Specialist Aviation Services, September 21, 2009 - UK based operator and support organisation Specialist Aviation Services has announced the award of its new multi-year lighthouse maintenance contract with Trinity House.
Subsidiary Police Aviation Services will put a new specially equipped MD Explorer into service at the end of next year to transport technicians & equipment in support of the remote lighthouses around the English and Welsh coasts.
“We are looking to use the Explorer to exploit greater efficiencies within our lighthouse maintenance operations” says Commodore Jim Scorer, Trinity House Director of Operations.
The MD Explorer, which will replace the Bo 105’s used for over 30 years, was chosen for its load-lifting capability and the added safety of its unique NOTAR® anti-torque system which dispenses with the need for the usual tail rotor.
“This is great news for the Group as it opens up a whole range of new opportunities in the offshore industry”, explains Nigel Lemon, Sales Director for Specialist Aviation Services. “We are very much looking forward to working with Trinity House and adding this to our portfolio of Air Ambulance and Police contracts.”
About Specialist Aviation Services
The Specialist Aviation Services Group comprises Police Aviation Services Ltd and Medical Aviation Services Ltd. The Gloucestershire, UK based group specialises in the support of public service and other specialist operations - providing aircraft, pilotage, maintenance, modifications and training around the world. Amongst a fleet of over 30 different aircraft types, it operates and maintains 20 Explorers in the UK including 9 air ambulances and 7 police helicopters.
About Trinity House
Trinity House is the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England and Wales with responsibility for nearly 600 Aids to Navigation, from traditional aids such as lighthouses, buoys and beacons to the latest satellite navigation technology. In addition it inspects over 10,000 local Aids to Navigation provided by port and harbour authorities, and those positioned on offshore structures.
Incorporated by Royal Charter in 1514, the Corporation is also a major maritime charity, wholly funded by its endowments. The Corporation spends around £3m each year on its charitable activities including welfare of mariners, education and training, the promotion of safety at sea, and its role as a Deep Sea Pilotage Authority.