Helicopter to be used in environmental patrol operations
Johannesburg, 23 June 2016 – Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) delivered a new H125 rotorcraft to Namibia's Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism in Windhoek today.
The helicopter was ordered last August and has been customized for day and night time operations, enabling it to fly anti-poaching and other missions in the vast country. Custom equipment includes an SX Nightsun light for night-time flights and a cargo swing so that large animals and other items can be carried.
In typical operations, the H125 will be flown by a pilot and able to carry up to 5 passengers on flights of up to four and a half hours or over a distance of approximately 630 kilometres.
AHZA assembled the new helicopter at its Grand Central, Midrand base near Johannesburg, South Africa. The Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism's pilot was also trained at AHZA and was among the first to make use of the company's new AS350/H125 helicopter flight simulator, which was recently commissioned.
The H125 is a member of Airbus Helicopters' rugged and proven Ecureuil (Squirrel) family. Some 5,000 single-engine Ecureuils have been delivered in more than 100 countries for some 1,600 operators. Of these, more than 170 are flown by African operators.
The worldwide fleet has accumulated more than 23 million flight hours. operating in a variety of roles including utility transport, emergency medical, environment and wildlife protection and airborne law enforcement among the most common missions. It is especially suited to high performance missions in high & hot conditions which are typical in Namibia and across Southern Africa.
About Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA)
Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa was formed in 1994 and has its headquarters at Grand Central Airport (Gauteng). AHZA also has a satellite base at Cape Town International Airport and a line maintenance facility at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. It supports a regional fleet of approximately 150 turbine helicopters in service with emergency medical rescue, law enforcement, environmental protection, infrastructure servicing and commercial operators. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of its parent company, Airbus Helicopters S.A.S.
About Airbus Helicopters
Airbus Helicopters, a division of Airbus Group, provides the most efficient civil and military helicopter solutions worldwide. Its in-service fleet includes nearly 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in 154 countries. Airbus Helicopters employs more than 22,000 people worldwide and in 2015 generated revenues of 6.8 billion Euros.