London-based Avincis Group, parent company of Bond Aviation Group, Inaer, Australian Helicopters and Norsk Helikopterservice (NHS), has received its first Sikorsky S-92 as part of a 16-helicopter order placed in December 2011. The first S-92 will enter service with Norsk, initially carrying out missions in support of Bond operators in the UK’s North Sea before returning to Norway in late 2013 for NHS operations.
Avincis is working with Milestone Aviation Group to finance the first four S-92s involved in the agreement. All 16 helicopters will come equipped with a main rotor blade ice protection system, floatation devices and a satellite-based flight following communications, among other equipment designed for offshore and other roles. The purchase is the largest single S-92 order to date.
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Sikorsky Global Helicopters S-92 assembly line in Coatesville. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky