G3 Systems supports helicopter search and rescue services in the Falkland Islands

G3 Systems recently completed its first field service visit to British International Helicopters (BIH) at Mount Pleasant Airfield in the Falkland Islands. The purpose of the visit was to provide condition assessment surveys and maintenance of essential ground support equipment (GSE) for two search and rescue (SAR) helicopters based on the islands.

BIH, the largest UK-owned helicopter operator, works on behalf of the UK MOD’s Department of Defense Equipment and Support to provide search and rescue support to UK forces operations in the islands of the South Atlantic. BIH operates two AW189s in the search and rescue role and two S61N support helicopters on the islands.

The SAR service operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and performs all-weather search and rescue, helicopter emergency medical services, rescue lift operations, passenger transfers and cargo and night vision images, in extremely harsh environmental conditions. The Support Helicopter Service provides the military garrison with helicopter transport of personnel and equipment across the islands.

Helicopter maintenance, logistics and operations are handled by BIH, which has engaged G3 Systems to provide on-site maintenance and servicing support in the field for the GSE. G3 Systems conducted a condition assessment of each piece of equipment before undertaking full service as part of the equipment maintenance schedule.

The necessary tools and spare parts were shipped to the Falkland Islands prior to the departure of the field service engineer from G3 Systems. Upon arrival and after completing a mandatory CV-19 quarantine, the G3 System Engineer set about locating, evaluating, and maintaining the equipment in accordance with OEM-approved technical manuals. The GSE includes three New Holland tractors, tow bars, ground power units and test systems, hydraulic cylinders and pumps, pressure washers, diesel generators, air compressors and scrubbers. shed floor.

A maintenance schedule has now been developed and agreed with BIH, and further visits are planned to maintain the operational efficiency and safety of the GSE in the future.