March 6, 2013, Las Nv. - Vector Aerospace Financial Services Ireland Limited introduces a new solution for the medium to heavy lift market with its fleet of customized AS332L aircraft complemented by a new Leasing and By The Hour support offering for operators targeting the UN, NATO and EU markets.
By Carey Fredericks
Vector Financial Services (VFS) was formed in 2012 by Vector Aerospace, one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services, for the sole purpose of providing cost effective lease and support solutions to utility operators worldwide. As described by Michael Tyrrell, managing director of Vector UK, our lease program gives customers the ability to operate a Super Puma AS332L helicopter – complete with a “by the hour” parts support program – without the large capital investment associated with the outright purchase of either a second hand aircraft or the associated typical aircraft financial lease type obligations”.
In March of 2012 VFS’ purchased a fleet of Super Puma AS332Ls and tasked Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services Limited (HSNA) to develop a unique configuration package specifically designed to meet the performance and reliability specifications of the utility operator. This modification program includes the removal of dedicated offshore equipment and the upgrade/retrofit of modern technology to provide a much needed solution to the medium lift helicopter market.
This new lighter weight, modernized aircraft combines the traditional reliability of the Super Puma AS332L with the operational enhancements that come from new features such as CV/FDR (Cockpit Voice/Flight Data Recorder) and NVG (Night Vision Goggles). Both features are new FAA Supplemental Type Certificates developed by HSNA who has already delivered four of the refurbished aircraft to VFS in an incredibly fast 8 months time.