Eurocopter officially opened its new North Sea Service Centre today in Aberdeen, on the northeast coast of Scotland. The facility provides maintenance, repair and overhaul support for Eurocopter helicopters operating in the oil and gas fields of the North Sea. It also has a pilot training center, which features a full-flight simulator for the Eurocopter EC225.
Offshore oil and gas helicopter company CHC is selling its training operations to Montreal-based CAE for an undisclosed price. The deal includes the transfer of 32 employees, four simulators and two training facilities to CAE as well as the ongoing training of 1,000 CHC pilots and another 1,000 maintenance personnel. The acquired training facilities–in Aberdeen, Scotland and Stavanger, Norway–will also be used to train non-CHC customers.
Richard Santulli’s re-entry into the helicopter game drew mixed reaction from a variety of operators who spoke to AIN. Santulli is the CEO of the newly formed Milestone Aviation Group, a company that will devote most of its resources to helicopter leasing and sale leasebacks.
CHC Helicopter is inviting interested parties to submit papers for presentation at its 2011 Safety & Quality Summit addressing topics within the general theme of corporate responsibility versus personal accountability. Deadline for submissions is September 30. E-mail: Summit@chc.ca.
The Sikorsky S-92A will take over search-and-rescue helicopter (SAR-H) duties in the UK, following selection of the Soteria Consortium by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Selection of a preferred bidder could emerge before the end of this year in the UK’s search-and-rescue helicopter (SAR-H) procurement process, which aims to replace the country’s existing mix of military and contractor-operated helicopters with new machines operated by a single commercial consortium under a private finance initiative (PFI) contract.
Eurocopter (Booth No. 2754) has endorsed Canadian Helicopters Ltd.’s mountain flight training program with a memorandum of understanding. “This endorsement is a significant step and part of the Eurocopter strategy to further develop advanced helicopter mountain training for pilots in Canada and around the world,” said Lutz Bertling, president and CEO of Eurocopter Group.
Eurocopter is building a new service and training center to service its North Sea offshore energy clients in Scotland. The new center will be built in the Kirkhill Commerce Park in Dyce.
AgustaWestland (Booth No. 3728) has signed a service center network agreement with Heli-One of Canada to provide support for CHC Helicopter’s fleet of AW139 helicopters in Europe, North America and Australia. CHC provides helicopter services to the oil and gas industry, as well as search-and-rescue services to government agencies in the UK, Ireland and Australia.
North Sea operations giant CHC Helicopter has won contracts worth $44 million to provide helicopter service throughout the world. In one of those deals, CHC will provide a pair of Eurocopter Super Pumas to Petrobras, the Brazilian national oil company, for use over the waters off Brazil and Taiwan. In another deal CHC will provide helicopter service to the Taiwanese Coast Guard.