Oil & Gas
If the past decade hasn’t been proof of the old adage about living in exciting times, things promise to get a little more interesting in the future based on recent world events.
I wrote this column from the back of a Combi Dash 7 with virtually no heat whatsoever (it eventually came on, but it was still very cold).
May 7, 2015, Wilmington, Ma. - Operators who support global oil and gas producers are known for their high standard of helicopter operations.  In recent years, the desire to increase connectivity to the aircraft coupled with the sharp decline in world oil prices has posed a particularly difficult economic challenge to those companies.
May 7, 2015, Vancouver - CHC Helicopter has announced that Lee Eckert will be succeeding Joan Hooper as Chief Financial Officer effective July 16, 2015.
April 15, 2015, Portland, Or. - Erickson Incorporated has announced that the company has contracted with Group Desarrollo Infaestructura, SA de CV (GDI) who is contracted with Transcanada Corporation’s Mexican Subsidiary, Transportadora de Gas del Noreste, for a new rural infrastructure pipeline project that will bring clean-burning natural gas to businesses and citizens in Mexico.
Feb. 2, 2015, Calgary - Despite a troubling economic forecast amid falling oil prices, Canada’s energy sector showed its support for STARS Saturday night by helping to raise more than $1 million, yet again.
Jan. 28, 2015, Halifax - HNZ Group Inc. has received a contract from Shell Canada Energy to provide offshore personnel and cargo transport, medevac and search-and-rescue (SAR) services from Halifax, N.S.
Jan. 15, 2015, New York, N.Y. - Tumbling oil prices are starting to ripple through the helicopter industry, which depends on oil companies that shuttle their crews to off-shore sites for a big chunk of its business.
Jan. 15, 2015, Portland, Or. - Erickson Incorporated has announced that the company will expand its relationship with HRT Participações em Petróleo, S.A. with a two-year contract beginning Q1 2015.
Safety is not a “competitive differentiator.” Helicopter operators should not trumpet that they have a better safety record than a competitor, even if they do, because safety in the public consciousness is a collective industry record. Any accident, especially a fatal accident, ripples through the reputation of every operator.
Nov. 6, 2014, Portland, Or. - Erickson Incorporated has announced that the Portland-based company has entered the Ecuadorian market by partnering with Avioandes S. A. and signed a contract with Agip Oil Ecuador.
Oct. 21, 2014, London, U.K. - Five major helicopter operators have officially announced a new industry association – HeliOffshore – for organizations with an interest in working together on safety in offshore helicopter transport. The new association was introduced at a launch event at its offices in London.
Oct. 7, 2014, St. John's - At least some recent construction at the St. John’s International Airport can be credited to the interest of CHC Helicopters Canada in ferrying workers to and from the Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil installations.
July 25, 2014, Norwich, U.K. - Bristow Helicopters has performed the first commercial flight with the new AgustaWestland AW189 super-medium helicopter from its Norwich base.
June 9, 2014, Dublin, Ire. - Vector Financial Services has announced the extension of leasing and support agreements for two Vector-owned AS332L helicopters with Bond Helicopters Australia.
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