28-Mar-2014 Source: Vector
Vector Financial Services – the Leasing Division of Vector Aerospace Corporation, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services – is pleased to announce the induction of its first Airbus Helicopters AS332L Super Puma into Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-UK based at its Fleetlands site in Gosport, Hampshire.
Vector Financial Services already operates a fleet of twelve Super Puma aircraft, deployed throughout the world, fulfilling a range of functions across Utility, Peace Keeping and Off-Shore operational environments. However the arrival of an AS332L at Fleetlands marks the inaugural step of the programme’s footprint within the UK; the development epitomises the company’s growing civil sector capability, which has recently secured a number of fixed-wing contracts and EASA Part 21G accreditation.
“Our longstanding commitment as a valued supplier of MRO services to key military stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Defence (MOD), continues to be of importance to us”, said Michael Tyrrell, Vector Aerospace UK Managing Director. “We are now looking to leverage this capability to develop civil market applications in order to expand our civil footprint and capitalise on the flexibility of the workforce across our UK sites”.
The AS332L Super Puma was one of a number of aircraft purchased from a renowned helicopter operator in 2012 and has been on lease until last month. Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services UK will perform a range of work on the aircraft; principally a synchronisation process will be completed to return the aircraft to the OEM maintenance programme. Vector will also undertake the base maintenance and the upgrade packages required in preparation for its next leasing operation.
Editor note – the aircraft involved is G-TIGV, serial 2099 which Vector have bought from Bristow Group