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National Helicopter Services Ltd. (NHSL), a leading Sikorsky S-76 helicopter operator, is expanding operations with its first two S-76D aircraft in Guyana, a continuation of the significant growth of Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin in Latin America. NHSL has operated Sikorsky helicopters for nearly 40 years, providing offshore transport services to the oil-and-gas sector and other commercial entities, as well as government services for emergency and natural disaster response. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company.
“Sikorsky’s venerable S-76 has long history in this important offshore region,” said Adam Schierholz, Sikorsky regional executive for Latin America. “The S-76D provides a more affordable, reliable, efficient service compared to other alternative medium-class aircraft, and we are thrilled to see the S-76D start operations in another new country.”
“The demanding pace and environments in which we operate speak to the S-76’s value, reliability and performance,” said Capt Homer Solomon, the Trinidad-Tobago-based NHSL director of operations. “We are proud to be the launch operator of the S-76D in Guyana, and we value the aircraft’s noticeably lesser fuel burn, quieter cabin, lower vibration levels and cost-effectiveness for our operations.”
The six S-76s currently in the NHSL fleet include three Sikorsky S-76C++ and three S-76D aircraft. NHSL completed the first-ever commercial revenue flight with the S-76D in February 2014, and since then, NHSL’s S-76Ds have flown more than 10,000 hours, with over 97 percent availability rates.