By S.L. Fuller | September 19, 2017
Sikorsky’s forward stocking location in Stavanger, Norway, has completed its first year in operation, the manufacturer said. The facility supports the largest S-92 operating region in the world, providing access to materials and parts, Sikorsky said.
"The forward stocking location in Stavanger is an important development in parts support to further increase our aircraft availability," said Bristow Norway Area Manager Heidi Wulff Heimark. "We have already benefited considerably in reducing down time. Having parts so close to where we operate improves our ability to react more effectively to unexpected and disruptive repairs that require parts, improving both our safety and operations."
Co-located with a Flight Safety International full-motion S-92 simulator and an authorized customer support center, the forward stocking location was recently expanded to more than 5,000 square feet. It is one of four forward stocking locations — others are located in Brisbane, Australia; Aberdeen, Scotland; and Rio de Janeiro.
Sikorsky said the Stavanger facility has averaged a response time of less than one hour for requests for parts. More than 1,3000 various part numbers for S-92s are stocked in Norway, the company continued.
"The Sikorsky stocking locations in Aberdeen and Stavanger have been great assets in helping us reduce aircraft on ground downtime through placing critical parts within and close to our large operating regions," said Dave Balevic, senior vice president of engineering and operations at CHC Helicopter. "Because we no longer have to wait for parts to cross the Atlantic, we now potentially reduce AOG event downtime by as much 50 to 60%, just by having the right part in the right place."