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May 14, 2013
Portugal’s Omni Helicopters International (OHI) has hired Richard Burman as group CEO. OHI shareholders Stirling Square Capital Partners and...
May 14, 2013
Mexico’s civil aviation authority, the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), has awarded a type certificate to Sikorsky’s S-76D helicopter. This follows the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s award for the model in October 2012. Sikorsky expects to make its first customer deliveries of the S-76D later this year. In March at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada...
May 13, 2013
CHC Helicopter has reached a five-year agreement with Shell International Exploration and Production to supply helicopters in support of deepwater exploration. The...
May 9, 2013
Erickson Air-Crane has finalized its $250-million acquisition of McMinnville, Ore.-based Evergreen Helicopters from Evergreen International Aviation. The Evergreen Helicopters fleet of 65...
May 8, 2013
AgustaWestland pilot Pat McKernan and copilot Steve Labows carry out a vertical takeoff procedure in an AW139 used for limited runway situations such as...
May 7, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has obtained FAA approval of its automated S-92 “Rig Approach” system for offshore operators developed with PHI Inc. The approach lowers cockpit workload by 60 percent and increases performance in bad weather and other operating conditions, according to Sikorsky. The creation of...
May 6, 2013
A new investor group is providing $375 million in equity growth capital for Limerick, Ireland-based Waypoint Leasing, as the company looks to expand its grow its fleet. Waypoint has a U.S...
May 1, 2013
Bond Offshore Helicopters has secured a 10-year contract with one of the U.K.'s largest independent oil producers, EnQuest PLC...
May 1, 2013
The North American arm of AgustaWestland uncovered plans Tuesday to produce the AW169 at its sprawling U.S. manufacturing complex at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), becoming a second location to the OEM’s plant in Vergiate, Italy. (The company also lists its facility in Yeovil, UK as “playing a major role” in the AW169 program). The announcement was part of a facility tour led by...
May 1, 2013
Malaysia’s Weststar Aviation Services has placed an order for eight helicopters from AgustaWestland, consisting of a pair of large-cabin AW189s and a half-dozen...
May 1, 2013
Shanghai-based Avia-Tek aviation consultancy has forecast the delivery of 65 civil helicopters into the Chinese rotorcraft market during 2013, bringing the total number of airframes in China to 435. Avia-Tek publishes an annual report that in 2011 predicted that the Chinese civil market would have 357...
May 1, 2013
Sabers have been drawn and the battle is on for the deepwater offshore helicopter market that has already emerged. The large energy companies are now drilling exploratory wells in ocean depths of 10,000 feet or more at distances that exceed 200 miles from shorelines all over the world. The history of ocean drilling has always been in a leap-frog fashion with outward movement from shore generally being in...
May 1, 2013
What do the chief executives of a longstanding U.S. helicopter manufacturer, a London-based emergency medical services, offshore and SAR operator, and a hoist and winch supplier from New Jersey have in common? All of them sat down with Rotor & Wing during Heli-Expo in March for exclusive interviews that are part of our ongoing series featuring CEOs from the top companies around the helicopter industry...
May 1, 2013
One of the advantages of operating rotary wing aircraft is that we are not confined to established airports or operate under FAA fixed-wing standards of “one shoe fits everyone” ideology. In years past, we have all suffered from visibility limitations, controllers not understanding our unique capabilities, ramp positioning problems, prohibitive costs and so on. I will say that in some cases, it...
April 24, 2013
Bond Aviation has formally recognized Engineering Manager John Crowther and HUMS Engineer Sean Newlands for receiving the U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) Moral Courage award in March. The Bond technicians shared the first-time award with the U.S. Coast Guard out of Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, who faced the tough decision of abandoning a rescue mission due to high risk. Luke Farajallah, managing...
April 22, 2013
Eurocopter “now fully understands the root cause of the cracking and need to go to validation of both the final and immediate fix,” said outgoing President and CEO Lutz Bertling at the company’s headquarters in Marignane on April 18. He was addressing the problem with the main gear bevel shaft that has been identified as the “root cause of the crack initiation” that lay...
April 11, 2013
PT Travira Air has entered into an agreement with Sikorsky to purchase a pair of S-76Ds to support an offshore oil configuration project in...
April 8, 2013
Malaysia’s Weststar Aviation Services has agreed to purchase eight helicopters from AgustaWestland, consisting of a pair of large-cabin AW189s and a six-pack of AW139s. Tan Sri...
April 3, 2013
I sit here pondering how to relate my recent experience with flying Eurocopter’s newest product, the EC175 medium twin. Let’s face it, for a steam gauge guy transitioning to glass within a span of 40 minutes, it’s easy to get lost in the Technicolor world of huge navigation and systems screens in concert with “many buttons.” The EC175 is currently on a world tour to showcase...
April 2, 2013
U.K.-based oil production company Premier Oil has agreed to a three-year contract with Bond Offshore Helicopters to provide crew change flights...
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