Aviashelf to operate AW189 aircraft for transport operations from Sakhalin Island
Aviashelf is set to operate Leonardo’s AW189 super medium helicopter to support the oil and gas industry by carrying out transport operations from Sakhalin Island in Russia.
The aircraft is to be supplied along with a support and training package and is expected to be delivered next year.
It has been designed to withstand all weather conditions and comes with a full ice protection system.
According to Leonardo, the 8.3 tonne (t) / 8.6t AgustaWestland AW189 is a multirole helicopter that has been developed with a large capacity and long-range capability.
It further noted that the AW189 complies with certification and safety standards, as well as meeting the requirements enlisted in the oil and gas producers’ helicopter operations guidelines.
The aircraft’s cabin comprises 16 seats with the option of a high-density 19-seat layout. Its cockpit design is designed to reduce crew workload and improve safety and is claimed to incorporate advanced situational awareness technologies.
The main gear box of AW189 has a 50-minute ‘run-dry’ capability, meant for long-range operations.
To date, agreements have been signed for the supply of more than 150 AW189s worldwide.
In 2014, an agreement was signed with Russian state-owned oil and gas company Rosneft for the supply of around 160 aircraft.
Image: The AW189 super medium helicopter has a full ice protection system. Photo: courtesy of Leonardo Società per azioni.