News: EASA Airworthiness Directive issued: H225 and AS332LS
EASA, as the European regulator, is part of the system which operates to ensure safety of the aviation industry. The Directive allows limited operations and describes additional maintenance checks and operational actions with which operators must comply.
The next step is for National Aviation Authorities to review the Directive and consider it in relation to any Operational Directives in force in their countries, with which helicopter operators must also comply.
HeliOffshore members who operate these aircraft types will review the evidence and determine, with customers, the implications of the EASA Directive for search-and-rescue and oil-and-gas operations – with safety being their primary consideration.
At each step, for every organisation involved, the safety of passengers and crew comes first.
HeliOffshore continues to enable a global collaboration that is enhancing safety at the frontline of our industry, protecting the lives of all who travel offshore by helicopter.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a statement relating to the EASA Airworthiness Directive, which is available here: https://www.caa.co.uk/News/CAA-statement-on-Super-Puma-EC225LP-and-AS332L2-Airworthiness-Directive/
The Norwegian CAA has issued a statement that their restrictions on the H225 and AS332LS remain in place, which you can read here: http://www.luftfartstilsynet.no/aktuelt/Fortsatt_flygeforbud_for_EC225LP_og_AS332L2
You can read the original restriction in English here:
We will provide updates, including links to any further information, here on our website. We are maintaining a document with links to information relating to the helicopter accident in Turøy, Norway, on 29 April 2016, which you can access here.