UK SAR loss allows CHC to fulfill Irish Coast Guard contract

UK SAR loss allows CHC to fulfill Irish Coast Guard contract

4-Feb-2012 Source: HeliHub.com

The first Sikorsky S92 for the Irish Coast Guard has arrived in Ireland, arriving Sunday evening at Shannon Airport under darkness and a ceremony was held Monday to mark its arrival.  The aircraft had been shipped into the British port of Southampton, then flown from there to CHC’s base at Lee-on-Solent for fuel prior to its positioning flight to Shannon.  It is registered EI-ICG and is serial number 920150, previously registered N150AL as seen in the photos here.

The Irish contract calls for five S92s, and CHC’s plans called for just the one new aircraft and then added the four currently flown by the company on their British contract. Now we know that CHC have lost the two Scottish bases from the  “GAP SAR” contract in the UK (see HeliHub.com story), the four S92s in the UK are now freed up to join the first one in Ireland.  CHC are committed to getting five S92s in place in Ireland – and we understand they have to achieve that by the end of 2013, which will dovetail in neatly with the UK situation.

It does make you wonder what CHC would have done in Ireland if they had retained the Scottish bases in “GAP SAR”, though…

Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

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