Helicopter market forecast sees major change ///

Helicopters have been an essential part of the offshore energy industry almost as long as producers have searched for oil and gas in water. Whether to relieve a crew after a tour of duty, evacuate a workmate following an accident, deliver an essential piece of equipment to maintain production or evacuate a crew to safety in advance of a Category-5 hurricane, the thump of rotor blades approaching a platform or rig is one of the most comforting sounds over water. In fact, it can be argued that without helicopters, our global offshore oil and gas industry could not be as prolific or effective as it is today. Like its wildcatting and roughnecking brethren in exploration and production, the helicopter services business has colorful roots. The beginnings of offshore flight service could often be characterized by a Vietnam vet or former bush pilot flying a single reciprocating engine chopper to near-shore rigs and platforms.

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