To meet the energy industry’s needs as exploration and production move farther offshore, the H225 combines the ability to carry 19 passengers in its air-conditioned cabin with its heavy-lift capacity and excellent range. Cabin space is unhampered by the need to carry a fuel tank, whatever the mission range.
The H225 offers an automatic rig approach mode – called Rig ’N Fly – that brings the helicopter up to the landing’s visual decision point. The pilot can select either a direct or an offset approach. The navigational display shows the oil rig waypoint, oil rig radar echo, current flight plan, plus an automatic identification system (AIS) from ships, which allow crews to anticipate potential obstacles and to modify the approach with a safer and more efficient trajectory.
The aircraft's role-change capacity enables a rapid reconfiguration to over-water search and rescue (SAR) duties.
The H225 is recognised as the reference in SAR operations thanks to a takeoff sequence of less than five minutes; an all-weather capability including in severe icing conditions; and an extra-long range with auxiliary fuel tanks, leaving its long cabin free for the mission.
Cockpit crew benefit from SAR modes with search patterns and an automatic transition to hover with one-metre precision starting from any flight attitude. The work of cabin crew is aided by precise hoisting and hover control from the cabin, as well as the H225’s long cabin with wet and dry areas, large windows, and wide sliding doors.
A range of mission equipment is available, such as an electro-optical system (EOS), searchlights, cabin console, hailer public address system, an automatic identification system (AIS), direction finder, radar, dual hoist and stretchers.
With superior lifting power, endurance and manoeuvrability, the H225 is always ready for the most rigorous utility, aerial work, firefighting and power line missions.
Thanks to the real-time display of power margins and state-of-the-art vehicle monitoring system (VMS), pilots can fully concentrate on the mission at hand. During the transportation of sling loads, the 4-axis autopilot maintains exceptional precision and stability.
Armed with powerful engines and a sling capacity of up to 4.75 tonnes, the H225 makes heavy lifting easy, while certified equipment and proven procedures ensure the highest levels of safety.
Typical missions include power line repair; pylon assembly in remote areas; cable-laying; aerial pruning; and air crane missions. The H225 is the only class-C certified helicopter for operation with loads in contact with the ground (such as cables and power lines).
For firefighting missions, solutions include a belly tank, belly water cannon or water bombing kits. The H225 is a civil certified helicopter that can both battle fires and transport firefighters to and from the scene, as well as reconfigure to other missions in fires’ off-season – including passenger transport.
The H225 can accommodate up to 11 passengers in exceptional comfort. Selected by heads of state and governments for its outstanding qualities, its attributes include a high cruise speed, low sound and vibration levels, and cabin space.
The H225’s extensive customisations include a cabin featuring one or two lounges, large armchairs, a foldable table, galley, toilet unit, and a wide selection of refined materials.