Eurocopter AS 350B, Juneau, Alaska, July 25, 2005–The high-skid-equipped Squirrel was substantially damaged after a loss of engine power and subsequent emergency landing after taking off from the Juneau Airport. Temsco Helicopters of Juneau was operating the local VFR sightseeing flight to the Mendenhall Glacier. The commercial pilot and six passengers were not injured.
Meeker Aviation, a manufacturer of FLIR camera and searchlight mounts, has unveiled at Heli-Expo its latest product, the multiple-payload cabin step for the Eurocopter EC 135 and EC 145. On display in Booth No. 4014, the step can carry various cameras to a maximum of 125 pounds, or a searchlight such as the SX-16/Nightsun II.
Composite Technology, Inc. (CTI) is investing assets in the helicopter market to broaden its Canadian service footprint.
Over the past 18 months, Jet-Care International has witnessed a dramatic upturn in its helicopter engine condition program as manufacturers and operators see the potential to diagnose a problem before it becomes an expensive maintenance issue.
Safe Flight Instrument Corp. of White Plains, N.Y., announced that Trans Helicopter Service of Paris plans to install its powerline detection system in a Eurocopter AS 355. The French operator has already filed a request for certification with the European Safety Agency (EASA) in Cologne, Germany. EASA certification would apply to 25 European countries.
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.
Air Methods, one of the nation’s largest air medical transportation providers, yes-terday signed a memorandum of under-standing with American Eurocopter to buy 15 EC 135s. Deliveries are expected to begin next year.
Honeywell (Booth No. 1907) and Soloy (Booth No. 2207) have obtained an STC to install Honeywell’s latest version of the LTS101 turboshaft engine on the Eurocopter AS 350B2 AStar, and have delivered the first two converted helicopters.
It will come as no surprise to industry watchers that Eurocopter had another good year last year. Its $4 billion order book was its best in the last five years. The total included $1.7 billion worth of new helicopters–equivalent to 401 airframes–and 70 percent of that sum was for export.
What is the current position regarding the U.S. Coast Guard re-engining contract for the Dolphin?