SPAN OF SUPPORT

This article reviews the emergence of Management Aviation Ltd (MAL) as one of the principal helicopter operators supporting oil exploration and production in the North Sea. MAL has made its reputation with the North Sea oil industry by pioneering in the field of small twin engined helicopters equipped to a navigational standard comparable with that of the larger aircraft. Bolkow helicopters have, at the request of the oil companies, been permanently based at a number of platforms in the North Sea, to provide communication between those structures and the land bases serving them. These aircraft are supported and maintained by MAL's subsidiary North Scottish Helicopters, at Peterhead on the north-east coast of Scotland. They also fly for the pipe-laying barges working to build the pipelines that will eventually bring the products of the oil fields to the mainland.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Shell Oil Company

    1 Shell Plaza, P.O. Box 2463
    Houston, TX  United States  77001
  • Authors:
    • Videan, D
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00196079
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM