Airbus Helicopters supports the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) through the commissioning of two Airbus H225 helicopters for search and rescue (SAR) missions, the first step towards the renewal of its helicopter fleet.
These helicopters replace two of the three Airbus AS332L1 Super Pumas currently in service with the Icelandic Coast Guard, the first of which entered the fleet in the 1995. The aircraft are leased by the Norwegian landlord of helicopters Knut Axel Ugland Holding AS and will both be in service by the end of April 2019. The ICG plans to purchase replacement helicopters for all three aircraft in its fleet by the 2022.
Under a HCare Smart contract - Parts By the Hour (PBH), Airbus Helicopters is providing training to pilots and technicians on the key features of the H225 and will guarantee ICG ongoing maintenance and support.
The 11 ton H225 twin-engine helicopter is the latest member of the Airbus Helicopters Super Puma Family. Equipped with more powerful engines, it guarantees a smoother flight experience and better performance than the AS332L1.
Equipped with state-of-the-art electronic instrumentation and autopilot to 4 axles, the H225 offers exceptional strength, high cruising speed and can be customized with a wide range of SAR equipment. Operated by two pilots, it can be configured with up to 18 seats or six stretchers.
The H225 and the military H225M are the reference point in SAR operations and are operated by 20 nations in the world.