From October 11-13, 2022, Observator will exhibit at Meteorological Technology World Expo 2022 in Paris, France. At its booth, the company will showcase its newest helideck monitoring system (HMS) – the OIC-2021.
In early 2022, Observator Instruments received accreditation from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to be one of the few approved suppliers of helideck monitoring systems conforming to CAP437 and the Helideck Certification Agency Standard HMS Rev 9b. These standards, in effect from April 01, 2021, apply to all floating objects equipped with a helideck when operating in European waters or overseas where UK-registered helicopters operate.
To meet the new standards, Observator developed the OIC-2021 HMS Server. During the development phase, the OIC-2021 was installed on Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus, thus allowing Observator to thoroughly test and improve both the hardware and software. This enabled it to successfully complete the certification process on all four components – the layout, the factory acceptance test, the accuracy test and the site acceptance test.
With a marine track record dating back to 1924, Observator is a well-known partner for meteorological and hydrological solutions within the marine market and offshore industry. Over the past five years, Observator has installed over 150 HMS, mainly for moving helideck applications. With the advent of the new standards, demand has only increased. In 2021, the company was approached by numerous customers for help renewing their HMS in accordance with CAP437. As an HMS specialist, Observator uses only the best sensors, which belong to its MeteoLink concept. The sensors are placed at the correct locations and provided with a combined NMEA output, serial or as UDP. This simplifies the integration of third-party sensors and enables Observator to update other suppliers’ HMS as well.