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PRESS RELEASE – 11 January 2018

Helijet and PHI enter into Sikorsky S-76C++ Fleet Upgrade Arrangement.

Richmond, B.C. Canada (January 11, 2018): Helijet International Inc. (“Helijet”) based in Richmond, B.C. Canada has entered into a Letter of Intent for the procurement and supply of up to six (6) newer model Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopters with PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) based in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA.
The companies have signed definitive agreements for the delivery and acceptance of the first three Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopters which will be prepared at PHI’s Lafayette maintenance facilities for delivery to Helijet during the first and second quarters of 2018.
PHI will tailor the aircraft to Helijet’s specifications, including a complete re-paint to company livery, avionics changes, and selected aircraft operating equipment prior to being added to Helijet’s fleet for scheduled and general charter operating services in Canada. Helijet will redesign and refurbish the 12-passenger cabin interiors of the three aircraft. Additional aircraft deliveries will be subject to respective Company board approvals.
Danny Sitnam, Helijet’s CEO stated: “Helijet has been planning its aircraft fleet expansion and upgrade for the past 24 months, and is now committed to bringing in newer, more advanced technology to the communities it serves. We are very pleased that we can accomplish this initiative in concert with an aviation world leader such as PHI.”
PHI’s Chief Commercial Officer, Dave Stepanek expressed: “It is an absolute pleasure to work with Danny and his team. Their long history operating the S-76 with an excellent passenger service operation makes participating in this fleet upgrade even more exciting. We know the level of professionalism at Helijet and know they will maintain and operate our S-76C++s to the highest industry standards.” Helijet and PHI are long-standing and experienced air operators utilizing the Sikorsky family of helicopters and will continue to work collaboratively to better accommodate their respective fleet rationalization in the ever-changing market place.

Heli-Expo 2017 PRESS RELEASE – March 7, 2017
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada – Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent with Helijet International to provide fleet upgrade helicopter services utilizing Sikorsky S-76C+ aircraft.
As part of the agreement, up to six Sikorsky S-76C+ aircraft will be supplied and custom-completed for Helijet. Heli-One will provide maintenance support for these aircraft over the next five years including PBH coverage for main gearboxes and power plants, in addition to supplying consignment spares as required. The new aircraft will modernize Helijet’s Sikorsky S-76 fleet, further enhancing operational capability, performance, and high safety standards. The new terms of arrangement also leverage the proximity of Heli-One’s engineering location to Helijet – facilitating faster turnaround times and minimizing aircraft downtime. Based in Richmond, BC, Helijet International is the world’s largest helicopter airline, flying more than 300 weekly flights to city destinations in British Columbia, Canada. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Pacific Heliport Services, Helijet also manages and operates three Transport Canada certified heliports, affording seamless city-to-city air transport to more than 2.2 million passengers to date.. Helijet operates both rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, including Airbus AS350, Sikorsky S-76, Bell 206L3, Learjet 31A and Hawker 800A.
This helicopter supply and support arrangement is through Heli-One Total Solutions, which enables operators to combine leasing and maintenance service contracts through a single provider with predictable invoicing. This provides operators with a single and consistent point of contact for both leasing and support services facilitating faster communication and improving service efficiency. “Helijet selected Heli-One’s proposal for the complete supply and support of Sikorsky helicopters based on their industry-leading reputation and commitment to meeting all of Helijet’s operating and financial requirements, ”stated Daniel Sitnam, President and CEO of Helijet. “We look forward to further solidifying the details towards a long-standing business relationship with a world-class aviation engineering firm. ”Heli-One Canada is an Approved Sikorsky S-76 Service Centre with on-site gearbox testing facilities. The team has extensive experience supporting the S-76 (including variants A, B and C) with capability for Nose-to-Tail PBH coverage including airframes, components, engines and avionics. In addition, Heli-One has developed more than 400 post-delivery modifications and proprietary in-house repairs. These effective and quality solutions are designed to save cost and minimize downtime for customers. “We are pleased to help Helijet expand their fleet of S-76 aircraft and provide ongoing support for their program, ”said Anthony DiNota, President, Heli-One.“Helijet’s team is well-experienced in this durable helicopter model and we look forward to expanding value through knowledge sharing and close partnership. Our facilities’ close proximities and shared regional pride make this a particularly special partnership. As an Approved Service Centre with a wealth of post-delivery modification experience, the Heli-One team looks forward to supporting Helijet and optimizing the operational potential of their fleet.

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Very unusual to spot one Italian registered helicopter in Canada … but I-AWCE visited Vancouver Airport earlier in October. Here is one image from Mike MACGOWAN shoot during her recent visit. The test helicopter seems to be modified to the new SAR configuration, with extra belly fuel tank.