Norway-based helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul provider Heli-One has been contracted by Knut Axel Ugland Holding (KAUH) to fit two of its Airbus H225s for SAR.
According to Heli-One, the aircraft will be fitted with a stretcher with base plate and a medical equipment wall, as well as being given return-to-service maintenance. The aircraft will also be gaining: Euronav 7 upgrade; USB Charging Port installation; Dual Hoist; Trakka Searchlight; FLIR console; NVIS-compatible cabin; and AIS Transponder system.
The KAUH-owned aircraft are then due to be operated by the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG), which is responsible for SAR operations within Iceland – an area of around 1.9 million square kilometres.
Heli-One has experience in this type of outfitting, having previously completed a similar SAR upgrade on other aircraft, including the Sikorsky S-92 and Airbus AS332. The company adds that the medical equipment wall has been designed to maximise crew ergonomics and efficiency while providing treatment to passengers and tool-free reconfiguration for flexible and quick adaptation.
“The team is looking forward to installing these cabin modifications to help SAR crews perform essential services. We have a great legacy of working with SAR crews and operators and developing solutions that make their jobs easier and safer,” said Eddie Lane, President, Heli-One.
Heli-One believes that the aircraft will be completed within six weeks at its facility in Stavanger, Norway.