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Eurocopter Canada delivers AS350 B3e to commercial operator L R HELICOPTERS INC.

Fort Erie, ON, May 31st, 2013

L R HELICOPTERS’ AS350 B3e will be the first delivered into Calgary, Alberta

L R HELICOPTERS has chosen its fifth A-Star aircraft, an AS350 B3e that will join their existing fleet. This will be the first new Eurocopter aircraft for L R HELICOPTERS. The AS350 B3e will support a variety of missions including; Forestry and Wildlife Management Services, Geographical Exploration as well as, Flight Rescue Operations.

“Acquisition of the AS350 B3e is an investment in the continued growth of our operations”, said Mr. Luca Ribetti, President, L R HELICOPTERS. “The high performance of the B3e is perfect for our type of demanding and high-altitude missions.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: Vitek Zawada

 

The AS350 B3e will be based out of L R HELICOPTERS’ main operation base located at the Springbank Airport in Calgary, AB. L R HELICOPTERS has 7 additional permanent and 3 seasonal bases located throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario. L R HELICOPTERS is poised for growth with their recent fleet expansion and the grand opening of an AMO Centre, set to be operational in June 2013.

“The AS350 B3e is the ultimate workhorse and is extremely well adapted for the challenges faced by Canadian operators because of its extensive range of mission capabilities,” said Guy Joannes, President & CEO, ECL. “We are pleased that L R HELICOPTERS’ positive experience with the A-Star family has led to their procurement of the AS350 B3e.”

L R HELICOPTERS’ has selected various utility oriented Eurocopter optional equipment for the AS350 B3e, including; Dual Hydraulics (increased MGW), Cargo Swing, Enlarged Floor window, Litter Kit, Blade Tie-Down Kit, Aft Cargo Vertical Hinge Kit and Cargo Warning System, Full Length Skid Shoes, Settling Protectors, Cowling and Cross Tube Maintenance Steps, Filters (Oil filter, fuel filter, AFS inlet barrier filter) and a Canadian Audio Package.

The high-performance member of the Ecureuil family, the AS350 B3e outclasses all other single engine helicopters for performance, versatility, safety, and competitive acquisition and maintenance costs. It excels in extreme conditions, with its exceptional lifting capability, high endurance, extended range and fast cruise speed, the AS350 B3e proves its reputation as a rugged and adaptable utility aircraft. 

The AS350 B3e cockpit is fitted with a dual LCD-screen Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD), allowing the pilot to check at one glance the main vehicle and engine parameters – thus reducing workload and enhancing safety. The AS350 B3e can be configured, and easily reconfigured, with an extensive list of certified optional equipment for a variety of missions.

About L R HELICOPTERS INC.

L R HELICOPTERS INC. is operated by company President, Luca Ribetti. L R HELICOPTERS’ main base is situated in Calgary, Alberta with additional permanent bases located in the Boundary Bay Airport, Vancouver, Edmonton City Centre Airport, Edmonton, Calgary International Airport, Calgary, St. Andrews Airport, Winnipeg, Buttonville Airport, Toronto and in Kananaskis Nakoda, Alberta. Seasonal bases are located in Blue River, British Columbia, Ft. McMurray, Alberta and Cline River, Alberta. Charter and Utility Services offered include; Tourism and Recreational Charter Services, Aerial Advertising, Aerial Construction, Forestry and Wildlife Management Services,  Geological Exploration, Oil & Gas Industry Services, Film & Photography Production, Pipeline Patrol, Surveying and Mapping. L R HELICOPTERS’ also offers training services for Commercial and Private Pilots, through the flight training unit based at the Springbank Airport in Calgary, AB.

About ECL & Eurocopter Group

Eurocopter Canada Limited (www.eurocopter.ca) is a subsidiary of Eurocopter. Eurocopter Canada based in Fort Erie, Ontario since 1984, has additional operations in Richmond, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec and a support and customer service network that spans the entire country. Eurocopter Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The EADS Canada network has more than 1,700 employees.  The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 22,000 people. In 2012, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 6.3 billion Euros, orders for 469 new helicopters and a 44 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 more than 2,900 customers. There are currently more than 11,780 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 148 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.

For more information, please contact:

Eurocopter Canada Limited

Laura SENECAL

Tel : (905) 871-7772

Mob : (905) 321-7738

laura.senecal@eurocopter.ca

Eurocopter Group

Julie GUÉRIN                                       

Tel: +33 4 42 85 59 64                   

Mob: +33 6 22 00 34 73

julie.guerin@eurocopter.com

Eurocopter Group

Stéphane CHÈRY

Tel: + 33 (0)4 42 85 60 51 

Tel: + 33 (0)4 42 85 62 38

Mob: + 33 (0)6 23 93 71 23   

Mob: + 33 (0)6 32 54 05 02

stephane.chery@eurocopter.com        

L R HELICOPTERS INC.

Luca RIBETTI

Tel: 403-286-4601

luca@lrhelicopters.ca                                                

Website: www.eurocopter.com