Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, held a recognition ceremony on Friday 4th December to commemorate the last Depth maintenance event to be completed on a UK Armed Forces Lynx helicopter at the company’s Fleetlands site in Gosport.
The event, which recognised the site’s 37-year support of the UK Armed Forces’ Lynx fleet, was attended by many of the people who have worked on the platform over the years, along with senior representatives from Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) and Navy Command.
Throughout its life, the Lynx – which has held the official helicopter world speed record since 1986 – has undergone many modifications and upgrades, which the Fleetlands team have carried out on the UK Armed Forces’ fleet in conjunction with scheduled maintenance routines. Since 2005, over 600 Depth maintenance events have taken place, reinforcing Vector Aerospace’s reputation as a world leader in maintaining the Lynx helicopter family.
With the introduction of the Wildcat helicopter, the Lynx is now reaching the end of its operational life with the UK Armed Forces, and maintenance of this type will no longer be required by the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
Michael Tyrrell, Managing Director of Vector Aerospace UK, commented: “It is both a sad and a proud day to see the last of these aircraft leave the site. Although the UK Lynx fleet will keep flying until 2018, no additional Depth level maintenance events are anticipated. However, we shall continue to provide world-class support for international operators of the Lynx platform, as we have done in recent years for both the French Navy and the Portuguese Navy.”
Tyrrell continued: “The team here at Fleetlands has taken tremendous pride in supporting the UK’s Lynx fleet, which has seen service with the Army Air Corps and Royal Navy in many theatres of operation, including the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan, and which is still on active service around the world. Aircraft availability from Vector’s Depth maintenance line has remained high throughout these operations, and we hope to be able to continue this long heritage of providing superior customer service for other MOD helicopter fleets in the future.”
About Vector Aerospace
Vector Aerospace is a global provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Through facilities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, South Africa, Kenya and Singapore, Vector Aerospace provides services to commercial and military customers for gas turbine engines, components and helicopter airframes. Vector’s customer-focused team includes over 2,300 motivated employees.
Vector Aerospace holds approvals from some of the world’s leading turbine engine, airframe and avionics OEMs. Powerplants supported include a wide range of turboshafts, turboprops and turbofans from General Electric, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rolls-Royce and Turbomeca. Vector Aerospace also provides support for a wide range of airframes from Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Boeing and Sikorsky, its capabilities including major inspections and dynamic component overhaul, and offers full-service avionics capability, including aircraft rewiring, mission equipment installation and glass cockpit upgrades.
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