HeliOtago H145 reaches 2,000 hours; DART Aerospace gets FAA green light for H145 float system

(PHOTO: HeliOtago)

Airbus Helicopters customer HeliOtago recently completed 2,000 flight hours with its H145 in its first two years of operation. The H145 entered service in New Zealand’s South Island in 2019 and in its support of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) missions, the aircraft achieved a 100% dispatch rate , with an availability rate of 98%, according to Airbus. .

Graeme Gale, Chief Pilot and Owner-Director of HeliOtago, said: “The Airbus H145 is a star of our fleet and best in class for HEMS missions. The capacity of the aircraft and the flexibility of the configuration make it extremely effective for the HEMS support we provide in the South Island. To have achieved 2,000 flying hours for the H145 in just two years of operation is a testament to the excellence of this aircraft and the extremely high availability rating we have had.

The H145’s compact footprint, uncluttered cabin and flat floor from nose to tail lends itself to a range of applications, including one or two pilots and eight or 10 passengers in each configuration. It also has a wide range of quickly and easily interchangeable operational equipment, such as emergency floats, rescue winch, searchlight and cargo hook, which makes it particularly suitable for EMS missions.

Christian Venzal, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters Australia & New Zealand, said: “We congratulate HeliOtago for reaching the milestone of 2,000 flight hours in such short operational time. It’s great to see how effective the H145 has been in providing such fantastic HEMS support to the South Island of New Zealand.

DART Aerospace Obtains Type Certification for H145 Floats

(PHOTO: Robert Lindner)

DART Aerospace said it received supplemental type certification (STC) from the FAA for its emergency float system with integrated life rafts for the five-bladed Airbus H145. This certification is in addition to its existing TCCA and EASA approvals. Previously approved for the Airbus four-bladed H145 and EC145 models, the floats feature a three-bag float design for increased stability in water up to sea state 6. The design includes two life rafts mounted on the outside offering a 45% weight reduction compared to others on the outside. mounted liferaft options while saving cabin space.

“We are eternally grateful to Airbus, FAA, TCCA and EASA for their support as we continued this STC during a particularly challenging time so that DART can deliver this critical system to H145 five-blade operators,” said David Shepherd, vice-president. President. certification at DART Aerospace. “We also received excellent support from Airbus as we worked together to complete flight testing in Germany amid a global pandemic.”

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