Photo by Michal Wachucik / Abermedia. Courtesy of CHC Helicopter
CHC Helicopter’s new Airbus Helicopters H175 has taken its inaugural flight, the operator said. The super-medium helicopter flew to the Ocean Patriot, an offshore drilling rig operated by Diamond Offshore.
“I am delighted to see the H175 officially take off for our European operation — the first of three in the CHC fleet — and to offer this new-generation aircraft to Shell, for whom we have provided aviation services, in the United Kingdom/North Sea, since 2012,” said Mark Abbey, CHC regional director of Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The aircraft can be configured to carry up to 16 passengers allowing CHC to efficiently manage our customers’ current North Sea operations whilst also providing a high level of operational flexibility. This is key to customers’ needs in the next phase of North Sea oil and gas activity.”
Airbus claims its H175 can operate at its full payload in 90% of oil and gas operations and provides the “best” payload range-per-passenger/radius-of-action in its class. As of last year, the helicopter is available with an extended maximum takeoff weight of nearly 17,200 pounds. It is powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C67E.
CHC said the H175 exceeds the requirements of the latest and most demanding CS-29 regulation and Oil & Gas Producer (OGP) guidelines.