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The AS350 is widely used in support of oil and gas operations in both the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, its robust design, excellent carrying capabilities and comprehensive safety features making it a popular light single choice for the mission.

The AS350 is widely used in support of oil and gas operations in both the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, its robust design, excellent carrying capabilities and comprehensive safety features making it a popular light single choice for the mission."

For offshore service, the EC135’s panoramic visibility, exceptional maneuverability, range, twin-engine performance and safety, and large cabin make the helicopter perfectly suited for the sector’s demanding operations. 

The EC145 is also quickly becoming a platform of choice for offshore missions, combing a large cabin and long range with compact external dimensions and a comprehensive suite of avionics and safety technologies.  Operators of the EC145 in this role include El Paso Corporation and Era Helicopters.

Era is a long-standing Airbus Helicopters oil & gas transportation customer, with more than 60 AS350 B2s, BO105s, EC135s, EC155s and EC225s in operation or on order for the company's transport missions to shallow and deepwater oil/gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska."

The first EC225 was delivered to Era in February 2008, with seven more to follow through 2010.  These aircraft are configured to carry 19 passengers, offering the heavy-lift capacity and range as exploration and production move further out to sea. 

Era’s aircraft are outfitted with air conditioning for warm weather operations, as well as cold weather equipment that currently is used on EC225s serving in the North Sea.  They also have a reinforced cabin floor and energy-attenuating seats, and are capable of being readily converted to a search-and-rescue configuration.  

In addition, the Era EC225s have a de-iced center cockpit window pane, along with an Automatic Voice Alarm Device (AVAD), and the M’ARMS usage monitoring system combined with cockpit voice and flight data recorder (CVFDR). The selected options include a full emergency flotation package as well as the Helicopter Emergency Egress Lighting (HEEL).

 

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