Aviation business clinches two international contracts

Gemma Walker

Helispeed, the global aviation business based on Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone, has secured two new international contracts with clients in Morocco and Abu Dhabi.

The firm 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 more than 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.

Gemma Walker, Helispeed operations director, 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.”

She added: “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.”

HeliSpeed has also signed a two-year agreement with Abu Dhabi Aviation 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 chief executive Geoff Packer said: “We are proud to become a close partner of an organisation as professional as Abu Dhabi Aviation, and to support their operational growth plans with tangible flex staffing solutions.”

A company spokesperson said: “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 more than 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.