Eurocopter Canada Announces Sale of AS350 B3e to Canada’s Largest Private Helicopter Operator
Helicopter Association of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario – Coast to Coast Helicopters group selects the AS350 B3e as the newest addition to its fleet
Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) announced the sale of an enhanced AS350 B3e to Coast to Coast Helicopters group – a utility helicopters group. The aircraft will be operated by one of the group’s operators: Mustang Helicopters.
“The high-performance AS350 B3e offers versatility, space and updated safety features that are well suited for Coast to Coast’s variety of utility missions,” said Guy Joannes, President & CEO, ECL. “We are extremely proud to support Coast to Coast to further strengthen its operations and look forward to contributing to the success of its complex missions.”
The aircraft’s operators, Mustang Helicopters, operate an impressive fleet of 12 AS350 B2 helicopters.
“We have always been impressed with the Astar family of helicopters,” said Frederic Allard, President, Mustang Helicopters. “The single engine, light weight AS350 B3e will lend additional support to our utility missions thanks to its effective lifting power capacity, endurance and maneuverability.”
The AS350 B3e is an evolution of Eurocopter’s single-engine AS350 B3. Its new powerful Arriel 2D turboshaft engine offers state-of-the-art technology for outstanding reliability, simplified maintenance and low operating costs.
Coast to Coast’s fleet is composed of 19 varieties, including medium, intermediate and light lift helicopters and fixed wing, operating from a global network of bases across Canada.
The AS350 B3e is a high-performance helicopter capable of carrying out the most demanding missions in extreme weather and geographical conditions. Additional features of the Safran Arriel 2D turboshaft engine include a new-generation digital FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) and an engine data recorder for condition monitoring. The integration of Eurocopter’s dual-screen Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD) in the cockpit allows pilots to check primary aircraft and engine parameters in one glance – thus reducing workload and enhancing safety. Eurocopter’s application of composite materials for the helicopter’s airframe, rotors and main rotor head gives the AS350 B3e the best protection against corrosion, thereby reducing maintenance costs.
About the Eurocopter Group and Eurocopter Canada
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 20,000 people. In 2011, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s number one helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 5.4 billion Euros, orders for 457 new helicopters and a 43 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong international presence is ensured by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries. Eurocopter’s worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents supports some 2,900 customers. There are currently more than 11,300 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 149 countries. Eurocopter offers the most comprehensive civil and military helicopter range in the world and is fully committed to safety as the most important aspect of its business.
Eurocopter Canada (www.eurocopter.ca) is a market leader with 67 percent of new aircraft sales, supporting more than 600 aircraft that are operated by 160 customers across Canada. Eurocopter Canada, a subsidiary of Eurocopter is based in Fort Erie, Ontario, with operations in Richmond, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec and has a customer support network that spans the entire country.
About Coast to Coast Helicopters group
Coast to Coast Helicopters group is the largest family-owned business in Canada with over 130 aircraft. The fleet is composed of 19 varieties including medium, intermediate and light lift helicopters and fixed wing, operating from a global network of bases. In the last 10 years, eight reputable operators from across Canada joined Coast to Coast, including: Mustang Helicopters, Heli-Excel, Heli-Inter, Heli-Nation, Helicraft 2000, Exact Air, Itsi Nan Aviation and Tsetsaut Helicopters. Coast to Coast offers its clients full coverage across Canada with capable, solid and focused service in the aircraft industry.
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