Helitreck helicopters helped an air conditioning company remove some old air conditioning units and replace them with new air conditioners on a Sydney home.

Helicopter Lifting Operation Summary

The client had been waiting over a year for their faulty air conditioning units to be replaced, but due to the lack of suitable access for a traditional crane, it was not possible to replace the units without the assistance of a helicopter crane. So our BK117 twin engine helicopter was the most suitable option.

The property is located high on a hill with waterfront access, so delivery of the new air conditioning units, and removal of the faulty ones was able to be done by barge on the water.

As with many Sydney jobs, the property was located inside controlled airspace, so permission was required from Air Traffic Control to conduct the lift between commercial airline operations at Sydney Airport. As always this requires careful planning, advance notification to ATC, and a small operational window that we were allowed to use for the lifting operations to be performed.

Helicopter Lifting Services Performed
A total of 4 helicopter crane lifts were required…
Lift 1 – 450kg – Removal faulty of air conditioner unit 1
Lift 2 – 450kg – Removal Faulty of air conditioner unit 2
Lift 3 – 450kg – Installation of new air conditioner unit 1
Lift 4 – 450kg – Installation of new air conditioner unit 2

Which Helicopter Utilised for the Job
The helicopter crane used for this lifting job was VH-FHB a Kawasaki BK 117 B2 Twin Engine Helicopter

Helicopter Loading and Lifting Location
The air conditioning units were delivered to the property by Waterfront Construction using a barge.

Provision Of Helitreck Staff
Two crewmen were provided by Helitreck.
– One crewman landed the faulty units on the barge, then set up the sling and established the loads to be delivered to the property from the barge.
– The other crewman was waiting on the rooftop of the property to safely hook up the units for removal, and then safely land the loads and unsling from the helicopter as they arrived.

Two-way radios were used for communication between the Helitreck pilot and the crewmen.

Mission Timeframe
Safety Briefing and load Barge – 9:30 am
First Heli Crane Lift – 10:00 am
Last Heli Crane Lift – 10:50 am
Site Pickup and Depart Site 11:30 am
Duration – 2hrs

Special Thanks To
Alpha & Omega Air Conditioning and Waterfront Constructions for their assistance on the day.

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