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heli1 1st May 2014 18:07

Bell 214ST and now 525.......back to the future !

meanttobe 5th May 2014 19:43

Confirmation of previous rumour.

Statoil Awards Contract to CHC Helicopters Canada Inc. to Provide Offshore Transportation in North Atlantic | Business Wire

The Hebron project is the next big award for East Canada .

belly tank 7th May 2014 11:34

Recent news for Bristows new contract in Ceduna, Australia. This is great news for the company entering into the gulf of OZ.


terminus mos 7th May 2014 12:41

Dedicated SAR S-92 coming in late 2015. Standby for adverts for crews, particularly experienced SAR Captains.

meanttobe 12th May 2014 11:13

Bristow Australia wins $A138M offshore contract from Ceduna for BP

More press on recent Bristow win in Australia. CHC seem to be losing ground in both the on shore and offshore market in Oz. Australian Helicopters (Avincis/Babcock) have taken the Victoria HEMS contract and are pushing hard for the NSW and WA HEMS/SAR work.With BRS winning a new piece of work along with the INPEX contact, Bond Offshore Australia winning the PTTEP the market is very competitive.

5711N0205W 26th Jun 2014 11:41

Expenditure on Offshore Helicopter Services
From North Sea Reporter HOME - klenergypublishing.com

Douglas-Westwood (DW) forecasts $24 billion in expenditure on offshore helicopter services between 2014 and 2018, a 57% increase compared with the preceding five-year period. Western Europe will continue to account for the largest share of global expenditure, driven by both the extensive North Sea infrastructure and the preference towards using large helicopters. The forecast is in DW’s first edition of the World Offshore Oil & Gas Helicopters Market Forecast, which covers all key commercial themes relevant to players across the value chain.

meanttobe 8th Jul 2014 15:06

Shell launches landmark search and rescue service in Broome - Australia

John Eacott 25th Aug 2014 21:46

Boom in helicopter leasing is good news for the medevac industry

The stampede to cash in on the burgeoning deepwater offshore energy market has spawned a series of helicopter-leasing companies with billions of capital to invest. Initially the deals were for just large and medium helicopters servicing the oil and gas industry, but it now looks like some of these companies are making serious efforts to penetrate the medevac and parapublic markets — and that could be good news, especially for smaller players in the industry.
Companies such as Waypoint Leasing are moving into the light-twin space, recently announcing a deal to acquire 25 Airbus EC145T2s. Waypoint and other helicopter companies are growing like Georgia kudzu and are being backed by some smart money, including institutional investors such as Goldman Sachs. From its formation in 2013 through this May, Waypoint had acquired a portfolio of 37 helicopters worth $400 million and placed all of them.
Helicopter manufacturers like leasing. Leasing companies often make large buys, bringing added demand predictability to the assembly line, especially in uncertain economic times. The leasing companies usually get a volume discount that shows up on their bottom line. They also often are in the enviable position of monopolizing a manufacturer's output during economic boom times.
Leasing and safety intersect on several fronts. In many cases, leasing allows operators to free up capital that would otherwise be tied up in accumulated equity in the helicopters to grow or improve their businesses. It also allows them to operate a newer fleet with all the modern safety advances and turn that fleet over on an accelerated basis.
Leased helicopters also are less likely to suffer from neglectful maintenance as lease covenants frequently contain requirements that helicopters and engines be enrolled in flight-hour maintenance plans either independently or as an added cost right on the lease. This protects the residual value of the helicopter for the leasing company, but it also makes it less likely that the ship will suffer a catastrophic failure related to skipped or incomplete maintenance.
Waypoint, for example, recently inked a deal with helicopter engine-maker Turbomeca to provide engine support services to Waypoint's current and future customer base, including operators using Turbomeca's Makila 2A and 2A1 engines and Arriel 1S1 and 2S2 engines. The deal includes Turbomeca's monitoring of the engines and providing recommendations to operators "to improve engine reliability and performance."
That's good news for the crews and patients who fly in leased helicopters.

John Eacott 8th Sep 2014 02:04

NTSB Bulletin Targets Helicopter Oil Rig Safety

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a series of recommendations for helicopter operators, specifically those flying to or near oil platforms. The recommendations came as a result of several incidents and accidents that resulted from complete and partial turbine engine failures that were attributed to the ingestion of gas discharges from oil rigs.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference (HSAC), the American Petroleum Institute, PHI, an oil platform helicopter operator that experienced an accident in 2011, and others have issued safety alerts and recommended practices to help mitigate the risks associated with the ingestion of methane gas emitted from oil platforms. However, the NTSB has found these measures insufficient to help prevent an accident.

While several federal agencies regulate various aspects of the oil and natural gas industry no federal agency specifically oversees the safety of helicopter operations to and from offshore oil platforms, the NTSB said. Therefore, NTSB recommends that BSEE take on this responsibility. The agency also recommends that the BSEE, U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Department of the Interior work together to develop and implement systems and procedures for oil platform operators to mitigate the risks associated with the ingestion of gas discharges.

Furthermore, the NTSB has requested that API finalizes its revisions of Recommended Practice 2L, which addresses the venting of raw gases as it relates to helicopter operations.

EESDL 8th Oct 2014 17:47

What is the future of our helicopters? - Oil & Gas UK

diginagain 8th Oct 2014 21:35

Video: The industry's size and shape - Energy Voice

John R81 14th Oct 2014 13:30

SD-2014/001 revoked - replaced by 002
14 October 2014

This Safety Directive is made in the interests of helicopter passenger safety and survivability for the reasons set out in Chapter 9 of the CAA Safety Review of Offshore Public Transport Helicopter Operations (CAP 1145). The review identified areas of passenger survivability that needed addressing including improving the prospects of rescue following a ditching, together with mitigating the consequences of capsize. This SD updates and supersedes SD 2014/001 which is revoked.


Ian Corrigible 28th Oct 2014 14:53

The helicopter industry is one casualty of the fracking boom

Environmentalists aren’t the only group complaining about the recent boom in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in the U.S.

United Technologies Corp.’s Chief Financial Officer Gregory Hayes said in the industrial conglomerate’s post-earnings conference call with analysts that the company’s Sikorsky Aircraft unit is seeing some pressure in its helicopter business, given the impact that fracking has had on the offshore oil business.

"With fracking in the U.S. growing so significantly, we’re seeing less of the oil and gas exploration expansion, which had driven the big ramp-up in commercial helicopters," said Hayes.

The executive said there was still a market for the helicopters, as Sikorsky is expected to deliver 40 commercial S-92s this year, and "a couple more” next year.

"It’s just that we’re not seeing quite the same growth because of the prevalance of fracking here in the U.S.," Hayes said.

The explosive growth in fracking has been a boon for the economies of several states, and has helped lower oil prices and reduce the U.S. reliance on foreign supply, but environmental groups have worried that it creates a greater greenhouse gas footprint.

tottigol 28th Oct 2014 17:04

Actually Sikorsky ain't seeing quite the same growth because their helicopters just don't cut it.
Mr.Hayes ought to fire the consulting firm that is likely charging UT milions of stockholders dollars and hire a better engineering and design team for his helicopters.

HeliTester 29th Oct 2014 00:27

"Actually Sikorsky ain't seeing quite the same growth because their helicopters just don't cut it."

Are there data available to substantiate that claim?

heli1 29th Oct 2014 05:17

It's not the fracking that's denting Sikorsky profits but defence cuts. Methinks Mr Hayes was tongue in cheek when he referred to a " couple more sales" next year,presumably in oil and gas. Look at the S-92 backlog( but probably no longer at the S-76D?

Ian Corrigible 29th Oct 2014 12:23

I read it as "40 commercial S-92s this year and ~45 in 2015," rather than "40 commercial S-92s this year and ~5 in 2015."

S-76D situation probably not as healthy...


Hilife 2nd Nov 2014 18:37

Also, the EuroCrap175

Nooby, because the EC175 is a POS.

Actually Sikorsky ain't seeing quite the same growth because their helicopters just don't cut it.
Like the AW149 you mean (how many sold after five years, a big fat zilch isn’t it?), or how about the Deadcat AW159, good for hauling "blueys" and little else from all accounts.

In addition to these iconic platforms :rolleyes:, I take note of recent comments on Rotorheads suggesting the AW189 SAR variant may not be on the ramp at Inverness when the shouts comes in on day one from those in mortal danger.

Should this turn out to be the case, would you be so good as to join in the spirit of ‘April Fool’s Day’ and re-post your anti anything other than AW comments above.

And whilst you’re feeling bitchy, how about you wade into the YUH-60A thread and tell us all how crap the Blackhawk is, the saviour of many a wounded British serviceman out in the Stan and ‘The chariot of choice’ for air transportation of British flag officers in country.

HeliTester 2nd Nov 2014 20:54

And whilst you’re feeling bitchy, how about you wade into the YUH-60A thread and tell us all how crap the Blackhawk is, the saviour of many a wounded British serviceman out in the Stan and ‘The chariot of choice’ for air transportation of British flag officers in country.
And I believe that the "just don't cut it" S-76 is still 'The chariot of choice' for helicopter transportation of the British Royal Family.

tottigol 2nd Nov 2014 23:55

Never said that royalty makes you smart.

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