"I always ask myself: "˜Would I put my family on this aircraft?' If I can answer that with a firm yes, the aircraft is safe to go."

- Morris Kendell

For those who work offshore in one of the world's most challenging environments, safety is rule number one. This is especially true when it comes to helicopter transport to and from Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore.

Aircraft maintenance is a demanding job. With some inspections taking up to 1,500 hours, every system is double and triple checked to ensure the helicopter meets all of Transport Canada's regulations beforetakeoff. One of the ways this is achieved is with a health and usage monitoring system. Every aircraft is outfitted with sensors that record factors like vibration and bearing temperature. After a flight, this data is downloaded and analyzed to ensure the helicopter is performing efficiently and to predict any potential issues.

Transporting offshore personnel safely, is a responsibility the industry takes seriously.

Contributor bio

Morris Kendell, Maintenance Manager
Cougar Helicopters

Employed in the aircraft maintenance industry since 1983, Morris Kendall joined Cougar Helicopters in 2008 as Quality Assurance inspector. Today, he is the Maintenance Manager and oversees the maintenance of Cougar Helicopter's fleet.