15-Feb-2013 Source: HeliHub.com
South African operator Starlite Aviation are leasing in two Bell 412s from Falcon Aviation Services in the UAE, with delivery expected imminently. The pair have been leased in for an initial twelve months to support an offshore oil exploration contract off the coast of Namibia, starting in March 2013. They will initially be based at Walvis Bay as the vessel they support will be located northwest of there. A few months later it will move to a position closer to Luderitz, and Starlite will move the 412s there at that time.
The two aircraft concerned are MSN 36460 currently with Falcon as A6-FLE but will be re-registered to ZS-RDV with Starlite and MSN 36461 which will go from A6-FLF to ZS-RDU. They will retain their Falcon colour scheme throughout the lease period.
This is not the first time Starlite have operated out of Walvis Bay in Namibia. In June 2010 they flew a Sikorsky S92 for Texas-based geophysical company CGG Veritas supporting the ship Geowave Master up to 200nm from the coast. This included the first ever offshore landing on this ship. In 2012 they operated a Bell 212 for Geo-Physical Services in support of exploration 100-120 miles off the coast.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com