Lisbon, Portugal-based Omni Helicopters International this week announced a new search-and-rescue (SAR) capability in support of energy-sector clients.
Omni SAR operations have already commenced for a major international oil company in Guyana, where two Leonardo AW139s are providing SAR and air ambulance cover for a high-tempo offshore crew change operation. Prior to commencement of operations, Omni crews undertook a comprehensive program of dedicated SAR systems and mission training, surpassing International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) standards. The SAR unit is also jungle SAR capable.
From June 2023, the Guyana service will be assumed by a newly refurbished Sikorsky S-92A SAR helicopter. In line with a firm commitment to Guyanese content, Omni also plans to transition the rear crew team for this helicopter to Guyanese nationals by the end of 2023.
“We’re delighted and proud of our new search-and-rescue service knowing one day soon it will be a national capability that protects the welfare of the offshore workforce and Guyanese citizens working in that sector” said Jeremy Akel, OHI Group CEO. “We put together a great team to deliver our capability and going forward we’re excited to be able to offer this vital service wherever our energy- or government-sector customers need us to create a national capability,” continued Akel. “In line with our passion for technology, we also invested in the latest connectivity systems for the S-92 SAR aircraft, and we will continue to embrace new innovations at OHI Guyana,” he concluded.
Omni’s Sikorsky S-92A helicopter features a dual hoist, Nightsun® forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras, a triple litter stretcher kit, extended-range fuel tank, and Iridium Certus and cellular/Wi-Fi connectivity, capable of delivering dozens of mission-critical capabilities including automated flight following, medical data transfer, and real-time helicopter health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) alerting for increased safety and operator efficiencies.
About Omni Helicopters International
OHI is a transformative air mobility company focused on providing mission critical services to its customers. OHI’s mission is to pioneer and deliver air mobility solutions for a sustainable world, preferred by customers and crafted by passionate employees.
The company’s subsidiaries include Omni Taxi Aereo Brazil, the country’s largest private helicopter service provider with a fleet of over 70 helicopters, 8 active fleet programs, plus a network of over 10 bases; Omni Helicopters Guyana Inc., recently commenced a long-term contract to support a major IOC with SAR and crew change services.
OHI’s business model is based on three pillars: (i) pursuing local excellence via the transfer of proprietary intellectual capital in safety, reliability and cost-efficiency; (ii) providing sustainable access to investment in the sector; and (iii) continuous innovation with flexible and customized service to its customers that enhances efficiency in the oil and gas supply chain.
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