G4S aerial services expanding


G4S South Africa is expanding its aerial operations with helicopters set to join its growing fixed wing fleet.

G4S South Africa received its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) two months ago but it already has a large fleet of seven fixed wing aircraft, including Cessna business jets and Beech Baron piston twins. This will soon be expanded with a Pilatus PC-12 and helicopters.

Carl Marais, commercial manager of mobile tactical response and valuables logistics at G4S, told defenceWeb that his company is exploring various options with regards to the leasing or possibly even purchasing of helicopters which will be used for a variety of tasks, such as surveillance, cargo movement, cash transport and mobile tactical response.

Marais wants to see his company use aircraft in a bigger way. The helicopters, for instance, could be used to support the just launched mobile tactical response (MTAC) division. The fixed wing aircraft are used more for cargo and passenger charter operations, with several contracts in the pipeline. G4S has partnered with Comair Flight Services regarding its fixed wing aircraft.

G4S will use its aircraft across several divisions, namely G4S Air Charter Services, G4S Valuables Logistics (Movement of Valuables by Road and Air), G4S Secure Cargo Handling (Air Support Capability to secure and recover cargo trucks) and G4S Mobile Tactical Response Units (Air and Ground Tactical Response Units).

Safomar Aviation and G4S Flight Services recently held a photo shoot with armoured Hilux tactical support vehicles, an armoured delivery truck and Safomar’s Enstrom 480 with the purpose of promoting Safomar’s helicopters and the various G4S aerial services.

Mirriam Lehlokwa, Safomar’s Marketing Coordinator told defenceWeb that Safomar has been marketing Enstrom helicopters for about four years and MD Helicopters products for approximately two years. The company currently has five Enstroms flying in South Africa (four 280s and one 480). All four 280s are being leased on various assignments in the country.