Milestone Aviation Group, a GE Capital Aviation
Services company which specialises in helicopter leasing, has
increased its combined orders and options with Airbus Helicopters
to a total of 28 H175s, the largest order for Airbus’ new
super-medium-lift twin-engine rotorcraft.
Daniel Rosenthal, Milestone’s President, said,
“We have been impressed by the H175’s successful introduction into
service and felt it was the appropriate time to further our
commitment to the aircraft.”
Airbus Helicopters’ H175 was
designed to meet the most demanding oil and gas industry
transportation requirements, offering new levels of comfort with
the largest cabin in its class, as well as low inflight vibration
and noise levels.
The rotorcraft provides a capacity of up to 18 passengers, low fuel
consumption and the range to reach a large percentage of the
world’s offshore installations.
“This latest agreement builds
on our outstanding relationship with Milestone, who owns one of
the most valuable Airbus civilian helicopter fleets in operation
and on order in the world,” said Guillaume Faury, the President &
CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “It also reinforces the H175 as an
aircraft of choice in the super-medium category.”
entered service last December and is demonstrating high
availability in more than 900 flight hours performed by customers
to date. It is certified to the latest airworthiness
standards, covering both the helicopter and the new Helionix
avionics suite – providing increased safety through reduced pilot
workload, enhanced situational awareness, improved flight envelope
protection and system redundancy.
Contributing to the H175’s
competitive edge is its recommended cruise speed of 150 kts.,
while the maximum cruise speed exceeds 165 kts. – all achieved at
extremely low vibration levels.
The power performance for
the H175 includes hover out of ground effect (HOGE) with a
maximum 7.5-metric-ton take-off weight at 5,800 ft. at ISA+20°C
conditions; one engine inoperative (OEI) hover performance, which
ensures safety during hoisting for search and rescue missions; and
extensive power reserve ensuring heli-deck performance (PC1) at
maximum take-off weight in ISA+20°C conditions.
helicopter’s radius-of-action in an oil and gas mission
configuration enables 16 passengers to be transported to offshore rigs at distances of 140 nautical miles (NM.) on crew change
flights, extending to nearly 200 NM. when 12 passengers are carried. Further certification of the H175 at an increased maximum
take-off weight of 7,800 kg. will offer operators the ability to
further expand the radius-of-action by 40 NM., or to carry 300 kg.
of additional payload.
The H175 is a perfect complement to
Airbus Helicopters’ heavy-lift H225, which is deployed worldwide
by oil and gas airlift service providers.
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