RCMP takes delivery of Canada’s first Airbus H145
Airbus has delivered Canada’s first H145 helicopter to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The aircraft will be based in Langley, BC, and support operations throughout the province. This new aircraft delivery builds on Airbus' dominant helicopter position in Canadian law enforcement, where it claims to have captured 83 per cent of the market.
The light twin-engine H145 is the latest variant of Airbus’ H145 family of aircraft. Airbus explains RCMP’s new H145 will support tactical deployments day and night over land and water for the Emergency Response Team, expand options in the area of fast roping and hoisting, assist with missing persons investigations, and add capabilities to search and rescue operations.
“With its enhanced safety features and reputation for reduced maintenance and excellent availability, the multi-role H145 is an ideal aircraft for multi-faceted law enforcement missions,” said Romain Trapp, president of Airbus Helicopters Canada.
The H145 has been equipped with a variety of mission-specific equipment, including external hoist and rope down device (for one to two persons), Trakka A800 searchlight, Enhanced Reality System, Health Monitoring System (HMS), FLIR, Night Vision Goggles, Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) workstation and internal long-range fuel tank system.
The Airbus H145 leverages the Helionix avionics system and 4-axis autopilot, along with the Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, large cabin and rear-loading clamshell doors.
Photo: Celebrating Canada’s first H145 for law enforcement are (left to right): William Ward, aircraft maintenance engineer; Bruno Thuot, director of maintenance and contract technical authority, RCMP; Andre Vermette, pilot, RCMP; Nicolas Pignol, director of programs & aircraft operations, Airbus Helicopters Canada; Michel Arcand; chief superintendent, Director General, RCMP Air Services Branch; Nigel Bushe, officer in charge, E Division Air Services, RCMP; Wayne Woytkiw, regional sales manager, Alaska, Hawaii & Western Canada, Airbus Helicopters Canada; Roger Thomson, pilot, RCMP; Curtis Brassington, tactical flight officer, RCMP; Raman Sharma, mission equipment engineer, RCMP; Jacque Giard, chief pilot, RCMP; and Clarke Paterson, aircraft maintenance engineer, RCMP.