CHC to roll out VR-based winch training

By Offshore operations, SAR, SimulationNo Comments

CHC has revealed that following a successful test programme using the Priority 1 Air Rescue virtual reality (VR) training system for winch operators, it will roll out the technology across its operations.

The trial programme, which concluded recently, was carried out by the team members from its Irish operation. According to CHC, the motivation for the trial was so that its crews could “prepare and practice emergency procedures for a variety of challenging SAR events in a safe, controlled and realistic environment, including procedures that couldn’t be practised in a live aircraft”. The VR system, which has garnered approvals from both EASA and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), allows crews to complete SAR-based training scenarios and those representative of the emerging offshore wind support market.

Commenting on the announcement, Dennis Groeneveld, Director Flight Standards, CHC, said: “Safety is at the heart of CHC’s global operations. Our mission is to keep our people and passengers safe as we travel to remote and challenging destinations. We are delighted with how the trial performed and are excited to roll the programme out more widely… This ground-breaking partnership with Priority 1 allows our crew members to repeatedly practice managing complex situations in a realistic but safe environment, ensuring they are fully equipped to act quickly and effectively in real-world SAR events.”


Heli-One brings AW139 gearbox testing capability in-house

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CHC subsidiary Heli-One  has established in-house testing capability for the AW139 Intermediate Gear Box (IGB) and Tail Gear Box (TGB) at its Canadian facility in Delta, British Columbia.

The company says that this new capability will expedite turnaround of MRO work at its base, but also widens the service options for AW139 operators globally.

Carolyn Forsyth, General Manager of Sales, Commercial & Customer Support, said: “The modification programme to our gearbox test cell to incorporate the AW139 IGB and TGB adds a new dimension to our service offering.

“It smooths and shortens the gearbox overhaul process, and in turn can enable operators to optimise their asset availability. In a broader context, it’s yet another demonstration of our determination to remain at the forefront of MRO provision internationally.”

Heli-One is exhibiting at next month’s EUROPEAN ROTORS in Cologne, Germany.

CHC scores US$53 million contract from Neptune Energy

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Neptune Energy has announced that it has awarded offshore transport contract to CHC Helicopters worth a USD53 million over three years. The contract calls for CHC to deliver transport services in support of 29 rigs Neptune has in operation in the Netherlands sector of the North Sea.

The contract, which can be extended to run for up to five years, is part of longer term alliance agreement between the companies aimed at optimising flight scheduling in order to reduce the number of required flights to support its operations.

Commenting on the award Neptune Energy’s Head of Supply Chain & Logistics in the Netherlands, Nicola Goodwin, said: “The new Alliance Agreement is an innovative approach for Neptune Energy and our service partner. It will enable us to build on our good safety record, reduce the CO2 emissions associated with offshore transport, and improve overall efficiency.”



UK Competitions Regulator orders CHC to unwind Babcock buyout

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Following an in-depth Phase 2 investigation into CHC’s acquisition of Babcock’s North Sea oil and gas business, the UK Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has ordered the company to unwind its acquisition of  Offshore Helicopter Services UK, Offshore Services Australasia  and Offshore Helicopter Services Denmark, all previously owned by Babcock International Group. Explaining its decision, the CMA said that the deal reduced competition in North Sea Oil & Gas support services market to unacceptable level saying that it believes there should be at least four separate companies competing for business.

In making the announcement the CMA did not reveal a timescale for compliance with the order.