Fort Erie, ON – September 28, 2007
V. Kelner Helicopters has purchased a new, state-of-art Colibri EC 120B helicopter from Eurocopter Canada Limited. Founded by Chairman Frank Kelner – the man who brought the Swiss-built Pilatus PC12 fixed-wing aircraft into the Canadian market ten years ago – V. Kelner Helicopters provides charter rotary-wing service from ‘The Lakehead’; a.k.a. the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
“I wanted to give my customers at V. Kelner Helicopters an aircraft that is quiet, safe, fast, and truly comfortable to fly in,” says Frank Kelner. “With its forward-facing passenger seats, the EC 120B makes everyone feel like they are part of the crew. This really enhances the customers’ flying experience.”
“This is an aircraft that has kept up with the times.” He adds. “Today’s EC 120B offers the sophisticated level of high performance, passenger comfort, overall safety, and cost-effective operation that I’ve been looking for.”
The Colibri EC 120B is a multi-purpose single-engine helicopter that can carry up to four passengers plus pilot. Inside, the EC 120B is very quiet; 6.6 dB below the ICAO limit, to be precise. Outside, the EC 120B’s Safran ARRIUS 2F turbine engine delivers a fast cruise speed of 223 km/hour and a range of 710 km. Externally, the EC 120B’s shrouded Fenestron tail offers low external noise – 8.5dB below the ICAO requirement – and enhanced passenger and crew safety.
“V Kelner Helicopters is dedicated to providing the very best service to our customers,” Kelner concludes. “The EC 120B will help us do that.”
Eurocopter Canada Limited (www.eurocopter.ca) is a subsidiary of Eurocopter. Eurocopter Canada based in Fort Erie, Ontario has customer support centres in Vancouver, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec. 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 approx. 14,000 people. In 2006, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 3.8 billion euros, orders for 615 new helicopters, and a 52 percent market share in the civilian/commercial and Para public sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 17 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. More than 9,800 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest range of commercial and military helicopters in the world.
100 years of vertical flight
The first vertical flight ever made was made by Paul Cornu in 1907. Since then great pioneering spirit, technological advances and innovative ideas have turned the helicopter into an aircraft without which air rescue as we know it would be unimaginable and which makes a significant contribution towards the safety and protection of individuals and to economic development. Eurocopter is proud to join in celebrating this centenary and its own passion for helicopters in 2007.
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