Wheels VS Skids

A BRIEF ACHER CASE STUDY SKIDS VERSES WHEELS IN THE OFFSHORE ENVIRONMENT AND SPECIFICALLY IN THE SHIPPING MARKET. BACKGROUND The original development of skids was as a result of the limited power available from piston/turbine engines used in helicopters during their development stages. Skids were light and simple structures that allowed the weight saved to be converted into internal disposable load. Modern powerful turbine engines have done away with this…

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Acher Quality Assurance

ACHER QUALITY ASSURANCE DATE:   17 September 2002. REF:   ENGINE COMPRESSOR DAMAGE. ATTN:   ALL AIR CREW. History: On two occasions the helicopter pilot service helicopter has suffered minor compressor damage to the starboard engine. It has been assumed that this damage has occurred as a result of landing at unprepared sites such as various wharfs to drop or recover marine pilots. Various measures have been implemented to prevent similar damage. THESE…

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M/V ´BBC China´ – Rescue Operation

M/V ´BBC China´ – Rescue Operation Attention:   Chandre Prince Date:   18 Oct. 04 Reference:   M/V ‘BBC China’ This rescue was undertaken by the National Ports Authority Marine Pilot Helicopter Service. Helicopter Type:   ‘Agusta A109K2’ Crew on board: Commander:      Ryan Hogan Captain:               Grant Morrison Hoist Operator:  Leonard Shange The call for assistance was received Saturday evening around 23:48 hrs from SASAR Aircraft departed Durban  – …

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‘Seven Seas Voyager’ – Rescue Operation

A ‘Feel Good’ story Every now and again a helicopter rescue comes up that has it all. On the evening of 17th of April 2010 the cruise liner ‘Seven Seas Voyager’ on a world cruise, departed Durban after a stopover. The next leg of the cruise was overnight to Cape Town. On board were an elderly American married couple. It is assumed the American lady was not feeling that well…

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50,000 Safe Hoists

NEWS FLASH – 50,000 HOISTS On 25 January 2010, Agusta A109K2, Serial Number 10036 with Registration ZS-RPN, powered by two Turbomeca Arial 1K1 engines completed 50,000 safe hoists! The helicopter is operated by Acher Aviation (Pty) Ltd performing Marine Pilot Transfer services in the ports of Durban and Richards Bay for the Transnet National Ports Authority of South Africa. The Hoist used is the Breeze Eastern 600 Pound Rescue Hoist.…

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