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Airbus Helicopters’ H145 Shows Off Offshore Mission Capability
Posted: 2016 Feb 06
Airbus Helicopter’ H145, twin-engine multipurpose helicopter H145 has successfully completed a two-day flight trial in late January with offshore operators Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH and HTM Offshore, that proved the helicopter’s capabilities in challenging offshore missions. “We are very positively surprised with the intuitive Helionix® cockpit of the H145 and its 4-axis autopilot with auto-hover function. These systems contribute to the helicopter’s high levels of safety in every scenario. At the same time the workload of the crew is reduced, allowing them to safely accomplish their mission even in the harshest of weathers,” said Lars Hilgert, Chief flight coordinator at WIKING. “One of our main activities is the transfer of harbour pilots via helicopter in any kind of weather conditions 24/7. In most cases these pilots are brought onto the moving ships using the winch. This process requires the utmost attention of the helicopter’s pilot and crew,” he added.
As part of the flight test programme, missions such as approaching the wind park alpha ventus in the German Bight, landing on the transformer platform and hoisting technicians onto the offshore wind turbines, were conducted, in the presence of sustained winds of up to 50 kts. “With wind parks emerging increasingly further away from the coastline we are reliant on a versatile but also efficient helicopter fleet. The H145 would be an ideal addition to our 11 Airbus Helicopters H135, as it can carry more passengers and travel for longer distances. Despite its spacious cabin the main rotor has a very small diameter, making it perfectly suited for approaching wind turbines,” said Bernd Brucherseifer, Managing Director at HTM Offshore. The company specialises in the transfer of service personnel in the wind industry. 



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