HONG KONG'S Government Flying Service (GFS) is looking for two new maritime search-and-rescue (SAR) turboprops to replace its pair of Beech King Air B200s.

It expects to issue a request for tenders in September, and to make a final selection for contract signature in early 1997. The deal calls for the delivery of the first aircraft in the first quarter of 1998, to coincide with the relocation of GFS to Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport.

The GFS, formerly the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force, has been allocated a budget of $HK140 million ($18.1 million) to purchase the new aircraft, including spares and support. They will be used primarily for SAR missions to a range of 740km (400nm).

Source: Flight International