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Germany-Cologne: Horizon Europe Project: Helicopter Underwater Escape #2
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Horizon Europe Project: Helicopter Underwater Escape #2
This research call aims at addressing safety recommendation (SR) 2016-016 from the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (UK AAIB) report AAR 1/2016 on the accident of helicopter G-WNSB on 23 August 2013.
The following objectives should be addressed under this topic:
— evaluate the influence of being underwater on the required jettison force and operation of an underwater emergency exit or escape window;
— determine the forces that human test subjects are capable of applying to jettison an underwater emergency exit or escape windows when underwater;
— establish an appropriate maximum operating/jettison force for underwater emergency exits;
— provide confirmation of the validity of the current Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) material for compliance, or propose a future revision based on the technical findings of this research;
— better quantify the underwater escape process from a capsized helicopter using a full complement of test subjects in the simulator, in both light and dark conditions;
— determine whether the current expectation of a 60-second escape time is achievable under a range of conditions and possible seat configurations, using test subjects representative of the demographic of the European offshore population;
— validate the current AMC material related to occupant egress in the event of a capsize, or propose a future revision based on the technical findings of this research.
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