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Eurocopter Canada Limited Confirms Sale of AS350 B3e Aircraft to Lakeshore Helicopters Limited

Heli-Expo, Dallas, Texas – Lakeshore Helicopters Limited Increases Operating Strength with New Power-Driven AS350 B3e

Lakeshore Helicopters Limited has finalized its purchase of one AS350 B3e helicopter from Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL). This will be the fourth Eurocopter aircraft to join Lakeshore Helicopters’ fleet, including one AS350 B2 and two AS350 B3 aircraft.

“The AS350 B3e demonstrates a lot of potential in regards to extra power and lifting capacity,” said Don Cleveland, Chief Pilot and Operations Manager, Lakeshore Helicopters Limited. “This new aircraft will be a real asset to our current operation and the reduced operating costs will be an added bonus. Overall, we are very excited and looking forward to the new AS350 B3e.”

Lakeshore Helicopters will use the AS350 B3e for its primary operations in oil and gas, pipeline maintenance, forestry and drill moves. To provide clients with enhanced comfort and accessibility, the aircraft will be equipped with a Left Hand Sliding Door. The AS350 B3e will also provide an added safety feature with the inclusion of an Avidyne TAS620.

“The AS350 B3e is a natural fit for Lakeshore Helicopters’ mission requirements,” said Guy Joannes, President and CEO, ECL. “We are pleased that Lakeshore Helicopters continues to demonstrate support for Eurocopter aircraft as they commit to servicing their customers through a strengthened fleet.”

As leader in its class, the AS350 B3e is an enhanced version of Eurocopter’s single-engine AS350 B3. The aircraft is designed with exceptional lifting capability, high endurance, extended range, fast cruise speed and is capable of carrying out the most demanding missions in extreme weather and geographical conditions. 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.

Features of the AS350 B3e include the Safran Arriel 2D turboshaft engine with 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. Additional ECL Options found on the aircraft include: R/H Cargo Mirror, Longlining Enlarged Floor Window, Settling Protectors, Litter Kit and Cowling Maintenance Steps.

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. 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.

About Lakeshore Helicopters Ltd.

Lakeshore Helicopters Ltd. is an Aboriginal owned and operated company that offers commercial helicopter services to several industries such as oil & gas, research and development, power line companies, mining, construction, film industry, cargo and charter flights. Lakeshore Helicopters is based in Fort McMurray and currently services the northern region of Alberta. It is a long-term member of NAABA (Northern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association) and is committed to employing Aboriginal personnel from the Wood Buffalo Region. Lakeshore Helicopters is also committed to the highest level of Health and Safety on all job sites and are outfitted with global positioning tracking systems and satellite phones from Latitude Technologies.

For more information, please contact:

Laura SENECAL
Tel: (905) 871-7772
Cel: (905) 321-7738
laura.senecal[at]eurocopter.ca
Eurocopter Canada Limited

Julie GUÉRIN
Tel: + 33 4 42 85 59 64
Cel: + 33 6 22 00 34 73
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

Don CLEVELAND
Tel: (780) 714-3665 
cleveland_db[at]hotmail.com
Lakeshore Helicopters Ltd.

Website: www.eurocopter.com