NHSL began flying S-76 helicopters in 1980 when the company decided to enter a state enterprise for local offshore oil transportation. The company has grown to serve a variety of oil and gas clients in the Caribbean, at about 6,000 revenue flight hours per year, said Marc Dasent, Chairman of NHSL's Board of Directors. Dasent said NHSL previously used Sikorsky helicopters for the air ambulance mission, so it made sense to continue to build on that connection.
"We have a longstanding relationship with Sikorsky. It is prudent business use to continue that relationship; we have had good results all these years. If something isn't broke, don't fix it," Dasent said.
Feyaz Karim, NHSL Director of Maintenance added, "The support from Sikorsky was critical (to the relationship). We had impeccable support through the years. That's a critical part in our selection process". Joshey Mahabir, General Manager for NHSL, said one of NHSL's S-76A++™ helicopters is 23 years old and, in the month of March, flew more than 164 flight hours - strong evidence of the support services provided by Sikorsky."NHSL has been one of Sikorsky's longest tenured and most faithful operators of S-76 helicopters," said Adam Schierholz, Sikorsky Regional Sales Manager for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. "They have really put the S-76 helicopter to work and helped to build the strong legacy of solid performance by our medium helicopter through the years".