Irish Coast Guard Select Aerossurance as SAR Aviation Consultancy

Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) Select Aerossurance as SAR Aviation Consultancy

The IRCG announced on the 26 September 2017 that they have selected Aberdeen based aviation consultancy Aerossurance to be their new aviation consultants after a competitive tender with 7 bidders.

Aerossurance already provide a range of safety, technical, requirements management, tender development and contract assurance services to other diverse customers for aviation internationally.

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The Tender Trap: SAR and Medevac Contract Design: Aerossurance’s Andy Evans discusses how to set up clear and robust contracts for effective contracted SAR and HEMS operations.

UPDATE 1 July 2018: Aerossurance has started work supporting a second European Coast Guard with a procurement project.

UPDATE 21 September 2018: Aerossurance has started a project to develop the technical specification for a European agency wishing to place an air service contract for a fleet of special mission aircraft.

UPDATE 30 December 2018: publish The Irish Coast Guard has saved over 400 lives and carried out over 1100 missions in 2018:

By year end Coast Guard helicopters will have flown in excess of 670 missions, of which 119 were conducted on behalf of the Health Service Executive. Coast Guard helicopter services also include inland searches for missing persons and medical evacuations in support of An Garda Síochána and Mountain Rescue Teams.

The Coast Guard attaches particular attention to what is categorises as Lives Saved. In 2018 the Coast Guard has recorded that in excess of 400 people were categorised as Lives Saved in comparison with 340 in 2017.

Director Chris Reynolds reiterated a core message of raising the alarm in time. “If you can raise the alarm and you can stay afloat then you have an outstanding chance of being rescued by our world class rescue service”  If you see somebody in trouble or if you think they are in trouble at sea, on the water or along the coast Dial 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

UPDATE 1 May 2019: Aerossurance has started work supporting a UK air ambulance charity.

UPDATE 19 July 2019: Aerossurance has commenced multiple projects supporting an overseas air force with an independent SMS review, training and consultancy.

UPDATE 3 February 2020: Aerossurance commenced providing an independent quality system review service to an international humanitarian air service.

UPDATE 6 May 2020: IRCG has issued a Prior Information Notice:

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport/Irish Coast Guard is undertaking a procurement process to provide an updated, long-term SAR Aviation Service to replace the current SAR helicopter contract.

This is a prior information notice to alert the market. A market engagement process will be announced in due course.

Indicative timeframes are: Publication of the OJEU Notice Quarter 4 2020, contract award quarter 4 2021 and service commencement quarter 3 2023. Precise procurement procedure has yet to be decided.

UPDATE 11 May 2020: European Search and Rescue (SAR) Competition Bonanza

Coincidentally, Aerossurance will be presenting at the Flight Safety Foundation International Air Safety Summit in Dublin 23-35 October 2017 on the topic: Achieving peak safety performance: listening and learning


Aerossurance is also pleased to be supporting the annual Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors’ (CIEHFHuman Factors in Aviation Safety Conference for the third year running.  This year the conference takes place 13 to 14 November 2017 at the Hilton London Gatwick Airport, UK with the theme: How do we improve human performance in today’s aviation business? We will be presenting for the second year running too, this time on the subject of the Maintenance Observation Programmes.


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