Market perspective: Helicopter Values 2017

Market perspective: Helicopter Values 2017

Last week, HeliValue$ released their latest Helicopter Blue Book, in which they reported the first increase in helicopter values since 2009. This has got people talking. At Helicopter Investor 2017 in January, the general market outlook was not cheery. Whilst a few voices

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HeliValue$: Oil market overview and the effect on used Sikorsky S-92As

HeliValue$: Oil market overview and the effect on used Sikorsky S-92As

Originally written for HeliValue$ by Ben Mooore, ASA. I recently had a conversation with a marketing member of one OEM. We were in agreement that many of us did not see a continuation of low activity for this long. We

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Clark McGinn – “it’s the Cycle, stupid!”

Clark McGinn – “it’s the Cycle, stupid!”

While the mood of our industry may not be truly optimistic, it’s certainly nowhere near as pessimistic as in the last two years. However, two things worry me. First, a basic principle: it’s the Cycle, stupid! I know it’s axiomatic

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Erickson files for Chapter 11, Lombard lends to Bristow

Erickson files for Chapter 11, Lombard lends to Bristow

One step forward, one step back. Just as CHC prepares to exit from Chapter 11 early next year, Erickson has entered. Like CHC, Erickson’s filing is not a huge surprise. It has had a few tough years. In retrospect, its

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CHC May Cut Fleet By Two Thirds

CHC May Cut Fleet By Two Thirds

It is less than a week since CHC filed for bankruptcy protection – so too early to see exactly how the company will look when it (surely) emerges from Chapter 11. But early court filings give some clues. The declaration

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CHC sets hard deadline

CHC sets hard deadline

CHC Group, one of the world’s two largest helicopter operators, this week announced that it had decided not to make an interest payment on its bonds that mature in October 2020. It was due to pay $46 million on Monday. Although

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Attack of the drones

Attack of the drones

This week saw the first flight of the Volocopter, a manned drone/helicopter hybrid. We also witnessed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg toying with an unmanned drone on stage at his Facebook futureology festival F8. The piloted drone is simply the next step in what may

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Helicopter Investor Q+A: Nigel Watson, chief executive, Luviair

Helicopter Investor Q+A: Nigel Watson, chief executive, Luviair

In a new section for Helicopter Investor we quiz leading industry figures on what they enjoy about their job, their likes and pet hates, their ideal client and who would play them in a movie of their life. This week

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It’s a wrap

It’s a wrap

One of the most striking images this week came from Protective Packaging Corp (PPC). The Dallas company has just wrapped a Sikorsky S-92 for Bristow. PPC has used flexible moisture barrier films to protect the helicopter from corrosion. Bristow does

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Flying High At Festivals

Flying High At Festivals

Let’s face it, many of us have had that dream…flying high in to a glamourous festival and glamping (not camping) and returning to tell our friends about it all. Well, this week Blade, the New York-based private helicopter service made

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