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PRESS RELEASE – 05 November 2020

  • Two more helicopters ordered by this operator and the order also marks the entry of the AW109 Trekker in the US for EMS and the growing success of the AW169 in this market
  • The helicopters will conduct vital air medical transport missions across Minnesota and Wisconsin in the United States and will be delivered in 2021
  • The AW169 and AW109 Trekker meet the most stringent safety standards and are configured to support Life Link III crews undertake in-flight critical care and transport patients

Leonardo announced today that Life Link III, an EMS operator in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the United States, has signed a contract for an AW169 and an AW109 Trekker for air medical transport missions.

The helicopters will ensure in-flight critical care and transport patients across the upper-Midwest of the country and delivery is anticipated to take place in the fourth quarter of 2021. This order marks the entry of the AW109 Trekker into the US for EMS applications and further grows the success of the AW169 in this market.
The AW169 features a spacious 222 cubic ft. cabin and Life Link III will have a FAA certified EMS interior which provides 360-degree patient access essential for critical care. The helicopter can travel up to 440 nautical miles, with a top speed of 160 knots and it can climb to 14,500 feet.
The Trekker has high-end EMS capabilities in terms of its interior, performance, advanced avionics, and safety standards. The twin-engine helicopter is equipped with Night Vision Goggles (NVG), single-pilot instrument flight rules, and a customised interior built to meet Life Link III’s requirements.

This sale will increase Life Link III’s Leonardo helicopters fleet to 14 aircraft and the company will be the first to operate a mixed fleet of AW119 IFR and AW109 Trekker. These aircraft feature the same core avionics which deliver unique advantages in terms of fleet management, training, safety, and support. The EMS operator’s existing fleet comprises of ten AW119Kx which have accrued more than 21,000 flight hours. In addition, in July of this year, Life Link III signed for the first IFR-certified AW119 in the civil market – this aircraft will enable the company to undertake safer operations in challenging weather conditions. The helicopter is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2021.

Lee McCammon, Vice President of Operations at Life Link III, commented: “The addition of the AW109 Trekker and AW169 will return Life Link III to instrument flight capability and further enhance our ability to deliver safe, fast, and reliable air medical transportation to the communities we serve. Our strong relationship with Leonardo supports our commitment to utilizing advanced technology to complete life-saving missions.”
William Hunt, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters in Philadelphia, said: “We are pleased to once again be supporting the vital life-saving missions of our long-standing partner, Life Link III. The AW109 Trekker and AW169 will be great additions to the EMS operator’s fleet and both aircraft with their high-tech capabilities will enable Life Link III to conduct its operations safely and quickly.”

This latest sale represents the growing share of Leonardo’s helicopters in the North American EMS market, which now totals more than 110 across a fleet of AW119s, AW109s, AW169s and AW139s. Leonardo is committed to serving and protecting communities around the world, contributing to their sustainable growth by leading in next generation technologies. Partnering with Governments, private organizations and industries for the best security and safety capabilities is a cornerstone of Leonardo’s BeTomorrow2030 Strategic Plan.

Nearly 240 orders for AW169s have been placed by countries including Italy, the UK, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and the United States. To date over 70 AW109 Trekkers have been sold to customers worldwide for a range of roles and over 1,500 AW109 series units have been sold globally for the widest scope of missions.

PRESS RELAESE – 23 September 2020

LCI, a leading helicopter lessor and the aviation division of the Libra Group, and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL) have agreed to establish and operate a joint venture helicopter leasing business.

The vehicle has launched with the initial acquisition of 19 next generation helicopters with a value of US$230 million. SMFL and LCI are co-investors in the partnership, with LCI also acting as manager.

The young, modern helicopters acquired by the joint venture will be used by operators across the globe on a range of missions including Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Search and Rescue (SAR), and transportation to offshore wind farms. With a strong lessee profile, long average lease tenor and full power by the hour maintenance coverage, the portfolio offers a robust profile for the investors.

Jaspal Jandu, Chief Financial Officer of LCI, says: “LCI is delighted to be launching this new leasing vehicle with SMFL. Our joint venture with this renowned partner highlights the opportunities available in the helicopter leasing marketplace, and demonstrates how these aircraft have now become a proven and attractive asset class.”

Shinichiro Watanabe, Managing Executive Officer of SMFL, says: “LCI’s experience, expertise and reputation makes them a natural business partner for SMFL, and we look forward to working with them and combining our respective financial strengths to jointly and professionally manage a successful and dynamic venture.”

George Logothetis, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Libra Group, added: “We are very pleased and proud that LCI has formed a joint venture with such a highly respected organisation. This partnership promises sustained and exciting growth for LCI’s rotary wing business, which has already proved highly resilient during the global pandemic.”

The new joint venture will enable SMFL and LCI to further expand the range and volume of their helicopter investments by leveraging their proven track record, knowledge and experience derived from SMFL’s aircraft and engine leasing companies, and LCI’s years of value creation in aviation helicopter and fixed wing leasing.

LCI’s fleet comprises approximately US$1 billion of assets in service, on order and under management, focused on the latest technology medium and super medium helicopters manufactured by leading helicopter OEMs including Leonardo, Airbus and Sikorsky.

These are in operation across four continents in multiple sectors including emergency medical services, offshore wind, search and rescue, maritime pilot transfer and oil-and-gas transportation. 

Comunicato Stampa – Verona, 13 Luglio 2020

L’elicottero Airbus H145 consegnato nei mesi scorsi all’operatore piemontese Airgreen è entrato ufficialmente in servizio per le missioni EMS nella Regione Liguria.

L’H145 (chiamato Grifo) opererà per i prossimi due anni sulle 12 ore giornaliere per poi garantire, nei successivi sette anni, anche il volo notturno che non è mai stato effettuato in Liguria. Per ciascun intervento, a bordo saliranno 5 persone di equipaggio: un medico, un infermiere, un esperto del Corpo del Soccorso alpino e speleologico oltre a pilota e copilota.

Si tratta del terzo elicottero H145 in flotta all’operatore Airgreen che già impiega due elicotteri dello stesso modello nella Regione Sardegna.

Dotato di verricello brandeggiabile e doppio gancio baricentrico, questo elicottero H145 dispone di avionica di bordo di ultima generazione compatibile con le operazioni con utilizzo dei visori notturni NVG (night vision goggles) ed  è inoltre equipaggiato con un kit sanitario in grado di trasportare fino a due pazienti barellati oltre ai piloti ed al team medico e di soccorso. Il kit avanzato consente l’assistenza su interventi primari, così come l’assistenza sanitaria avanzata in caso di trasporti secondari su lunga distanza. L’elicottero sarà facile da identificare grazie alla caratteristica vernice gialla e con la scritta “118 Liguria soccorso” in rosso.

Alla giornata inaugurale hanno partecipato il Presidente della Regione Liguria Giovanni Toti, la Vicepresidente e Assessore alla Sanità Sonia Viale, i rappresentanti di Airbus Helicopters in Italia, i vertici Airgreen, i rappresentanti regionali dei vigili del fuoco, il CNSAS e il responsabile del 118 ligure Francesco Bermano.

“Sono lieto che Airgreen abbia scelto il nostro H145 per le delicate missioni EMS nella Regione Liguria. Sono fiducioso che questo elicottero possa rispondere al meglio alle esigenze della Regione Liguria perché ha le dimensioni compatte, i pattini, il flusso rotore ridotto e l’alta silenziosità che gli consentiranno di operare in un territorio complesso e vario come quello ligure”, ha dichiarato Alexandre Ceccacci, General Manager di Airbus Helicopters in Italia. Il bimotore H145 è uno dei bestseller della gamma Airbus in ambito sanitario e sta rapidamente diventando uno dei principali punti di riferimento per il mercato dell’elisoccorso, in particolare in ambiente montano e ostile. L’H145 ha ampiamente dimostrato la propria affidabilità e versatilità sia per le operazioni di soccorso in inverno, sia nei periodi estivi quando le alte temperature impongono l’utilizzo di mezzi altamente performanti.

I-LAQU – DATA SHEET update

Thanks to Fabio De NICOLA and Oscar BERNARDI for these new images of the Leonardo Helicopters AW139 I-LAQU operated from Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia on behalf of Regione Abruzzo – 118 Abruzzo Soccorso from the HEMS Base at L’Aquila Preturo Airport.

PRESS RELEASE – Philadelphia, 21 April 2020

  • First Leonardo helicopter to feature a longitudinal roll-on stretcher system for specialty care transport
  • A custom medical configured cabin will deliver the highest quality of patient care and meet the most recent US helicopter air ambulance standards for safety and operability
  • Over 220 orders for AW169s have been placed by countries including Italy, UK, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and the United States

Leonardo announced today that the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, FL — a Federal Aviation Administration certificated air carrier in southern Florida also known as Trauma Hawk — has signed a contract to purchase two light-intermediate AW169 helicopters.

Palm Beach County is the largest county by area in Florida with more than 2,300 square miles. The District maintains a well-organized instrument flight rules (IFR) infrastructure combining special instrument approaches and transition routing plus an extensive FAA approved IFR pilot training program to provide service during inclement weather. The AW169 is also equipped with Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) GPS, a precise navigational aid, to further enhance safe approaches and landings during low visibility.
The AW169 features a spacious 222 cubic ft. cabin — similar in size to models in the intermediate weight category — with flexible interior layouts providing 360-degree patient access essential for critical care. Capable of rapid patient transport, Trauma Hawk’s custom medical configured cabin will enable the highest quality of care and meet the most recent US helicopter air ambulance standards for safety and operability. The helicopters will be the first from Leonardo to feature a longitudinal roll-on stretcher system to minimize workload and patient movement during loading and unloading.
With more power and range than competing light-intermediate twin helicopters, the AW169 can travel up to 440 nautical miles, top speed at 160 knots and climb to 14,500 feet. Latest generation avionics includes a four-axis, dual-duplex digital automatic flight control system and a full night vision goggle (NVG) compatible digital glass cockpit with three 8-inch by 10-inch displays. Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) mode allows the AW169 cabin to stay “power on” with rotor blades stopped creating a safe, quiet and comfortable environment for care and setting a new standard for helicopter EMS operations.
With orders for over 220 AW169s placed by customers worldwide for a range of missions, the type has already been chosen by rescue and parapublic operators in several nations including Italy, UK, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and the United States.

I-AVCS – Italian Helicopter Register NEWS

After less than 7 years of operations in Italy with Inaer Aviation Italia and later with Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia, this AgustaWestland AW139, registered I-AVCS, was cancelled towards United Kingdom on date 27 March 2020 and reassigned as G-CLLP.

GRIFONE 2019

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for his contribution in order to realize this Photo Report Page with full coverage of the helicopters present at GRIFONE 2019 International Search and Rescue Exercise. Foligno Airport (PG), 9-13 September 2019.

PRESS RELEASE – March 19, 2020

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first patient ever transported by the Maryland State Police Aviation Command. On March 19, 1970, MSP’s “Helicopter 108,” crewed by pilot Corporal Gary Moore and Trooper First Class Paul Benson, was summoned to the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) and Falls Road for a patient involved in a motor vehicle crash.

The two troopers, manning a turbine-powered Bell Jet Ranger helicopter, flew the injured motorist to the Center for the Study of Trauma, known today as the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Much has changed since that first mission, but our goal to protect and improve the quality of life through the airborne delivery of emergency medical transportation has not.

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command today marks the 50th anniversary of the first civilian medevac mission flown in our state and the commencement of an integrated emergency medical system whose members have helped saved tens of thousands of lives since.

On March 19, 1970, at 11:20 a.m., Maryland State Police “Helicopter 108,” crewed by pilot Corporal Gary Moore and medic Trooper First Class Paul Benson, was summoned to the Baltimore Beltway and Falls Road for a patient involved in a motor vehicle crash. The two troopers, manning a turbine-powered Bell Jet Ranger helicopter, flew the injured motorist to the Center for the Study of Trauma, known today as the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

“It took about three weeks before we got our first call because it was all new all over the state,” said retired Lt. Colonel Gary Moore in a Maryland State Police video that highlighted the department’s historic firsts. “That particular morning in 1970, [TFC] Paul [Benson] and I were the duty crew and landed on the highway, picked that patient up and took him down to the trauma center. That patient did live.”

The Thursday morning mission to the Brooklandville community in Baltimore County half a century ago held the distinction of the formal expansion of the Maryland State Police into the world of emergency medical services. The mission marked the first time a civilian agency transported a critically-injured trauma patient from a scene by medevac helicopter. This had never before done before outside of a military setting.

“It is with the deepest pride I join Governor Larry Hogan, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, the members of the Maryland General Assembly and the Maryland Institute For Emergency Medical Services Systems in congratulating the men and women of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command on the 50th anniversary of the first civilian medevac flight in our state,” Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Woodrow Jones III said. “We are a proud partner in an amazing system of emergency medical services personnel and resources that includes the dedicated fire and EMS personnel on the scene and the incredible nurses, doctors and support personnel at trauma centers and hospitals throughout Maryland.”

“Since that first flight 50 years ago, the aviation technicians, support staff, flight paramedics and pilots of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command have never wavered in their commitment to provide medevac, search and rescue, law enforcement and homeland security services to the residents of our state and those who visit here,” Colonel Jones continued. “They truly have a passion for what they do and daily provide the best care in the air found anywhere. In partnership with our state’s emergency medical services system members, the women and men of the Aviation Command will continue to perform miracles in Maryland’s skies every day.”

During the past 50 years, the members of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command have completed more than 180,000 missions and transported over 150,000 patients. The Aviation Command currently has a fleet of 10 AgustaWestland AW 139 helicopters that are assigned to seven sections located in Allegany, Frederick, Baltimore, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Talbot and Wicomico counties.

The Maryland State Police Aviation Division medical mission profile began in November 1960 with a Hiller UH12E helicopter. The unmistakable dome-style aircraft, popularized by the TV series M*A*S*H, was used primarily for police missions. However, a medical “support” profile soon took hold and initiated the idea of medical evacuation for Maryland citizens.

Systematic medical care was not provided on-board the Hiller helicopter. Instead, the aircraft would transport heart attack victims and expectant mothers following crippling snowstorms, or other emergencies. Medical rescues were performed with the Hiller as early as 1966, but not under a complete system of “en route care.”

Dr. R Adams Cowley, the former U.S. Army surgeon known for being the father of the “Golden Hour” concept in trauma medicine, was the driving force behind this expansion into the area of medical evacuation (medevac). Dr. Cowley, the founder of the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, believed that medevac transportation of critically injured patients to Shock Trauma would save lives. He collaborated with Maryland State Police Pilot Robert Wolfe and other innovative Marylanders to close the most significant gap in trauma care.

Dr. Cowley was right. Since the early 1970’s, the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and Maryland’s integrated emergency medical services system grew into a network of trauma centers, specialty hospitals and medevac services that earned them a worldwide reputation as the leaders in trauma care.

The Department replaced its fleet of Jet Rangers in the late 1980’s, with the procurement of the AS365 Dauphin helicopters which provided additional enhancements for the fleet, such as increased speed, the added safety component of two engines and additional space to accommodate two patients. In 2013, the program was enhanced again when the fleet transitioned to the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters.
Additional safety equipment and measures were incorporated, along with the addition of a second pilot and a second medical provider to the standard flight crew. The 24-hour-a-day mission of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command has grown to include aerial rescue, homeland security support, search and rescue and disaster assessment.

Civilian Pilot-in-Command Craig Thompson has witnessed the evolution of the Maryland State Police medevac program during his 46 years with the Department. After more than 10 years as a road trooper, Mr. Thompson transitioned from a cruiser to the cockpit of a Jet Ranger. Still a pilot with the Aviation Command, Mr. Thompson has flown all three models of medevac helicopters.

“The Jet Ranger was fun to fly, but not certified IFR (instrument flight rules), even though we flew in less than VFR (visual flight rules) weather all the time,” said Mr. Thompson. “The Dauphin was fast and instrument capable. The AW139 was a big jump from the Dauphin. Our current aircraft is much bigger, faster and much more capable.”

The commemoration of this important anniversary would be incomplete without acknowledging the ultimate sacrifices of those members of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty in one airplane and four helicopter crashes. These crashes have claimed the lives of nine state troopers and one emergency medical technician. The memories of these Fallen Heroes and their families will live on for eternity as they made the ultimate sacrifice performing this lifesaving mission for the citizens of Maryland.

BQ-102 – Heli image of the day

Thanks to Diogo RICARDO for these new images of the Agusta A109K2 BQ-102 operated from Cuerpo de Bomberos del Distrito Metropolitano de Quito at Quito in May and September 2019. This helicopter was previously operated in Italy as I-HBHB from 1995 till 2011 and than sold to Germany a D-HABI and later on Ecuador as HC-CRE.

PRESS RELEASE – 24 January 2020

Bristow Group Inc. and Era Group Inc. announced today that they entered into a definitive agreement to combine the two companies.

  • All-stock transaction creates financially stronger, publicly traded company with a significant presence in key geographic regions
  • Combined company will offer broader range of world-class, efficient aviation solutions through enhanced fleet size and diversity, providing better solutions for new and existing oil and gas customers and governmental agencies
  • Expected to achieve pro forma annual revenues of approximately $1.5 billion and run-rate adjusted EBITDA of approximately $240 million, including at least $35 million in annual cost synergies
  • The combined company will maintain a strong balance sheet with robust free cash flow to facilitate continued deleveraging and returns to shareholders

HOUSTON, January 23, 2020 – Bristow Group Inc. (“Bristow”) and Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA) (“Era”) announced today that they entered into a definitive agreement to combine the two companies in an all-stock transaction, creating a financially stronger company with enhanced size and diversification.

The combined company, which will be named Bristow, will strengthen its global leadership position with significant operations throughout the Americas, Nigeria, Norway, the United Kingdom and Australia for offshore aviation transportation and search and rescue solutions. The new organization will offer a broader range of world-class, efficient solutions through enhanced fleet size and diversity, continuing to invest in new technology and safety features to meet the evolving needs of new and existing oil and gas customers and governmental agencies. 

“We believe this merger will create substantial value for the stakeholders of both companies,” said Chris Bradshaw, President and CEO of Era. “The identified cost synergies are significant and, combined with the strong pro forma balance sheet and absence of capital commitments, support robust free cash flow generation. This merger achieves more efficient absorption of the significant fixed costs required to run an air carrier and better positions the combined company to manage industry challenges.” 

“Bristow and Era share complementary cultures built on an unwavering commitment to safety and quality through experienced, well-trained trained pilots, mechanics, engineers and support staff,” said L. Don Miller, President and CEO of Bristow. “Merging these two companies will further build on that culture to create an even stronger, more integrated industry leader.”

Highly Compelling Strategic RationaleEnhances Global Leadership with Significant Presence in Key Geographic Regions and End-Markets:

  • Significant operations throughout the Americas, Nigeria, Norway, the United Kingdom and Australia
  • Global leader in offshore oil and gas transportation, search and rescue and aircraft support services to government and civil organizations, with significant revenues and cash flow generated from government services contracts

Increases Fleet Size and Diversity:

  • Combined fleet of more than 300 of the industry’s most modern aircraft with the latest generation of technology and safety features
  • Creates the world’s largest operator of S92, AW189 and AW139 model helicopters
  • Combined fleet will be predominantly owned (>80%), with attractive lease rates on the balance of the fleet

Creates Financially Stronger Company: 

  • Expected to achieve pro forma annual revenues of approximately $1.5 billion and run-rate adjusted EBITDA of approximately $240 million
  • Substantial and highly achievable cost synergies with an annualized saving of at least $35 million through the elimination of redundant corporate expenses and the realization of enhanced operational efficiencies
  • Maintains a strong balance sheet (~2.5x net leverage), supported by a large combined cash balance (over $250 million expected at closing)
  • $112.5 million upsized ABL facility, with a robust free cash flow profile to facilitate continued deleveraging and returns to shareholders

Governance and Management 

Following completion of the transaction, the combined company will be headquartered in Houston, Texas. Chris Bradshaw, President and CEO of Era, will become President and CEO of the combined company. The senior management team will be named at a future date. 

The combined company will have a nine-member Board of Directors, including seven members from Bristow and two members from Era, including the CEO. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors will be appointed by Bristow.

Transaction Structure

The transaction will be structured as a reverse triangular merger whereby Era will issue shares to Bristow stockholders. Era (NYSE:ERA) shares will continue to trade on the NYSE.
Under the terms of the agreement, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, Bristow shareholders would own 77% of the equity of the new company and Era shareholders would own 23%. 

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2020, following receipt of required regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, including approval by Bristow’s and Era’s stockholders. The merger is intended to qualify as a tax-free reorganization for U.S. federal income tax purposes. 

Share Repurchase Plan

Era also announced today that, in connection with entry into the merger agreement, its Board of Directors has authorized a special stock repurchase program that would allow for the purchase of up to $10 million of its common stock from time to time and subject to market conditions on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. The special repurchase program will commence as soon as practicable and will end upon the mailing of the joint proxy statement/prospectus for the merger. Era also noted that it intends to provide the market with periodic updates of the results of the repurchase program. Era’s previously announced repurchase program will be suspended until the closing of the merger.