13 Nov 2012


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Shannon Ireland. November, 2012 // Volartec today welcomes AAL-SA (Advanced Aviation Logistics South Africa) as the latest customer to join the Alkym community. They become the first African based Helicopter operator to join the fold. The rotary wing interest in Alkym has grown steadily over the past 12 months with this agreement being the culmination of many months work.

John Barry, VP Business Development with Volartec was on hand to announce the latest in a long line of new customers with his comments that “Volartec identified the Helicopter market as being underserved some 12 months ago. We knew Alkym was well established as an Airline Maintenance System and continue to grow that market. At the same time Alkym had all attributes required for the Helicopter market. This successful conclusion with another Helicopter Operator indicates our assumptions were correct.The AAL-SA contract shows we are well positioned to add many more similar operators over the foreseeable future.”

AAL-SA will begin the on-site phase of the implementation project next week after the team has completed the pre-implementation work that is currently on going.  The onsite project in Pretoria South Africa will be completed in 4 short weeks. The 3 person team from Volartec will consist of highly skilled professionals who have experience in the IT aspect of the project but more importantly bring vast experience working on similar aviation projects from around the world. 

Malcolm Pitcher, Chief Executive Officer with AAL-SA told how “AAL-SA researched most of the maintenance control systems on the market and decided to bring the Alkym system on board.  We feel that the Alkym system has all the necessary facilities and ability to meet the requirements in our combined Mi and Western type helicopter maintenance operations. It will also assist us to meet our commitment to Quality and Excellence.

To begin with AAL-SA will utilise 7 of the Alkym modules with the main focus being on the CAMO aspect of the business. As the business grows they have the option to select additional modules to assist in that growth. 


AAL-SA, the holder of a South African Aircraft Operator Certificate, part of AAL Group Ltd and based out of Wonderboom Airport, Pretoria, South Africa, merges decades of “Dedicated, Reliable, Proven” Mi helicopter operations experience with Western-style management. 
AAL-SA specializes in operating Mi-8T, Mi-8MTV, Mi-17, Mi-8AMT, Mi-171 and Mi-172 type helicopters, the world’s most prolifically built helicopter type.  
AAL-SA operations focus on Efficiency, Quality and Safety, enabling AAL-SA to deliver a product that is unique in the industry. AAL-SA was created as a paradigm shift, to allow AAL Group to deliver full spectrum services directly to the end user, ensuring customer support and flexibility, while complying with the most stringent National Aviation Authority and International Aviation Standards.
AAL-SA possesses extensive experience planning, preparing and executing small and large scale helicopter operations in some of the most challenging environments on the planet.  Current and past projects have already met the demanding standards of such organizations as, the US TRANSCOM and regulatory oversight of programs like the Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB – US Federal Government Code 32 CFR Part 861).  
Planned future projects for the United Nations and international oil companies, will further reinforce and demonstrate AAL-SA’s commitment to Quality and Excellence..


Volartec is a market leader within in the aviation IT industry. It has over a decade of established expertise specialized in the development and implementation of world class aviation software systems. Volartec has built a reputation as being a cost effective provider of world class maintenance management software. They combine the valued experience gained within the aviation industry with that of leading edge technologist.  One of the core Volartec principles is to put the customer at the centre of everything they do. A network of offices extending from Argentina (Americas) to Ireland (EMEA) and Australia (APAC) is designed to ensure global one of the fastest growing IT companies in the aviation industry. Specialized in the development and implementation of world class software systems, Volartec provides the most profitable products and services of the market.

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