Cougar Helicopters

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Cougar Helicopters Incorporated
Cougar helicopters logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded Halifax, Nova Scotia
Commenced operations 1987
Hubs St. John's, Newfoundland
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Destinations Hibernia GBS
White Rose oil field
Terra Nova
Parent company VIH Aviation Group
Headquarters St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Key people Ken Norie, President and CEO
Hank Williams, General Manager[1]

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 and Nova Scotia. Cougar has permanent facilities in St. John's and Halifax. The company is affiliated with Bristow Helicopters which has a financial stake in Cougar.[2][3]


Sikorsky S-92 landing at Ilulissat Airport, Greenland.

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


Cougar Helicopter, St. Johns, NL

Cougar Helicopters operates a fleet of heavy helicopters:

Incidents and accidents[edit]

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.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Oil industry helicopter carrying 18 crashes into Atlantic Ocean". CBC News. 12 March 2009. 
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  3. ^, 9/4/2012 press release: Bristow to acquire assets and minority equity interest in Cougar Helicopters
  4. ^ No sign of 16 missing after Canadian chopper crash (update 5). Reuters, 12 March 2009
  5. ^ CADORS report for Cougar Helicopters (CHI91)

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