Eurocopter

March 5, 2013 - 9:26pm
Eurocopter EC135T3/P3

At Heli-Expo yesterday, Eurocopter introduced a new model intended to help maintain its market position, the EC135T3/P3, which is making its debut here. The company reported a 15-percent growth in revenues in 2012 despite a decrease in deliveries over 2011.

March 5, 2013 - 9:10pm
Model 510 system

Simplex Aerospace (Booth No. N2511) announced EASA certification of its aerial cleaning and de-icing system for power lines and windmills during Heli-Expo ‘13. Portland, Ore.-based Simplex received EASA certification for installation of the Model 510 system on the Eurocopter AS350 and AS355 on Feb. 8, 2013, according to Michael Finnegan, regional manager for the company.

March 5, 2013 - 7:30pm
Brian K. Reid

American Eurocopter chose Heli-Expo ’13 as the venue to announce the appointment of Brian K. Reid as director of support and service sales. As such Reid will oversee and grow the marketing efforts of American Eurocopter’s customer support and service division, which focuses on the aftermarket segment. Reid has a background in helicopter manufacturing, having held positions in business development, sales, marketing and management.

March 5, 2013 - 7:15pm
Brian K. Reid

American Eurocopter chose Heli-Expo ’13 as the venue to announce the appointment of Brian K. Reid as director of support and service sales. As such Reid will oversee and grow the marketing efforts of American Eurocopter’s customer support and service division, which focuses on the aftermarket segment. Reid has a background in helicopter manufacturing, having held positions in business development, sales, marketing and management.

March 5, 2013 - 6:22pm

Global helicopter lessor Milestone Aviation Group of Dublin, Ireland, placed orders for up to 74 helicopters from Eurocopter and Sikorsky worth more than $1.75 billion today at Heli-Expo 2013, which opened this morning in Las Vegas. These additional helicopters will double the assets at Milestone.

March 5, 2013 - 5:10pm

Rotorcraft Services Group (Booth No. N4235) recently completed the design, manufacture and installation of advanced mission equipment on a newly acquired Eurocopter EC135 for the police department in Japan’s Fukui prefecture. The modular package included dual multi-spectral electro-optical systems, digital datalink capability, a stabilized high-intensity searchlight system and a high-powered external public address system.

March 5, 2013 - 2:10pm
AS332L Super Puma

Law enforcement helicopters are well represented at Heli-Expo ‘13, and American Eurocopter machines, with several different helicopter models well suited to EMS operations (AS350 B2/B3 and EC130T2, EC135, EC145 and AS332 Super Puma) are easy to spot in the exhibit hall.

March 5, 2013 - 2:00pm
FlightSafety’s level-D full motion simulator for the Eurocopter EC135 provides realistic training through Vital X graphics and five-projector technology. The EC135 sim, one of the busiest at FlightSafety’s Dallas training center, was built with input from Metro Aviation. In addition to EMS and offshore scenario-based training, the simulator provides training on inadvertent IMC and flying in challenging areas.

I strap into the Eurocopter EC135 light twin and head for California’s Cajon Pass. Cajon can deal helicopter pilots some of the worst conditions imaginable. The pass was created by the San Andreas fault and separates the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains, not far from the HITOP VFR intersection and the San Bernardino and Rialto airports. The stretch of Interstate 15 and state road 138 that run through the pass are frequent scenes of automotive carnage.

March 5, 2013 - 11:30am
Two P&WC PW210S engines (shown) power the Sikorsky S-76D, which is about to enter into service.

Pratt & Whitney Canada has a number of engines in development for the medium-twin helicopter category. The latest version of the PT6C family, the PT6C-67E, powers the Eurocopter EC175. Meanwhile, the PW210S is about to enter into service on the now-certified Sikorsky S-76D. Two more PW210 variants will power the AgustaWestland AW169 and the Eurocopter X4. Last year, the Longueuil, Quebec-based engine manufacturer (Booth No. N3718) produced more than 850 turboshaft engines.

March 5, 2013 - 6:00am
EC175

Bristow Helicopters, the largest global helicopter provider, is set to become the U.S. launch customer for the not-yet-certified Eurocopter EC175. Representatives of the operator and manufacturer are expected to sign the purchase agreement at Eurocopter’s Heli-Expo booth (No. C2922) at 3 p.m. this afternoon, here in Las Vegas.

 
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