CHC Group is partnering with Shell and Leonardo to launch the first global implementation of Leonardo Helicopter’s Enhanced Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) on CHC’s AW139 fleet serving Shell in Brazil. HTAWS software and equipment computes in real-time the precise three-dimensional position and velocity of the aircraft in relation to databases of the terrain height and hazardous-obstacle locations. The system allows the pilot to execute immediate changes to the flight trajectory to prevent controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) events in inherently hazardous flight situations.
“Leonardo is the first OEM offering this new safety enhancement on our AW139 and AW189. This is an essential advancement and enabler for safer flight operations, which will greatly benefit the global rotorcraft community,” said Gian Piero Cutillo, managing director for Leonardo Helicopters.
“I must congratulate Leonardo for being the first to field it and I applaud the safety leadership shown by CHC and Shell Brazil, for what I hope will be the first steps in it becoming a standard fit for all offshore helicopters,” said Shell v-p of aircraft Tony Cramp.
“We know effective warning systems save lives,” said HeliOffshore CEO Tim Rolfe. “These systems have already been installed in helicopters, but the collaborative efforts of the offshore industry demonstrate that tailoring the warning system to the offshore environment will deliver crucial safety improvements every day.”