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Eurocopter’s EC130 B4, AS350 B2 and AS350 B3 will strengthen the growth of Capitale Hélicoptère in Canada

CH PRFort Erie, ON – Eurocopter Canada confirms sale of EC130 B4, AS350 B2 and AS350 B3 for Capitale Hélicoptère based in Québec.

With the delivery of three new helicopters in October 2011 from the Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) facility in Fort Erie, Ontario, Capitale Hélicoptère’s fleet will have a total of 11 Eurocopter aircraft consisting of 5 AS350 B2’s, 3 EC130 B4’s, 2 AS350 B3’s and 1 EC120 B available for the 2011-2012 operating season.

“We are enthusiastic about continuing to assist Capitale Hélicoptère grow as an industry leader with the recent purchase of the EC130 B4, AS350 B2 and AS350 B3,” said Mr. Guy Joannes, President & CEO, ECL. “We look forward to making a positive contribution to Capitale Hélicoptère’s quality-driven fleet.”

Capitale Hélicoptère’s rapid growth in the helicopter business is evident through its recent expansions, which will include an impressive new hangar facility located at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. With a talented workforce of 29 employees, including 20 pilots, Capitale Hélicoptère has become an expert at providing its customers with safe and secure aircraft.

“Safety resulting from good customer service is not only a top priority for us, but key to our company’s success,” said M. Danny Ricard, President, Capitale Hélicoptère. “Purchasing quality aircraft satisfies our customers and helps us reach our goals for advancement in the industry. The EC130 B4, AS350 B2 and AS350 B3 are welcome additions to our fleet and we look forward to utilizing the aircraft for various types of charter missions.”

Capitale Hélicoptère’s service-driven approach to business has helped the company excel by providing turnkey solutions and support for its private customers. With a service centre approved by AMO, Capitale Hélicoptère offers services from periodic maintenance to major overhaul. Capitale Hélicoptère’s Eurocopter fleet is chosen with the customer’s well-being and satisfaction in mind, demonstrating its high priority for safety standards.

Renowned for its enhanced performance, excellent safety features and reduced operating costs; the single-engine AS350 B2, powered with a Safran Arriel 1D1 engine, has a proven track record. Its flexibility and excellent value make it a very sought-after helicopter used to perform a wide range of missions including; passenger transport, aerial work and firefighting. Additional options included on the aircraft: Cargo pods (“Squirrel Cheeks”), Aft cargo door hinge kit, Battery relocation kit, Cowling maintenance steps (L/H and R/H) and ECL longlining enlarged floor window.

The AS350 B3 is “the high performance” light single-engine Ecureuil helicopter powered by a Safran Arriel 2B1 turbine engine and is equipped with the dual hydraulic FADEC system (Full Authority Digital Engine Control). It is ideally suited for operations in conditions that include; mountainous areas, extreme heat and for very demanding missions, performance wise. Additional options included on the aircraft: Cargo pods (“Squirrel Cheeks”, R/H and L/H), Airframe fuel filter, Longline release driptorch plug system, High Viz M/R blades paint scheme and Cowling maintenance steps.

The EC130 B4 is a light 7-8 seat single engine helicopter which offers exceptional qualities of silence, comfort and space. Low external noise emission (-8.5dB better than ICAO requirement), due to the low noise “Fenestron” and the FADEC system (Full Authority Digital Engine Control), in order to optimize noise signature in overflight without operational limitations. Additional options included on the aircraft: Cargo pods (“Squirrel Cheeks”, R/H and L/H), Air conditioning system, 8 leather seat configuration, Longline release driptorch plug system, Rear cargo door open warning system, Cowling maintenance step (R/H), Airframe fuel filter and Litter kit.

About ECL & Eurocopter Group

Eurocopter Canada Limited (www.eurocopter.ca) is a subsidiary of Eurocopter. Eurocopter Canada based in Fort Erie, Ontario, with operations in Richmond, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec – has a customer support network that spans the entire country. Eurocopter Canada celebrated 2009 as its 25th anniversary year. Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 17,500 people. In 2010, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s number one helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market with a turnover of 4.8 billion Euros, orders for 346 new helicopters and a 49 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the total worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 30 subsidiaries and participations on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. There are currently 11,200 Eurocopter helicopters in service and some 2,900 customers in 147 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.

About Capitale Hélicoptère

Capitale Hélipro, as well as its operational subsidiary, Capitale Hélicoptère, (www.capitalehelipro.com) are supported by a skilled workforce that combines thousands of hours of flight experience in all fields of the aviation industry. Their dedicated team has over thirty years of flying and helicopter maintenance experience. Capitale Hélicoptère currently offers the following services; charter, sales, maintenance and helicopter flight training. They offer very competitive rates and supply their clientele with outstanding service across the board.

For more information, please contact:

Laura SENECAL
Tel: (905) 871-7772
Fax: (905) 871-3599
laura.senecal[at]eurocopter.ca
Eurocopter Canada Limited

Colin SIMARD
Tel: (418) 871-4466
csimard[at]capitalehelicoptere.com
Capitale Hélicoptère

Julie GUÉRIN
Tel: 011 334 4285 5964
Cel: 011 336 2200 3473
julie.guerin[at]eurocopter.com
Eurocopter Group

Stéphane CHERY
Tel : + 33 (0)4 42 85 60 51
Cel : + 33 (0)6 23 93 71 23 stephane.chery[at]eurocopter.com
Eurocopter Group

Website: www.eurocopter.com