Statement from Bond Air Services on EC135

December 13, 2013 by Tracy

We have received the following statement from Bond Air Services this afternoon.  

Statement from Bond Air Services on EC135 - 13 December 2013 (13:41 pm)

Following our discovery during routine operations of an issue with an indicator system on one of our aircraft on the 11 December, Bond Air Services temporarily suspended service operations to allow precautionary testing.  This involved detailed examinations and tests to evaluate the function and accuracy of the fuel indicator system on our fleet of EC135s. Following these tests we were able to release a number of aircraft back to full operational service yesterday.

We did however identify a number of aircraft with the fuel indication anomaly. Having worked closely with the manufacturer, Eurocopter, to identify the immediate cause, we began a process of jointly testing the aircraft and are now sourcing and replacing the affected components.

This work is expected to be completed by Sunday, 15 December.  We will return these aircraft to service when we have resolved this issue. This is in line with our commitment to the highest standards of safety in all our operations.

About Bond Air Services

Bond Air Services is the largest operator of air ambulance aircraft in the UK. Using mainly Eurocopter EC-135 and Bolkow BO-105 helicopters, it operates from 23 bases around the UK and has two major maintenance facilities, Staverton and Glasgow. It is part of the Avincis Group, the world’s leading provider of mission critical aviation services.