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April 13, 2009
The United Kingdom’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch reports that a failure in the main rotor gearbox caused the fatal crash of a Eurocopter AS332 L2 Super Puma in the North Sea 15 miles northeast of Peterhead...
April 10, 2009
Last week's tragic crash off the coast of Scotland prompted Oil & Gas U.K. to form a task group that will help to define possible policies and practices for the...
April 8, 2009
Trailing yesterday's report from Canada's The Globe and Mail investigation that found that the S-92 was certified to FAA FAR Part 29 Sec.29.927 (c) Category A: Unless such failures are extremely remote, it must be shown by test that any failure...
April 7, 2009
The Globe and Mail, Canada’s second largest daily newspaper, claims to have obtained official documents showing that during its initial design certification process, the Sikorsky S-92’s main rotor gearbox failed to pass the FAA’s standard “run-dry” tests. During the test, the manufacturer must prove that the...
April 6, 2009
RAF officials say they have recovered the last of the 16 bodies aboard a Bond Offshore Helicopters Eurocopter AS332 L2 Super Puma that crashed into the North Sea last Wednesday. Bond immediately ceased flight operations out of what they referred to as respect for...
April 3, 2009
Officials in charge of the search for survivors of Wednesday’s crash of a Bond Offshore Helicopters’ Super Puma have shifted their focus from a rescue mission to...
April 2, 2009
A Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma operated by Bond Offshore Helicopters crashed into the North Sea 15 miles off Peterhead in northeast Scotland on Wednesday...
April 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | OFFSHORE Seventeen people died after Cougar Helicopters’ Sikorsky S-92 C-GZCH (Cougar Flight 911) ditched in the Atlantic Ocean on the morning of March 12, 2009, while en route to an offshore oil platform. Trouble with the Jeanne D’Arc Breeze was first known when its pilots transmitted a mayday due to a "main gearbox oil pressure problem, according to a preliminary Transport...
April 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | OFFSHORE Roller coaster oil prices could result in more attacks on Nigerian oil and gas helicopters, said John Pike, director of the well-informed intelligence Web site www.globalsecurity.org. "There have been such violent fluctuations in oil prices over the past year, that the various groups who smuggle oil out of Nigeria are finding themselves competing for a lot less money," Pike...
April 1, 2009
Did the main gear box do it? That’s what investigators are asking after the fatal ditching of a Cougar Helicopters’ Sikorsky S-92A (C-GZCH) on March 12. Here’s what’s known. When Cougar’s pilots made their mayday call on the morning of March 12, they told air traffic control that they had no oil pressure in their main rotor gear box (MGB). The helicopter, named "Jeanne...
April 1, 2009
In a past column, I talked about how the GPS tracking systems and company’s were moving into the gulf and the types of services they provided. This current bores in on how we accounted for our helicopter flights in the past and reinforces the fact that we still do it the same way, but with better equipment. Living near Houston, Texas, I can drive to my interviews for most of the articles I write...
March 24, 2009
During offshore helicopter transport in Scotland, oil workers were wearing a wristwatch-style, personal locator beacons (PLB) to aid in rescue, should the pilot have to ditch into...
March 24, 2009
In other offshore news, Bristow Group said it plans to layoff less that 10 percent of its workforce and freeze management salaries in hopes to ride out...
March 20, 2009
Regarding yesterday's story about thousands of Bell 407s, 427s and 206 A, B and L series grounded due to an improperly installed bearing: The FAA today issued Emergency AD 2009-07-52, which says in part “Since the issuance of...
March 19, 2009
The crowds at St. Johns church in Canada included Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams. A...
March 16, 2009
Nine more bodies were recovered during the weekend from the March 12 crash of a Cougar Helicopters S-92. The crash killed 17 people and the rest are believed to still be in the...
March 13, 2009
The pilot of the S-92 that crashed about 45 mi off the the coast of Newfoundland yesterday, carrying two pilots and 16 offshore workers, reported...
March 12, 2009
The Canadian Coast Guard confirmed one survivor, so far, from this morning’s crash of an S-92 operated by Cougar...
March 10, 2009
Arizona is looking forward in an effort to reduce the shortage of helicopter pilots, mechanics and engineers, by hosting a Helicopter Day career fair this week...
March 1, 2009
CHC Group’s Heli-One, was awarded a new contract worth $8.9 million to complete avionics upgrades on two Eurocopter AS332M1 Super Pumas. The helicopters will receive, among other upgrades, installation of night vision goggles. The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence awarded a nearly $45-million contract to Cobham Aviation Services’ joint...
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