Five-bladed Airbus H145 Enters Offshore Wind Market

 - September 18, 2020, 7:45 AM
HTM-Helicopters is adding another four-bladed Airbus H145D2 and the five-bladed H145D3 to its fleet for wind turbine support. (Photo: Airbus Helicopters)

HTM-Helicopters will be the first operator to use the new five-blade Airbus Helicopters H145D3 in the offshore wind market. HTM recently signed a contract to purchase two additional Airbus H145 helicopters. Airbus plans to deliver the first helicopter, a four-blade H145D2, during this year's fourth quarter, followed by the second aircraft, a five-blade H145D3, by the middle of next year. Plans call for HTM's maintenance organization, Intercopter, to later upgrade the four-bladed H145D2 with the new five-blade rotor system.

The new aircraft will operate from HTM’s bases at Norden-Norddeich, Emden, Borkum, and Helgoland. Missions will include passenger transport to and from wind farms and hoisting technicians to the wind turbines. The two helicopters will come with a hoist, floatation equipment, and a cargo hook. 

Fully owned by Heristo Aktiengesellschaft since April 2020, HTM is one of the largest helicopter companies in Germany. HTM’s core business is provisioning helicopters for civil and military customers, offshore operations, emergency medical services, commercial air transport, flight training, and aerial work including external load operations in mountainous terrain. 

The H145 is equipped with two Safran Arriel 2E engines and the Helionix digital avionics, including a four-axis autopilot. The D3 variant features a five-blade bearingless main rotor system that provides a 330-pound useful load increase and delivers a smoother ride.