Following the release by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of proposals to allow the return to service of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that its existing restriction, prohibiting all commercial flying of this type by UK operators, is to remain in place.
Offshore Co-ordinating Group (OCG) Chair Tommy Campbell and Unite Regional Officer has stated : ” Of course this decision of The EASA lifting restrictions is not welcome at all. In fact its very premature and as far as we are concerned the Norwegian CAA is yet to have a full investigation and until we know the outcome of that full independent investigation the 225’s should remain grounded. Therefore the decision by the EASA is completely premature.
We also welcome the fact that the UK CAA has continued to keep in place existing restrictions to all commercial flying of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2 airframes. The safety of all offshore workers and the helicopter pilots is our first and utmost priority so that they can can come home safely to their families and friends ”
Contact : Chair of the OCG,Tommy Campbell,Unite the Union, Regional Officer
Aberdeen Unite Office : 01224 645 271