Eurocopter (Stand C220) expects the long-anticipated growth in demand for civil helicopters in the Middle East to materialize now and it believes the market’s emergence will have been worth the wait. According to regional marketing manager Xavier Hay, the helomaker expects to sell at least 20 civil rotorcraft per year in this part of the world.
Eurocopter and Hermès, two companies with distinctly different disciplines, have launched an effort that will blend their respective skills and creative genius in l’Hélicoptère par Hermès. It is, according to Eurocopter, “a reappraisal of the helicopter’s potential as a form of personal transportation.” The EC 135, a light, multi-mission, twin-engine Eurocopter, was selected for the maiden effort.
Bell and Eurocopter posted large orders at the recent Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) held in Tampa, Fla., in September, selling a combined 50 helicopters. Bell received orders for 27, while Eurocopter sold 23.
Bell wrote orders for sixteen 206L-4 LongRangers from Air Evac Services,
The latest market projection for the civil helicopter market: red-hot. For the OEMs, it means big delivery backlogs, which translates to waiting times of up to four or five years for customers. While the demand for medevac and offshore support rotorcraft is accelerating, the popularity of executive helicopters is also on the rise as urban surface traffic grows ever worse.
Eurocopter last month announced that its EC 225 Super Puma firefighting system is undergoing a certification process, with deliveries pegged to start next year. The main component of the retrofittable system is a flexible 4,000-liter (1,060 U.S. gallon) tank attached to the cabin floor. The system also includes a water scoop and jettison kit. It can be installed or removed in 20 minutes, according to Eurocopter.
Eurocopter has received from the Austrian Ministry of Interior an order for eight EC 135 P2is. The “P” in the designation indicates the engines are Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206s. Deliveries of the police-configured helicopters will take place between next March and May 2009. The last four aircraft will be equipped with forward-looking infrared cameras and searchlights.
Small but noteworthy helicopter equipment manufacturers found a suitable showcase for their products at Helitech 2007 in Duxford, England, early last month. Big OEMs Agusta-Westland, Bell, Enstrom, Eurocopter, MD Helicopters, Robinson and Sikor- sky (along with accompanying subsidiary Schweizer) were either present or represented, and they had sales to announce.
FDC Aerofilter, a California-based company that specializes in engine inlet barrier filtration, is developing a new filter for the Eurocopter EC 135. It is slated for certification by next year. FDC is also working on extending the life expectancy of its filters. Removal intervals, currently at 1,500 hours, are to be increased to 3,000 hours within months, sales manager Ann Cooper told AIN.
Eurocopter and the world-renowned house of Hermès revealed their “l’Hélicoptère par Hermès,” an EC 135 with a decidedly upscale interior. The project began after officials from both companies met at EBACE in Geneva in May 2005, held discussions for six months and decided to cooperate on a joint project that culminated in the special edition of the EC 135 on display at the NBAA show.
Heli-USA has taken a break from the usual Hawaiian air-tour repertoire of overflying thick jungles, pristine tropical rainforests, volcanoes surging with liquid magma and plunging sliver waterfalls. Instead it is offering tourists the alternative of seeing the 50th state’s glittering nightlife from the same unique perspective.