Perth based Heliwest has won a contract with telecommunications operator Digicell to support the construction of mobile phone towers in Papua New Guinea. Heliwest says its partner company, Helifix, “will provide skills transfer, training of PNG helicopter pilots and join Digicel in opening up opportunities for local employment.”
“The installation of communication towers across a country such as Papua New Guinea is a massive project, given the largely inhospitable terrain where many of these structures will be located,” Heliwest CEO David Grimes said. “However, we believe our Bell 212 aircraft is ideal for this program, one that is so vital to Papua New Guinea’s nation building program.”
Heliwest has also won a contract from the Western Australian government to provide aerial application of mosquito larvicides around the state’s southwest. To this end, a company Bell Jetranger will be equipped with spraying apparatus for the work around the Peel, Leschenault, Capel and Busselton regions.