LCI Receives First Airbus Helicopters H175 and Places on Lease with CHC

Lease Corporation International (LCI)

recently took delivery of its first Airbus Helicopters H175 aircraft and placed it on lease with CHC. The aircraft will be based out of Aberdeen, Scotland, supporting oil and gas production activities in the North Sea.

“This is an important day for LCI as we take delivery of this excellent, new generation helicopter,” said Crispin Maunder, executive chairman of LCI. “The H175 is now becoming established as a proven and versatile aircraft, which efficiently is serving the growing oil and gas sector around the world. We are delighted to be accepting our first H175 from Airbus Helicopters, building on LCI’s long-established working relationship with the Airbus Group covering almost $1.5 billion in new deliveries to date.”

LCI CEO Michael Platt added, “We believe that the new CHC is well positioned in the market and we are very pleased to be part of their re-fleeting and growth strategy. With our extensive experience in placing helicopters for use in the oil and gas sector, we are confident we can add value to CHC’s operations in the long term.”

hours. “The handover of LCI’s first H175, and the imminent start of operations with CHC, confirms the aptitude of this aircraft for the oil and gas market,” said Ben Bridge, Executive Vice President Global Sales at Airbus Helicopters. “From day one, passengers will benefit from the smooth and comfortable ride, whilst LCI and CHC will appreciate the efficiencies of the H175; not least its impressive cruise speed and its 140nm range with 16 passengers.”

LCI’s helicopter fleet is currently made up of approximately 60 helicopters in service and on order. In addition to the Airbus Helicopters H175, it also includes the manufacturer’s H130 helicopter, and Leonardo Helicopters’ AW139, AW169 and AW189 family.

IHST Partner Releases New Helicopter Flight Instructor Guide

The European partner of the International Helicopter Safety Team has recently updated and released a comprehensive 168-page guide

for helicopter flight instructors based on extensive feedback from the helicopter training community. The goal of the guide, which was developed in coordination with the Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority, is to provide a primary resource for instructors and a strong foundation for safe helicopter operations.

The Instructor Guide is organized into two parts, one focused on “teaching and learning” and the other part on air exercises. Teaching and learning (part one) includes the following topics: • The learning process and the teaching process • Training philosophies • Techniques of applied instruction • Student evaluation and testing • Training program development • Human performance and limitations relevant to flight instruction • Training administration

The Airbus Helicopters H175 is a new generation 7.8-ton, 16-passenger aircraft in the super-medium category. Its primary mission is to support off-shore oil and gas activities but it also is an excellent search-and-rescue (SAR) aircraft. The H175 is configured with the reliable and proven Pratt & Whitney PT-6 engines plus a Helionix avionics suite with 4-axis autopilot, and fully certified to the latest FAR/JAR 29 certification standards.

“The addition of another H175 to our fleet in EMEA is another key step towards our goal to offer our customers a productive, safe and reliable fleet that can best meet the needs of our global customers,” said Karl Fessenden, President and Chief Executive Officer of CHC. “LCI is an experienced lessor when it comes to placing aircraft in the oil and gas sector, and we are proud to partner with them on this new aircraft.”

There are currently 18 H175 aircraft supporting oil and gas activities, with an accumulated flying time exceeding 16,000

Air exercises (part two) includes 30 areas of fundamental flight operation. Some of the essential topics are: • Emergency procedures • Power and attitude changes • Climbing, descending and turning • Basic and advanced autorotation • Transitions from hover to climb and approach to hover • Spot turns, steep turns, and quick stops • Practice forced landing • Navigation at low heights and in reduced visibility • Limited power and confined areas • Basic instrument flight

The Instructor Guide can be found in the Safety Tools-Training area of the IHST website. The IHST was formed in 2005 to lead a government/industry cooperative effort to promote helicopter safety and work to reduce accidents and fatalities.

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