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Survitec’s new passenger lifejacket solution for helicopter transfer, named Halo, has received European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) approval certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Halo was officially unveiled during last year’s SPE Offshore Europe exhibition, in Aberdeen, Scotland. It is a one-size-fits-all, twin chamber lifejacket. And it is the first aviation lifejacket to incorporate Survitec’s Fusion 3D technology, which contours to the wearer’s body shape for enhanced comfort over longer durations.

“Integral to Halo’s design is the performance technology built into the lifejacket’s sculpted bladder to significantly increase the in-water safety of the user. Should Halo need to be activated in the water, a unique buoyancy distribution system offers exceptional turning speeds and increased mouth freeboard to protect the user’s airway and help aid self-rescue,” the company reported. “Incorporating a lightweight, 310 bar carbon composite cylinder, the EBS is capable of providing up to 80% more air than the minimum standard and can be deployed in one swift movement. The lifejacket is also compatible with Survitec’s ground-breaking 1000 Series immersion suit range.”

Now ETSO’s approval verifies that Halo meets stringent safety standards as defined within ETSO C13f and ETSO 2C504, which approves it for use as a helicopter constant-wear lifejacket for operations to and from helidecks located in hostile sea areas. In addition, the bespoke Survitec Emergency Breathing System (EBS) has been approved to EN 4856 and is fully compatible with the Halo Passenger lifejacket.

Dorothee Frank