The Icelandic
Coast Guard (ICG) has added two Airbus H225
heavy search and rescue (SAR) helicopters to its fleet.

 The aircraft are
replacing two of the ICG’s three existing Airbus AS332L1 Super
Pumas, the first of which entered service in 1995.

The H225s are being
leased from Norwegian helicopter lessor Knut Axel Ugland Holding
AS and will both be in service by the end of April 2019.


Icelandic Coast Guard Airbus H225. Click to enlarge.

The ICG
plans to purchase permanent replacements for all three aircraft in
its fleet by 2022. Airbus Helicopters is providing pilot and
technician training on key features of the H225 and ongoing
maintenance and support under an HCare Smart Parts By the Hour
contract.

The 11-tonne category, twin-engine H225 is the latest
member of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family with more powerful
engines providing a smoother ride and enhanced performance
compared to the AS332L1.

Equipped with state-of-the-art
electronic instruments and a 4-axis autopilot system, the H225
offers can be
fitted with a wide range of SAR equipment. Operated by two pilots,
it can be configured with up to 18 seats or six stretchers.

Commander S.G. Sindri
Steingrimsson, Director Flight Operations at the ICG said, “The
experience with our current fleet of Super Pumas has been
excellent through the years. Overall they have done a fantastic
job for us here at the Icelandic Coast Guard, in some of the most
challenging conditions for aircraft SAR operations in the world.
We fully expect that the new Super Pumas will add great value to
the safety and security of our operations, increasing capability
and reliability while at the same time modernising our
technological standards to meet current needs.”

The
H225 and military H225M are benchmarks in SAR and combat SAR and
are operated by 20 nations worldwide. 

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