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Old 3rd Apr 2021, 21:24
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RFDS West helo ops

Rumor has it RFDS western section is putting together their own helo ops in Jandakot and Brooke for IHTís.
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Old 4th Apr 2021, 06:32
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Sounds a bit strange. Why don't they just put a tender out for it with experienced operators like Babcock, Bristow, CHC, Toll, etc??
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Old 4th Apr 2021, 08:52
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Old 4th Apr 2021, 09:34
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Originally Posted by Kulwin Park View Post
Sounds a bit strange. Why don't they just put a tender out for it with experienced operators like Babcock, Bristow, CHC, Toll, etc??
Careflight operates both so why not do it on their own?
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wonder what equipment they're looking at? B412s?
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Old 7th Apr 2021, 10:45
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wonder what equipment they're looking at? B412s?
EC145 - two existing aeromed units sourced - one from Germany
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Old 7th Apr 2021, 11:39
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I wonder if they will retrofit the 5-bladed option the those EC145s? The WA Police will also have the new EC145 with it too.
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Old 7th Apr 2021, 12:22
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Wonder if they'll both be based at YPJT or one there and one at Broome etc.
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Old 7th Apr 2021, 20:24
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Originally Posted by Kulwin Park View Post
I wonder if they will retrofit the 5-bladed option the those EC145s? The WA Police will also have the new EC145 with it too.
Only if the ones they purchase are D2ís
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 02:05
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Originally Posted by Kulwin Park View Post
Sounds a bit strange. Why don't they just put a tender out for it with experienced operators like Babcock, Bristow, CHC, Toll, etc??
Owning their own aircraft, pilots and maintenance is most likely the most cost effective and operationally flexible option. Why pay a contractor to do what is essentially your core business?
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 04:18
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Any one know if it's EC145 or H145? Big difference in costs between an older BK/ EC variant of the 145 and the newer 'H' variants.
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They are EC145s (BK117 C-2s), early models too.
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Thanks RREKN.
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 21:39
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Excellent news. Hopefully the other RFDS sections will follow the lead.
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