A safety training firm is working together with Airbus Helicopters to help heighten safety in North Sea helicopter operations.
Airbus Helicopters has carried out a number of trials at Falck’s Aberdeen training centre, including tests and demonstrations on newly installed grab handles, as well as other safety equipment incorporated into the cabin.
Falck Safety Services opened its doors to leading rotorcraft manufacturer Airbus Helicopters, providing use of its safety training pool and helicopter immersion simulator, to carry out underwater trials on the updated safety features within Airbus Helicopters’ cabins.
Under the scope of its Safety Partnership initiative, the rotorcraft firm is working on a variety of safety and survivability updates to aircraft cabins. The initiative was launched to help bring together Airbus Helicopters’ efforts to implement and improve safety practices and standards in close cooperation with operators and industry.
While the partnership is an Airbus Helicopters initiative, it provides a collaborative and constructive framework for all involved parties to exchange and implement safety best practices.
Andrew Dettl, North Sea fleet centre site and customer support director at Airbus Helicopters UK, said: “Under Airbus Helicopters’ Safety Partnership initiative, in cooperation with the offshore workforce, we are constantly looking at ways of improving safety.
“In teaming up with Falck, our aircraft will benefit from Falck’s best-in-class expertise, helping to further improve levels of safety above and beyond current industry standards. These trials involved some quite demanding escape exercises and I’d like to thank the workforce volunteers who have helped us optimise the design of the new features.”