Gangtok,June21: The Operation Manager of Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) and base operation manager of Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited informed that Pawan Hans Helicopter operation to Gangtok-Bagdogra has resumed in Sikkim .The clearance from DGCA has been obtained .The first shuttle Service to Bagdogra took today from Gangtok.It was first flight in last 50 days after Arunachal CM's crash- incident. It has been further informed that they had also discussed maintenance of Helicopter in every 100 hours of flying. The helicopter is maintained as per the maintenance programme recommended by its manufacturer and approved by regulatory authority. All maintenance checks like daily inspection, 50 hours inspection and 100 hours inspection were carried out as per the stipulated programme by trained and qualified engineer, it is informed.
The Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited has been serving in Sikkim for more than 12 years and yet has not recorded any accident. The company has operated from nearly all existing helipads of Sikkim and has also touched virgin grounds. All these years company has done innumerous casualty and emergency evacuations and it has completed nearly 6000 hours of flying and carried nearly forty thousand passengers throughout these years.
The helicopter is fitted with latest emergency locator (ELT) operating on twin frequencies 243.0 MHZ and 406 MHZ .ELT transmits signal on heavy impact which can be picked by ISRO satellite and any over flying aircraft. This equipment is basically to locate helicopter incase of mishap.