Helicopter highlights at the Rio Olympics
With security in Rio as big a part of the Olympics as the sports themselves, it is not surprising that helicopters have been brought in to help police the event.
Already shots have been fired at a media bus and in a second incident a shot was fired near the equestrian centre following a security breach. Now we know horse riding is high risk but this is getting really dangerous!
Back to what we all want to know about – the helicopters. #avgeek
Despite the current poor conditions across the Latin American market for helicopter OEMs, Airbus Helicopters, supported by its subsidiary Helibras, has said that a fleet of 90 rotorcraft is supporting counter-terrorism, defence and public security during the event.
As Grant Turnbull (@GrantTurnbull) reported earlier this year, turbulent market conditions caused various challenges for the helicopter market in Brazil including the renegotiation of Helibras’ contract with the government to deliver 50 H225Ms.
This is not the end of the story for the H225, however, as while operations may be going ahead in Latin America, over in Europe much of the fleet of civil H225s remains grounded following a crash in Norway which killed 13 people. Airbus Helicopters is working with EASA to return the aircraft to service.
The Brazilian Navy has an additional eight aircraft involved in the operation: four Ecureuils and four H225Ms.
According to Airbus Helicopters, in order to support these operations Helibras built specialised spare parts inventory and has stationed dedicated support teams in Itajubá and in Afonsos Park, the Air Force base that is housing the army’s helicopters during the Games.
Outside of the host city H125s, H135s, H145s and AS355Ns are all part of the operation.
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