EC145 H145 5 Bladed Helicopter for WAPOL Western Australia Police

Western Australia police orders first five-bladed H145 helicopter

Airbus Helicopters has received an order from the Western Australia police for a single five-bladed H145 helicopter for airborne missions, making it the first Australian operator of the type.

The helicopter will replace the police force’s sole Kawasaki BK117B, says Airbus Helicopters. It will also operate alongside the police’s AS365 N3+ helicopter.

Cirium fleets data indicates that the police force’s BK117B, registered VH-WAH, first entered service with Hachidai Corporation in Japan in 1990, before it was delivered by the police force two years later.

Apart from the two rotorcraft, the WA police also operates three Pilatus PC-12s, and one GippsAero GA8 Airvan.

The Western Australian police has ordered one five-bladed H145 helicopter.
Airbus Helicopter states that the H145, which will be based in Perth, will offer capabilities for the WA police, including night vision goggle compatibility, as well as single-pilot and instrument flight rules.

It will also have a fully integrated on-board police mission system, alongside Airbus’s Helionix avionics suite and a 4-axis autopilot system, which Airbus Helicopters say will “significantly” reduce crew workload.

“The H145 is well regarded as a reference law enforcement helicopter, and we are proud to be able to configure the aircraft to include the mobile policing command post to enhance the capability of the WA Police Force, both in the air and on the ground,” says Airbus Australia Pacific managing director Andrew Mathewson.

Airbus Helicopters did not indicate when the WA police will take delivery of the rotorcraft. Earlier reports have indicated an end-September timeline for Airbus Helicopters to begin deliveries of the five-bladed H145s, after it achieved European certification of the modification.

The upgrade sees the H145 gain an additional 150kg (330lb) of useful load from the higher performance of the new bearingless main rotor. The improved rotor also helps lift maximum take-off weight by 100kg, to 3.8t.

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Dick Smith Mourning the loss of Australian General Aviation

We Need a Royal Commission: Dick Smith

Aviation activist, former CASA chairman and entrepreneur Dick Smith has supported growing industry calls for a Royal Commission into aviation in Australia.

In a video posted to social media site Vimeo last week, Smith cites several fatal crashes in Australia as evidence of the need for an inquiry.

“I agree with those pilots that are calling for a Royal Commission,” Smith says in the video. “We had a Royal Commission into home insulation after four people lost their lives. Now we’ve got 15 who have died, I believe, completely unnecessarily.”

Smith’s 15 are the six who died onboard Cheyanne VH-TNP near Benalla, Vic, in 2004; the three people killed when Navajo VH-OAO crashed trying to get into Mount Hotham in July 2005, the crash of Mooney VH-DJU near Coffs Harbour in September last year and the mid-air collision south of Mangalore earlier this year in which four professional pilots died.

According to Smith, the common denominator is that all aircraft were operating in Class G uncontrolled airspace, when they would have been in Class E airspace had reforms been implemented in the 1990s.

“As per the original AMATS [Airways Management Air Traffic Services] agreement 29 years ago, I believe that at airports served by airline traffic, the Class E should come down to either 1200 feet AGL or 700 feet AGL,” Smith told Australian Flying.

“It should also be the same at busy airports with good ADS-B/radar coverage. This would follow the North American system, which works very well and safely.”

AMATS was first proposed in December 1991, two years after Dick Smith was appointed Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). He resigned in 1992 before being reinstated as Chairman of the new Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in December 1997.

In February 1998, Class E airspace replaced Class G for a six-month trial, which mandated transponder use in the Class E.

Smith resigned again in March 1999.

Smith has also urged Airservices Australia Chairman John Weber to resign, saying he has “blood on his hands” because Airservices did not provide a separation service for the aircraft involved in the Mangalore crash.


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