The North Sea Service Centre opened featuring Eurocopter’s EC225 helicopter simulator at Aberdeen, and CHC Helicopter signed a key training contract. The service centre will provide training, technical support and logistics facility in close proximity to helicopter operators who support the region’s vital oil and gas industry – as well as the emerging wind farm sector.
A long-term training agreement was signed with CHC Helicopter for at least 800 hours of annual EC225 simulator utilisation.
The location was strategic to keep up with the pace of North Sea helicopter activity. Currently, 100 Eurocopter helicopters are operated in the North Sea, generating more than 100,000 flight hours a year. A total of 45 are based at Aberdeen, another 11 are located at other UK bases, along with 31 across Norway. There are a further eight in the Netherlands, and five in Denmark.
In anticipation of future expansion for the North Sea Service Centre, sufficient space is available to add another simulator at a later date, potentially for Eurocopter’s new EC175 helicopter.