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Era Group Inc. Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 05/06/14 -- Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA)

  • Q1 2014 revenues increased 17% compared to Q1 2013 due to strong results from our U.S. Gulf of Mexico operations

  • Operating income and EBITDA increased by 88% and 21%, respectively, excluding the impact of gains on asset dispositions, which outpaced revenue growth due to margin expansion

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) today reported net income for its first quarter ended March 31, 2014 of $4.4 million on operating revenues of $79.4 million compared to net income of $6.7 million on operating revenues of $67.7 million in the prior year first quarter. The decline in net income is due to a $7.9 million decrease in gains on asset dispositions compared to the prior year quarter.

Operating income for the current quarter was $10.1 million compared to $14.6 million in the prior year quarter. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") was $21.8 million in the current quarter compared to $26.4 million in the prior year quarter. The current quarter results included $2.9 million in gains on asset dispositions compared to $10.8 million of gains in the first quarter of 2013.

"Operating revenues increased 17% to set a new record for the first quarter thanks to strong performance from our U.S. Gulf of Mexico operations," said Sten Gustafson, Chief Executive Officer of Era Group Inc. "Our customers continue to be very active in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, adding new drilling rigs for exploration activities and transitioning successful drilling projects into their longer-term development and production phases."

"EBITDA excluding gains on asset dispositions outpaced revenue growth, increasing 21% over the prior year quarter as we benefited from margin expansion."

First Quarter Results

Operating revenues in the first quarter ended March 31, 2014 increased $11.7 million over the prior year quarter primarily due to strong results from our U.S. Gulf of Mexico operations related to an increase in fleet count, higher rates and the resumption of operations of the EC225 heavy helicopters. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in dry-leasing revenues due to fewer helicopters on dry-leases compared to the prior year quarter and a decrease in revenues in Alaska as the prior year quarter benefited from short-term work related to a drillship running aground.

Operating expenses were $6.5 million higher in the current quarter. Repairs and maintenance expenses were $4.2 million higher primarily due to the timing of repairs and an increase in power-by-hour expense related to the resumption of the EC225 helicopter operations. Personnel costs increased $1.0 million due to higher headcount related to increased activity and pay scale and benefit adjustments related to a competitive labor market. Fuel expense increased due to the EC225 helicopters returning to service and increased fuel sales at the FBO, and other expenses increased due to placing a third search and rescue ("SAR") helicopter in service.

Administrative and general expenses were $2.2 million higher in the current quarter. Compensation and employee costs were $1.8 million higher primarily due to an increase in personnel, annual pay adjustments and share-based compensation related to changes in senior management and annual incentive equity awards. Professional services fees increased $0.3 million due to audit and tax advisory fees.

Depreciation expense decreased $0.4 million primarily due to helicopters and related equipment sold since the prior year quarter.

Gains on asset dispositions were $7.9 million less than in the prior year quarter. During the current quarter, we sold two helicopters for a gain of $2.9 million. In the prior year quarter, we sold or otherwise disposed of six helicopters and related equipment for a gain of $10.8 million.

Interest expense decreased $1.0 million primarily due to increased capitalized interest related to additional deposits on helicopter orders.

Income tax expense decreased $1.1 million due to lower pre-tax income in the current year quarter resulting from the decrease in gains on asset dispositions.

Sequential Quarter Results

First quarter 2014 operating revenues increased $3.4 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, primarily due to strong results from our U.S. Gulf of Mexico operations partially offset by lower revenues from dry-leasing activities and from oil and gas operations in Alaska. First quarter net income increased $2.7 million. Operating income and EBITDA for the first quarter increased by $0.5 million and $1.8 million, respectively. The improvements in operating income and EBITDA were due to a $2.4 million increase in gains on asset dispositions compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. In addition to the increased gains on asset dispositions, net income also benefited from a $0.6 million decrease in interest expense, a $0.5 million decrease in income tax expense, and a $1.4 million increase in earnings from equity investments.

Equipment Acquisitions

During the quarter ended March 31, 2014, the Company's capital expenditures were $18.8 million, which consisted primarily of deposits on future helicopter deliveries. The Company records helicopter acquisitions in property and equipment and places helicopters in service once all completion work has been finalized and the helicopters are ready for use. The Company accepted delivery of two new AW139 medium helicopters in January 2014, and placed both of them into service in late February. In addition, the Company accepted delivery of one new AW139 helicopter in March 2014, which will be placed into service in the second quarter of 2014.

Capital Commitments

The Company's unfunded capital commitments as of March 31, 2014 consisted primarily of orders for helicopters and totaled $326.3 million, of which $83.4 million is payable during 2014 with the balance payable through 2017. The Company also had $2.3 million of deposits paid on options not yet exercised. The Company may terminate $147.4 million of its total commitments (inclusive of deposits paid on options not yet exercised) without further liability other than liquidated damages of $9.7 million in the aggregate.

Included in these capital commitments are agreements to purchase ten AW189 heavy helicopters, four S92 heavy helicopters, one AW139 medium helicopter, and five AW169 light twin helicopters. The AW189 helicopters are scheduled to be delivered beginning in late 2014 through 2017. The S92 helicopters are scheduled to be delivered in 2016 and 2017. The AW139 helicopter is scheduled to be delivered in mid-year 2014. Delivery dates for the AW169 helicopters have yet to be determined. In addition, we had outstanding options to purchase up to an additional ten AW189 helicopters, five S92 helicopters and four AW139 helicopters. If these options are exercised, the helicopters would be scheduled for delivery beginning in 2015 through 2018.

Liquidity Update

As of March 31, 2014, the Company had $25.3 million in cash balances and escrow deposits and remaining availability under its senior secured revolving credit facility of $244.3 million.

EC225 Settlement

In April 2014, the Company entered into a settlement agreement with Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter), a division of Airbus Group (formerly European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company), with respect to the extended suspension of operations of the EC225 heavy helicopters in 2012 and 2013. The settlement agreement provides for certain service and product credit discounts, including credits that will be available to the Company for a period of four years to be applied against support services available from Airbus Helicopters covering spare parts, repair and overhaul, service bulletins, technical assistance or any other services available from Airbus Helicopters. The Company expects to be able to apply such service credits over the following six to ten quarters and such application will impact the Company's statements of operations as a reduction in operating expenses if and as the credits are utilized.

Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call starting at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, to review the results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. The conference call can be accessed as follows:

All callers will need to reference the access code 34597766

Within the U.S.:

Operator Assisted Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (866) 607-0535

Outside the U.S.:

Operator Assisted International Dial-In Number: (832) 445-1827

Replay

A telephone replay will be available through May 21, 2014 and may be accessed by calling (855) 859-2056 for domestic callers or (404) 537-3406 for international callers. An audio replay will also be available on the Company's website at www.eragroupinc.com shortly after the call and will be accessible for approximately 90 days.

About Era Group

Era Group is one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and the longest serving helicopter transport operator in the U.S. In addition to servicing its U.S. customers, Era Group also provides helicopters and related services to third-party helicopter operators and customers in other countries, including Brazil, India, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. Era Group's helicopters are primarily used to transport personnel to, from and between offshore installations, drilling rigs and platforms.

This release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements concerning management's expectations, strategic objectives, business prospects, anticipated performance and financial condition and other similar matters involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements discussed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and other important factors include, among others, the Company's dependence on, and the cyclical nature of, the offshore oil and gas industry; the Company's dependence on oil and gas exploration and development activity in the areas where the Company operates; fluctuations in worldwide prices of and demand for oil and natural gas; the ability to successfully expand into other geographic and helicopter service markets; the impact of increased U.S. and foreign government regulation and legislation, including potential government implemented moratoriums on drilling activities; inherent risks in operating helicopters; the failure to maintain an acceptable safety record; the grounding of all or a portion of our fleet for extended periods of time or indefinitely; reduction or cancellation of services for government agencies; reliance on a small number of helicopter manufacturers and suppliers; political instability, governmental action, war, acts of terrorism and changes in the economic condition in any foreign country where the Company does business, which may result in expropriation, nationalization, confiscation or deprivation of our assets or result in claims of a force majeure situation; declines in the global economy and financial markets; foreign currency exposure and exchange controls; credit risk exposure; the ongoing need to replace aging helicopters; the Company's reliance on the secondary used helicopter market to dispose of older helicopters; the Company's reliance on a small number of customers; allocation of risk between the Company and its customers; liability, legal fees and costs in connection with providing emergency response services; risks associated with the Company's debt structure; operational and financial difficulties of the Company's joint ventures and partners; conflict with the other owners of the Company's non-wholly owned subsidiaries and other equity investees; adverse results of legal proceedings; adverse weather conditions and seasonality; adequacy of insurance coverage; the attraction and retention of qualified personnel; restrictions on the amount of foreign ownership of the Company's common stock; the effect of the Spin-off, including the ability of the Company to recognize the expected benefits from the Spin-off and the Company's dependence on SEACOR's performance under various agreements; and various other matters and factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control. In addition, these statements constitute Era Group's cautionary statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. It is not possible to predict or identify all such factors. Consequently, the foregoing should not be considered a complete discussion of all potential risks or uncertainties. The words "estimate," "project," "intend," "believe," "plan" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the document in which they are made. Era Group disclaims any obligation or undertaking to provide any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in Era Group's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which the forward-looking statement is based. The forward-looking statements in this release should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the Company's businesses, particularly those mentioned under "Risk Factors" in Era Group's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, in Era Group's subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in Era Group's periodic reporting on Form 8-K (if any), which are incorporated by reference.

For additional information concerning Era Group, contact Christopher Bradshaw at (281) 606-4871 or visit Era Group's website at www.eragroupinc.com.


                               ERA GROUP INC.
              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
            (in thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)

                                               Three Months Ended March 31,
                                               ----------------------------
                                                    2014           2013
                                               -------------  -------------
Operating Revenues                             $      79,443  $      67,727
                                               -------------  -------------
Costs and Expenses:
  Operating                                           49,640         43,116
  Administrative and general                          11,334          9,134
  Depreciation                                        11,287         11,661
                                               -------------  -------------
                                                      72,261         63,911
                                               -------------  -------------
Gains on Asset Dispositions, Net                       2,891         10,801
                                               -------------  -------------
Operating Income                                      10,073         14,617
                                               -------------  -------------
Other Income (Expense):
  Interest income                                        145            147
  Interest expense                                    (3,753)        (4,732)
  SEACOR management fees                                  --           (168)
  Derivative losses, net                                 (30)            (3)
  Foreign currency losses, net                           (57)          (259)
  Other, net                                              --              3
                                               -------------  -------------
                                                      (3,695)        (5,012)
                                               -------------  -------------
Income Before Income Tax Expense and Equity In
 Earnings (Losses) of 50% or Less Owned
 Companies                                             6,378          9,605
Income Tax Expense                                     2,503          3,578
                                               -------------  -------------
Income Before Equity in Earnings (Losses) of
 50% or Less Owned Companies                           3,875          6,027
Equity in Earnings (Losses) of 50% or Less
 Owned Companies, Net of Tax                             499            562
                                               -------------  -------------
Net Income                                             4,374          6,589
Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling
 Interest in Subsidiary                                   71            105
                                               -------------  -------------
Net Income Attributable to Era Group Inc.              4,445          6,694
Accretion of Redemption Value on Series A
 Preferred Stock                                          --            721
                                               -------------  -------------
Net Income Attributable to Common Shares       $       4,445  $       5,973
                                               =============  =============

Basic Earnings Per Common Share                $        0.22  $        0.28
Diluted Earnings Per Common Share              $        0.22  $        0.28

EBITDA                                         $      21,772  $      26,413
Adjusted EBITDA                                $      21,772  $      26,581
Adjusted EBITDA Excluding Gains                $      18,881  $      15,780



                               ERA GROUP INC.
              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
            (in thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)

                                        Three Months Ended
                      -----------------------------------------------------
                       Mar. 31,   Dec. 31,   Sep. 30,   Jun. 30,   Mar. 31,
                         2014       2013       2013       2013       2013
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Operating Revenues    $  79,443  $  75,998  $  80,997  $  74,237  $  67,727
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Costs and Expenses:
  Operating              49,640     45,213     51,338     46,945     43,116
  Administrative and
   general               11,334     10,562      9,683      9,545      9,134
  Depreciation           11,287     11,129     11,340     11,431     11,661
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                         72,261     66,904     72,361     67,921     63,911
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Gains on Asset
 Dispositions, Net        2,891        464      2,560      4,476     10,801
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Operating Income         10,073      9,558     11,196     10,792     14,617
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Other Income
 (Expense):
  Interest income           145        139        155        150        147
  Interest expense       (3,753)    (4,311)    (4,394)    (4,613)    (4,732)
  SEACOR management
   fees                      --         --         --         --       (168)
  Derivative (losses)
   gains, net               (30)       (26)       (96)        21         (3)
  Foreign currency
   gains (losses),
   net                      (57)       233        409        315       (259)
  Other, net                 --         --          7          9          3
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                         (3,695)    (3,965)    (3,919)    (4,118)    (5,012)
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Income Before Income
 Tax Expense and
 Equity In Earnings
 (Losses) of 50% or
 Less Owned Companies     6,378      5,593      7,277      6,674      9,605
Income Tax Expense        2,503      3,036      2,715      2,398      3,578
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Income Before Equity
 in Earnings (Losses)
 of 50% or Less Owned
 Companies                3,875      2,557      4,562      4,276      6,027
Equity in Earnings
 (Losses) of 50% or
 Less Owned
 Companies, Net of
 Tax                        499       (880)       526        674        562
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net Income                4,374      1,677      5,088      4,950      6,589
Net Loss Attributable
 to Noncontrolling
 Interest in
 Subsidiary                  71         75        116        105        105
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net Income
 Attributable to Era
 Group Inc.               4,445      1,752      5,204      5,055      6,694
Accretion of
 Redemption Value on
 Series A Preferred
 Stock                       --         --         --         --        721
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net Income
 Attributable to
 Common Shares        $   4,445  $   1,752  $   5,204  $   5,055  $   5,973
                      =========  =========  =========  =========  =========

Basic Earnings Per
 Common Share         $    0.22  $    0.09  $    0.26  $    0.25  $    0.28
Diluted Earnings Per
 Common Share         $    0.22  $    0.09  $    0.25  $    0.25  $    0.28

EBITDA                $  21,772  $  20,014  $  23,382  $  23,242  $  26,413
Adjusted EBITDA       $  21,772  $  20,014  $  25,427  $  23,242  $  26,581
Adjusted EBITDA
 Excluding Gains      $  18,881  $  19,550  $  22,867  $  18,766  $  15,780



                               ERA GROUP INC.
                   CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                         (in thousands, unaudited)

                  Mar. 31,    Dec. 31,    Sep. 30,    Jun. 30,    Mar. 31,
                    2014        2013        2013        2013        2013
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
      ASSETS
Current Assets:
  Cash and cash
   equivalents   $   22,290  $   31,335  $   22,517  $   27,345  $   25,032
  Receivables:
   Trade, net of
    allowance for
    doubtful
    accounts         47,780      38,137      48,435      40,645      41,044
   Other              4,824       4,374       2,961      14,607      16,133
  Inventories,
   net               26,780      26,853      26,692      26,223      26,696
  Prepaid
   expenses and
   other              3,292       2,167       1,278       2,854       2,715
  Deferred income
   taxes              2,138       2,347       3,642       3,642       3,642
  Escrow deposits     3,048          --       9,900      16,010          --
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Total current
    assets          110,152     105.213     115,425     131,326     115,262
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Property and
 Equipment        1,084,199   1,066,958   1,014,907   1,012,661   1,021,453
   Accumulated
    depreciation   (273,754)   (263,306)   (255,299)   (251,613)   (246,498)
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Net property
    and equipment   810,445     803.652     759,608     761,048     774,955
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Investments, at
 Equity, and
 Advances to 50%
 or Less Owned
 Companies           35,433      34,986      36,113      35,529      34,705
Goodwill                352         352         352         352         352
Other Assets         16,074      14,380      16,071      17,300      17,830
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Total Assets     $  972,456  $  958,583  $  927,569  $  945,555  $  943,104
                 ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

 LIABILITIES AND
   STOCKHOLDERS'
      EQUITY
Current
 Liabilities:
  Accounts
   payable and
   accrued
   expenses      $   13,639  $   13,293  $   16,796  $   15,796  $   13,396
  Accrued wages
   and benefits       9,583       8,792       8,937       6,976       7,662
  Accrued
   interest           4,624         772       4,625         770       5,213
  Accrued income
   taxes                781         613          --          --          --
  Derivatives           529         621          --          --          --
  Current portion
   of long-term
   debt               2,787       2,787       2,787       2,787       2,787
  Other current
   liabilities        4,171       3,267       6,894       5,253       4,309
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Total current
    liabilities      36,114      30.145      40,039      31,582      33,367
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Deferred Income
 Taxes              211,479     209,574     208,483     204,487     203,343
Long-Term Debt      278,755     279,391     240,029     275,667     276,307
Deferred Gains
 and Other
 Liabilities          3,476       3,412       5,343       5,947       8,164
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Total
    liabilities     529,824     522,522     493,894     517,683     521,181
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Equity:
  Era Group Inc.
   Stockholders'
   Equity:
   Common stock         203         202         202         202         201
   Additional
    paid-in
    capital         423,728     421,310     420,650     420,056     419,036
   Retained
    earnings         19,125      14,680      12,928       7,724       2,669
   Treasury
    shares, at
    cost               (334)       (113)        (94)        (63)         --
   Accumulated
    other
    comprehensive
    income
    (loss), net
    of tax              175         176         108         (44)        (85)
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                    442,897     436,255     433,794     427,875     421,821
  Noncontrolling
   interest in
   subsidiary          (265)       (194)       (119)         (3)        102
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Total equity     442,632     436,061     433,675     427,872     421,923
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Total Liabilities
 and
 Stockholders'
 Equity          $  972,456  $  958,583  $  927,569  $  945,555  $  943,104
                 ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Our management uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to assess the performance and operating results of our business. EBITDA is defined as Earnings before Interest (includes interest income and interest expense), Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA further adjusted for SEACOR Management Fees and certain other items that occur during the reported period. We include EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to provide investors with a supplemental measure of our operating performance. Neither EBITDA nor Adjusted EBITDA is a recognized term under generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. ("GAAP"). Accordingly, they should not be used as an indicator of, or an alternative to, net income as a measure of operating performance. In addition, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not intended to be measures of free cash flow available for management's discretionary use, as they do not consider certain cash requirements, such as debt service requirements. Because the definitions of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (or similar measures) may vary among companies and industries, they may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other companies.

The following table provides a reconciliation of Net Income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.


                                             Three Months Ended
                      -----------------------------------------------------
                       Mar. 31,   Dec. 31,   Sep. 30,   Jun. 30,   Mar. 31,
                         2014       2013       2013       2013       2013
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                               (in thousands)
Net Income            $   4,374  $   1,677  $   5,088  $   4,950  $   6,589
  Depreciation           11,287     11,129     11,340     11,431     11,661
  Interest Income          (145)      (139)      (155)      (150)      (147)
  Interest Expense        3,753      4,311      4,394      4,613      4,732
  Income Tax Expense      2,503      3,036      2,715      2,398      3,578
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
EBITDA                $  21,772  $  20,014  $  23,382  $  23,242  $  26,413
  SEACOR Management
   Fees                      --         --         --         --        168
  Special Items (1)          --         --      2,045         --         --
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Adjusted EBITDA       $  21,772  $  20,014  $  25,427  $  23,242  $  26,581
  Gains on Asset
   Dispositions, Net
   ("Gains")             (2,891)      (464)    (2,560)    (4,476)   (10,801)
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Adjusted EBITDA
 Excluding Gains      $  18,881  $  19,550  $  22,867  $  18,766  $  15,780
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

(1) Special items include the following:

  • A one-time charge of $2.0 million related to operating leases on certain helicopters configured for air medical services for the three months ended September 30, 2013.


                               ERA GROUP INC.
                               FLEET COUNTS(1)
                                 (unaudited)

                                Mar. 31, Dec. 31, Sep. 30, Jun. 30, Mar. 31,
                                2014 (2)   2013     2013     2013     2013
------------------------------- -------- -------- -------- -------- --------
Heavy:
  EC225                                9        9        9        9        9
                                ======== ======== ======== ======== ========

Medium:
  AW139                               37       35       36       35       35
  B212                                10       11       11       11       11
  B412                                 6        6        6        6        6
  S76 A/A++                            2        3        3        6        6
  S76 C+/C++                           6        6        6        7        9
                                -------- -------- -------- -------- --------
                                      61       61       62       65       67
                                ======== ======== ======== ======== ========

Light--twin engine:
  A109                                 9        9        9        9        9
  BK-117                               3        3        6        6        6
  EC135                               20       20       20       20       20
  EC145                                4        4        4        3        3
                                -------- -------- -------- -------- --------
                                      36       36       39       38       38
                                ======== ======== ======== ======== ========

Light--single engine:
  A119                                24       24       24       24       24
  AS350                               35       35       35       35       35
                                -------- -------- -------- -------- --------
                                      59       59       59       59       59
                                ======== ======== ======== ======== ========
Total Helicopters                    165      165      169      171      173
                                ======== ======== ======== ======== ========

____________________
(1) Includes all owned, joint ventured, leased-in and managed helicopters.
(2) Excludes on AW139 helicopter that was fully paid for and delivered in March 2014 but not yet operational as of March 31, 2014.

Contact:
Christopher Bradshaw
(281) 606-4871

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We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) irreversibly encoded. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, will look at how this identity problem can be solved and discuss ways to use existing web identities for real-time communication.
Can call centers hang up the phones for good? Intuitive Solutions did. WebRTC enabled this contact center provider to eliminate antiquated telephony and desktop phone infrastructure with a pure web-based solution, allowing them to expand beyond brick-and-mortar confines to a home-based agent model. It also ensured scalability and better service for customers, including MUY! Companies, one of the country's largest franchise restaurant companies with 232 Pizza Hut locations. This is one example of WebRTC adoption today, but the potential is limitless when powered by IoT. Attendees will learn real-world benefits of WebRTC and explore future possibilities, as WebRTC and IoT intersect to improve customer service.
From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, will share some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder of TeleStax, an Open Source Cloud Communications company that helps the shift from legacy IN/SS7 telco networks to IP-based cloud comms. An early investor in multiple start-ups, he still finds time to code for his companies and contribute to open source projects.
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to create new business models as significant as those that were inspired by the Internet and the smartphone 20 and 10 years ago. What business, social and practical implications will this phenomenon bring? That's the subject of "Monetizing the Internet of Things: Perspectives from the Front Lines," an e-book released today and available free of charge from Aria Systems, the leading innovator in recurring revenue management.
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges.
There’s Big Data, then there’s really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at 6th Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, to discuss how IoT, Big Data and deployments are processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and other machines.
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices – computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors – connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Erik Lagerway, Co-founder of Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services to the modern P2P RTC era of OTT cloud assisted services.
While great strides have been made relative to the video aspects of remote collaboration, audio technology has basically stagnated. Typically all audio is mixed to a single monaural stream and emanates from a single point, such as a speakerphone or a speaker associated with a video monitor. This leads to confusion and lack of understanding among participants especially regarding who is actually speaking. Spatial teleconferencing introduces the concept of acoustic spatial separation between conference participants in three dimensional space. This has been shown to significantly improve comprehension and conference efficiency.
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, will discuss single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example to explain some of these concepts including when to use different storage models.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized™ Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore’s performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few a...
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace. These technological reforms have not only changed computers and smartphones, but are also changing the data processing model for all information devices. In particular, in the area known as M2M (Machine-To-Machine), there are great expectations that information with a new type of value can be produced using a variety of devices and sensors saving/sharing data via the network and through large-scale cloud-type data processing. This consortium believes that attaching a huge number of devic...
Innodisk is a service-driven provider of industrial embedded flash and DRAM storage products and technologies, with a focus on the enterprise, industrial, aerospace, and defense industries. Innodisk is dedicated to serving their customers and business partners. Quality is vitally important when it comes to industrial embedded flash and DRAM storage products. That’s why Innodisk manufactures all of their products in their own purpose-built memory production facility. In fact, they designed and built their production center to maximize manufacturing efficiency and guarantee the highest quality of our products.
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. Over the summer Gartner released its much anticipated annual Hype Cycle report and the big news is that Internet of Things has now replaced Big Data as the most hyped technology. Indeed, we're hearing more and more about this fascinating new technological paradigm. Every other IT news item seems to be about IoT and its implications on the future of digital business.
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With the iCloud scandal seemingly in its past, Apple announced new iPhones, updates to iPad and MacBook as well as news on OSX Yosemite. Although consumers will have to wait to get their hands on some of that new stuff, what they can get is the latest release of iOS 8 that Apple made available for most in-market iPhones and iPads. Originally announced at WWDC (Apple’s annual developers conference) in June, iOS 8 seems to spearhead Apple’s newfound focus upon greater integration of their products into everyday tasks, cross-platform mobility and self-monitoring. Before you update your device, here is a look at some of the new features and things you may want to consider from a mobile security perspective.