Garden City Helicopters, based in Christchurch, has sent two helicopters to Vanuatu for disaster relief, after Cyclone Pam caused widespread destruction on the islands. These aircraft will be used to deliver aid, assist with medical evacuations and repairing telecommunications. Garden City already has a subsidiary company in Vanuatu, Vanuatu Helicopters, who operate an R44 and an R66.
Flight Structures was involved in the certification of the ferry fuel systems (a ferry fuel system involves an auxiliary tank being added to the aircraft to extend the range) to get the AS350 and BK117 to the islands. Chris Raynes flew to Christchurch to be on site for the install with Henry Dumbleton being based in our office, both working with the CAA to ensure a very quick turnaround.
Here are some links for more information:
News article from Stuff including video footage. Click here
Another news article from Scoop. Click here
A link to the Garden City Helicopters website Click here