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Last update: 11 May 2014
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Aircraft Data
Reg: SE-HAV
S/N: 760377
Year: 1991
 
Type:
 
Last known operator:
 
History:
N62375, I-PRLT, G-BXGR, VP-CHC, N803SC, N803S, N50KH
 
Fate:
This helicopter was constructed by Sikorsky Aircraft as a C-model back in 1991 - destined for a costumer in Japan (reg. JA6692). It later found its way to Italy via America (reg. N62375). Owned by Spei Leasing and operated by Eli Air the aircraft spent a few years as I-PRLT before it was sold to Cayman Islands via UK-based Williams Grand Prix Engineering in 1997. After a period as VIP helicopter with an official Cayman Islands registration (VP-CHC) it was sold to the north-eastern parts of USA.

As Norrlandsflyg lost its ordinary SAR helicopter in Visby (SE-JUJ) a replacement helicopter had to be found rapidly. The German D-HOSB was temporary leased from Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH while searching for an avaliable machine. The American VIP helicopter N803S was found. It was currently operated by Boston-based Super Vip and owned by Sabrina Fisheries Corp. The low-time S-76C aircraft was purchased by Norrlandsflyg and was soon transported to American Keystone Helicopter Corporation for SAR modifications.

SE-HAV was delivered to Luxembourg in a Boeing 747 on 22 March 2005 and was instantly assembled. It was flown to its new base in Visby the next day and spent a week for final adjustments. The helicopter with the suitable registration SE-HAV ("hav" means sea in Swedish) entered SAR service at approx 15:00 on 5 April and made its first mission at 22:35 the same day.

"Lifeguard 997" (later 907) served the Baltic Sea for nearly four years before it was replaced by a brand new S-76C++ (SE-JOB) in early-2009. Upon its retirement SE-HAV was initially meant to be modified to an EMS helicopter in order to serve the retiring EMS helicopter SE-JUC in Gothenburg. SE-HAV was sent to Keystone in the US for EMS and C+ modifications in 2009, but the EMS conversions were canceled as a new replacement helicopter for Gothenburg had been found (SE-JUX). The C+ conversion was performed and SE-HAV returned to Sweden as a more powerful SAR helicopter. The callsign was changed to Lifeguard 908.

The helicopter entered service as a backup rescue helicopter together with the retired Sundsvall helicopter SE-JUY (both replacing the S-76A++ SE-JUZ).

On 1 November 2011 the Swedish Maritime Administration acquired all the stocks in Norrlandsflyg's parent company Scandinavian Helicopter Invest (SHI). The new helicopter division was named SMA Helicopter Rescue, which became a
subsidiary to Sjöfartsverket Holding (administered by the Swedish Maritime Administration). All the SAR helicopters were included in the deal. The purchase also involved the EMS helicopters SE-JUC and SE-JEZ.

SMA Helicopter Rescue was formally incorporated in the Swedish Maritime Administration on 22 January 2014.
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