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HTM will be first to deploy H145s for offshore wind farms
The delivery of the first helicopter to HTM, a four-bladed H145, is scheduled for the fourth quarter, while the second aircraft, a five-bladed H145 will be delivered mid next year. Intercopter will perform upgrades.
The H145 is a match for the rigours of wind farm missions.

German operator HTM Helicopters has signed a contract to purchase two additional H145 rotorcraft from Airbus Helicopters. HTM will be the first operator to use the new five-bladed H145 in the offshore wind segment. “We thank HTM for its continued trust in Airbus Helicopters and our products,” says Thomas Hein, head of sales western Europe at Airbus Helicopters. “Since HTM started offshore wind operations in 2008, it has relied on H135 and H145 helicopters for its demanding operations.”

The delivery of the first helicopter, a four-bladed H145, is scheduled for the fourth quarter this year, while the second aircraft, a five-bladed H145 will be delivered in the middle of next year. The four-bladed H145 will also later be upgraded with the new five-bladed rotor system by HTM's maintenance organisation InterCopter.

The two new aircraft will be operated from HTM's bases at Norden-Norddeich, Emden, Borkum and Helgoland in Germany. For its missions, which include passenger transport to and from wind farms and hoisting technicians to wind turbines, the two helicopters will be equipped with a powerful hoist, flotation equipment and a cargo hook.

Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with FADEC and the Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a high performance four-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload.

The new upgrade of the H145 boasts several features that will allow customers to enhance their operations: the five-blade bearingless rotor increases the useful load by 150 kg, further enhancing the mission capabilities of the aircraft. This new rotor also improves crew and passenger comfort. Other advantages include a smaller D-value, allowing the H145 to operate in more confined areas, simplified maintenance and an increased availability rate.

HTM Helicopters is one of the largest helicopter companies in Germany and employs around 150 people. Since April 2020, it has been fully owned by Heristo Aktiengesellschaft. The core business of the HTM Group is the provisioning of helicopters for civil and military customers, offshore operations, emergency medical services, commercial air transport, flight training and aerial work, which includes external load operations in mountainous terrain.

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