Documents have now been signed for the three-step process which will ultimately secure Channel Islands Air Search (CIAS) with a brand new replacement aircraft for Lions’ Pride.
Roger Dadd, Founder of CIAS said: ‘After thorough and extensive negotiations with Britten-Norman (manufacturers of the Islander aircraft), I am delighted to announce that we are around four weeks away from having ‘the lifeboats’ eyes in the sky’ back up and running with the arrival of the first interim CIAS aircraft.
‘As it will have limited technical capability, Britten-Norman are working on the overhaul of a second Islander which is expected to be ready in around five months. This second aircraft will exceed the capabilities of Lions’ Price and then replace the one arriving in a month.
‘However, because of the age of the second aircraft, we’re still looking at future-proofing the service for the next 30 years or so. We will ultimately achieve this with the arrival of a brand new Britten-Norman aircraft. This final Islander in the three-aircraft process will be kitted out with the very latest technology and be able to provide superb air search capabilities in and around the Channel Islands. ‘
Colin Ferbrache, Chief Officer of CIAS said: ‘On behalf of CIAS, we’d like to thank everyone who continues to support us and raise funds on our behalf. As a charity, the purchase of a new aircraft is an enormous undertaking and we know this could not be achieved without the tireless support of Channel Islanders.’