Northern HeliCopter flies crews to Global Tech I

Thursday, 12 May, 2016 - 10:15
Northern HeliCopter's pilots fly their first passengers to the wind farm Global Tech I. (Photo: Marion Bubolz)
Northern HeliCopter's pilots fly their first passengers to the wind farm Global Tech I. (Photo: Marion Bubolz)

Northern HeliCopter GmbH (NHC) is now in charge of transporting personnel for Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH to its wind farm in the German Bight.

NHC won the contract in a Europe-wide tender for passenger transport to the wind farm Global Tech I, which is approximately 140 kilometres northwest of Emden. The substation has a helicopter landing deck that NHC flies to. Passengers, baggage and cargo can all be transported. Crew change takes place once a week. When arriving at NHC, the crews go through an extensive check-in procedure before the actual departure. This includes document checks, security briefings, putting on survival suits, life jackets and other safety equipment, and weighing the passengers and cargo. The entire procedure takes about 45 minutes, and the flight itself takes another 35 minutes. According to NHC, the transports are carried out using an Airbus H155 helicopter, which was purchased specifically for this purpose and is characterised by high speed, long range and cabin comfort. The contract will initially run for a period of one year.

Northern HeliCopter GmbH has 25 years of experience in the fields of air ambulance and offshore air rescue, and together with partners who are specialised in emergency medicine, the company introduced the comprehensive offshore rescue concept WINDEAcare. In 2014, the company opened a new base of operations in St. Peter Ording to shorten the travel time to the wind farms.

"Passenger transportation rounds off our range of services for wind farms. We are growing in a challenging market environment", said Frank Zabell, managing director of NHC. Felix Prechtel, head of operations at Global Tech I, said: "We are certain that NHC will be a reliable partner, and we look forward to smooth flights from Emden." 

Silke Funke / Northern HeliCopter

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