Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2014
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
The Company’s unfunded capital commitments as of December 31, 2014 consisted primarily of agreements to purchase helicopters and totaled $232.3 million, of which $114.9 million is payable in 2015 with the balance payable through 2017. The Company also had $1.9 million of deposits paid on options not yet exercised. The Company may terminate $131.3 million of its total commitments, inclusive of deposits paid on options not yet exercised, without further liability other than liquidated damages of $8.7 million in the aggregate.
In the normal course of its business, the Company becomes involved in various other litigation matters including, among other things, claims by third parties for alleged property damages and personal injuries. Management has used estimates in determining the Company’s potential exposure to these matters and has recorded reserves in its financial statements related thereto where appropriate. It is possible that a change in the Company’s estimates of that exposure could occur, but the Company does not expect such changes in estimated costs would have a material effect on its consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
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 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 from the date of the agreement 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 one to two years, and such credits will be recognized in the Company’s statements of operations as a reduction in operating expenses in the periods utilized. During the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company utilized credits in the amount of $4.4 million.
As of December 31, 2014, the Company leased four helicopters and certain facilities and equipment. These leasing agreements have been classified as operating leases for financial reporting purposes and related rental fees are charged to expense over the lease terms. The leases generally contain purchase and lease renewal options or rights of first refusal with respect to sale or lease of the equipment. The lease terms range in duration from one to ten years. Total rental expense for the Company’s operating leases for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012 was $4.4 million, $6.0 million and $4.0 million, respectively. The Company’s scheduled minimum lease payments under operating leases that have a remaining term in excess of one year as of December 31, 2014 were as follows (in thousands):
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