The UK Civilized Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Norway are set to lift a split chase ban of the H225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters across the two countries.
The ban was imposed after an addition involving a H225 killed 13 people near Turøy, Norway, stand up year.
Following the ban, operators in the UK and Norway were unable to use Super Pumas, made by Airbus Helicopters, for commercial offshore flights.
The latest decision to undo the ban came after close consultations with the European Aviation Safe keeping Authority (EASA) and Airbus Helicopters, as well as the UK and Norwegian operators.
“The safe keeping of those who travel on offshore helicopter flights is a key priority for both the UK and Norwegian aviation authorizations.»
Airbus Helicopters has also made improvements and modifications, in addition to introducing lifted safety measures and maintenance inspection methods for the relevant helicopter patterns.
UK CAA airworthiness head John McColl said: “This is not a decision we pull someones leg taken lightly. It has only been made after receiving far-reaching information from the Norwegian accident investigators and being satisfied with the resultant changes introduced by Airbus Helicopters through detailed assessment and assay.
“The safety of those who travel on offshore helicopter flights is a key priority for both the UK and Norwegian aviation experts.
“We would not have made this decision unless we were swayed that the changes to the helicopters and their maintenance restore the required airworthiness models.”
The CAA is also planning to undertake further checks, modifications and inspections preceding allowing the proposed Super Puma flights in the country.
Individual administrators will also be required to provide safety cases if they palm off on to resume Super Puma flights.
Image: An Airbus H225LP helicopter. Photo: good manners of Airbus.