WIKING Helikopter Service orders two Airbus H145s for offshore operations

Thursday, 2 June, 2016 - 12:15
H145 Offshore during harbour pilots transport demonstration over the North Sea (Photo: Airbus Helicopters, Christophe Guibbaud)
H145 Offshore during harbour pilots transport demonstration over the North Sea (Photo: Airbus Helicopters, Christophe Guibbaud)

Airbus Helicopters and WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH signed a contract for two H145s in offshore configuration at the international aerospace exhibition ILA in Berlin. The delivery of the first H145 is scheduled for the end of the year.

Both rotorcrafts 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 H145s are the first Airbus Helicopters products to be added to the WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH’s fleet. The combination of compact external dimensions, a comparatively small rotor diameter and the largest interior in its class make the H145 highly suitable for offshore operations.

“We’re glad to have signed the order today. The H145 perfectly meets our requirements regarding operations over the sea“, says Alexander von Plato, Director of WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH. “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”, comments Holger Stockmeyer, Director of WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH.

WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH focuses on the transfer of sea pilots via helicopters in all weather conditions all year round. The rope winch of the H145 with its adjustable arm and a capacity of 270 kg is perfectly suited for those requirements.

Moreover, the helicopters are used in the field of offshore windfarming in order to transport and hoist service technicians to wind power stations. During this operation, the H145 transports with two pilots, up to six technicians.

A further field of activity of the company includes air rescue operations over the sea, so called Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), e.g. in wind parks in the German Bight. The aircraft are fitted out with intensive care medical equipment and staffed with one doctor and a rescue assistant. Both the aircraft and the staff are ready to respond to any emergency in an extremely short time.

Offshore version increases payload during winch operations

By increasing the engine performance in single-engine (Single Engine Hover Performance, two minutes OEI HOGE) the H145 can now bear up to 200 kilograms more payload during winch operations. Thus, the aircraft fulfills the strict regulations for transporting people by winch (HEC - Human External Cargo). Furthermore, 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.

“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“, explains Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Germany. “The lowest maintenance costs and acoustic levels, which are almost 50% below the required limit, also contribute to this success”, Schoder continues.

Silke Funke / WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH

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