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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...
February 24, 2016
The Bristow pilot who recently performed a dangerous overwater emergency landing in Nigeria also happens to be the first-ever female Nigerian helicopter captain, according to Nigerian news sources. Capt. Abimbola Jayeola, who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria...
February 18, 2016
A unique unmanned tiltrotor has successfully completed a new testing stage after performing its first flight. The aircraft was created by VR-Technologies, an innovative design bureau part of Russian Helicopters. A number of oil and gas companies and various government agencies are...
February 16, 2016
A new president has taken the reins at Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. as that manufacturing unit adjusts to changing market conditions and shifting production approaches.  Cynthia Garneau, an 11-year veteran of the company based in the Montreal suburb of Mirabel, Quebec, took over as president in late January. She succeeded Raymond Leduc, who held the presidency for slightly more than a year and...
February 11, 2016
Bristow Group's diversification strategy has helped substantially offset weakening offshore transport profits, but has also caused what executives indicated are temporary hiccups in the company's coveted safety record until it can fully integrate new business lines into its "Target Zero" culture.   "Our third quarter results demonstrate the success of our diversified business...
February 9, 2016
Bristow Group Inc. has invested $4.2 million in Sky-Futures, the leading provider of drone inspection data services for the oil and gas industry. This investment gives Bristow immediate entry to the fast-growing UAV services business and bolsters Bristow's offerings to include drone inspection services.   The investment, which also includes an exclusive partnership agreement, gives Bristow access to...
February 5, 2016
Sequoia Helicopters has selected Skytrac Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) for its fleet of Bell 212 helicopters. With a focus on the oil-and-gas, firefighting and tourism sectors, Sequoia was looking for a solution that could assist with both proactive...
February 4, 2016
Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) has completed an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace for a dealership at its Philadelphia facility.   MAG’s recent certification is a result of providing...
February 2, 2016
Statoil has awarded Bristow Norway contracts for personnel transportation from Bergen and Florø starting on May 1, 2017. The contracts are valued at around NOK 1 billion in the 5-year fixed period. In addition, the contracts include four yearly options. By combining the new contracts with the current helicopter portfolio, Statoil...
January 28, 2016
Textron reported Wednesday in a fourth-quarter earnings call that overall quarterly revenues were down from last year, stemming from its Bell Helicopter, Systems and (fixed-wing) Aviation subsidiaries.   Despite a slight increase in sales of military platforms, such as the H1, Textron said Bell’s fourth-quarter commercial revenues were down to roughly $36 million as a result of a lower...
January 28, 2016
At a ceremony held today at Stavanger, Norway, Thales officially opened its Norway Training Centre, unveiling the first of several planned helicopter training programs.   Having received both the EASA FSTD (Flight Simulation Training Devices Operator) Operator, and Level D...
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 25, 2016
The offshore helicopter industry latest safety efforts includes the launched of collaborative research to further enhance pilot performance in the cockpit.   A safety priority across the industry is to optimise the training and tools provided to offshore crews, according to Gretchen Haskins, HeliOffshore's CEO. Haskins said the research, which began earlier this month, is aimed at understanding...
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
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...
January 8, 2016
  ENSCO DS6 Drillship taking on fuel bunkers in Walvis Bay, Namibia during the transit to Angola and start of contract with BP. Photo courtesy of CellsDeDells / CC BY-SA 3.0   Helicopter operators and other service providers will suffer as retirements of offshore oil and gas rigs speed up this year, said Evercore ISI. Brazil posed particular concerns.    The investment banking...
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