Wiking, December 12, 2017 - Sande – Wiking’s own in-house ATO (Approved Training Organisation) has successfully completed the first type rating for the new fleet model, the Airbus H145.
Having its own ATO, Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH is now in a position to carry out training not only for the helicopter type S76, but also for the H145.
Presently Wiking has two Airbus H145 aircraft at its disposal for offshore operations.
The in-house ATO makes it possible for the company to train its own pilots according to requirements and tailor the growth of the fleet with the qualification of the pilots. The ATO is also available to 3rd parties for their type rating and training needs. With the additional aircraft, Wiking is taking a further step towards its goal of fleet modernisation.
About WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH: WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH has been working for more than 42 years as specialist for offshore operations in the North and Baltic Sea, operating 6 helicopters of the types Sikorsky S76, Leonard Helicopters 139, and Airbus H145. Originally established purely as a support service for sea-pilot transfer in the German Bight, WIKING continues to operate this service as part of the sea-pilot transfer network for inbound and outbound ships in the German Bight.
Since the introduction of the helicopter sea-pilot transfer service, the company has carried out more than 55,000 accident free transfers. In addition, Wiking has grown in the area of supply services to offshore projects, principally in connection with wind energy. Here passengers and equipment are carried to platforms and crane ships offshore from onshore sites in Wilhelmshaven and Emden.
Since 2012 Wiking has also operated a HEMS service dedicated to the emergency needs of offshore personnel in the offshore wind industry. The service is based at the JadeWeserAirport and operates 24 hour response readiness