A Scottish company that inspects and certifies helicopter landing areas has forged an alliance that will see it enter the Australian and southeast Asia offshore markets for the first time.
The Aberdeen-based Helideck Certification Agency (HCA) has struck an agreement with Queensland-based Flight Safety that will see its international expertise deployed across Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The HCA has sub-contracted Flight Safety to undertake inspection and certification work in the region to standards formulated for the North Sea oil and gas industry.
"This is a very significant move for us as there is an enormous market opportunity in the region and we aim to work with Flight Safety to capitalize upon that," said HCA General Manager Alan Veale.
"The formal standards set for the safe and effective use of helidecks in North Sea operations are acknowledged to be the best and most stringent in the world and we’ll be working to those compliancy levels in this new arrangement."
Flight Safety Managing Director Colin Weir said, "The benefits to the oil and gas industry in Australasia are enormous as the arrangement will see us ‘import’ expertise gained in the North Sea. The HCA is commonly recognised as the world leader in its field.
"This new offering to our offshore energy market has the potential to realise tangible commercial and insurance benefits for operators."
The HCA is headquartered in Aberdeen and has a staff of 12. It also has offices in Norwich and Stavanger, Norway.
It is responsible for the inspection and certification of all helidecks on oil-related offshore vessels and installations operating in UK and Norwegian waters -- over 700 in total -- but also works for customers elsewhere in Europe as well as in Asia and South America. It also has an international portfolio of clients in the large yacht sector.
Flight Safety is an aviation safety audit and risk management company. It has developed an associate business, Flight Safety Helideck Certification, that will work under the auspices of the HCA.
Flight Safety Helideck Certification will be conducting inspections to the UK Civil Aviation Authority's CAP 437 standards, with approvals issued in Aberdeen and sanctioned by the UK CAA.
The HCA is a company established in the UK on behalf of, and equally owned by, helicopter operators CHC Scotia and Bristow.