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Eurocopter Canada Announces the Sale of Six Helicopters to Capitale Hélipro

Capitale Helipro HAI 2011Orlando, FL (HAI) – Eurocopter Canada confirms the sale of three AS350 B2’s, two EC130 B4’s and one AS350 B3 aircraft with Capitale Hélipro based in Quebec City.

With the delivery of six new helicopters by July 2011 from the Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) facility in Fort Erie, Ontario, Capitale Hélipro will have a total fleet of 11 Eurocopter aircraft consisting of five AS350 B2’s, three EC130 B4’s, two AS350 B3’s and one EC120 B available for the operating season.

“We are delighted that Capitale Hélipro has selected the Eurocopter AS350 B2, AS350 B3 and EC130 B4 products to expand their helicopter business,” said Mr. Guy Joannes, President & CEO, ECL. We are pleased to be a part of Capitale Hélipro’s growth as they continue to expand their business as a new and exciting force in the Canadian aviation sector.”

Capitale Hélicoptère, Capitale Hélipro’s operational base offers a wide variety of services including; charter, sales, maintenance and helicopter flight training. An innovative approach to the aviation business is supported by a skilled workforce, which combines thousands of hours of experience in all aspects of the industry. Their dedicated team has accumulated over thirty years of flying and helicopter maintenance experience.

“We are proud to offer the best service to our customers with aircraft of the latest in technology by increased performance and enhanced safety features,” said M. Danny Ricard, President, Capitale Hélicoptère.”

Capitale Hélicoptère, is currently located just outside of Quebec City. Capitale Hélicoptère’s new facility located in the Québec Airport will break ground later this month. This impressive expansion will aid in the development of their training school as they have recently received a large influx of student and new helicopter owners.

Capitale Hélicoptère’s Charter department is currently performing aerial work, as well as, passenger transport and VIP services. Capitale Hélicoptère has a standing offer with the Canadian Government (PWGSC), Hydro-Quebec; several divisions within the provincial government and numerous engineering firms.

The last of the three AS350 B2’s will be delivered in July, 2011. Renowned for its enhanced performance, excellent safety features and reduced operating costs; the single-engine AS 350B2, 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.

Delivery of the AS350 B3 to Capitale Hélicoptère is slated for June 2011. The AS 350B3 is “the high performance” light single-engine Ecureuil helicopter powered by a Safran Arriel 2B turbine engine and is equipped with the FADEC system (Full Authority Digital Engine Control). It is ideally suited for operations in conditions that include; mountainous areas, extreme heat and other demanding missions.

Two EC130 B4’s are set to be delivered in the 2nd quarter of 2011. The EC 130 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.

About ECL and 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, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 15,600 people. In 2009, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.6 billion Euros, orders for 344 new helicopters, and a 52 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 25 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 10,500 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in more than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.

About Capitale Hélipro

Capitale Hélipro, as well as its operational subsidiary, Capitale Hélicoptere, (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 Hélicoptere 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 Helicoptere

Melanie WOLF
Tel: + 49 (0) 906 71 57 39
Cel : + 49 (0) 151 17 12 63 18 melanie.wolf[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