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Survitecís Halo lifejacket awarded ETSO approval from EASA

Posted 27 January 2020 · Add Comment

Survitecís new passenger lifejacket solution for helicopter transfer, Halo, has received European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) approval certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Courtesy Survitec

The market-leading technology and demand for Halo is evident as Survitec secures its first Halo order with Belgium-headquartered helicopter service provider, NHV Helicopters, almost immediately after receiving the approval status.

ETSO approval verifies that Halo Passenger meets stringent safety standards as defined within ETSO C13f and ETSO 2C504, which approves it for use as a helicopter constant-wear lifejacket for operations to and from helidecks located in hostile sea areas. In addition, the bespoke Survitec Emergency Breathing System (EBS) has been approved to EN 4856 and is fully compatible with the Halo Passenger lifejacket to offer the ultimate in safety performance.

Compatibility with a range of immersion suits and other accessories has also been demonstrated and approved as part of the qualification process. This provides customers with a complete and compatible personal lifesaving appliance (PLSA) ensemble suitable for offshore helicopter transfer.

Baba Devani, CEO, Survitec Marine, said: “We have been supplying the aviation market with safety solutions since 1920 and NHV for its passenger safety needs since it first entered the UK market in 2016. We are delighted to be selected again as a partner by NHV as a result of the quality of our products, services and people.”

Jamie John, NHV’s Aberdeen Base Manager said: “With a fleet of more than 60 state-of-the-art helicopters carrying out daily passenger transfers, we cannot afford to be complacent in the selection of those companies we partner with. The equipment and services Survitec supplies is key to ensuring all operations are carried out with the utmost safety, efficiency and comfort.”

Under a five-year rental agreement, Survitec’s scope-of-supply expands on its existing rental fleet currently in use by NHV’s UK operation to now include the Halo Passenger lifejacket - complete with EBS and AU10 personal location beacon (PLB). Survitec will also continue to provide further PLSA as part of the contract, including the 1000 Series Passenger immersion suit - in addition to a selection of safety briefing videos produced by Survitec’s 3D video & animation division, Survitec Viscom.

Halo was officially unveiled during last year’s SPE Offshore Europe exhibition, in Aberdeen, Scotland.


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