Lockheed Martin company relocates facility to meet aircraft companies’ needs

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Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has relocated its Forward Stocking Location (FSL) from Australia’s East Coast in Brisbane to the West Coast in Perth.

The Brisbane FSL opened in 2016 to better support the flow of parts to customers in Asia-Pacific’s remote region.

The FSL will continue being operated by Sikorsky Australia, the regional subsidiary of the US-based company Sikorsky, providing after-market support including airframe, component, and rotor blade maintenance along with material sales, design engineering, non-destructive testing, and maintenance training throughout the Asia Pacific.

Sikorsky anticipates that moving the FSL from Brisbane to Perth will further improve the availability of S-92 helicopters in the critical oil and gas regions in Western Australia and throughout the region.

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The company plans to increase stocking volumes at the FSL in Perth throughout the year.

The move is welcomed by operators who service the oil and gas industry across the Asia Pacific, including on Australia’s Western Coast.

Babcock Aviation Offshore Australasia managing director Andrew Cridland said the move of the Sikorsky FSL to Perth has been seamless

“Babcock provides a range of services to blue chip oil and gas companies from a number of remote locations in Australia, as well as in Dili, Timor-Leste,” he said.

Bristow Asia Pacific Operations engineering manager Neil Seabrook said having an FSL in Western Australia is extremely beneficial for operators like Bristow and the businesses that rely upon Bristow’s aircraft.

“Bristow provides 24/7 services to the oil and gas industry in Western Australia. Having an FSL in the region where we can communicate and work in the same time zone will have major economic and business and efficiency benefits, not just for us, but also for our oil and gas customers,” said Seabrook.

CHC regional director for the Asia Pacific market Vince D’Rozario said having a new FSL close to CHC headquarters in Perth and closer to many of its bases and offshore operations will help the company better serve its customers throughout the region.

“This will help us continue to ensure our fleet has efficient and effective access to the parts necessary to keep us flying safely and efficiently.”

Australia has always been a strategically important region for Sikorsky’s commercial business, and the regional fleet has grown to 22 S-92 helicopters – totalling more than 40,000 flight hours over the past decade, with nearly 15,000 hours in 2018.

In addition to the S-92 aircraft presence in Australia, the FSL is both positioned and equipped to support S-92 and S-76 aircraft throughout the Asia Pacific.

Sikorsky Australia general manager Andrew Rushbrook said the company prides itself on partnering and working with customers to understand their requirements.

“Making the decision to relocate the FSL to Perth Australia will better meet our customers’ needs, not just in Western Australia but across the Asia Pacific,” said Rushbrook.