Peak Aviation Inc. poised for growth with first AS350 B3e delivered by Eurocopter Canada
Helicopter Association of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario – The AS350 B3e will support Peak Aviation’s growing fleet of Eurocopter aircraft
Peak Aviation Inc. has selected the AS350 B3e to assist with its mining, fire and long-lining missions. The sale by Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) will mark Peak Aviation’s fourth Eurocopter product, including two EC130 B4s and one AS350 B3.
“The AS350 B3e is the best single engine aircraft for the type of utility work that we deliver to our customers,” said Guy Tremblay, President, Peak Aviation Inc. “Eurocopter continues to provide us with the quality and support that we expect when developing our fleet, which is why we are looking forward to utilizing the AS350 B3e in conjunction with our other Eurocopter products.”
The AS350 B3e’s exceptional lifting capability, high endurance, extended range, fast cruise speed and reduced TBO, make it an ideal choice for all types of challenging missions.
“The enhanced AS350 B3e is rising in popularity due to its high performance, versatility, safety and low maintenance costs,” said Guy Joannes, President and CEO, ECL. “We are pleased that Peak Aviation has decided to continue building its fleet with the addition of this helicopter and we will do our best to support the operation and development of this valuable customer.”
The AS350 B3e is an updated version of Eurocopter’s single-engine AS350 B3, offering a high-performance helicopter capable of carrying out the most demanding missions in extreme weather and geographical conditions. 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. 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 Peak Aviation Inc.
Peak Aviation Inc. is a commercial helicopter company, dedicated to offering security, quality and personalized service to its clients. Located in the centre of Quebec in the town of Saguenay, Peak Aviation’s fleet of two EC130 B4s, one AS350 B3 and one new AS350 B3e strengthens their expertise in aerial construction and utility missions.
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