While one of TAS’s Sikorskys came from Milestone’s existing fleet, the other six were newly delivered from Milestone’s order book. All of these helicopers, which will be operational by the end of March 2017, will be used for TAS crew transport and oil field support services for an international oil company in the Gulf of Thailand.
The S-76D helicopter is an all-new aircraft similar in external size and shape to the family of S-76 aircraft that has accumulated almost 7 million flight hours since 1979. The selection by Thai Aviation Services marks the S-76D helicopter's debut in Southeast Asia.
Noted for its high power and low noise, the S-76D model can achieve cruise speeds at much lower power settings than its S-76 family predecessors. Noticeable improvements in handling qualities in all weather conditions are a function of the new tail rotor design combined with the aerodynamic airframe and highly responsive four-axis autopilot system. S-76D aircraft are certified for 12 passengers in airline layout, or five to eight in executive configuration.
The larger S-92 helicopter has proved to be a favorite for offshore operators since 2004. The offshore community has accumulated the vast majority of the more than 950,000 flight hours on the global fleet of 275 aircraft. The S-92 cabin can seat up to 19 passengers in airline configuration.
About Thai Aviation Services Ltd.:Founded in 1987, Thai Aviation Services Co., Ltd. is the premier helicopter operator in Southeast Asia. With the Head office located in Bangkok and two operational bases serving the Gulf of Thailand, one in Utapao international Airport and one at Nakhon Sri Thamarrat in southern Thailand. TAS presently operates a fleet of 2 Sikorsky S-92 and 7 S-76C aircraft in offshore support roles for a variety of Customers in the Gulf of Thailand. TAS has a reputation for extremely high operational flight safety standards and operates the only Ab-Initio pilot training program of any of the Thai operators. TAS has produced over 80 Thai helicopter pilots through this program for the Thai helicopter industry over the last 10 years.