Safety is in the DNA of Airbus Helicopters. It is our number one priority, governing everything we do.
Not only are all our engineers and technicians strongly committed to producing the highest level of trust in our products, but as CTO I see it as my own, personal, responsibility to help improve the safety of our helicopters.
After the H225 accident off Norway, as with every accident, we examined everything in minute detail.
It’s what we do - to discover how we can learn, how we can update our processes, design, technology, from development to manufacture, assembly and repair. Airbus Helicopters has invested, still invests, and will invest considerable time and resources in improving safety on the H225, and the rest of our fleet.
These continued enhancements see us setting new benchmarks; the new standards benefit our entire range.
On the H225, we also invited a working group of experts to share the findings external industry and research bodies. We had one goal in mind: to raise the overall bar in safety.
At Airbus Helicopters, innovation is geared towards safety and performance. Short term, mid-term and even long term, we aim to use our research to find applications to improve both safety and performance across all our helicopters. And, with them, the rest of the industry as well.
Airbus has developed and introduced specific training courses for maintenance personnel for the purpose of minimising any risk of inappropriate identification of metallic residues found by the detection system. Airbus has also completed trials, organised in collaboration with HeliOffshore and North Sea operators, in a new approach for identifying where ‘error proofing’ features are most needed in order to support maintenance engineers during the most critical tasks.