Image of the Week: AW139 Helicopter off the Coast of Taranaki

This week’s Image of the Week (featured on page 3 of Flight International), is taken by AirSpace user NZpeteair. His photo depicts a Helicopters New Zealand AW139 landing off the Coast of Taranaki, by the North Island of New Zealand.

Peter writes of his photo:


This photo was taken landing on the stern helipad of the large 113,690 tonne FPSO (Floating Production Storage & Offloading) Umuroa ship permanently moored 1.5 kms from the Wellhead Platform and 90 kms off shore. The floating production and storage vessel is permanently moored and is able to store up to 770,000 bbls of oil before being off loaded into a tanker.

ZK-HNZ has the s/n 31103 and was manufactured in October 2007. It was test

flown in Italy, arriving in Auckland December 2007 and by mid January 2008

the new AW139 was available to two oil companies, STOS (Shell Todd Oil

Services) and AWE (Australian Worldwide Exploration) for there off shore oil

operations out of New Plymouth.

  See more of Peter’s photos from this location by browsing his member gallery.

AW139


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One Response to Image of the Week: AW139 Helicopter off the Coast of Taranaki

  1. Auriol Hutchins 18 August, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    How awesome to find this picture – it brings back lots of memories. My adoptive father, Murray H. White was the first helicopter engineer in New Zealand and I worked for Aerial Applicators, later changed to Alexander Helicopters in Wanganui from 1962-64. Thanks, Auriol

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