Eurocopter Ecureuil

October 3, 2008 - 7:39am

The Swiss civil aviation authority (OFAC) has restricted the use of mobile landing platforms for helicopters with skids. From now on, only operators and pilots with “sufficient guarantees” will be allowed to use such ground equipment. Pilots must be experienced and properly trained.

July 29, 2008 - 11:53am

Police arrested Jean-Pierre Bernardini, managing director of France-based Corseus Hélicoptères, in connection with a drug-smuggling operation in late June. The police watched 1,200 pounds of hashish being unloaded from a Eurocopter AS 350 Ecureuil owned by the company and arrested nine people near Béziers, in the south of the country.

July 14, 2008 - 3:16am

Eurocopter Canada has announced the delivery of its 500th helicopter in the country–an AS355 NP Ecureuil light twin. The NP is an upgraded version with Turbomeca Arrius 1A1 engines that provide a 20-percent payload improvement. Customer Phoenix Heli-Flight is based in Fort McMurray, Alberta. It performs medevac, firefighting, passenger transport and various kinds of aerial work operations.

January 22, 2008 - 11:10am

Eurocopter, at a news conference in Paris today, disclosed its results for last year, saying it achieved an all-time high in sales that surpasses those for 2006, which were tops until now. The French-German helicopter manufacturer recorded 802 orders worth $9.5 billion (€6.58 billion) last year, and the backlog now stands at a record $20 billion (€13.5 billion).

January 22, 2008 - 11:10am

Eurocopter, at a news conference in Paris today, disclosed its results for last year, saying it achieved an all-time high in sales that surpasses those for 2006, which were tops until now. The French-German helicopter manufacturer recorded 802 orders worth $9.5 billion (€6.58 billion) last year, and the backlog now stands at a record $20 billion (€13.5 billion).

October 12, 2007 - 6:10am

Quebec-based avionics manufacturer Amphitech International last month received limited Canadian STC approval to install its OASys wire- and obstacle-detection radar aboard a Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil. The helicopter, operated by Heli-Express, was to embark on an eastern U.S.

July 5, 2007 - 5:27am
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At last month’s Paris Air Show Eurocopter delivered the first upgraded Ecureuil/TwinStar, the AS 355NP, its current light twin offering. According to the Marignane, France-based manufacturer, the helicopter offers better performance, an enhanced cockpit and improved cabin interior. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified the aircraft on February 15. Transport Canada and Russian certifications are expected later this year.

June 18, 2007 - 10:20am
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The new Eurocopter AS 355 NP Ecureuil on display here at Le Bourget will shortly be delivered to the first customer, Scandinavian Helicopter Group. The Swedish operator uses its fleet of rotorcraft mainly for passenger transport and aerial work.

May 23, 2007 - 1:18pm

Paris-based operator Trans Helicopter Service (THS) has its twin-engine Eurocopter AS 355 Ecureuil II available here at EBACE 2007 for demo flights of Safe Flight’s helicopter powerline detection system (PDS). The system has just been awarded certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the AS 355. THS conducted the certification work on behalf of Safe Flight, based in White Plains, New York.

October 24, 2006 - 11:08am
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Eurocopter test pilot Didier Delsalle (center) and president and CEO Fabrice Brégier (right) yesterday accepted the world record verification from Fédération Aéronautique Internationale representative Jacques Escaffe (left) for landing the first helicopter on top of Mount Everest (elevation 29,035 feet). The feat was accomplished by Delsalle last May in a Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil/AStar.

 
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