Heli-One, the maintenance subsidiary of operator CHC, has won a contract to modify two second-hand Eurocopter AS332L1 Super Pumas for all-weather search-and-rescue operations in the Arctic region. Norway-based Lufttransport AS will operate them from Svalbard, midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, starting next spring. There, at 78 degrees north, one of the main challenges is around-the-clock darkness in winter, the two companies emphasized.
The Heli-One contract comprises approximately 25 upgrades and modifications. They include EuroNav moving maps, forward-looking infrared camera systems with operator’s console, automatic identification system transponders, Goodrich dual hoists and a searchlight. Heli-One is headquartered in Canada and also has a facility in Stavanger, Norway.