...
January 2, 2014
EADS has kicked-off the New Year with a group rebranding, which has also affected the Eurocopter name. EADS, now to be known as the Airbus Group, will feature divisions called Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters. Airbus will focus on the commercial aircraft business and Airbus Defence and Space will integrate its Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military businesses, while Airbus...
January 1, 2014
estephens@accessintel.com In this month’s issue, we share what we call the “Executive Outlook.” It is a compilation of what the rotorcraft industry’s top executives think the year 2014 will bring to the helicopter world, including the “Rotorcraft Outlook Panel” (see page 18), which is a group of leaders from companies that participate in Rotor & Wing’s Annual...
December 27, 2013
Brazilian operators have resumed using the Eurocopter EC225, which means that now all operators using the...
December 16, 2013
Waypoint Leasing has secured an agreement to provide new technology medium and heavy rotorcraft, including the Sikorsky S-92 and AgustaWestland AW139, to oil and gas operator...
December 9, 2013
Eurocopter is bringing two of the newest members of its twin-engine rotorcraft line, the next-generation EC175 and upgraded EC145 T2, to Asia for a three-week tour demonstrating the helicopters to oil and gas, charter, law...
December 4, 2013
AgustaWestland secured orders for a total of 23 AW169s and AW189s during the recent Dubai Air Show, including configurations for the offshore, law enforcement and VIP/corporate markets. The largest order involves 15 AW189s going to Gulf Helicopters for offshore operations, making it the first Middle East operator to fly the AW189. The Qatar-based operator currently has a fleet of 15 AW139s, with three more...
December 1, 2013
aparker@accessintel.com Three of the larger stories involving the helicopter industry in 2013 have ties to Eurocopter. The first is something Eurocopter didn’t do in relation to arguably the biggest story of the year, as the manufacturer dropped out of U.S. Army Aviation’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) competition, which leads to Future Vertical Lift (FVL), first with the medium variant. Army Aviation...
December 1, 2013
Offshore, EMS, firefighting and SAR operator Era Helicopters has reached a five-year agreement with Canada-based Vector...
December 1, 2013
Cougar Helicopters operates a fleet of nine Sikorsky S-92s for offshore transport and SAR missions. Nine are based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Three operate from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photos by Ernie Stephens     Rain and poor visibility are the one-two punch that keeps most helicopter operations on the ground. But not so at Cougar Helicopters located in St. John’s, Newfoundland. On...
December 1, 2013
PHI-operated Sikorsky S-92 in the Gulf of Mexico. No radar, no ILS, no marker beacon, yet it is a precision approach by any standard, even though the FAA would not classify it as such. The official name is “Rig Approach” and it is a patented system for doing an automated instrument approach by a helicopter to an off shore oil rig under challenging weather conditions. Having an instrument...
December 1, 2013
My mind seems to wander more at this time of year than when I plunder about the routine happenings here along the U.S. Gulf Coast during the spring and summer months. Having just attended our year-ending premier safety event, I think a summary of the discussions and actions brought forth by the Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference (HSAC) would be useful. After all, a meeting of the most prominent players...
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