Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  June 22, 2017

Era Group Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

818 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 200 Houston, Texas
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code
(713) 369-4700

Not Applicable
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
On June 16, 2017, Mr. Andrew Puhala departed Era Group Inc. (the “Company”) as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Puhala and the Company have entered into a Separation and Consulting Agreement dated June 22, 2017 (the “Separation Agreement”) to specify the terms of his departure from the Company.  Pursuant to the Separation Agreement, Mr. Puhala’s employment with the Company ceased effective as of June 16, 2017 (the “Separation Date”).
The Separation Agreement provides Mr. Puhala with the following principal severance benefits, contingent upon Mr. Puhala’s execution and delivery of a customary release of claims: (i) a lump sum cash payment of $42,835 in respect of previously awarded but deferred incentive cash bonuses and any interest accrued thereon; (ii) a lump sum cash payment following termination of the Consulting Period (as defined below) of $65,000 in respect of a pro-rated portion of Mr. Puhala’s fiscal year 2017 annual bonus; (iii) a cash payment in respect of accrued but unused vacation time through the Separation Date; (iv) 40,826 shares of unvested Company restricted common stock held by Mr. Puhala will vest and become non-forfeitable; and (v) Mr. Puhala’s unvested stock options to acquire 10,000 of the Company’s shares will vest and become exercisable through the earlier of (A) the 90th day following the end of the Consulting Period and (B) the expiration of the original term of the applicable stock option.
Under the terms of the Separation Agreement, Mr. Puhala will serve as a consultant to the Company, on an as-needed basis regarding the Company’s business and operations and the transition of his duties, beginning on or about June 22, 2017 to and ending on or about October 22, 2017; provided that the consulting term will expire earlier upon Mr. Puhala’s death or disability or upon a breach by Mr. Puhala (as applicable, the “Consulting Period”). For these services, Mr. Puhala will receive a consulting fee of $22,916.67 per month.
Pursuant to the Separation Agreement, Mr. Puhala is required to comply with certain restrictive covenants regarding nondisclosure of Company information, non-disparagement, non-competition and non-solicitation of Company customers and employees.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Era Group Inc.
Date: June 23, 2017
/s/ Jennifer D. Whalen
Jennifer D. Whalen
Vice President, Acting Chief Financial Officer