This Position Paper addresses ASC and IOGP’s response to the recent lifting of the Super Puma flight restrictions by the UK and Norwegian aviation authorities.
- On the 7th July, the UK and Norwegian Civil Aviation Authorities announced their decision to lift operating restrictions on Airbus Helicopters H225LP and AS332L2 helicopters.
- The announcement by the UK and Norwegian authorities does not automatically clear the way to an immediate return to service of the H225LP and AS332L2 helicopter fleet. Operators must first prepare and validate a detailed safety case including specific maintenance processes, tooling and training.
- EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), who are the certification body for the aircraft, lifted its previous flight prohibition in October 2016.
- The announcement by the UK and Norwegian authorities was met with disappointment by the UK and Norwegian unions.
- IOGP’s Aviation Subcommittee, HeliOffshore, and the North Sea Unions are formulating appropriate risk based responses to the announcement and any potential return to service of the H225LP and AS332L2 helicopters.