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EASA certifies Rig'N Fly automatic approach mode on H225
Airbus Helicopters has received EASA certification for the Rig'N Fly, an avionics enhancement which is designed to provide automated rig approaches during offshore operations.

Airbus Helicopters has received EASA certification for the Rig'N Fly, an avionics enhancement which is designed to provide automated rig approaches during offshore operations. First developed on the H225, it will also be available on the H175 by the end of 2016 and then on the H160. Rig'N Fly uses a range of sensors including GPS, barometric and radar altimeters and weather radar to enhance flight precision and situational awareness for automatic VMC and IMC rig approaches.

The system reduces workload for pilots, allowing them to focus on monitoring flight parameters and the outside environment.

This new mode also includes offset approaches, which can be tailored according to weather conditions and oil rig environment for the safest, standardised approach, placing the helideck in the most easily visible position for the crew.

"Rig'N Fly procedures are of the utmost importance to ensure reliable operations and the safest flight conditions possible," says Marie-Agnes Veve, who heads up the Super Puma and H225 programme. "With the Rig'N Fly, almost the entire approach is automated, a key element in ensuring that our customers have the right technologies for safe, smooth and efficient flights."

Using the digital map (DMAP) and the enhanced cursor control device (ECCD), the pilots will be able to modify the approach if required.

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