SkyStef's aviation page


home  |  e-mail    


Skytech Helicopter Service

This Mil Mi-26 is captured in full action on one of her duties. (Photo: provided by Skytech)


Base: Brussels, Ostend, Charleroi and overseas
Website: *
Fleet: Mil Mi-8 leased from Komiaviatrans, Mil Mi-10 leased from Pankh & Komiaviatrans, Mil Mi-12, Mil Mi-17 leased from Kazan Helicopter Plant, Mil Mi-26 leased from Pankh & Komiaviatrans, Kamov Ka-32 leased from Pankh & Nefteyugansk Air Enterprise, 1x Bell JetRanger, 1x Eurocopter Gazelle, 1x Hughes 500
History: Skytech was formed on November 18 1989 by helicopter pilots Thierry Lakhanisky and Lucienne De Dryver and the aim was to offer helicopters for world-wide utility services. From 1992 onwards they concentrated on heavy lift transports for which a joint venture was signed with Russian helicopter manufacture Mil which provided some robust helicopters. The companies assignments included aerial works, air ambulance/medevac, pax and freight charters, fire services, hazardous freight, offshore, police and survey/surveillance. At the begin of the new Millenium the contract work gradually dried up and on February 18 2008 the company was for the first time declared bankrupt for unpaid depts, but an appeal in court against this decision was made and by June 2008 this declaration was undone. However more bad luck was on its way after Europe decided to ban the use of these big Russian helicopters on its territory and some of these were stuck for 13 years in the harbour of Zeebrugge (Belgium) only moving to the Antwerp harbour (Belgium) in October 2021. Despite all this, the company seemed to be active as humanitarian support (in Asia), but after the chairman got in custody on September 13 2022, the company was for the second time declared bankrupt on October 3 2022 ending its story definite.


Belgian Airlines