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Old 21st Jul 2009, 17:22
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Bond Cork

Anyone hear that Bond have won the contract in Cork off CHC in support of offshore gas production,using an EC135.
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Old 21st Jul 2009, 17:37
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No, I haven't.
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Old 21st Jul 2009, 17:55
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Is this something to do with the Blackpool contract that was mentioned ? Do CHC do anything other than SAR in Ireland ?

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Old 21st Jul 2009, 20:17
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Got a brief mention here last week. The rumour is Bond won the contract using a 135. CHC have been operating out of Cork airport, servicing gas rigs off Kinsale for quite a few years now using a 365. As I understand it current contract finishes May 10.
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Old 21st Jul 2009, 20:20
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Dont know about Cork but am pretty sure that the SAR contract is due to be tendered fairly soon
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Old 21st Jul 2009, 20:29
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Yes the contract has been awarded to Bond, they are going to operate EC135's to the Kinsale field. Another loss to CHC, one wonders how many more they can take.
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Old 21st Jul 2009, 20:42
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Interesting point CVR, if true then they do seem to be losing a fair few. Is it due to First Reserve i wonder?
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Old 21st Jul 2009, 21:13
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they do seem to be losing a fair few
Seem to be loosing all of them!

Had a quick look at CHC's website and the last contract award that I can find for the UK was July 2006 for an S92 out of Abz for Apache. SAR interim contract was Dec 2005.

Top marks for the commercial departrment!
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Old 22nd Jul 2009, 03:28
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Does that mean Marathon are agreeing to go back to single pilot ops. There is a significant amount of IFR flying required on that contract, and I do mean IFR down to the vinegar strokes on minima's

So much for safety if that's the case
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Old 22nd Jul 2009, 07:38
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I undrstand it won't be SPIFR.I would be very surprisd if the IAA signed off on that one .
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Old 22nd Jul 2009, 12:59
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Multi-pilot ops in a 135... Err... How does that work ????
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Old 22nd Jul 2009, 13:06
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Should be cosy with 5 in the back !
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Old 22nd Jul 2009, 13:14
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if you can even get 5 in the back with the available payload.
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Old 23rd Jul 2009, 13:07
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so blackpool then??

Ok,

we know cork has gone, whats the news on blackpool then??
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Old 24th Jul 2009, 14:13
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Bond in cork

from what I have seen of the Irish helicopters EC135T2+ boot space or rather lack of it is an issue. I may be wrong but I believe there was even talk about putting a panel in and making it a 5 seater to try to get more boot space. Cant imagine a 135 doing the rigs? Maybe they mean a 145?
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Old 24th Jul 2009, 14:19
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Bond in Cork

No....EC 135T2 it is.
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Old 24th Jul 2009, 16:44
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Sure it is not EC155 cant see EC135 doing the rigs

Then again I could well be wrong
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Old 24th Jul 2009, 16:53
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After all, it's not as if we used to 'do the rigs' in Bo105's is it

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Oh, and Griff, we find it works best with one in the left seat and one in the right seat
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Old 24th Jul 2009, 18:00
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Just means the customer will probably have to fly more with a max of 5 !

Distances aren't great but given that Cork spends alot of time in fog - at least thats what I've been told , plenty of IFR practice and diversion fuel then.

Stick in a couple of liferafts , and all the extra gubbins required by the oil companies for offshore fit and it will be a nice cosy fit
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Old 24th Jul 2009, 22:26
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cork

I well remember when the Bell 212 operated those rigs and some days it did multiple trips to the kinsale oilfield which I understand may only lie 40 miles offshore, but I think an ec135 will be doing multiple flights where a medium size chopper would halve the flight time. So its a chc EC135 then? I wonder if its going to be a new build.
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