VIH Aerospace Delivering S-92 Helicopters
VIH Group MRO provider, VIHA, in the process to deliver two Sikorsky S-92 offshore helicopters to undisclosed operator in response to the grounding of the Airbus H225
VIH Aerospace, July 18, 2016 - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – VIH Aerospace (VIHA), a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services; and a specialist in designing Supplemental Type Certified solutions for the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter, is in the process of delivering two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters to a leading offshore oil and gas operator in response to the grounding of the Airbus H225 helicopters pending the investigation of a fatal H225 helicopter crash of the coast of Norway on April 29th, 2016.
The aircraft identified for quick maintenance and modifications turn-around by VIHA expert engineers have required greatly-differing work scopes in order to meet the compressed delivery timeline required by the operator.
“The initial S-92 helicopter, which was recently delivered, represented the lesser of the two work scopes; requiring a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP), as well as performance of all scheduled inspections, a thorough inspection of all avionics and electrical systems, completion of and/or ensuring all required Airworthiness Directives were addressed, and a variety of detailed airframe repairs were carried out,” explains Jeff Norie, Director of Maintenance for VIH Aerospace.
Norie elaborates, explaining that the second S92 helicopter has required a more detailed workscope, which also included the SLEP. Additionally, in order to prepare the helicopter for its upcoming deployment, VIH Aerospace’s engineers performed a full conversion from VIP configuration to a Search & Rescue (SAR) and passenger carrier configuration. “This was a very labour intensive and technically specialized project, one that included de-modifying the S-92 and then re-modifying it with mission equipment specific to a SAR role,” explains Norie. Added to this was integration of Supplemental Type Certified equipment such as VIH Aerospace’s Auxiliary Fuel Tank system and SAR console, as well as extensive structural modifications and a complete paint strip and custom paint application.
VIHA offers a comprehensive suite of services including: aircraft refurbishment/completions, structural repair, component overhaul, paint, avionics and electrical installations, modification and upgrades, scheduled inspections, manufacturing, product engineering, Supplemental Type Certificate Development and parts/special operations equipment sales.
Aircraft types supported by VIHA include: Sikorsky S-92/ S-61, Bell Helicopter 205/206/212/407/222/230, Airbus AS350, H130 and Leonardo AW139.
About VIH Aerospace: VIH Aerospace services include airframe & component MMRO, Engineering & Design, Fabrication & Refurbishment, Avionics & Electrical & Non-Destructive Testing; all performed to Original Equipment Manufacturer specification and in accordance to aviation industry regulatory bodies and organizations.
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