Foldaway self-levelling helipad ideal for superyacht operations

Foldaway self-levelling helipad ideal for superyacht operations

24-Nov-2010 Source:

Looking worthy of being created for the next James Bond film, Besenzoni’s Helybase is a self-levelling platform pf 60m² which folds itself away – ideal for the limited deck area of a superyacht. Its adaptability makes it particularly useful for the yacht charter market as the increased flexibility it provides to a particular yacht greatly widens the potential customer base for it.

The secret behind the the Helybase is through the use of a folding petal shaped structure: in its rest position, the platform retracts itself under the floor, and when required it opens like a flower.

This product is the result of 2 years of scientific research which has been effected in cooperation with the engineer Sergio Baragetti, Professor at Bergamo Univeristy in Italy who is also engaged in research with the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research. Besenzoni has worked on this product since 2008, investing resources and energy to obtain a unique selling point – Helybase is the only self-levelling platform able to compensate for a ship’s inclination in both longitudinal and transversal directions, thus keeping the landing platform perfectly horizontal.

The platform is made of a special combination of titanium and carbon to save 60% in weight over more traditional materials. Although designed for installation on a yacht’s bow section, its flexibility could see it positioned in the stern section instead of the tender, or on the fly bridge instead of the whirlpool and so on. The three models available create surfaces from 8 up to 60 square metres, and a capacity of up to 55 KN (55.000 N).

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