Tenth “SAR Queen” Delivered to Norway - AW101 from Yeovil

Yokel

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News story from the SeaWaves website

Evans added, “The AW101 NAWSARH is simply the most capable long range search and rescue helicopter on the planet. In the most extreme conditions it can utilise the range and on-board suite of integrated ‘latest generation’ sensors to reach, find, rescue, care for and recover survivors back to safety.’

He shared further that as a pilot the helicopter’s systems and technologies help to reduce his workload and increase situational awareness during arduous missions through the extensive application of automation and safety systems, such as automatic hover modes, radar, terrain awareness systems, and rotor blade proximity sensors.

Evans commented, “The fact that the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security chose the AW101 AWSAR helicopter, for the Air Force’s next generation long range SAR helicopter – which will operate in the mountains, fjords and seas of the Arctic – speaks for itself. I am incredibly proud that the AW101 NAWSARH is designed, built, and tested in Yeovil.”

Barnett shared further: “As with all Leonardo products and operations; the effect that the platform and crew delivered was only possible as a result of the dedication, experience, and knowledge from the broadest range of experts. Within the current circumstances the flexibility and adaptation that have been evident throughout the design, production, and testing phases have revealed the incredible motivation of a team that has focussed on delivery to
the customer.”
 
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Where’s the winch?
 
What are its nearest competitors?
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Hang on I thought nobody was buying the AW101 - it hadent sold since its reluctant launch customers 30 yrs ago -

Now you tell us its still in production unpossible
 
Any idea why the UK CG chose the S-92 over the AW101 (and I appreciate we also have AW 139 and 189 which I presume are shorter range)?
The contractor who won the competition has experience on working the S92, The 139 was used until 189 came into service.

The selection of the 189 was due to its ability in manoeuvring in the mountains of Scotland apparently.
 

Gabion Groyne

Old-Salt
The contractor who won the competition has experience on working the S92, The 139 was used until 189 came into service.

The selection of the 189 was due to its ability in manoeuvring in the mountains of Scotland apparently.

And in some of the news footage I've seen, this is certainly true.
 

PhotEx

On ROPS
On ROPs
Yes, the AW101, its so awesome, no one operating in the North Sea will touch it will a spiked bargepole.

Meanwhile, in the real world, everyone favourite

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“With this helicopter and this crew and this equipment, we are really able to save lives. It’s the most rewarding thing I can think of.” ~ Captain Roald Kieseth, CHC Helikopter Service
 
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Yes, the AW101, its so awesome, no one operating in the North Sea will touch it will a spiked bargepole.

Mainly because of operating costs, not capability or reputation.

Note that when SAR is being provided as a nationalised service then the AW101 is used. But when it's awarded to a contractor who needs to make profit, the two-engined S-92 is used. No point paying for extra capability if it doesn't earn extra money.

If the tender spec doesn't call for hovering in a 40kt crosswind, then they'll take the cheaper Sikorsky and hope the wind stays below 25kt. As just one example.
 
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PhotEx

On ROPS
On ROPs
Mainly because of operating costs, not capability or reputation.

Note that when SAR is being provided as a nationalised service then the AW101 is used. But when it's awarded to a contractor who needs to make profit, the two-engined S-92 is used. No point paying for extra capability if it doesn't earn extra money.

If the tender spec doesn't call for hovering in a 40kt crosswind, then they'll take the cheaper Sikorsky and hope the wind stays below 25kt. As just one example.

so, Augusta Wasteland designed a helicopter for the civil market so blisteringly expensive to operate, no one will buy it.
that’s true genius that is.
 
Mainly because of operating costs, not capability or reputation.

Note that when SAR is being provided as a nationalised service then the AW101 is used. But when it's awarded to a contractor who needs to make profit, the two-engined S-92 is used. No point paying for extra capability if it doesn't earn extra money.

If the tender spec doesn't call for hovering in a 40kt crosswind, then they'll take the cheaper Sikorsky and hope the wind stays below 25kt. As just one example.
A conventional helicopter with a tail rotor would only be able to hover in a 40kt crosswind at minimum mass no matter how many engines you slap onto it. My last helicopter would be limited to a 35kt crosswind but we’d have to drop the AUM by 3 tonnes.

Bristow Helicopters at Aberdeen were given an EH 101 to try out for six months in the early 2000’s. Very popular with the crews and they liked the huge cabin - which makes particularly good for SAR. Unit cost and technical complexity were the downside I understand.
 
News story from the SeaWaves website

Evans added, “The AW101 NAWSARH is simply the most capable long range search and rescue helicopter on the planet. In the most extreme conditions it can utilise the range and on-board suite of integrated ‘latest generation’ sensors to reach, find, rescue, care for and recover survivors back to safety.’

He shared further that as a pilot the helicopter’s systems and technologies help to reduce his workload and increase situational awareness during arduous missions through the extensive application of automation and safety systems, such as automatic hover modes, radar, terrain awareness systems, and rotor blade proximity sensors.

Evans commented, “The fact that the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security chose the AW101 AWSAR helicopter, for the Air Force’s next generation long range SAR helicopter – which will operate in the mountains, fjords and seas of the Arctic – speaks for itself. I am incredibly proud that the AW101 NAWSARH is designed, built, and tested in Yeovil.”

Barnett shared further: “As with all Leonardo products and operations; the effect that the platform and crew delivered was only possible as a result of the dedication, experience, and knowledge from the broadest range of experts. Within the current circumstances the flexibility and adaptation that have been evident throughout the design, production, and testing phases have revealed the incredible motivation of a team that has focussed on delivery to
the customer.”

I cant find my post from 2016 of the NAWSARH (Norwegian All Weather Search And Rescue Helicopter) launch ceremony I attended at Yeovil on May 31st 2016. Anyhow the SAR framework is interesting in Norway as its the plod / judiciary that pay and in charge of, so this and the previous Sea King maybe RNoAF a/c and aircrew its the Ministry of Justice that kinda owns them.

Anyhow at the launch, the aircraft unveiled was actually the second NAWSARH while the flying display was carried out by the first NAWSARH still in its pre paint -straight-off-the-production-line scheme..

Anyhow here are my photos from the lovely thursday

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cheers
 
I also attended the NAWSARH brief at farnborough Airshow 2018 fort he sixth or seventh airframe. One unique feature of the SAR package is the ability to find victims even if they buried under snow, and stuff by tracking their smart /mobile phone.

Anyhow here are my photos @dingerr the winch!!

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cheers
 

Yokel

LE
I assume all versions of the Merlin/AW101 have the same rotor? How does it cope with SAR? I have read things that claim the downdraft from the rotor is excessive for thins like winching survivors out of the sea.

Has this ever caused problems during a SAR mission? The designers did consider SAR as a primary mission for the aircraft.
 
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