NHC Adds Second EC155 to Fleet
German Northern HeliCopter GmbH (NHC) added another EC155B1 helicopter to be use for crew changes and transport flights to offshore installations or ships in the North Sea
NHC, May 25, 2018 - Emden, Germany - German helicopter operator Northern HeliCopter GmbH (NHC) based in Emden has just added another Airbus H155 B1 helicopter to its fleet.
The aircraft is equipped with two powerful 947 HP engines (SHE Arriel 2C2) and has a rotor diameter of 12.6 m which enables it to fly to almost any offshore wind turbine in German waters.
Like one of NHC’s other helicopters, the activities of the new fleet member will be focussed on crew changes and transport flights to helidecks and helipads on offshore installations or ships.
"We are pleased to now be able to offer the services of a second helicopter of this type," says Frank Zabell, CEO of Northern HeliCopter; "Our customers appreciate the high comfort and low vibration and noise levels on board. With a cruising speed of 145 knots, this type of helicopter is perfect for crew changes in the offshore sector."
The NHC fleet consists of five helicopters in all: two for crew changes and transport flights, one for ambulance flights in the East Frisian Islands region and two for offshore rescue missions (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, HEMS for short).
During the early days of offshore wind energy in Germany, NHC focussed on offshore rescue and, as market leader for HEMS in the German North Sea region, expanded its service portfolio to include crew changes and transport flights in 2016. NHC has also been the market leader for HEMS in the German Baltic Sea since the beginning of 2018.
About NHC: Northern HeliCopter GmbH, based in Emden, employs more than 80 people and operates six helicopters. The company has more than 25 years of experience in the field of air rescue and, in addition to offshore rescue, offers air ambulance services and passenger transport. In 2014 a base in St. Peter-Ording was established next to Emden, and on 1 January 2018 another base in Güttin on the island of Rügen was established to significantly reduce the approach time to offshore wind farms. In 2011 NHC was the first private company that offers 365 days a year, 24 hours a day rescue flights in the Deutsche Bucht.
With the introduction of the holistic offshore rescue concept WINDEAcare, NHC has established itself as the 1 of 2 market leader in the industry in collaboration with partners in emergency medicine and, more recently, with partners specialising in fire fighting.