TRK Helicopters purchase New AS355 NP from Eurocopter Canada
The AS355 NP Integrates Twin-engine Added Reliability and Performance
Vancouver, BC (HAC) – The AS355 NP will be introduced into TRK Helicopter’s fleet in April 2011. The AS355 NP will be used for various types of flying missions including; tours and commercial operations.
“The AS355 NP will be a welcomed addition into TRK Helicopter’s dynamic fleet of aircraft,” said Mr. Randy Marks, President, TRK Helicopter’s. “The AS355 NP’s flexibility will give TRK the ability to perform demanding operations over water, rugged terrain and urban areas quickly, efficiently and safely due to the CAT A performance of the aircraft.”
With excellent handling, robustness and ease of maintenance, the AS355 NP incorporates twin-engine added reliability and performance – making it ideal for parapublic missions. Renowned for its low operation and maintenance costs, this helicopter benefits from the reliability and safety of its two Safran Arrius 1A1 engines, and is equipped with a full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system.
“TRK Helicopter’s acquisition of the new AS355 NP is a excellent fit for the company as this innovative and exciting aircraft is known best for its combination of performance and affordability, said Mr. Guy Joannes, President & CEO, ECL. “The AS355 NP will undoubtedly support TRK Helicopter’s growth in the aviation sector.”
The AS355 NP provides excellent OEI performance: It is capable of taking off at MTOW in Cat A from a helipad at temperatures up to 25° C at sea level. Like the other helicopters in the Ecureuil family, the AS355 NP is also equipped with a Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD), which optimizes the human-machine interface, and a standard avionics suite for day and night VFR operations that includes a GPS color map display and a redundant COM/NAV. The aircraft is fully IFR certified (single/dual pilot) and can be fitted with a 3-axis autopilot as well as mission-specific equipment.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the twin-engine AS355 NP can perform all types of missions including public services both day and night, whether over water, congested areas or hostile environments. The AS355 NP’s unobstructed cabin and forward-facing seats guarantee excellent visibility for passengers. As an option, footsteps and sliding doors can be installed to provide easy access to the wide cabin. The helicopter is equipped with an array of certified equipment to perform a wide range of operations with optimal efficiency.
About TRK Helicopters
TRK Helicopters aircraft are maintained at TRK Helicopters Transport Canada Approved Maintenance organization. From operation bases located in Langley, British Columbia and Whitehorse, Yukon TRK Helicopters provides Tour and Adventure services, Aerial Crane/Construction services, Forestry/Fire Suppression support, Fisheries support, Hydro Support, Surveying, Mining Support/Drill Moves, Oil and Gas Support, Telecom services, Photography and Filming services and Aerial Advertising from operation bases located in Langley, British Columbia and Whitehorse, Yukon. TRK Helicopters pilots are highly experienced and undergo extensive recurrent training. Pilots are also certified on mountain flying courses.
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. 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, defense and related services. The Eurocopter group employs approximately 17,500 people. In 2010, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.8 billion euros; orders for 346 new helicopters; and a 49 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the group’s products account for 33 percent of the total world civil and parapublic helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 27 subsidiaries and participations on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. There are 11,200 Eurocopter helicopters currently in service with nearly 2,900 customers in 147 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.
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