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March 23, 2015
Hooman Yazhari has started with CHC Helicopter as general counsel and chief administrative officer. Mr. Yazhari is succeeding Michael O’Neill as general counsel. Mr. Yazhari has more than a decade of experience as an executive in the aviation sector, most recently as senior vice president and general counsel of International Lease Finance Corporation. He served in leadership roles at Gategroup, an...
March 20, 2015
Erickson Incorporated, a global provider of aviation services, today announced changes to the composition of its board of directors that it believes strengthen its governance and reinforce its commitment to independence. Gary Scott, a director...
March 19, 2015
Malaysia’s MHS Aviation Berhad today received an Award of Appreciation that acknowledged its world-class achievements in operations for the oil and gas sector using Airbus Helicopters-built rotorcraft. This award was presented by Airbus Helicopters Vice President Christopher Grainger, the head of Oil & Gas Sales, to MHS Aviation Executive Director Mohsein bin Ma’som, during the...
March 13, 2015
Aviation Search Group has announced that, after a global search, Jeff Denomme has been named President of Alpine Aerotech. Mr. Denomme will succeed Jim Campbell, who is retiring after four years in the role. Denomme started his aviation career as an AME and has been a staple in the Canadian helicopter industry for the past 25 years. Prior to joining Alpine Aerotech, Mr. Denomme held executive leadership...
March 12, 2015
Multinational conglomerate United Technologies Corporation (UTC) has announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a review of strategic alternatives for the corporation's Sikorsky Aircraft business, including a potential tax-free spinoff. "As part of the portfolio review announced last December, we are exploring strategic options for Sikorsky to determine the best way to enhance its long-term...
March 12, 2015
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announces the hiring of Frank DeFeo as its Director of Business Development. DeFeo will be responsible for securing new Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partnerships, growing DACs ECD manufactured products and acquiring...
March 5, 2015
At HAI Heli-Expo 2015, Erickson Incorporated's President and CEO Udo Rieder announced his intentions to retire from the company (including from his membership in the board) effective March 31, 2015. The board of directors has appointed Jeff Roberts as new President and CEO of Erickson effective April 1, 2015. Both the outgoing and incoming CEOs were available at the expo to answer questions, and Rotor...
February 11, 2015
CHC Group Ltd., the parent company of CHC Helicopter, announced that the board of directors has appointed Karl Fessenden chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors effective Feb. 9, replacing William Amelio, who will be leaving the company. Mr. Fessenden joins CHC from GE, where over his 20-year career at the company he...
February 6, 2015
Book your travel plans now (hopefully, you already have), because HAI Heli-Expo 2015 is almost upon us. This year, the event will be held from March 2 - 5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., and more than 20,000 attendees are expected. It will feature professional educational courses, exhibitors, events and seminars that cover all aspects of the helicopter community including military...
February 4, 2015
CHC Group Ltd., the parent company of CHC Helicopter, plans to issue its earnings release for the fiscal-year 2015 third quarter, which ended Jan. 31, after market close on Monday...
November 26, 2014
GrandView Aviation announced the hiring of Christian Venuto as its new charter sales executive. In her new role, Venuto will assist Director of Sales and...
November 24, 2014
Delford Michael Smith, founder of Evergreen Helicopters, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 7, 2014. Smith will be remembered as one of the pioneers of the commercial helicopter industry, partnering with longtime friend Quay Jorgensen to form Evergreen Helicopters, Inc. in 1960. He also served as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War.     Del...
November 19, 2014
The British Helicopter Association has awarded Starspeed Director Simon Mitchell its Eric Brown Award. The award is given to the individual considered to have made the most significant contribution to the British helicopter industry during the past year. It is named after Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, MA, FRAeS, RN (Ret’d), a...
November 5, 2014
Photo courtesy BDN GE Capital Aviation Services’ (GECAS) acquisition of rotorcraft lessor, Milestone Aviation Group for $1.78 billion raises some interesting questions. Does this purchase of the Dublin-based Milestone signal the beginning of consolidation of the rotorcraft leasing business? Or is this an isolated case of a larger lessor of airliners looking to diversify, and a rotorcraft lessor...
July 3, 2014
Bell Helicopter has opened a new branch in Milan, Italy, and has appointed Roberto Farnese Regional Sales Manager (RSM) of the new office. He will be responsible for overseeing marketing and sales...
July 2, 2014
Rostvertol, a production facility for Russian Helicopters, is celebrating its 75th anniversary during 2014. The production plant was established in 1939 and initially produced gliders...
July 1, 2014
Air-One Emergency Response Coalition supplies helicopter support for a variety of roles, including law enforcement and SAR. Photo by Bruce S. Edwards For those police departments that cannot afford to spend hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of dollars per year to operate an aircraft of their own, the usual remedy is to ask a neighboring agency that has one for assistance. But what...
June 23, 2014
Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., has added Leanne Collazzo as vice president of commercial aviation. Collazzo has more than 25 years of...
April 14, 2014
CHC Helicopter’s AW139 fleet has reached 100,000 flight hours, with the fleet leader achieving more than 9,000 flight hours in less than eight years...
April 11, 2014
Air BP opened its new fuel farm at Den Helder Airport (DHR) in the Netherlands, which represents a $1.4-million investment and follows Air BP’s take-over of fuel operations at the airport in September 2012. The facility will provide a fit for purpose fuel farm serving core business customers including CHC Helicopters Netherlands, NHV, HeliHolland and DanCopter as they transport offshore personnel to...
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