Eurocopter

September 26, 2007 - 12:24pm

Eurocopter is considering introducing fiber placement for helicopter composite fuselage manufacturing as a way to replace manual lay-up and reduce costs by an estimated 20 to 25 percent. A research project has yielded the first EC 155 rear section (tailcone and fenestron vertical tail) made by fiber placement. Engineers are testing the part at the firm’s Marignane, France research and development facilities.

September 26, 2007 - 12:23pm

American Eurocopter has received an FAA aircraft production certificate to manufacture its U.S. Army UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter and EC 145 commercial variant at the company’s plant in Columbus, Miss.

The first helicopter produced under the certificate was delivered to the Army on August 27.

September 25, 2007 - 4:29pm

Eurocopter and the house of Hermès revealed their “l’Hélicoptère par Hermès,” an EC 135 with a decidedly up-market interior, yesterday morning here at the convention.

Eurocopter and Hermès officials met at EBACE in Geneva in May last year, 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 here at Eurocopter’s booth (No. 4351).

September 25, 2007 - 12:08pm

Eurocopter and the house of Hermès revealed their “l’Hélicoptere par Hermès,” an EC 135 with a decidedly up-market interior, today at the NBAA Convention. The new helicopter came about after officials from both companies met at EBACE in Geneva in May last year, 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 this week.

September 21, 2007 - 7:10am

Eurocopter recently completed the manufacturing of an EC 155 rear fuselage using a fiber-placement process. The company said the procedure consisted of placing “unidirectional composite material on the lay-up mold” automatically. The technical development feasibility project showed that some components could be fully integrated into the manufacturing process.

September 21, 2007 - 5:59am

Business/VIP helicopter owners are increasingly demanding more cabin comfort and equipment. Helicopter manufacturers enjoying a booming market for their products are thus endeavoring to make their interiors look more like those of business jets.

September 5, 2007 - 11:52am

American Eurocopter has received an FAA aircraft production certificate to manufacture its U.S. Army UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter and EC 145 commercial variant at the company’s plant in Columbus, Miss. The first helicopter produced under the certificate was delivered to the Army on August 27.

August 28, 2007 - 10:06am

Customers flying to Eurocopter’s Donauwörth training center and customer service facility in Germany now benefit from a helicopter-dedicated airspace layout, the first of its kind in Europe, according to the local Eurocopter flight operations team. The new flight procedures allow operations in almost all weather conditions.

Since mid-March, approaches at the airport have been GPS-based, allowing flights in IMC.

August 28, 2007 - 10:01am

The Eurocopter EC 145 has received the first certification for night vision goggle- aided civil operations. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified the capability in May, and the FAA and Transport Canada (TC) are expected to follow suit this fall. The modification is available as original equipment and retrofit.

August 28, 2007 - 7:00am

Eurocopter this summer unveiled two modernized facilities at Donauwörth, its main German industrial site. Its blade shop saw a complete re-engineering aimed at reducing lead times and optimizing the production process. Consequently, its production and repair capacities have increased by 40 percent. Design, engineering, production process and quality control and customer service are now housed in one building.

 
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