German Offshore Helos, Part 1 - HSO

German Offshore Helos, Part 1 - HSO

Postby BigClick67 on Sat 17 Dec 2016, 8:26 pm

Hi guys!
Normally you will find me posting military stuff on this forum in the Modern Mil, Airshow and Golden Oldies sections. Nevertheless I have started to shoot some civilian stuff recently because there is so little interesting military hardware left in the meantime that I need a new playground to keep myself busy. I have started an interest in the various offshore helicopters that can be found around the German Bight and I must admit it is really cool! :lol:
I would like to share a selection of shots that I have taken over the last couple of months at the regional airports of Emden and Wilhelmshaven.
Starting a series of several posts on this topic is this one here with a look at company HELISERVICE (HSO) based at Emden. They operate a mixed fleet of 3 AW.139, 1 AW.169 with a second on order, 1 S-76, 1 Bk-117 and a trio of Bo-105s. The Bk and the Bos are frequently embarked on German polar research vessel POLARSTERN.
Enough words, on with the pics, Enjoy!
#01 AW.139 D-HHMH lifting from Emden´s RWY25
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#02 AW.139 D-HHMH taxiing
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#03 AW.139 D-HHMH landing
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#04 AW.139 D-HHSH on short finals producing nice rotortip vortices
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#05 AW.139 D-HHSH returning with a load of offshore workers
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#06 AW.139 D-HHSH departing
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#07 AW.139 D-HHXH is the only helicopter not wearing HSO-colours
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#08 AW.139 D-HHXH approaching RWY25 with flocks of geese in the background
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#09 AW.139 D-HHXH hovering in
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#10 AW.139 D-HHXH parked for the night
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#11 AW.169 D-HHTJ is the first of two 169´s for HSO
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#12 S-76B D-HHNH on short finals
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#13 S-76B D-HHNH taxiing for refuelling
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#14 S-76B D-HHNH lifting off
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#15 Bk-117C1 D-HARK arrived recently from Italy, here still without floats
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#16 Bk-117C1 D-HARK airworking over the airport
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#17 Bo-105CBS-4 D-HARO is a dinosaur but still in use as a polar helo
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#18 Bo-105BCS-4 D-HAAO same as above
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I hope these are of interest. C&C welcome!
More on this topic to follow soon!
Cheers, Chris :biggrin:
Last edited by BigClick67 on Thu 22 Dec 2016, 7:22 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: German Offshore Helos - HSO

Postby Blackdog on Sat 17 Dec 2016, 8:43 pm

Great shots Chris. I wouldn't mind a visit there at some point. Are these all taken from normally accessible locations?
If you like helicopters then have a look at my Flickr here; www.flickr.com/photos/111508006@N07/
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Re: German Offshore Helos - HSO

Postby BigClick67 on Sun 18 Dec 2016, 1:50 pm

Hello Blackdog!
Thanks for your nice comment! Besides the ramp shots all of these were taken from the Control Tower. Neither the ramp, nor the tower are open to the public. However there is a restaurant/cafe with a terrace right adjacent to the ramp allowing a wide field of view/photography. Unfortunately I don´t know the opening times, and momentarily it is closed for winter anyway.
Emden airport:
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close-up, cafe & terrace just left of tower:
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I hope that helps a bit.
Cheers, Chris :biggrin:
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Re: German Offshore Helos - HSO

Postby Blackdog on Mon 19 Dec 2016, 11:56 pm

Thanks Chris, its certainly on my list now!
Pete.
If you like helicopters then have a look at my Flickr here; www.flickr.com/photos/111508006@N07/
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Re: German Offshore Helos - HSO

Postby Leeflyer on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 3:03 pm

Nice images.
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