U.K. CAA To Review North Sea Helo Safety

By Anthony Osborne tony.osborne@aviationweek.com
Source: AWIN First

A group of helicopter operators plan to announce further safety cooperation at the show on Sept. 25.

In the meantime, the AS332L2 has returned to commercial operations after U.K. air accident investigators said they could not find a technical reason for the accident.

Following a nine-month grounding, EC225 operations in the U.K. have yet to fully resume. Eurocopter says that around half of the grounded aircraft have returned to service using interim fixes mandated by EASA in July. But so far only CHC has restarted commercial operations with the type in the North Sea. Bond Offshore said it is working with oil companies before returning the type to flight operations, but won’t say when that will be. Bristow has also taken a similar approach, and managers have previously suggested that a return to operations might not occur until later this year.

The EC225 issues have not halted sales of the aircraft. Bond Offshore’s parent company, Avincis Group, announced it would buy three EC225s for its new subsidiary, Bond Helicopters Australia, to service a multimillion dollar, five-year contract with the PTTEP Australasia Group of Companies in the Timor Sea.

The CAA’s findings are due to be published in early 2014.

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