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National Helicopter Services Limited (NHSL)

Automotive and Aviation Services

National Helicopter Services Limited (NHSL) formerly the Air Division (Helicopter Unit) of the Ministry of National Security is a joint venture between the Government of Trinidad and Tobago (GOTT) as an 82% shareholder, and The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) holding the remaining 18% of the issued share capital. The Company was incorporated on October 3rd 1989 and commenced operations on February 1st 1990.

NHSL was formed for the purpose of providing offshore helicopter services to the Oil/Gas sector and other commercial entities as well as continuance of services to Government i.e. support to the National Security forces, Medical Evacuations (Medevacs) between Tobago and Trinidad and Emergency and Disaster Air Support. NHSL is the holder of an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and Approved Maintenance Organization Certificate (AMOC) issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) to carry out requisite aviation functions.

“To Be The Leading Partner For Helicopter Services Wherever We Go.”

“To Provide First Class Helicopter Transportation, Maintenance and Training Services.”

It is the way that National Helicopter Services Limited (NHSL) will meet with its wider economic, social and environmental obligations, both to employees and to other interest groups including customers, suppliers, visitors and local communities. It includes, but is not limited to, sustainable development practices, corporate citizenship, corporate governance and business tactics.

As a responsible organization, NHSL recognizes that its activities have a wider impact on the society in which it operates and would take appropriate actions.

We aim to achieve the following objectives:
1. Improved brand reputation and public relations with our clients and organizations that we interact with.
2. Customer and employee loyalty.
3. Managing risk for e.g. through corporate governance procedures.
4. Improved internal and external relationships e.g. through commitment to community services, staffing policies and customer relations.
5. Encourage staff participation in local community activities and participates in charity fundraising events.

National Helicopter Services Limited is in the process of upgrading its fleet, increasing its fleet capacity and increased usage of state-of-the-art helicopter technology in an effort to be poised for increasing demands in the oil & gas sector and expansion opportunities regionally.

NHSL currently operates six (6) helicopters for commercial use i.e. six (6) medium twins and provides maintenance support for the National Security Operations Centre (NSOC) which operates two (2) medium twins and two (2) light twins. 

NHSL operates from its main base at Camden, Couva and owns the Foreshore Helipad at Mucurapo, for the main purpose of facilitating medical evacuations (MEDEVACS).  Apart from these, the only other approved passenger pick up points are the Piarco International Airport and the Arthur Napoleon Raymond (A.N.R.) Robinson International Airport in Tobago.

Helicopter Transportation Services provided to support the following:

  1. Offshore Oil and Gas production.
  2. Offshore drilling and seismic surveys.
  3. Services to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, offshore Search And Rescue (SAR),  24/7 emergency medical transfer (Medevac) mostly between Tobago and Trinidad, and V.I.P. transportation.
  4. Ad hoc local use (mainly for photography surveys and sightseeing).

The Company is the only local operator that can provide a product mix of a medium twin and light twin helicopters. This mix is enhanced by the Company’s ownership and ‘rights of access’ to multiple operating bases and ‟pick up” points. Service delivery is conducted within an environment which continually withstands the scrutiny of the local aviation regulatory body; and independent international auditors, who act as agents of current and prospective customers.

Our pricing model is basically driven by cost; but is structured and tailored to the individual customer, based on the service mix required. Overall our prices are competitive and in-keeping with industry standards.

Mr. Kurt Menal Deputy General Manager Airport Operations (Ag.) Piarco International Airport

Mr. Larry D. McIntosh


Capt. Homer Solomon Director of Operations

Capt. Homer Solomon

General Manager

Mr. Vishwanath Maharajh Director of Corporate Services

Mr. Vishwanath Maharajh

Director of Corporate Services