Sweden’s RiVe Juridiska Byrå law firm has found great success with its Diamond DA42 NextGen, which it uses to transport lawyers around Europe. The company has five pilots working for it, and always flies in a two-pilot configuration.
“Legally, we require one pilot, as it is a single pilot aircraft,” says chief strategist Richard Olsson. “Part-NCO gives us the right to have another crew member on board, so we always do that. We transport our lawyers all over Europe. Mostly all across Sweden, but we also fly to London Stansted, Schiphol, Norway, Russia and other places, of course.
“Our lawyers have special competencies within a particular legal field, which is the reason for all the flying. We transport them to and from their destinations every day in their home country. Road travel is difficult and immensely time-consuming. To get from our main base to Malmo would take eight or nine hours by car in each direction, maybe even longer by train. We can do it in one hour and 25 minutes, or one hour 40 if we encounter a bit of weather.
“We operate up to FL180 every weekday and sometimes also at weekends. We are the largest operator at our home base, Dala airport. At the moment we have one aircraft, but we are considering acquiring a DA62 as well, or perhaps one more DA42.”
Using a DA62, RiVe Juridiska Byrå would be able to load one more passenger. It currently performs a lot of back and forth flying and a lot of legs, so the aircraft is very often in the air, sometimes up to 10 hours a day.
“We could reduce the workload a little bit with two aircraft, but we do also depend a little on airlines such as Scandinavian,” Olsson explains. “Despite up to eight flights a day, we don’t have enough capacity to do all the required flying ourselves, we manage to do around 75 per cent of them. After we acquire another aircraft, this form of effective travel will enable us take on more cases all over the country.”