Falcon Drilling Ltd.

International Head Office
3549 Opie Crescent
Prince George, BC, Canada
Phone: 001 250 564 7786

Global experience in diamond drilling.

Helicopter Transport

The unique abilities of the helicopter make it ideally suited to the support of mining exploration in difficult terrain, particularly where there are environmental concerns. Many years of joint field operations with a wide variety of aircraft operators have ensured that the drilling equipment that Falcon designs and uses is optimized for helicopter transport. Senior company personnel have extensive backgrounds in helicopter operations as both pilots and engineers and have applied this experience to the design of the drilling equipment. The illustrations and tables below provide performance data relevant to some of the aircraft in common use today.  This information has been obtained from respected sources such as the helicopter manufacturers and various operators.  However, as operators configure their machines differently and optimize them for particular operations these figures may vary.  Always check with your proposed service supplier prior to making a final judgment.

Sikorsky S-58T

Seating : 16 passengers + Pilot
Rotor Dia: 56 feet.
Max. Gross Wt - Lbs: 13000.
Empty Weight Lbs.: 7400
Power Plant: Twin Turbine 1800 HP.
Cruise: 125 MPH.
Range: 300 miles
Ceiling: 10,400 feet.

Hughes 500D

Seating : 4 passengers + Pilot
Rotor Dia: 26.5 feet.
Max. Gross Wt (Internal)Lbs: 3000.
Empty Weight Lbs.: 1414
Power Plant: Turbine 420 HP.
Cruise: 150 MPH.
Range: 290 miles
Ceiling: 15000 feet.

AS350B-1 Aerospatiale

Seating : 5 passengers + Pilot
Rotor Dia: 35 feet.
Max. Gross Wt (Internal)Lbs: 4960.
Empty Weight Lbs.: 2300
Power Plant: Turbine 684 HP.
Cruise: 130 MPH.
Range: 380 miles
Ceiling: 15600 feet.

Bell 205A

Seating : 14 passengers + Pilot
Rotor Dia: 48 feet.
Max. Gross Wt (Internal)Lbs: 9500.
Empty Weight Lbs.: 5922
Power Plant: Turbine 1250 HP.
Cruise: 138 MPH.
Range: 310 miles
Ceiling: 20000 feet.

Bell206B Jetranger III

Seating : 4 passengers + Pilot
Rotor Dia: 33 feet.
Max. Gross Wt (Internal)Lbs: 3200.
Empty Weight Lbs.: 1713
Power Plant: Turbine 450 HP.
Cruise: 139 MPH.
Range: 430 miles
Ceiling: 13500 feet.

AS355 F-1 Aerospatiale Twinstar

Seating : 6 passengers + Pilot
Rotor Dia: 35 feet.
Max. Gross Wt (Internal)Lbs: 5732.
Empty Weight Lbs: 2877
Power Plant: Twin Turbines 420 HP.
Cruise: 140 MPH.
Range: 477 miles
Ceiling: 11,100 feet.

Bell212

Seating : 14 passengers + Pilot
Rotor Dia: 48 feet.
Max. Gross Wt - Lbs: 11200.
Empty Weight Lbs.: 6500
Power Plant: Twin Turbine 1800 HP.
Cruise: 115 MPH.
Range: 270 miles
Ceiling: 17400 feet.

Bell 206B Long Ranger III

Seating : 6 passengers + Pilot
Rotor Dia: 37 feet.
Max. Gross Wt (Internal)Lbs: 4150.
Empty Weight Lbs.: 2200
Power Plant: Turbine 650 HP.
Cruise: 150 MPH.
Range: 390 miles
Ceiling: 13,500 feet.