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November 10, 2015
Offshore helicopter support operators face economic challenges that are unmatched in their history, said Bristow Group President/CEO Jonathan Baliff. “This industry at its current scale has not faced this level of commercial, foreign exchange and financial market headwinds before,” said Baliff. Bristow reported financial results for the second quarter of its 2016 fiscal year that included a 96%...
November 10, 2015
“Lower for longer” has been the in-vogue catchphrase for the oil industry since about August. Leaders like Goldman Sachs and BP CEO Bob Dudley have used it. Offshore operators have embraced it, with the latest Era Group and Bristow Group financial reports...
November 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter does not expect the commercial helicopter market to recover until early to mid-2017, according to a Reuters report from this week’s Dubai Air Show. The news service quoted Bell’s vice...
November 9, 2015
India's conglomerate Tata has added Boeing to its list of aerospace joint-venture partners. The subsidiary Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Boeing today said their new joint venture initially will create a “manufacturing center of excellence” to...
November 6, 2015
Globally, the helicopter market “is more at the bottom than at the top,” Turbomeca CEO Bruno Even told R&WI. “In the last two years, all OEMs have been facing the same slowdown in the market.” That said, he added that Turbomeca is committed to investing in innovative new products and improved customer satisfaction. “We have a...
November 5, 2015
One minute before midnight EST Nov. 6 is the deadline for the public to submit comments to the FAA’s drone registry task force. The 26-member group will wrap up three days of deliberations in Washington, D.C., today...
November 5, 2015
Era Group has more helicopters than it can use to support offshore oil and gas production and exploration and is looking to trim new aircraft orders as it pares its existing fleet. The Houston-based operator said its third-quarter net income plunged 79% to $900,000 this year from $4.3 million in the same period for 2014. Year over year, operating revenues for the quarter dropped 23% to $69.7...
November 4, 2015
A strong U.S. dollar and British pound boosted AgustaWestland’s financial performance through nine months of this year, contributing to a 5.8% increase in revenue compared to the same period in 2014...
November 4, 2015
Lockheed Martin anticipates closing its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft on Nov. 6, the company said after reporting receipt of “the final regulatory approval” of the...
November 3, 2015
The U.S. Transportation Department's drone registration task force gathered today in Washington, D.C., to start work on recommending requirements for marking and tracing ownership of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A key question for the 26 task force members was framed by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta: What products should we exclude...
November 2, 2015
Various photographs and at least one video of the AW609 crash site offer some key data points on the fatal Oct. 30 accident in northwestern Italy. The imagery appears to show, in a crop field, two collections of wreckage that are near each other but distinctly separate. One set of wreckage is shown near a small embankment on one edge of the field; the other set is shown farther into the field. The...
November 2, 2015
Airbus Helicopters sees in the next two decades the global helicopter market sustaining the slow and steady growth that has fueled its expansion since 1994. A new forecast by the manufacturer projects a 1.6% compound...
November 2, 2015
“There’s something very wrong with recreational drones,” a top columnist for The New York Times wrote, indicating criticism of unregulated use of the devices is moving beyond the aviation and technical communities. Gail Collins is a 20-year veteran of the Times and currently opines for the paper on American politics and culture. On Oct. 31, that included a column entitled...
October 28, 2015
A pilots’ union will no longer appeal a court order turning over a helicopter’s combined flight/voice recorder to police investigating four deaths in a 2013 Shetland Islands crash. International safety officials have been working for years to establish global legal standards to prevent the public disclosure through criminal probes and lawsuits of safety information used in crash...
October 28, 2015
A U.S. rulemaking advisory subcommittee will start work soon on options for increasing crash-resistant fuel systems use in newly built helicopters and existing ones, the FAA’s Jorge Castillo told R&WI’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit yesterday. Castillo, the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate manager of rotorcraft regulations and policy, was one of 16...
October 28, 2015
The offshore-support helicopter sector should aim in the next decade to eclipse the safety record of fixed-wing commercial aviation, Bill Chiles told R&WI’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit. CEO emeritus of Bristow Group and chairman of HeliOffshore, Chiles was the keynote...
October 23, 2015
Two U.S. congressmen are calling on the FAA to act immediately on requiring all new-build helicopters to have crash-resistant fuel systems. Those systems are the focus of next week’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit opening session; NTSB Director of Aviation Safety John DeLisi will brief summit attendees on the fatal 2014 Bell Helicopter 206L1+ air ambulance crash that led to the safety...
October 22, 2015
Brazil's largest energy production company is dropping helicopter transport services amid financial woes. U.S.-based Era Group Inc. announced recently that Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., also known as Petrobras, planned to cancel an ongoing tender process for 10 heavy and medium helicopters, citing macroeconomic troubles...
October 20, 2015
Era Group has begun flying the Sikorsky Aircraft S-92 in offshore transport revenue service in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Era, a leading U.S. helicopter transport operator, took delivery of its first S-92 in March; it said the...
October 20, 2015
The European Aviation Safety Agency has named the first members of its EASA Virtual Academy, which aims to sustain competency among national aviation regulatory staffs across Europe and promote harmonized regulatory and certification practices among European nations. The members are CAA International (an aviation consultancy wholly owned by the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority), the Joint Aviation Authorities...
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