1-Jun-2016 Source: Airbus
Airbus Helicopters and WIKING Helikopter Service have today signed a contract at the ILA show in Berlin for two H145s in offshore configuration, making them the first Airbus Helicopters products to be added to their WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH’s fleet. The delivery of the first H145 is scheduled for the end of the year. 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.
“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”, says Holger Stockmeyer, director of WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH.
The H145 in offshore configuration is equipped with an emergency flotation system, certified for Sea State 6, weather radar, helicopter emergency egress lighting system and an automatic deployable emergency locator transmitter. The H145 in its offshore seating configuration can transport up to eight passengers. 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.
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. The second 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. Moreover, the helicopters are used in the field of offshore windfarms 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.