Worldwide aviation chief Bristow is finishing up the UK’s first trial of unmanned aerial autos (UAVs) for lifesaving operations in maritime and land environments, in partnership with Schiebel Group. Bristow is the supplier of the HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter Service.
Bristow is working the Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 system from Caernarfon Airport in Wales, to completely consider its capabilities in a search and rescue function.
The trial is being led by Bristow and is complementary to the work being carried out by the Maritime and Coastguard Company to develop the regulation underneath which UAVs can function in a spread of situations past visible line of sight – the place the pilot can’t see the plane – and in unsegregated airspace, the place different plane are working.
Caernarfon affords a dynamic operational space, together with mountainous and maritime environments, making it an excellent location to include the unmanned plane know-how into a fancy airspace surroundings.
The CAMCOPTER® S-100 is a vertical take-off and touchdown (VTOL) rotary UAV, which is used extensively all over the world in land and maritime environments, by worldwide businesses such because the European Maritime Security Company.
With the potential to journey 200 kilometres from its house base, the S-100 is flown by a pilot in a distant location utilizing digital management and imaging know-how to permit them to see via the eyes of its on-board cameras.
Alan Corbett, chief government of Bristow Helicopters Ltd, stated: “This trial permits us to hold out demanding analysis of the plane, the broader system functionality and future suitability as an evolutionary step past the present helicopter-focused strategy to look and rescue missions.
“Schiebel’s know-how has already been operationally confirmed globally. Integrating unmanned plane with our present functionality is the logical subsequent stage within the growth of search in assist of rescue actions.
“Our groups have undertaken important coaching and testing of those plane in less-active environments. The chance to judge the platform, safely integrating with various kinds of air visitors discovered at and round Caernarfon, whereas accessing mountain and maritime working environments, permits us to show their potential for operational, public service.”
Neil Hunter, enterprise growth director at Schiebel Group, stated: “The CAMCOPTER® S-100 is a confirmed and dependable UAS for maritime and land-based operations. In complete, we’ve collected greater than 82,000 flight hours to this point and we’re wanting ahead to demonstrating the complete vary of our capabilities to Bristow within the UK.”
Caernarfon Airport has facilitated entry to airspace for the exams to be undertaken. Roy Steptoe, managing director at Caernarfon Airport stated: “Doubtless unmanned plane are the best way of the longer term. I’m happy to help Bristow in these trials, which is able to permit them to take a look at the potential to combine the know-how safely into operations in and round a busy airport the place non-public and industrial air visitors is current.”