Today in Brazil there are 60 aircraft servicing Petrobras’ offshore platforms daily. The safe operation of these aircraft, which transport over 20,000 people every month, is a major issue, not only due to the impact of an accident, the loss of lives, financial cost, etc, as also because of the distress it brings to the operations. Given this essential role of aircraft transportation, Petrobras decided not to rely on the operators alone, and started an audit program, reviewing the maintenance records of the helicopters, flight schedules, pilot qualifications, amongst other characteristics that lead to a safe flight.

SGS Brazil won the contract to provide the service for a 12 months period. The key driver for securing this contract, according to Marcelo Stenzel, Industrial Manager in Brazil, was the capability of proving previous experience in the area. As SGS Mexico had done some very similar contracts with Pemex some years ago, SGS Brazil was able to prove group expertise in setting up and operating audit programs for air transportation of personnel in the offshore industry.

In association with Airframes, a local group of aeronautical engineers, SGS set up a team of over 20 professionals, or 10 audit teams composed of one pilot and one mechanical in each team. Operations start in May 2007, from the Rio de Janeiro operational office.

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