The Tender Trap: SAR and Medevac Contract Design

AirMed and Rescue published an article in their Dec 2016 / Jan 2017 issue by Aerossurance‘s Andy Evans on how to tender and contract for Search and Rescue (SAR) and medevac services (click this link for the full 3 page article online).


While there are some unique aspects to SAR and medevac contracts, many of the principles discussed are common for all types of contracted air service.

Aerossurance has extensive experience in the areas of aviation service contracting:

  • Requirements analysis
  • Market analysis
  • Tender preparation
  • Bid evaluation
  • Bidder organisational capability assessment / audit
  • Contract technical definition
  • On contract assurance

We have helped organisations in the defence, oil, gas, mining, logistics, environmental services and wind energy sectors contract for over 80 aircraft (helicopters and fixed wing).  These have been for a range of transport, training and special mission contracts around the world, lasting from just a few weeks to 25 years.  These contracts are worth over a £1 billion in total.

See our earlier article: Increasing SAR Use by the Oil & Gas Industry

UPDATE 31 January 2017: Aerossurance’s Andy Evans has also written an article in the current issue of the International Federation of Airworthiness (IFAAirworthiness Matters magazine on: Next Generation Maintenance Human Factors.

UPDATE 4 October 2017: Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) Select Aerossurance as SAR Aviation Consultancy

UPDATE 16 May 2019: Survey Aircraft Fatal Accident: Fatigue, Fuel Mismanagement and Prior Concerns

UPDATE 13 July 2019: Helicopter Wirestrike During Powerline Inspection

UPDATE 5 March 2020: HEMS AW109S Collided With Radio Mast During Night Flight

UPDATE 19 April 2020SAR Helicopter Loss of Control at Night: ATSB Report

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

Aerossurance has extensive air safety, operations, airworthiness and tender / contract development experience.  We are aviation advisor to one European Coast Guard agency.  For practical aviation advice you can trust, contact us at: