Safety is at the heart of our operational thinking, planning and execution.
Since it is an imperative to mission success, we constantly strive to find ways to make our operations as safe as possible.
We are strong believers in Helicopter Association International (HAI)’s “Land and Live” program, designed to encourage pilots facing unsafe flying conditions to reassess the situation and land so they can live to fly another day.
The Importance of careful planning is even greater in those hostile areas where a precautionary landing is not easily achieved.
When we estimate the flying schedule, we take possible delays into consideration to carry out the most demanding missions. Indeed, despite our full commitment to delivering your asset as planned and preserving our reputation, there are always unknown variables as we have seen recently with the COVID-19 pandemic when all borders closed suddenly.
In any case the PIC decisions will prevail over any other considerations.
Flight crew HUET training currency is maintained to allow direct overwater flights when crossing oceans.
Any mandatory survival equipment such as life preservers and life rafts is included in our quotations. Such equipment is not easily returned by air if rented due to regulations on Dangerous Goods, so purchase in country of departure is required in most cases.
As per international regulations on dangerous goods (cf IATA DGR Manual), we do not carry any kind of dangerous goods during ferry flights, apart from those required to carry out the flights, such as life rafts or spare engine oil.
Maintenance items such as aircraft paint or large quantities of aircraft fluids are not carried during ferry flights.
To help achieve our safety goals, ferry flights are monitored using a Garmin inReach satellite communications device which comes in addition to our clients preferred tracking system and the mandatory installed aircraft emergency locator transmitter.
The Garmin inReach takes benefit of the Iridium global satellite network which features a constellation of 66 crosslinked low earth orbit satellites allowing connectivity anywhere in the world.
This portable device is easily installed in your aircraft and allows in-flight 2-way messaging, near real-time location sharing (2 min tracking intervals) and sending interactive SOS-alerts to GEOS global monitoring and response center.
We also carry a Thuraya satellite phone as a backup when operating at remote and challenging environments.