First H-215 helicopter delivered in China
For utility missions
China’s State Grid General Aviation Company (SGGAC) has taken delivery of one heavy twin-engine H-215 helicopter –a member of the Super Puma family– becoming the launch customer for this model in the Country. A subsidiary of the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), a world utility company, SGGAC performs aerial construction and maintenance work along China’s network of high and very-high voltage power lines.
The H-215 will join the company’s existing fleet of 15 Airbus helicopters, comprised of H-125s, an H-120 and an H-225. This addition will enable SGGAC to perform new missions (cable repair, cable laying, cargo transportation, and power line pylons constructions in difficult-to-reach areas).
The aircraft comes equipped with a 4.5-ton cargo sling, hoists, weather radar, and a wire-strike protection system. The configuration features 17 seats equipped with oxygen jackets for high altitude missions.
The helicopter combines advanced avionics and a platform for rugged multi-mission capabilities in the world’s harshest environments. Standard features include proven Makila 1A1 engines, the latest generation flight management system, and the most modern technologies, which includes a glass cockpit avionics system and the renowned 4-axis autopilot from Airbus Helicopters’ advanced H-225.
The introduction of this H-215 increases China’s Super Puma fleet to nearly 40 units, performing a wide range of missions from oil & gas to aerial work to VIP transportation. The fleet is supported by Airbus Helicopters’ China technical team, its approved helicopter MRO centre in Shenzhen, and an H-225 full flight simulator located in Beijing.
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