Air ambulance pilots agree to fly

The labour organization representing pilots in Norway, Norsk Flygerforbund, has reached an agreement with the new operator of the country’s air ambulance service. Conflicts remain between operator Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance and aircraft technicians, so the air ambulances still face groundings. News bureau NTB reported that the pilots and Babcock settled their differences after late-night negotiations […]

New electric plane cleared for takeoff

Norway is taking its electrification of the transport sector to new heights. The state agency in charge of Norwegian airports, Avinor, has teamed up with the country’s recreational aviators’ federation (Norges luftsportsforbund) to buy the country’s first electric plane, with a goal of offering electrified airline service by 2025. “The arrival of el-fly (electric aircraft) […]

Groundings also hit rescue operations

North Sea oil rigs and now also search and rescue operations in Norway won’t be allowed to use the Airbus H225 “Super Puma” helicopters any time soon. They were all grounded indefinitely during the night after investigators found signs of metal fatigue in the gears of a Super Puma that crashed in Norway earlier this spring. Norway’s accident investigations board […]

Man killed in small plane crash

A small plane crashed north of Halden Tuesday evening, killing its pilot, a man in his 60s from Rogaland in Western Norway. Police said the cause of the crash remained unclear. “We don’t know why the plane crashed,” Terje Marstad of the Østfold Police District told state broadcaster NRK. He confirmed that the body of the […]

Helicopter wreckage sent for inspection

The tangled wreckage of an Airbus Super Puma helicopter that crashed near Bergen a week ago, killing all 11 offshore oil workers on board plus its two pilots, has been transported to Norway’s accident investigation agency in Lillestrøm, northeast of Oslo. The search continued through the weekend, meanwhile, for any remaining pieces of the helicopter at […]

Statoil postpones helicopter cuts

Top executives at Norwegian oil company Statoil have responded to workers’ concerns and even fears over their helicopter transport to North Sea oil and gas fields. After Friday’s fatal crash of a helicopter near Bergen, Statoil has decided to delay implementation of proposed cutbacks in its helicopter program that were aimed at making it more […]

Fears fly around helicopter safety

Nearly 24,000 people in Norway work on offshore oil and gas platforms, commuting regularly to their jobs in helicopters, often in stormy conditions. The fatal crash of one of them in sunny and unusually calm weather Friday has rekindled concerns over helicopter safety, and stoked fear to the point that the country’s transport minister saw a need to address safety […]

Eurocontrol could have saved MH17

A Norwegian aviation expert argued aviation authority Eurocontrol, which approves airline routes over Europe, could have prevented the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine a week ago. Einar Sørensen said it was too risky to depend on countries’ own assessments of their airspace security, and Eurocontrol should take over the task. […]

Air authorities slam Norwegian

A Civil Aviation Authority (Luftfartstilsynet) inspection at Norwegian Air has revealed 21 breaches of airline regulations and a staggering number of customer complaints. The damning report was another setback for the airline, which faces a blockade led by US airlines and unions and ongoing trouble with its Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The authorities investigated Norwegian Air […]

Pilot takes charge of airport network

A former fighter pilot has taken the helm at Avinor, the state-owned company in charge of Norway’s airports and aviation network. Dag Falk-Petersen, 56, also spent time at troubled Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), so he’s faced turbulence before. Falk-Petersen was appointed as new chief executive of Avinor, responsible for planning, development and operation of the Norwegian […]