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Aviator Group Becomes H135 Helionix Global Fleet Leader

Atul Chandra - : Jun 16, 2021 - : 7:04 pm

With its H135 helicopters equipped with Helionix avionics systems, surpassing 2,600 flight hours, Airbus Helicopters’ Australian customer Aviator Group is the world-wide H135 Helionix fleet leader.

Aviator operates its H135 supporting Helicopter Marine Pilot Transfers (HMPT) services for the Pilbara Port Authority and the Port of Port Hedland, the busiest bulk commodity port in the world, with more than 500 transfers per month with a 99.9% on-time performance dispatch rate.

Together, the Aviator’s two H135 aircraft have accumulated 4,324 flight hours, encompassing 94% of Marine Pilot transfers in Port Hedland.

Airbus Australia Pacific Managing Director, Andrew Mathewson said “The H135 equipped with Helionix is an Airbus Helicopters 3-tonne class light twin best seller.  It represents the perfect balance between flight performance, flight safety, reliability and cost of operations, while maintaining its unmatchable agility. We’re proud to support Aviator Group with their Helicopter Marine Pilot Transfers throughout the busy and essential ports of Australia.”

The H135 Helionix avionics system designed by Airbus Helicopters, features a 4-axis autopilot which significantly reduces the workload of the pilot and brings the H135 to an unrivalled level of safety due to the additional functions and mission features it adds to the H135’s capability.

The Aviator Group is also the first operator in the world to utilise Night Vision Goggles (NVG) for HMPT in the H135.

Aviator Group Chief Operating Officer, Keith Thompson said “The H135 Helionix provides a an efficient, safe and reliable Helicopter Marine Pilot Transfer (HMPT) service to a major Port customer. Our service is supported by a dedicated team of pilots and engineers, and strongly backed by Airbus HCare Smart solutions.”

“Our second H135, also with Helionix, is on the same trajectory to reach a similar flight hour milestone. It’s already reached more than 1,400 hours despite only commencing operations in April 2020,” Thompson continued.

Aviator Group is the leading specialist provider of Helicopter Marine Pilot Transfer (HMPT) servicing busy Australian ports.  It conducts more than 15,000 HMPT transfers annually across multiple locations including the ports of Port Hedland, Mackay, Hay Point and Gladstone. Port of Newcastle services will commence in November 2021.

Airbus’ Helionix offers an innovative cockpit layout which helps to increase situational awareness. Designed with three large multi-function displays, the flight deck is immediately NVG compatible, and includes a First Limit Indicator (FLI) which highlights the appropriate engine instrument data for the pilot in one indicator.

Two touchscreen GPS/Nav/Comm GTN-750 ensure an all-in-one GPS navigation and communication system.

The Traffic Advisory System TAS620A is another key feature delivered by the Helionix avionics suite, which improves flight safety by assisting pilots in detecting and avoiding aircraft intersecting their flight path.

The H135 world-wide fleet has accumulated more than 5.8 million flight hours.

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