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Heli-Lynx has delivered its latest completion, a heavily customized VIP Airbus H125 to a private customer, as the company establishes a new direction under new ownership.
The completion and maintenance, repair, and overhaul specialist, based in Stoney Creek, Ontario, was purchased by Rob Tyler and Bill Kurtin on Jan. 1, 2019. The daily operations of Heli-Lynx will continue to be led by Bentley Thistlewaite and Matt Trahearn, with the company planning to expand its business around the VIP sector, offering customized completions, maintenance, and support for private and commercial operators. It is also rebooting the “FX” program, which changes the AS350/H125’s electrical systems and engine for reduced maintenance and operating costs.
While the recent delivery, to Ted Groesbeck, a businessman based in Texas, was the completion of an order placed before the change in ownership, Tyler said it was an example of the course the company would like to set.
“That’s the direction of the custom VIP ships that we want to see, we want to produce, maintain and support; we want to promote helicopters for the private owners, and we want to expand Heli-Lynx’s offering,” Tyler told Vertical.
The customization of the H125 was a four-month project. Starting from the exterior, Heli-Lynx created a paint scheme with two tones of grey, meeting in a dynamic arc with clean stripes along the length of the aircraft.
“I showed Ted pictures of things I thought would suit his personality,” said Tyler. “Some were a bit too bold; some were a bit too plain, and just from his feedback I got a happy medium for an elegant ship that wasn’t too bright or bold. We then worked with the colors to get the proper blend so that we could match the exterior look with the interior look.”
Inside, the avionics were boosted with a Garmin GTN750, G500 and GTN650, a Genesys Aerosystems autopilot, a terrain awareness warning system, a radar altimeter, traffic collision avoidance system, and satellite weather and music.
The interior is fitted with luxury materials, including carbon fiber trim, leather lined doors, and tinted windows. The customized seats were made with perforated leather to keep the occupants cool when flying in hot conditions, which will be made easier with its enhanced air conditioning system. Heli-Lynx also installed sound insulation to keep noise in the cabin to a minimum.
Finally, the aircraft is outfitted with emergency floats for safety when flying over water.
“I’m totally thrilled with the helicopter,” Groesbeck told Vertical. “Bill and Rob are helicopter guys. They know this business and they know what people expect, and they work with a lot of high net worth people who are spending a lot of money. And I could just tell from speaking with them they were fully committed to making sure the project went right.”