Bristow takes delivery of two additional S-92s
September 1, 2016
Bristow has taken delivery of two additional S-92 helicopters at its Norway facility, according to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 25 August 2016. As the article states: “The aircraft arrived courtesy of an Antonov 124, one of the largest aircraft in the world.” The two helicopters have been technologically tailored to meet Norway’s private aviation standards as well as its unique profile of search and rescue (SAR) operations.
This development marks the achievement of a major milestone for Bristow’s operations in Norway. It also signifies a successful completion of the intense pre-delivery activities that characterised the upgrade and customisation of the two choppers at Bristow’s US facilities. “To prepare for the movement of the aircraft, Bristow’s maintenance crew in Galliano, Louisiana, USA completed all continuous airworthiness maintenance tasks on one of the S-92s and also ensured that the aircraft was updated with ADS-B and Sky connect systems,” according to the EBAN article.
Bristow’s top management credits the successful completion of the technological upgrades and safe delivery of the two S-92s to the team spirit and relentless collaboration of the company’s global workforce. The article quotes Bristow’s regional director, Samantha Willenbacher, as acknowledging: “A significant amount of work went into preparing these aircraft for operations in Norway. Even amid Louisiana flooding, the team worked tirelessly to ensure the helicopters were ready to be loaded so the Antonov could depart on time. James Kennedy and his team did an incredible job to support our global operations.”
This event is occurring during the first anniversary of Bristow’s SAR operations at the Lydd base in the United Kingdom. It has been one year since the UK Government awarded Bristow UK the contract to deliver SAR operations on the behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Bristow UK performed 180 SAR operations in its first year of existence, EBAN states.