12-Mar-2019 Source: Airbus Helicopters
Transportes Aéreos Pegaso (Pegaso) has acquired two H145 helicopters to be operated in the Gulf of México in support of the oil and electricity industries, becoming the first operator for this type in Mexico. The contract includes an HCare Smart parts-by-the-hour package, as well as Flyscan, the predictive maintenance service that analyses Health & Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) data to anticipate formerly unscheduled events and avoid operational disruptions, increasing aircraft availability.
“Our company has been flying for 35 years, setting new standards in the air transport service in Mexico,” declared Enrique Zepeda Navarro, CEO of Transportes Aéreos Pegaso. “Whether operating in deep waters or providing services to the corporate sector, we strive to comply with the most demanding international safety standards and to offer the best possible service to our customers. The EC145 has performed very well in our operations and we are very excited to start renewing our fleet with the enhanced H145 version”.
Equipped with the latest monitoring and safety equipment, Pegaso’s H145s will be configured for the company’s primary mission of providing airlift services to the energy industry, with the focus on Gulf of Mexico oil and gas activity. Pegaso currently operates a fleet of 25 Airbus helicopters, representing the H130, H135, H145 and H155 families. The Mexican operator was also the Latin American launch customer for the super-medium H175.
“Pegaso has been a long-term strategic partner for Airbus and I am very honoured for their renewed trust in our products,” declared Ricardo Capilla, Head of Country for Airbus in Mexico. “We believe that the H145, with its enhanced safety features, excellent availability rate and easy maintenance, will be an excellent fit for Pegaso and we look forward to our continued partnership.”
Thanks to its versatility and ability to fly in extreme high and hot conditions, the H145 is becoming an aircraft of choice for many countries in Latin America. With Pegaso, Mexico will become the fifth country in the region to operate this best-selling light twin-engine helicopter, already in service in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru.
Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a high-performance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class.