Hong Kong operator Heliservices will soon take delivery of their second MD Explorer. The aircraft has been bought from Swiss operator Fuchs Helicopter, leaving them without a twin-engined helicopter – at least in the short term. Heliservices is moving to a twin-engined fleet as their Lamas are gradually retired and the local CAA stopped them operating from the rooftop helipad on the Peninsula Hotel with single-engined helicopters.
The helicopter has been prepared for Heliservices by Specialist Aviation Services at Gloucestershire Airport in the UK. The Explorer flew in there as HB-ZKE from Switzerland on 28th March and first appeared on the SAS ramp in its new livery on 21st April as B-HUM. The aircraft was first delivered from MD Helicopters to Fuchs in 2009.
HeliHub.com understands that there is at least one more Explorer to join the Heliservices fleet.
Heliservices was formed in 1978 as the first rotary-wing service provision company in Hong Kong. The company provides a multitude of aviation services including flightseeing tours, aerial filming and photography, banner towing, VIP charter services, aerial surveying, lifting and construction work and power line and inspection services. Heliservices also provides aircraft management and maintenance services with its own fully-certified Hong Kong HKAR Part 145.
Photos here is of the operator’s first Explorer, and is copyright of Keith C Wilson and used with permission. Please contact our news desk at [email protected] initially if you wish to reproduce these on any other website.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com
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