Zil Air prides itself as being the first choice for any professional photographer & filming crew. Our Airbus helicopters are very well equipped for this nature of operation. The slide-away and lockable doors are easy to open and close whilst in flight without any danger to occupants.
The absence of ‘exposed’ tail rotor blades goes a long way to ensuring safety whilst operating in confined spaces, or in areas where passengers, crew and equipment are nearby. The Airbus Fenestron rotor system, together with a three bladed main rotor head, are amongst the reasons that these helicopters are 30% quieter than anything in their class, and as stable a platform as one can expect in helicopters of this size.
The helicopters can be fitted with under belly remote controlled cameras for professional High Definition (HD) filming. This service is made possible through our association and affiliation with third party service providers, Tony Monk films: We fly, they film (www.tonymonkfilms.com).
Professional planning and briefing is required for special operations and permission from the relevant authorities may be required to carry out filming operations or low level flying. The Zil Air team will establish all of the parameters, and ensure all safety aspects have been complied with.
Our helicopters can be equipped with ‘bambi’ water buckets to assist in firefighting operations, on request.
Firefighting operations are coordinated through the Division of Risk & Disaster Management on +248 2 2722 101 or +248 2 722 980.
Zil Air will assist, if requested by the relevant authorities and will seek to provide equipment to meet any requirements. Private requests will only be entertained should appropriate clearances be obtained from the relevant authorities, which can be processed by the Zil Air Operations Team.
Our EC120 helicopters are ideal for lifting loads up to 300kgs. Cargo slinging is done with nets, barrel slings and long line hooks. Upon request we can also do banner towing.
Zil Air has the capability to transport passengers whose injuries or illness permits them to fly in a seated position.
There are no supplementary charges on the above service as no aircraft re-configuration is required; (on the single engine fleet). However, positioning charges or reconfiguration charges will become applicable if the helicopters need to be fitted with a stretcher.
Zil Air helicopters have the ability to assist in other specialized operations such as search and rescue. Visibility from the Airbus Helicopter glass bubble is excellent and every seat offers uninterrupted views, allowing search teams to scan more effectively. The fast cruise mode again comes in handy as one can swiftly reach a determined search zone in good time while fuel endurance can be stretched to around four hours of nonstop operations, subject to the load factor.
Search and rescue operations are coordinated via the Seychelles Coast Guard (+248 4 224 161), the Seychelles Police (+248 4288 000) or alternatively through the Division of Risk & Disaster Management on +248 2 722 101 or +248 2 722 980.
Zil Air will assist, if requested by the relevant authorities and will seek to provide equipment to meet any requirements. Private requests will only be entertained should appropriate clearances be obtained from the relevant authorities, which can be processed by the Zil Air Operations Team on request.
Zil Air helicopters are capable of providing ship services for crew changes, spare parts or emergency services. This service is only available if the ship has a helideck.
A proper plan of the helideck should be made available, or else a site visit will be required prior to any operation on the ship.