Shell has chosen main US offshore helicopter operator PHI to function 4 Airbus H160s to service a help contract within the Gulf of Mexico.
The contract marks the entry into the oil and fuel market of the H160 with a wealth of design options promising new ranges of security, consolation and schedule reliability in offshore operations.
The three firms – Airbus, PHI and Shell – are cooperating in a novel partnership. In a pioneering transfer, Airbus will present one H160 forward of ultimate deliveries to PHI and Shell for a year-long route-proving programme to allow the operator and the ultimate buyer to familiarize themselves with the sort’s superior options and mitigate the conventional challenges round entry into service.
At PHI it will likely be primarily based at Houma, Louisiana and be part of a big firm fleet of H125s and H135s deployed in emergency medical service all through the United States, in addition to two H145s working for Shell on pipeline survey work in Louisiana, and two H145s flying the world’s longest harbour pilot shuttle in Mackay, Australia.
Airbus Helicopters Executive Vice President Global Business, Ben Bridge, stated: “We tremendously respect the modern considering of our clients in formulating this partnership across the H160 which is able to start a brand new period of security, reliability and environmental efficiency within the medium class of offshore operations.”
PHI Aviation Managing Director, Keith Mullett stated: “We are proud to be taking part in a key position within the entry into service of the extremely superior H160 within the offshore sector and we look ahead to bringing a step change in working requirements by means of the arrogance constructing route- proving train agreed with our companions Airbus and Shell.”
Shell Aircraft Vice President, Tony Cramp stated: “Shell welcomes the chance to embrace new aviation know-how and introduce this extremely superior and environment friendly plane to soundly service our vibrant and rising offshore enterprise within the US Gulf of Mexico.”
With 68 patents, the H160 is the world’s most technologically superior helicopter and options an unprecedented suite of pilot aids delivered by means of its Helionix avionics which considerably reduces crew workload and reduces the danger of pilot error.
They embrace the world’s first floor helipad assisted take-off process, a vortex ring state pre-alerting system and a restoration mode to robotically regain regular flight in tough circumstances.
The H160 is powered by two of the newest Arrano engines from Safran Helicopter Engines and incorporates an embedded monitoring system and a redundancy of sensors, and may be maintained autonomously removed from base. The design emphasises strong corrosion defence particularly envisaging offshore missions.
(Source and picture: Airbus)
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