Friday, January 1, 2010
Rotorcraft Report: FAS Gets 412EPs/Buys S-76Ds
Two Bell 412EPs have joined the fleet of Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS). The manufacturer’s November handover signifies the 9th and 10th deliveries to FAS, eight of which took place during 2009.
FAS has also inked a deal for PT6T-3DF Twin-Pac engine maintenance support from Pratt & Whitney Canada Customer Service Center Europe (CSC Europe). The term cost plan (TCP) agreement involves 10 Twin-Pac engines and one spare for the FAS fleet of Bell 412EPs.
Separately, Sikorsky has designated Falcon Aviation Services as the global launch customer for the S-76D. The company has ordered two S-76Ds, with an option for another pair. FAS intends to use the helicopters for offshore oil and gas transportation and corporate charter services.
Sikorsky anticipates delivering the S-76Ds in 2011, after corporate/VIP, heli-taxi and offshore equipment packages are installed. Falcon Aviation Services supports offshore oil and gas operators and also provides aircraft charter, management and maintenance from Abu Dhabi, using a fleet of 21 helicopters and five business jets.