Spain’s Inaer and UK-based Bond Aviation Group, two major helicopter operators in Europe, now have the same parent company–World Helicopters, a holding firm owned by Investindustrial and KKR. World Helicopters completed its acquisition of Bond this week.
The UK’s Bond Aviation Group, parent company of Bond Air Services and Bond Offshore Helicopters, has confirmed that it is in negotiations with investors, including Investindustrial and KKR, joint owners of Spain-based Inaer. Press reports had suggested Investindustrial and KKR were about to take over Bond but “these are still only negotiations,” Bond insisted.
Sherwin-Williams has developed a flexible epoxy-based putty designed for aerospace applications such as filling rivets, seams and spot repair areas on aircraft exteriors. Drying time for the new Fill Bond putty is two to six hours, significantly faster than the typical six to eight hours for competing products, according to Sherwin-Williams.
All 10 copies of the Eurocopter AS 332L2 at Bond Offshore Helicopters will now fly the Blue Sky Network Model D1000A modem unit for flight-following service. Carlton van Putten, Blue Sky’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, said 11 of the units have just shipped to cover Bond’s entire fleet along with a spare. Bond Offshore flies missions for crew change, VIP charter, and search and rescue from Aberdeen, Scotland.
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