This month, March 2017, saw several factory new, and some older aircraft being shipped to Australia to provide transport for some very large projects. One being the Ichthys LNG project on behalf of INPEX, Japan. Several others where added in the weeks thereafter. The HNZ-PHI helicopters operate from Broome heliport to offshore installations some two hours out.
Sikorsky 92 helicopters fly into the void left by the Eurocopter Super Puma.
Due to the recent crash in Norway on 29 April 2016, and the subsequent grounding of the Eurocopter EC225 and Aerospatiale AS332L2 (Super Puma) helicopter, several Sikorsky 92 helicopters have been directed from all over the world to the North Sea Area.
Several MD Explorers operating in the Law Enforcement role have become available on the pre-owned market due to fleet renewal.
The Baden Würtemberg Polizei has sold 5 MD Explorers to the Hungarian National Police including spares, equipment, training and 1 year warrenty for a total sum of 13.6 million euro’s.
They include #00052, #00093, #00096, #00097, #00098. They have accumulated a TTAF ranging from 4400 to 7500 hours. The Hungarian Rendörség fleet will receive tailnumbers in the R-900 range.
Four former United Kingdom Police MD Explorers have been put up for sale.
#00078 with a TTAF: 18.861 hours.
#00122 with a TTAF: 8563 hours.
#00057 with a TTAF: 10.805 hours.
#00104 with a TTAF: 10.555 hours.
Recently a reservation was made for a probably new MD Explorer in Brasil. Tail-number PR-NQN
Last month information was received that during April 1999 an MD Explorer has been operating in Greece with tail-number SX-HPD. Any information about the correct tie-up with an airframe-number is most welcome.