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Offshore Helicopters AirbusFor offshore service, the H135’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 (BK117 C2) and its variant H145 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 (BK117 C2) 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 H125s, BO105s, H135s, H155s and H225s 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."delete

The first H225 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 H225s 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 H225s 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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