Noordzee Helicopters Vlaanderen (NHV) has ordered six more Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) EC175s on 25 February 2014, increasing its acquisitions of the new rotorcraft to 16. NHV is an EC175 launch customer, booking its first contract for 10 of the mid-sized, twin-engine helicopters in 2012.
Based in Oostende (Ostend), Belgium, NHV is specialized in business-to-business aviation services. Its helicopters are deployed to nine different countries on three continents. NHV’s missions range from services for the oil and gas industry to heli-lift duties for harbor pilots, wind farm operators, governments and hospitals.
Deliveries of NHV’s first newly ordered EC175 is planned later this year. Expecting much of the new chopper, Airbus Helicopters is locating the first EC175 Level D full-flight simulator in France. The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s latest PT6C67E engine, developed specifically for the EC175. The chopper has a cruise speed of 165 knots.
Source: Airbus Helicopters