Lockheed Martin company Sikorsky will relocate its Forward Stocking Location (FSL) from Brisbane to Perth to better support the flow of parts to customers in Asia-Pacific’s remote region.
Run by Sikorsky Australia, the regional subsidiary of Sikorsky, the FSL provides 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 Australia’s General Manager, Andrew Rushbrook said 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.
“At Sikorsky Australia, we pride ourselves on partnering and working with our 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,” Mr Rushbrook said, adding that company plans to increase stocking volumes at the FSL in Perth throughout the year.
“We are seeing increased uptake of Sikorsky aircraft in the Asia Pacific region, across a range of industries,” he continued.
“Relocating the FSL to Western Australia will improve wait times and increase efficiency for all our customers, which is a great outcome for us here at Sikorsky Australia,” said Rushbrook.
Operators who service the oil and gas industry across the Asia Pacific, including on Australia’s Western Coast, were quick to welcome the move.
“The move of the Sikorsky FSL to Perth has been seamless,” said Andrew Cridland, managing director, Babcock Aviation Offshore Australasia.
“Babcock provides a range of services to blue chip oil & gas companies from a number of remote locations in Australia, as well as in Dili, Timor-Leste, and we look forward to continued service and support from Sikorsky’s new facility in Western Australia.”
“Having an FSL in Western Australia is extremely beneficial for operators like Bristow and the businesses that rely upon our aircraft,” said Neil Seabrook, engineering manager for Bristow Asia Pacific Operations.
“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.”