Return of Super Puma Helicopters to Operation (part 2)

Step Change in Safety’s Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG), comprising duty holders and helicopter operators, trade unions and regulators, has decided to lift the temporary suspension of AS332 L/L1 and EC225 commercial passenger flights to and from offshore oil and gas installations within the UK.

In recognition of the understandable sensitivities around the immediate return to service of the L2 fleet (the specific type involved in Friday’s incident), this type will be initially re-introduced for non-passenger revenue operations only. This means non-passenger carrying maintenance, positioning and training flights only.

The decision is based on confidence in the helicopters being expressed by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the pilots’ union BALPA, the Norwegian CAA and the helicopter operators themselves, following five days of reviewing safety management systems and processes.

As a consequence, the HSSG supports the return to active service of all variants of the Super Puma fleet. In detail, this means that:

The fleet of L and L1 helicopters shall return immediately to commercial service, The EC225, arguably the most examined helicopter in modern history, shall proceed along its original return to service plan.

Stork Technical Services supports the decision of the HSSG, and Safety is absolutely at the forefront of our minds as we move forward.

For any queries relating to mobilisations and de-mobilisations please contact:

Teresa McCaig on 01224 796069 or Claire Mooney on 01224 796074

I wish you all the best,


Erik-Jan Bijvank

SVP – UK & Africa