Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract for the delivery of two H145s in offshore configuration to German operator, WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH.
The contract was signed at the ILA international aerospace exhibition in Berlin. This is the first order of Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft by the German operator. The first H145 will be delivered before the end of this year.
“At the beginning of this year, during an offshore demonstration we were convinced of the advantages of the new Helionix cockpit of the H145 and its 4-axis autopilot with auto-hover function. Moreover, the machine offers high performance reserves as well as a large interior, and it satisfies our strict safety requirements for the transfer of persons over the sea”, says Holger Stockmeyer, director of WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH.
Both helicopters will be used for the transfer of harbour pilots to ships and service technicians to offshore wind farms as well as for air rescue missions over the North Sea.
“The H145 has already proven its reliability with our clients in many missions around the world – during air rescue missions, with the police, with the special forces of the Armed Forces or as a helicopter for VIPs with Mercedes Benz Style design “, says Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Germany.
The H145 in offshore configuration is equipped with an emergency floatation system, certified for Sea State 6, weather radar, helicopter emergency egress lighting system and an automatic deployable emergency locator transmitter.
It fulfils the strict regulations for transporting people by winch (HEC - Human External Cargo). In offshore seating configuration, the H145 can transport up to eight passengers.