In a joint effort with offshore helicopter operators, Airbus Helicopters is developing the rotorcraft industry’s first Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM). The FCOM documents best practices for flight crews on Airbus Helicopters EC225 Super Pumas operating in the oil and gas industry.
The initial source document gives manufacturer guidance on enhanced operational safety and efficiency in routine situations. Further developments will address abnormal situations. Specific topics include glass cockpit operation, automated systems and crew resource management (CRM).
The initial EC225 FCOM will be followed by updates to expand the content, and additional manuals are planned for other Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft deployed in oil and gas missions, including the new EC175.
The EC225 FCOM is available on the Airbus Helicopters e-TechPub (Customer Portal), and will be offered free of charge through 2015.