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Atlanta, 05 March 2019 – Babcock Australasia, the aerospace and defence company, is celebrating its first year of Airbus H175 helicopter operations in Timor Leste after clocking up nearly 1400 flights providing offshore aviation services for their oil and gas customer.

The company, which operates two H175s on personnel transport, search and rescue, and medevac duties in the Timor Sea reports a 98% aircraft availability rate for the 12 months following entry into service in January last year.

Airbus worked with Babcock to train 27 pilots and engineers on the H175 prior to delivery and Babcock has since employed 19 Timorese support staff at the Dili base, including four local engineers who are training at Airbus Helicopters’ Marignane, France headquarters.

During 2018 Babcock’s Timor operation recorded 1,274 flight hours in 1,365 sectors and the company received highly positive feedback from passengers praising the H175’s comfort levels. The aircraft are operated in support of ConocoPhillips offshore operations in the region.

The H175 provides a smooth ride with lower cabin noise, large windows for increased visibility and enhanced emergency egress, comfortable seating, and cabin climate controls.

Already in service in the North Sea, Western Africa and Gulf of Mexico as well as Timor Leste, the H175 was specifically designed to be exceptionally safe and competitive in the oil and gas, and search and rescue sectors, with extremely powerful engines, up to 270 nautical miles radius of operation and the latest technology in avionics and automation.

Andrew Cridland, Managing Director Aviation Offshore for Babcock Australasia, said: “As the aviation company who introduced the H175 aircraft to the Southern Hemisphere, we are extremely pleased with the H175’s performance in this first year of operation. Our exceptional reliability statistics are a testament to the excellent work performed by our highly skilled engineers and the commitment by Airbus to deliver the necessary parts in a timely manner to Timor-Leste. The aircraft have been well received by our customer and the passengers we transport. As a super medium aircraft, the H175 has good economics and is clearly setting new standards in the offshore business.”

ConocPhillips Manager, Global Aviation Safety Assurance, James Adams said: “We have been very pleased with the performance, economics and reliability of the H175. The success of our Timor operation has been a combined effort of Babcock Offshore Services and the excellent collaboration from the Airbus Oil & Gas support team.”

A total of 33 H175s are in service worldwide, having recorded 43,000 flight hours.

PRESS RELEASE – Marignane: 18 December 2018

First serial H160 takes to the skies with an unique livery to celebrate programme’s 2018.

The first serial H160 to roll off the brand new assembly line in Marignane performed a flight demonstration on the 17 December in front of the H160 team in an end-of-the-year celebration of the programme’s achievements in 2018. The helicopter, which will be delivered to launch customer Babcock in 2020, had already performed its first flight on the 14 December.  

The aircraft’s unique livery is a testimony to the several hundred people working towards the platform’s certification at the end of next year, the programme’s industrial maturity, and its seamless entry into service as they have all signed the helicopter.

The first serial aircraft will join the three prototypes, which have already accumulated over a 1000 flight hours, in the final steps of the flight test campaign, namely confirming that the modifications that have been introduced through the serial configuration have no impact on the helicopter’s excellent handling qualities.

Heli-Expo 2018 – Press Release – 1 March 2018

Babcock to operate the first fleet of H160s.

Las Vegas, 1 March 2018Babcock is set to become the global launch customer for the H160 after signing a five year frame agreement for the purchase of a fleet of H160s. The fleet of H160s is destined for EMS and other critical services missions starting in Europe and to be deployed progressively across Babcock’s bases worldwide.

“The H160 was a natural choice for Babcock’s operations as its large cabin and low vibration levels and its state-of-the-art technology will make it a safe and comfortable environment for mission critical services to work in” said Roger Hardy, Chief Executive Aviation, Babcock International Group. “We are sure that the innovations that the H160 brings to the market will help us deliver our high standards of quality, safety and cost-effectiveness”.

“We are proud that the largest civil helicopter operator has selected the H160 to become its next generation solution for saving lives. As the H160 launch customer, Babcock inaugurates a new era for helicopter operators” said Ben Bridge, Executive Vice President for Global Business at Airbus Helicopters. “In every aspect, from industrial production, to maintenance and fleet management and of course mission readiness, the H160 represents the new standard in helicopter capabilities for the next 30 years” he added.

With 68 patents, the H160 integrates Airbus Helicopters’ latest technological innovations aimed at providing passengers with superior comfort thanks to the sound-reducing Blue Edge blades and superb external visibility for both passengers and pilots, not to mention the additional safety features provided by Helionix’s flight envelope protection and reduced pilot workload. Airbus Helicopters’ new industrial model, based on site specialisation and a plug and play component assembly process, has reduced the H160’s time to market to 24 weeks giving customers more flexibility. This will enable customers to confirm their mission configuration at later stage based on market needs.

Babcock’s Aviation business provides mission critical services, ranging from aerial emergency medical services, aerial fire-fighting, Search and Rescue, Surveillance operations, and Oil and Gas transportation, in 14 countries with over 51 years’ experience in saving lives and protecting the environment.

ANSA News – 21 Febbraio 2018

Elisoccorso, verso aggiudicazione bando. Gara da 93mln per tre basi, due le imprese rimaste in corsa.

(ANSA) – Il Tar della Sardegna ha dichiarato inammissibile e respinto il ricorso promosso dalla società Elitaliana spa contro il bando da 93 milioni di euro per l’assegnazione del servizio di elisoccorso in Sardegna, portato avanti dalla Assl di Olbia. La Ats, quindi, sta procedendo in queste ore ad aggiudicare la gara per la quale erano rimaste in piedi le offerte di due aziende italiane, la Airgreen srl e la Babcock mission critical service Italia spa. 

I dettagli della aggiudicazione saranno resi noti domani, nel corso di una conferenza stampa a Villa Devoto con il presidente della Regione, Francesco Pigliaru, l’assessore della Sanità, Luigi Arru, i direttori generali dell’Ats e dell’Areus, Fulvio Moirano e Giorgio Lenzotti.

“Sono sempre stato certo del buon lavoro di tutto il personale Ats impegnato nella stesura del capitolato di gara, nonché dell’attività da parte della commissione che si è occupata dell’assegnazione – dice Moirano – L’esito della sentenza di oggi lo dimostra”. “Finalmente – aggiunge – possiamo dire con soddisfazione che i cittadini sardi avranno a disposizione un fondamentale servizio di altissima qualità”.

Il servizio sarà effettuato su tre basi: Cagliari Elmas ed Alghero Fertilia (entrambe operative per 12 ore) e Olbia Costa Smeralda (attiva nelle 24 ore). L’aggiudicatario dovrà fornire tre elicotteri tecnicamente attrezzati e il personale di volo e tecnico dotato di adeguata competenza ed esperienza, mentre il personale medico e sanitario sarà a carico del Servizio Sanitario isolano.

(ANSA)

Link del post originale di ANSA: http://www.ansa.it/sardegna/notizie/2018/02/21/elisoccorso-verso-aggiudicazione-bando_7f4e3a41-2ce0-4ce3-8bef-d7cec0aa1eb9.html

WEBSITE NEWS – 1 March 2017

Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia rebrands Inaer Aviation Italia.

As per today, 1st March, Babcock MCS Italia rebrands Inaer Aviation Italia.

All helicopters currently operated in Italy and abroad will be rebranded with “Babcock” blue logo … and Inaer Aviation Italia will disappear from the Italian sky after several years of operation. They will operate a mixed fleet of Airbus Helicopters H145s (EC145) and Leonardo Helicopters (AgustaWestland) AW109s, AW139s, AW169s.

Inaer Aviation Italia was the result of the merge of Inaer (Spain) (after the acquisition of Elidolomiti) and Elilario Italia, subsequently the group also acquired Helitalia.