The first of two EC135‘s being delivered to Blackcomb Aviation will complete power line-related utility work in western Canada
Fort Erie, ON, June 2nd, 2014 – Blackcomb Aviation’s EC135 will provide support for the company’s multi-year contracts with various organizations, including power line maintenance and support missions in western Canada. The aircraft will be based in Whistler, British Columbia and will complete missions requiring state-of-the-art twin engine aircraft capabilities. This is the first of two EC135’s set to be delivered to Blackcomb Aviation.
“Acquisition of the EC135 is a solid investment in the continued success of our power line maintenance and support operations across British Columbia. After an exhaustive evaluation process, the Airbus EC135T2 was selected as the best aircraft for our mission profile, with its exceptional operational capabilities, including exceptional hot and high performance,” said Mr. Jonathan Burke, President and COO, Blackcomb Aviation. “We have been extremely pleased with the support we have received from Airbus Helicopters over the years and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the delivery of this new aircraft.”
Blackcomb Aviation currently operates both single and twin-engine Airbus Helicopters aircraft, including an EC120, EC130 B4,AS350 B2, 2 AS350 B3’s and 4 AS355’s. In addition to power line maintenance and construction projects, Blackcomb Aviation’s aircraft support missions for search and rescue, flightseeing, filming, heli-skiing and executive travel.
“Airbus Helicopters Canada is proud to support Blackcomb Aviation’s fleet enhancement with the delivery of the EC135.” said Mr. Romain Trapp, President & CEO, Airbus Helicopters Canada. “With the proven success of the EC135 for powerline maintenance and support operations as well as, the versatility of the platform, we are certain that Blackcomb Aviation will excel in offering high value service for their customers.”
The EC135 is a light twin engine, multi-mission helicopter easily adaptable to the rigors of the Canadian market. The Category “A” EC135 platform excels in one-engine inoperative (OEI) scenarios. The EC135’s multi-purpose design allows for fast and easy maintenance and optimal reliability and is equipped with the latest technology and JAR-27 safety enhancements. This platform has accumulated 3 Million Flight hours and there are currently over 1100 aircraft in operation by 300 customers in 58 countries. The EC135 is a perfect combination of power, safety and maneuverability, offering numerous possibilities for operators in Canada.
About Blackcomb Aviation
Celebrating its 25th year of operations in 2014, Blackcomb Aviation™ (www.blackcombaviation.com) is a privately-owned helicopter and jet charter company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company operates multiple aircraft out of Canadian and US bases in Vancouver/Richmond at YVR, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Lillooet, Bridge River Valley, Sechelt, Victoria, and Arizona. Blackcomb Aviation holds all current and applicable Air Operator and Aircraft Maintenance Organization certificates and authorities. The company also provides aircraft management services to other aircraft owners and is a designated Aircraft Management Company by the Canadian Business Aircraft Association. Blackcomb Aviation is co-owned by John Morris and by the McLean Group who own and operate Vancouver Film Studios.
About Airbus Helicopters Canada
Airbus Helicopters Canada, formerly Eurocopter Canada, is a subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters and a leading supplier of helicopters in Canada. Our helicopters are used across the country in key parapublic and civil roles which include: law enforcement, emergency medical services, oil & gas, mining, firefighting, hydroelectric utilities, environmental surveys, tour and corporate transport. Airbus Helicopters was established in Fort Erie, Ontario in 1984 and has additional operations in Richmond, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec as well as a support and customer service network in place to support a fleet of over 670 helicopters in the country. The company is celebrating 30 years of success in Canada this year.
About Airbus Helicopters
Airbus Helicopters, formerly Eurocopter, is a division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in aerospace and defense related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No.1 helicopter manufacturer and employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. With 46 percent market share in civil and parapublic sectors, the company’s fleet in service includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in approximately 150 countries. Airbus Helicopters’ international presence is marked by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries and its worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents. Airbus Helicopters’ range of civil & military helicopters is the world’s largest; its aircraft account for one third of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. The company’s chief priority is to ensure the safe operation of its aircraft for the thousands of people who fly more than 3 million hours per year.
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