Bond Helicopters has taken over the Shannon, Ireland-based search and rescue (SAR) contract operated on behalf of the Irish Marine Emergency Service. The company is operating a Sikorsky S.61N, which replaces a similar aircraft flown on the SAR contract for the last five years by Irish Helicopters. A second S.61N is used as a back-up aircraft. The helicopters are equipped with an advanced infra-red and zoom television system, and will have a new autohover system which is expected to be ready for introduction in February.
Source: Flight International