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Cougar Helicopters

Cougar Helicopters Incorporated
Sikorsky S-92 landing at Ilulissat Airport, Greenland
IATA ICAO Callsign
- CHI[1] COUGAR[1]
FoundedHalifax, Nova Scotia
Commenced operations1984
AOC #4791[2]
HubsSt. John's, Newfoundland
Fleet size9[3]
DestinationsHibernia GBS
White Rose oil field
Terra Nova oil field
Parent companyVIH Aviation Group
HeadquartersSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Key peopleKen Norie, President and CEO
Hank Williams, General Manager[4]

Cougar Helicopters (a VIH Aviation Group Company) is a St. John's based commercial helicopter company servicing offshore oil and gas fields off the coast of Newfoundland. Cougar has permanent facilities in St. John's and Halifax. The company is affiliated with Bristow Helicopters which has a financial stake in Cougar.[5][6]


Cougar Helicopter, St. Johns, NL

Cougar Helicopters currently services platforms and ships located off Newfoundland in the:


As of May 2024, Cougar Helicopters operates a fleet of eight Sikorsky S-92A and one Bell 412EP.[3]

Incidents and accidents

On 12 March 2009, Cougar Helicopters Flight 91, a Cougar Sikorsky S-92A helicopter carrying 18 passengers and crew en route to an oil platform off the coast of Newfoundland, ditched and sank in 178 metres of water. 17 of the 18 people on board died in the crash.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b "ICAO Designators for Canadian Aircraft Operating Agencies, Aeronautical Authorities and Services" (PDF). Nav Canada. 2023-05-04. p. 3. Retrieved 2023-02-26. Cougar Helicopters: CHI, COUGAR
  2. ^ Transport Canada (2019-09-08), Civil Aviation Services (CAS) AOC.
  3. ^ a b "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Cougar Helicopters". Transport Canada. Retrieved 2024-05-21.
  4. ^ "Oil industry helicopter carrying 18 crashes into Atlantic Ocean". CBC News. 12 March 2009.
  5. ^ Bristow
  6. ^ 9/4/2012 press release: Bristow to acquire assets and minority equity interest in Cougar Helicopters
  7. ^ No sign of 16 missing after Canadian chopper crash (update 5). Reuters, 12 March 2009
  8. ^ "CADORS report for Cougar Helicopters (CHI91)". Transport Canada.
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