11-Jul-2017 Source: HeliHub.com
Oil company BP is being reported by Energy Voice as saying it will not consider allowing its offshore workforce using Airbus EC225 or AS332L2 helicopters until the Norwegian investigation authority AIBN has completed and reported on its work regarding the CHC accident of April 2016. This news comes after the UK and Norwegian CAAs both announced last week that the types could fly again subject to certain modifications and a not insigificant onus on operators. EASA lifted their flight restrictions back in October 2016.
The resumption of the types flying on the North Sea will also need the approval of the operators’ Accountable Managers, and no doubt the offshore workers’ trade unions will also review the situation and give their input.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com