So what is the situation regarding flights in Super Puma aircraft now?
Following the publication of the preliminary report from the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) the 225 and 332L2 versions of the Super Puma family have been prohibited from flight by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which extends to search and rescue within Norway and the UK through their respective aviation authorities.
A dossier was delivered to Oil and Gas UK and Step Change in Safety in May, highlighting concerns and needs of the individuals working on and offshore regarding helicopter transport. It is important the industry takes the necessary time to understand and address the concerns, from the workforce.
A petition with 27,000 signatures shows that people want to see the back of 225s but there is a strong case to maintain a mixed fleet to ensure there is the necessary resilience. However, this cannot be at the expense of safety.
Step Change in Safety will continue to encourage openness and transparency with all stakeholders and support workforce engagement throughout.