Airbus Helicopters has expanded on its initial Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM) for H225 (formerly EC225) aircraft in oil and gas missions – the first such source document produced by a rotorcraft manufacturer – and has announced the release of a complete version, now extended to include emergency procedures.
Airbus Helicopters worked closely on the document with a group of Oil & Gas operators, whose operational inputs and feedback have been continuously taken into account to create the most comprehensive FCOM possible.
“HeliOffshore commends Airbus for their leadership in delivering the first Flight Crew Operations Manual for offshore helicopters,” said Gretchen Haskins, the CEO of HeliOffshore. “This work will help to optimise global operating procedures and can be used to improve training for our crews. Working in partnership, we can deliver significant safety benefits for the frontline.”
This latest version of the H225 FCOM now includes aircraft manufacturer guidance for enhanced operational safety during both routine and abnormal situations, focusing on procedures for operating state-of-the-art glass cockpits, automated systems, and guidance on work-share among pilots – also known as Crew Resource Management (CRM).
“The FCOM not only reinforces our company’s commitment to safety as our number one priority, but it also serves as an important information source allowing for standardized operations in the offshore sector, which contributes to increasing safety throughout the industry,” said Gilles Bruniaux, Airbus Helicopters Vice President of Aviation Safety. “We are proud to be the first in the rotorcraft industry to offer such a resource to our customers, and this comprehensive version now provides all the necessary information to help them best prepare their own Standard Operating Procedures.”
The H225 FCOM is made available to customers through the company’s e-TechPub online customer portal, and is being offered free of charge this year.
Additional manuals are planned for other Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft deployed in oil and gas missions – including the new H175, now in service in the North Sea.