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UK union criticises Airbus suggestion of H225 and Super Puma offshore return

UK union criticises Airbus suggestion of H225 and Super Puma offshore return

22-Feb-2024Source: RMT

Offshore workers union, RMT has criticised the possible re-introduction of the Super Puma helicopter by Airbus to offshore oil and gas operations. Last year was the tenth anniversary of the last fatal Super Puma incident in the UK sector, which claimed the lives of four offshore workers, including RMT member Sarah Darnley. 33 offshore workers... Read more

PHI celebrates 75 years

PHI celebrates 75 years

21-Feb-2024Source: PHI

PHI, a leader in global helicopter services, is proud and honored to celebrate its 75-year anniversary in 2024. Founded in Lafayette, La., in 1949, Petroleum Bell Helicopters—later to be renamed Petroleum Helicopters, Inc. and known today as PHI Group, Inc.—established itself as a leader in helicopter transportation for seismic crews exploring for oil and gas... Read more

BALPA union names strike dates for Bristow pilots

BALPA union names strike dates for Bristow pilots

21-Feb-2024Source: BALPA

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has given notice to Bristow Helicopters that it will call on its members to strike in March. BALPA has been in negotiation with the company for months, but Bristow has failed to put forward any offer that its pilots and tech crew could support. Following a strong ballot result of... Read more

Ex-Change Parts parting out SAR EC225

Ex-Change Parts parting out SAR EC225

14-Feb-2024Source: Ex-Change Parts

Ex-Change Parts, a Swedish global leader in helicopter aftermarket parts and solutions, proudly announces its latest milestone with the disassembly of an EC225 helicopter, further strengthening its position as a key player in the Airbus Super Puma family. With over 25 years of industry expertise and a commitment to quality, reflected in their ISO 9001:2015... Read more

Bristow UK pilots vote to strike

Bristow UK pilots vote to strike

12-Feb-2024Source: BALPA

Helicopter crews at Bristow Helicopters have overwhelmingly voted in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay. The ballot conducted among members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) closed on Wednesday 7th February 2024 and returned a 96.31% YES vote on a 92.74% turnout BALPA General Secretary, Amy Leversidge said: “This ballot is... Read more

Omni celebrates one year of operations in Guyana

Omni celebrates one year of operations in Guyana

26-Jan-2024Source: Omni

In just one year of operations, Omni Helicopters Guyana Inc, a strategic collaboration with Roraima Airways, has achieved remarkable milestones, safely transporting over 50,000 passengers with an average of 200 flights per month. Operating from Eugene F. Correia International Airport with a fleet of 6 modern helicopters, Omni has grown its workforce to over 80... Read more

Lufttransport wins Equinor offshore SAR contract with AW139

Lufttransport wins Equinor offshore SAR contract with AW139

25-Jan-2024Source: Lufttransport

Lufttransport RW AS is excited to announce a favourable outcome after a thorough tender process for the SAR AW139 Troll-Oseberg area with Equinor, with operations out from Bergen Airport Flesland. “We are thrilled to have been chosen by Equinor for this service, one of the pillars for emergency preparedness on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).... Read more

LCI launches LCI Analytics

LCI launches LCI Analytics

24-Jan-2024Source: LCI

LCI, a leading aviation company, has launched a new independent division dedicated to high quality advisory, consultancy and research services. LCI Analytics will initially cover mission critical rotorcraft and advanced air mobility operations across sectors including energy, emergency medical services (EMS), and search and rescue (SAR). It will publish regular, in-depth research and forecasts, and... Read more

CHC workers across UK set for strike action in pay dispute

CHC workers across UK set for strike action in pay dispute

22-Nov-2023Source: Unite

Unite the union can confirm that workers employed by helicopter services firm CHC Scotia are taking part in strike action today (Wednesday 22 November) as part of an escalating pay dispute. Unite represents over 60 workers at the Aberdeen airport based company which also has operations at Humberside and Norwich airports. Unite members across the... Read more

Omni to add seven super-mediums to fleet – both H175 and AW189

Omni to add seven super-mediums to fleet – both H175 and AW189

16-Nov-2023Source: Omni

Lisbon-based Omni Helicopters International (OHI), Latin America’s largest provider of air mobility and delivery solutions, announced that it has secured seven (7) additional Super Medium helicopters for delivery in 2023 & 2024 to meet new customer demands, citing sustainability and product reliability benefits. OHI´s Group Chief Operating Officer, Duncan Moore said “We decided to step... Read more

Bell delivers first 429 for oil/gas ops in West Africa

Bell delivers first 429 for oil/gas ops in West Africa

15-Nov-2023Source: Bell

Editor Note – although this is published here within minutes of it being issued by Bell, this Bell 429 physically arrived at the Caverton Helicopters hangar over four months ago on 11th July 2023 Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed purchase agreement with Caverton Helicopters Limited for a Bell... Read more

NHV Helicopters UK pilots being balloted on industrial action

NHV Helicopters UK pilots being balloted on industrial action

13-Nov-2023Source: Prospect

Prospect is currently balloting its pilot members on industrial action over pay at NHV Helicopters UK Ltd. Operating out of bases in Aberdeen, Blackpool, and Norwich, NHV UK supports the transport of crews and loads to and from Oil and Gas platforms across the North and Irish Sea. The ballot opened for Pilots at all... Read more

OHS signs agreement with DHSS Clarksons Port Services

OHS signs agreement with DHSS Clarksons Port Services

12-Oct-2023Source: DHSS

DHSS Clarksons Port Services signs new helicopter service agreement with Offshore Helicopter Services UK Ltd at Aberdeen.  By the new cooperation with Offshore Helicopter Services UK Ltd we are able to strengthen our activities for the offshore energy business in UK waters. Clarksons Port Services is offering helicopter services in UK, next to exceptional port agency and... Read more

LCI extends leases on three AW139s with Omni Helicopters International

LCI extends leases on three AW139s with Omni Helicopters International

11-Oct-2023Source: LCI

LCI is pleased to share that it has concluded long-term lease extensions for three Leonardo Helicopters AW139s currently being operated by Omni Helicopters International (OHI), a leading operator of helicopter and air mobility services. The three helicopters, which are valued at approximately US$30 million, are part of a wider fleet of 14 helicopters from LCI’s... Read more

PHI signs for 20 Airbus H175s and 8 H160s

PHI signs for 20 Airbus H175s and 8 H160s

13-Sep-2023Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters and PHI Group (PHI) have signed a framework agreement that includes commitments for 20 super-medium H175 helicopters and 8 H160s to serve the energy market worldwide, including in the US. These 28 state-of-the-art helicopters will better position PHI to respond to the energy market’s expected growing offshore transportation needs.These commitments are composed of... Read more

Offshore Helicopter Services UK extend Serica contract

Offshore Helicopter Services UK extend Serica contract

16-Aug-2023Source: OHS

Offshore Helicopter Services UK (OHSUK) have signed a new multi-year contract extension with Serica Energy. The five-year deal with potential for further extensions, takes the relationship between partners at least beyond eight years. Serica will use H175 and S92 aircraft to service their current North Sea operations, in particular the Bruce platform. Offshore Helicopters UK... Read more

Helideck Certification Agency and Bond Helicopters sign MoU

Helideck Certification Agency and Bond Helicopters sign MoU

8-Aug-2023Source: HCA

Helideck Certification Agency and Bond Helicopters sign Memorandum of Understanding for offshore helideck inspections. Bond Helicopters, who are due to commence flying operations in the SNS from January 2024, has signed an agreement to recognise HCA as the entity responsible for certifying all UKCS offshore helidecks to which they operate. This brings Bond in line... Read more

CHC wins contract for Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm

CHC wins contract for Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm

7-Jul-2023Source: CHC

CHC Helicopter, the global helicopter services company specialising in offshore transportation, is proud to announce its recent contract award for the construction of Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm, a joint venture partnership between SSE Renewables, Equinor and Vårgrønn. Dogger Bank Wind Farm is being built in the North Sea more than 130km from the Yorkshire... Read more

Ultimate Aviation completes purchase of Offshore Helicopter Services

Ultimate Aviation completes purchase of Offshore Helicopter Services

3-Apr-2023Source: Ultimate Aviation

Offshore Helicopter Services, a leading North Sea helicopter services provider, has been acquired by Ultimate Aviation, a prominent aviation industry player headquartered in South Africa, in a deal that is expected to bring significant benefits to the company and its employees. OHS UK was previously acquired by CHC from FTSE 250 company Babcock International Group... Read more

Stratom and Imenco partner for robotic refueling systems for offshore ops

Stratom and Imenco partner for robotic refueling systems for offshore ops

7-Mar-2023Source: Stratom

Stratom, a global leader in robotic refueling and autonomous systems, and Imenco, the industry specialist in military and civil aviation refueling solutions for commercial aviation and offshore applications, announced its partnership to bring best-in-class robotic refueling systems to customers worldwide. The collaboration offers proven advanced systems that deliver safe and sustainable autonomous refueling systems that boost business... Read more

Airbus H175 blades snapped off at the root

Airbus H175 blades snapped off at the root

20-Feb-2023Source: HeliHub.com

An Airbus H175 helicopter operated by Offshore Helicopter Services UK (OHS) has suffered significant damage. G-MCSH flew a 130 mile sector to the Elgin rig on the North Sea, due east of Aberdeen on the morning of Friday 17th February, departing just before 7.30am. Unfortunately the aircraft had a tail rotor issue prior to its... Read more

UK CAA updates Standards document for offshore helicopter landing areas

UK CAA updates Standards document for offshore helicopter landing areas

16-Feb-2023Source: CAA

Edition 9 of CAP 437 Standards for offshore helicopter landing areas has now been published. It provides the criteria applied by the CAA in assessing the standards of offshore helicopter landing areas for worldwide use by helicopters registered in the United Kingdom. This new edition includes updates and modifications to the material on helideck movement, meteorological information... Read more

Bristow Announces New Organization Structure

Bristow Announces New Organization Structure

10-Feb-2023Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) took action to better support its existing business and future growth plans by reorganizing the Company’s leadership team to align with its main service lines – Government Services and Offshore Energy Services. Given the increased scale and geographic scope of Bristow’s Government Services business, the time is right to implement... Read more

Bristow announces restructure

Bristow announces restructure

10-Feb-2023Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) took action today to better support its existing business and future growth plans by reorganizing the Company’s leadership team to align with its main service lines – Government Services and Offshore Energy Services. Given the increased scale and geographic scope of Bristow’s Government Services business, the time is right to... Read more

CHC Brazil Wins Five New Contracts with Petrobras

CHC Brazil Wins Five New Contracts with Petrobras

30-Jan-2023Source: CHC

 CHC do Brasil, part of CHC Helicopter, a global leader in helicopter services, is today pleased to announce it has signed five exclusive contracts with Petrobras, one of the world’s largest energy companies, valued in the millions. The agreements provide for the offshore transportation of passengers and small loads to Campos Basin – the main... Read more

CHC to sell Babcock business to South African operator

CHC to sell Babcock business to South African operator

17-Jan-2023Source: HeliHub.com

CHC have sold Offshore Helicopter Services (the old Babcock MCS Offshore business) to Ultimate Aviation.    The financial aspects are expected to be completed in the first quarter of this year. This only involves the UK aspects of Offshore Helicopter Services, while CHC will retain the Danish and Australian businesses. Ultimate Aviation Group operates a... Read more

HeliHub.com takes a Christmas break

HeliHub.com takes a Christmas break

25-Dec-2022

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2023. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, and we reflect on what that means to us and how it should direct the lives we live.   We trust many of... Read more

Bond Helicopters provides update on North Sea return

Bond Helicopters provides update on North Sea return

31-Oct-2022Source: Bond Helicopters

Bond Helicopters Limited is delighted to be returning to the helicopter market having signed a prestigious 5-year contract with Perenco, for five AW139 helicopters (including two 7.0 tonne variants) to operate in support of their southern North Sea operations from Norwich Airport. Operations are due to start in January 2024 for one of the largest... Read more

PHI leases two S92s and one AW139 from Milestone

PHI leases two S92s and one AW139 from Milestone

20-Oct-2022Source: Milestone

DUBLIN – Thursday, October 20, 2022 – The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, today announced it has signed lease agreements with leading commercial helicopter operator, PHI Aviation (“PHI”) for three helicopters. The agreements include the placement and extension of two Sikorsky S92 helicopters and one Leonardo AW139 helicopter, bringing... Read more

Bond Helicopters name to return to Southern North Sea with 5 year contract

Bond Helicopters name to return to Southern North Sea with 5 year contract

20-Oct-2022Source: Gama Aviation

Gama Aviation Plc, the global aviation services provider, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a joint venture with Peter Bond to pursue rotary opportunities as part of the Group’s Special Mission SBU (the “Joint Venture” or “Bond Helicopters Limited”). The Joint Venture has won its first contract to support the offshore operations... Read more

Bristow SVP/General Counsel resigns

Bristow SVP/General Counsel resigns

17-Oct-2022Source: Bristow

From SEC submission by Bristow Group Inc Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers. On October 11, 2022, Crystal Gordon, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Head of Government Affairs, and Corporate Secretary of Bristow Group Inc. (the “Company”), submitted her resignation from her position... Read more

NHV completes sustainable aviation flight with TotalEnergies

NHV completes sustainable aviation flight with TotalEnergies

4-Oct-2022Source: NHV

  NHV is the first helicopter operator to carry out a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) flight in the offshore wind industry, in collaboration with partner TotalEnergies. This project marks the beginning of a long-term collaboration between the two companies to support their commitment to the energy transition. The first helicopter flight using sustainable aviation fuel... Read more

HeliOffshore launches Safety Leadership Bursary

HeliOffshore launches Safety Leadership Bursary

26-Sep-2022Source: HeliOffshore

  HeliOffshore’s mission involves identifying the right priorities and actions needed to transform frontline safety performance. This mission only succeeds if we also identify the right people to shape the safety and sustainability of our industry in the decades ahead. We’ve created the HeliOffshore Safety Leadership Bursary to develop, support and encourage future leadership talent... Read more

Bristow Norway wins Equinor SAR contract

Bristow Norway wins Equinor SAR contract

7-Sep-2022Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the world’s leading global provider of innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, today announced an award from Equinor to provide search and rescue services offshore at the Johan Sverdrup and Statfjord B platforms, located in the Norwegian North Sea off the west coast of Norway. A critical part of the emergency... Read more

SAF 101 – is SAF suitable for use in helicopters?

SAF 101 – is SAF suitable for use in helicopters?

25-Jul-2022Source: Air bp

[by Air bp’s global head of sustainability, Andreea Moyes] Is SAF suitable for use in helicopters? With stakeholders across the aviation industry committed to decarbonising aviation, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will continue to play an important role in meeting the aviation industry’s carbon reduction targets. However, a question frequently asked is, whether SAF is suitable... Read more

NHV Group Celebrates 25 Years of Operation

NHV Group Celebrates 25 Years of Operation

5-Jul-2022Source: NHV

  NHV Group commemorated the achievement of 25 years of operation at a companywide event on Friday 1st July. On this day, 9 NHV bases across Europe and West Africa held an event for employees and their families to commemorate this milestone. The event included entertainment for kids, dinner, and awards as well as a... Read more

Bristow plan for Dutch SAR contract becomes clearer

Bristow plan for Dutch SAR contract becomes clearer

13-Jun-2022Source: HeliHub.com

After beating NHV to win the Dutch SAR contract, the bigger picture of what Bristow will bring to the table are now clearer. The requirement is for two helicopters and a maintenance spare, and Bristow won by offering Leonardo AW189s which they have good experience with on the UK SAR contract. Helicopter market intelligence firm... Read more

Bristow continues drive to develop new talent in aviation

Bristow continues drive to develop new talent in aviation

18-May-2022Source: Bristow

  Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) has launched its third UK offshore helicopter pilot cadet programme, aimed at attracting a new generation of aviators to the industry, in partnership with Helicentre Aviation. Would-be pilots can now apply for Bristow’s latest fully funded programme, which will see four cadets ultimately selected to undergo training with Helicentre... Read more

Bristow formalises partnership with Helicentre Aviation for UK Pilot Training

Bristow formalises partnership with Helicentre Aviation for UK Pilot Training

19-Apr-2022Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the global leader in innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Helicentre Aviation Ltd, the UK’s leading helicopter training academy, to serve as its preferred provider of ab-initio commercial pilot training. Under the MOU, through this collaborative initiative, Bristow will support Helicentre with... Read more

NHV hits flying hour milestone with the AW169

NHV hits flying hour milestone with the AW169

7-Apr-2022Source: NHV

At the end of 2020, while COVID was putting most of the world into lockdown, NHV was expanding with a new base in Blackpool and bringing the AW169 into the UK Oil & Gas market. There is an energy-rich stretch of the Irish Sea that hosts several offshore platforms, providing the UK with oil and... Read more

Wingcopter and German Airways agree to cooperate on offshore drone deliveries

Wingcopter and German Airways agree to cooperate on offshore drone deliveries

31-Mar-2022Source: Wingcopter

German logistics and aviation holding Zeitfracht Group and its subsidiary German Airways will be among the first companies worldwide to commercially deploy drones in logistics. In a joint letter of intent with the German manufacturer Wingcopter, the companies have agreed to purchase 17 Wingcopter 198 delivery drones and acquire options to order an additional 115... Read more

Elilombarda wins offshore AW109 contract from Babcock

Elilombarda wins offshore AW109 contract from Babcock

30-Mar-2022Source: Oscar Bernardiv

Elilombarda, one of the oldest Italian helicopter companies, based in Calcinate del Pesce, Varese, won a contract to supply 2 helicopters to ENI, the Italian multinational oil and gas company, to support oil rigs in the Adriatic and Sicilian seas. The contract starting on April 1st 2022 will last 5 years, utilizing two Leonardo AW109ST... Read more

CHC-Babcock deal raises competition concerns

CHC-Babcock deal raises competition concerns

18-Mar-2022Source: CMA

Following an in-depth Phase 2 investigation of this completed acquisition, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally found that the merger would lead to a significant loss of competition in the market. CHC and the acquired businesses both provide offshore transportation in the oil and gas sector, including taking workers to and from rigs... Read more

Bristow Helicopters finally exits Australia

Bristow Helicopters finally exits Australia

18-Jan-2022Source: HeliHub.com

The Bristow group have for many years been synonymous with helicopter operations in Australia since the late 1960s, operating helicopters from Bell 206s right up to Sikorsky S92s. In recent years this fleet has declined after losing contracts, principally to CHC, Babcock and PHI. After losing their last offshore support contract with BHP, Bristow parked... Read more

Swire Energy Services unifies aviation division

Swire Energy Services unifies aviation division

11-Jan-2022Source: Swire Energy Services

Swire Energy Services have announced the unification of their aviation division which will include the integration of Helifuel AS into the Swire Energy Services brand. The integration of the fuelling specialist company acquired by SES in 2020 is the latest development of the SES Aviation division, expanding its end to end specialist aviation services package... Read more

Bristow completes offshore flight using Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Bristow completes offshore flight using Sustainable Aviation Fuel

10-Dec-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) announced today it completed an offshore revenue flight using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), marking one of the first SAF-powered flights to an offshore operation in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The aircraft flew from Aberdeen to installations operated by bp. As part of its strategic relationship with Air bp, Bristow... Read more

Milestone to deliver two S92s to CHC for Norwegian SAR

Milestone to deliver two S92s to CHC for Norwegian SAR

7-Dec-2021Source: Milestone

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, today announced that they are to provide two Sikorsky S-92 Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters to CHC Helicopters (“CHC”), one of the world’s leading helicopter services and maintenance, repair and overhaul providers. The two Milestone S-92 SAR helicopters will be used to support... Read more

LCI acquires lessor Nova Capital Aviation (Ireland) Ltd

LCI acquires lessor Nova Capital Aviation (Ireland) Ltd

1-Dec-2021Source: LCI

LCI, a leading aviation leasing company, today announces an agreement to acquire Nova Capital Aviation (Ireland) Limited, a division of the Nova Capital Group. Nova Capital Aviation (Ireland) Limited represents the twin-engine rotary and fixed-wing aircraft lease division of the Nova Capital Group, with single-engine operations remaining within the Group. The acquisition will result in... Read more

UK competition authority moves CHC-Babcock to Phase 2

UK competition authority moves CHC-Babcock to Phase 2

29-Nov-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The UK Government’s Competition and Mergers Authority (“CMA”) has referred the completed acquisition by CHC Group LLC of Offshore Helicopter Services UK Limited (“OHS”), Offshore Services Australasia Pty Ltd and Offshore Helicopter Services Denmark A/S for an in-depth investigation.  The latter three companies were previously named Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore Limited, Babcock Offshore Services... Read more

UK Competition Authority raises concerns at CHC-Babcock deal

UK Competition Authority raises concerns at CHC-Babcock deal

18-Nov-2021

CHC and Babcock’s oil and gas offshore helicopter business (the Babcock Business) both provide offshore transportation in the oil and gas sector, taking workers to and from rigs in the North Sea. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) identified competition concerns relating to the deal that, unless addressed, will mean that the merger will be... Read more

Competition watchdog to dig deeper into CHC acquisition of Babcock

Competition watchdog to dig deeper into CHC acquisition of Babcock

27-Sep-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK has given notice late last week that it will dig further into the merger of the offshore operations of Babcock and CHC. Although CHC has acquired Babcock’s offshore operations in UK, Denmark and Australia, clearly the UK authority only has jurisdiction over the UK aspect of... Read more

CHC Safety & Quality Summit postponed

CHC Safety & Quality Summit postponed

20-Sep-2021Source: CHC

CHC circulated the following just before the weekend We hope this finds you and your team safe and well. We would like to share a short update on this year’s CHC Safety & Quality Summit. We are committed to holding an in-person Safety & Quality Summit in an environment that is safe and accessible for... Read more

Thai Aviation Services to replace S76Ds with AW139s

Thai Aviation Services to replace S76Ds with AW139s

7-Sep-2021Source: Milestone

The following announcement from Milestone comes as TAS is gradually getting rid of their five-strong Sikorsky S76D fleet.  Of these, two have been delivered to Caverton Helicopters in Nigeria and two of the others have not flown, one for two months and one for four months.  We understand one of the latter pair is destined... Read more

Babcock sold offshore operation to CHC for just £10M ($14M)

Babcock sold offshore operation to CHC for just £10M ($14M)

2-Sep-2021

Stock exchange returns by parent company Babcock International Group plc reveal that the company realised just £10 Million (US$13.79 at today’s rate) from the disposal of its offshore helicopter operations to CHC.  The release below refers to “about 30 aircraft” – and our sister organisation Parapex Media says it is exactly 30, made up as... Read more

CHC completes acquisition of Babcock Offshore operations

CHC completes acquisition of Babcock Offshore operations

1-Sep-2021Source: CHC

HeliHub.com editor note.  Ahead of reading this press release, please bear in mind that the UK Competition and Markets Authority still has an open investigation into this transaction – and hence one paragraph has been emboldened by us. The CMA has confirmed to HeliHub.com that their Initial Enforcement Order prevents the two organisations being integrated  ... Read more

Omni adds four H175s for new Petrobras contract

Omni adds four H175s for new Petrobras contract

9-Aug-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Brazilian operator Omni is expanding after winning new work from national oil company Petrobras. Omni will soon have an active fleet of five Airbus H175 helicopters, one delivered into Brazil in September 2020 for an earlier contract and four currently in transit for the new contract. The four being added consist of two leased from... Read more

Bristow announces FY2022 Q1 earnings release call

Bristow announces FY2022 Q1 earnings release call

29-Jul-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the global leader in vertical flight solutions, today announced it will release financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2022 after market close on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. In connection with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, August 5, 2021 to begin at 10 a.m.... Read more

CHC General Counsel moves on

CHC General Counsel moves on

28-Jul-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Imran Hayat, the General Counsel at CHC, has moved on to scaffolding company BrandSafway.  His new employer issued a press release saying BrandSafway, a global leader in access and industrial services, has announced that Imran Hayat has joined the company as executive vice president (EVP) and chief legal officer (CLO), effective July 19, 2021. “Imran has... Read more

Milestone announces purchase leaseback with NHV for an AW169

Milestone announces purchase leaseback with NHV for an AW169

14-Jul-2021

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”) has signed a Purchase/Leaseback (PLB) arrangement for a AW169 helicopter with Belgian-based operator, NHV Group (“NHV”), a leading provider of B2B helicopter services. The AW169 helicopter delivered earlier this month will support missions in the UK for Italian oil and gas company, ENI. It will be based in Blackpool, United... Read more

Bristow Norway extends contracts with Equinor, Shell and Neptune

Bristow Norway extends contracts with Equinor, Shell and Neptune

13-Jul-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) today announced four separate two-year contract extensions through April 2024 with Equinor, Shell and Neptune to support its air transportation crew change services for their operations in the Norwegian continental shelf. Bristow has been an Equinor aviation partner for more than 20 years and will continue to use its fleet... Read more

Abu Dhabi Aviation leases two AW139s to Bestfly

Abu Dhabi Aviation leases two AW139s to Bestfly

30-Jun-2021Source: Arabian Aerospace

Abu Dhabi Aviation has leased two new AW-139 helicopters to Angola operator Bestfly with the first helicopter being handed over to the Luanda headquartered company by Leonardo today. See Full Story. ... Read more

Bristow loses another North Sea contract to CHC

Bristow loses another North Sea contract to CHC

28-Jun-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Only a matter of weeks since we reported that Apache Oil had decided to move their helicopter support operations away from Bristow, we can confirm that another oil company is taking the same route.  TAQA Bratani has decided to move away from Bristow for the North Sea support flights to their Brae fields, located 135... Read more

CHC merger with Babcock Offshore on hold

CHC merger with Babcock Offshore on hold

14-Jun-2021Source: CMA

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on CHC Group LLC, EEA Helicopter Operations B.V., CHC Scotia Limited, Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore Limited, Babcock Offshore Services Australasia Pty Ltd, and Babcock Denmark A/S in relation to the acquisition by CHC Group... Read more

NHV Group welcomes new Chief Financial Officer

NHV Group welcomes new Chief Financial Officer

8-Jun-2021Source: NHV Group

NHV Group announced the appointment of Mr. Laurent Verhelst as Chief Financial Officer (‘CFO’). Mr. Verhelst will be a member of NHV’s Executive Committee reporting to CEO Steffen Bay. He will begin his employment mid-June 2021. Laurent Verhelst is a senior executive with a proven track record and deep financial expertise that stems from more... Read more

New AW139 lasts just two weeks with Omni in Brazil

New AW139 lasts just two weeks with Omni in Brazil

7-Jun-2021Source: HeliHub.com

A newly delivered AW139 had an accident during a night training flight last week which will likely lead to the aircraft being declared a write-off. Delivered new from the US production line in Philadelphia, PR-OTF was ferried between 10 and 17 April through to the Omni base at Macapa in north-east Brazil. A week later,... Read more

New Standards Launched for Offshore Helicopter Refueling

New Standards Launched for Offshore Helicopter Refueling

4-Jun-2021Source: OPITO

OPITO, the global safety and skills organisation for the energy industry, together with the OGUK Aviation Services Task Group, has launched new standards to ensure helicopter refuelling on offshore assets is consistently completed safely and effectively. The Helicopter Refuelling Initial Training and Workplace Competence Assessment Standards, which have been developed in collaboration with a cross-sector working group,... Read more

Bristow renews sponsorship of UK Cadet Programme

Bristow renews sponsorship of UK Cadet Programme

3-Jun-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) is investing in the next generation of offshore helicopter pilots with its latest sponsored UK cadet programme in partnership with Helicentre Aviation, designed to attract, train and retain the professional pilots of the future. Applications are now open for the programme, which will see four cadets chosen through a rigorous... Read more

New Offshore HTAWS technical standard published

New Offshore HTAWS technical standard published

5-Apr-2021Source: CAA

A new technical standard for ‘Terrain Awareness & Warning Systems’ fitted to helicopters operating offshore (Offshore HTAWS) has been published in Europe and North America. The upgrade will significantly enhance safety levels by increasing the warning time helicopter pilots receive of a potential impact by up to 600 per cent, affording flight crews a much... Read more

Bristow reorganises leadership team

Bristow reorganises leadership team

31-Mar-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) today announced changes to its executive leadership team structure that will help the Company capitalize on evolving market conditions and better position Bristow for long-term growth. The changes are effective April 1st, as the Company begins its new fiscal year. “As we continue to make progress on post-merger integration, we... Read more

NHV wins 6 month Irish offshore contract

NHV wins 6 month Irish offshore contract

24-Mar-2021Source: NHV

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced a new contract with PSE Kinsale Energy Ltd in support of its decommissioning operations in the Celtic Sea. The transfer flights towards the Stena Spey drilling rig, about 50 km off the south coast of Cork, are expected to start in April 2021 for... Read more

Apache terminate Bristow North Sea contract before it completes

Apache terminate Bristow North Sea contract before it completes

12-Mar-2021Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com understands that Apache Corporation have invoked a 120-day termination clause on Bristow Helicopters for their contract to provide helicopters between Aberdeen and the Forties and Beryl fields. In this unusual move, Bristow will have flown 75% of the original five year contract, which started in September 2017. It also puts offshore operators on warning... Read more

Babcock sells offshore helicopter business

Babcock sells offshore helicopter business

11-Mar-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock, the aerospace and defence company, has entered into a conditional agreement for the sale of its Oil and Gas aviation business to CHC Group, LLC (CHC). The Oil and Gas business, which is part of the Group’s Aviation sector, provides offshore oil and gas crew transportation services in the UK, Denmark and Australia. It... Read more

Caverton Helicopters moves into S76D operations

Caverton Helicopters moves into S76D operations

19-Feb-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Nigerian operator Caverton Helicopters is moving into operations with Sikorsky S76D helicopters. This may be a response to the Bristow Helicopters flying eight S76Ds in their Nigerian fleet – the only location that the Houston-based global operator flies the D model on a regular basis.  Caverton’s offshore operations have in recent years been based around... Read more

PHI to fly Airbus H160 for Shell on Gulf of Mexico

PHI to fly Airbus H160 for Shell on Gulf of Mexico

15-Feb-2021Source: Airbus

International energy group Shell has selected leading US offshore helicopter operator PHI to operate four Airbus H160s to service a support contract in the Gulf of Mexico. The contract marks the entry into the oil and gas market of the H160 with a wealth of design features promising new levels of safety, comfort and schedule... Read more

Babcock wins extension to North Sea SAR contract

Babcock wins extension to North Sea SAR contract

4-Feb-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock has been awarded a contract extension to continue delivering a lifesaving Search and Rescue (SAR) service in support of the men and women working in the North Sea. The four-year extension – which follows a previous one-year extension – will see the contract for the Aberdeen-based operation, which was due to complete this April,... Read more

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