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Helispeed secures new pilot staffing and support contracts

Partners with Morocco's Heliconia Aero Solutions and Abu Dhabi Aviation



Helispeed, based at Blackpool Airport, UK, has agreed a 12-month deal with Moroccan based Heliconia Aero Solutions, to support the company with the provision of qualified helicopter pilots.

The agreement will see Helispeed provide Heliconia Aero Solutions with pilots from its HeliTrax database of over 800 highly-trained and vetted pilots, based throughout the world. The pilots will aid Heliconia Aero Solutions in providing its customers, associated organisations and individuals with safe, reliable and effective helicopter solutions.

The Marrakesh headquartered aviation firm utilises its fleet of Eurocopter and Agusta helicopters to deliver services, including offshore transportation, aerial surveying and VIP transport. Their Helispeed provided pilots will operate predominantly in Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal.

The Blackpool-based aviation support specialist works with global commercial operators, government agencies, maintenance organisations and lessors and brokers, providing pilots for both short and long-term operations.

Gemma Walker, Operations Director, Helispeed

Gemma Walker, Operations Director, Helispeed.

Gemma Walker, Operations Director, Helispeed, said: “This agreement will allow Heliconia Aero Solutions to continue its fantastic work in a seamless manner, with the reassurance that our highly-trained and professional pilots will be provided quickly and at short notice, for both their short and long term operations.

“As part of the agreement, Heliconia Aero Solutions will have access to our database of over 800 pilots, who have experience working across many aviation disciplines, including global repositioning, VIP transport, offshore operations, flight testing and pilot training.

“We vet all of our pilots, ensuring they have the right experience in flying and navigating the specific aircraft provided. We also take care of the administrative, HR and logistical tasks associated with placing pilots, making life easier for operators.

Two-year agreement with Abu Dhabi Aviation

In further news, HeliSpeed and Abu Dhabi Aviation have signed a two-year agreement for pilot staffing, during which HeliSpeed will provide qualified and experienced helicopter pilots to support Abu Dhabi Aviation’s growing operations in the Middle East and beyond, on a variety of helicopter types, to include the AW139, the Bell 412 and the H135.

HeliSpeed’s CEO, Geoff Packer, said “We are proud to become a close partner of an organization as professional as Abu Dhabi Aviation, and to support their operational growth plans with tangible flex staffing solutions.”

A spokesperson for Abu Dhabi Aviation’s Management commented: “Abu Dhabi Aviation is pleased to enter into a long term agreement with HeliSpeed in support of its growing needs for qualified pilots. HeliSpeed’s business model has been instrumental in allowing us to adapt our capacity quickly and efficiently, giving us the flexibility we need to satisfy our customers.”

With its proprietary pilot management database, HeliTrax, HeliSpeed is able to respond to operators’ needs globally, on over 83 types of helicopters, supplying contract pilots for missions ranging from ferry flights and flight tests, to longer term commitments in offshore transportation, VIP, SAR/EMS or various utility tasks.

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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 30th May 2019 | Issue #512



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