Brabus Private Aviation, which was revealed at EBACE in May as a new luxury design, completion and management venture, was “launched” at MEBA 2012 yesterday, at 12:12 p.m. local time on 12/12/12. The new venture brings together four respected names from the automotive and aviation worlds: Brabus, PrivatAir, Ruag Aviation and Happy Design Studio. Brabus has 35 years’ experience in the luxury outfitting and customization of automobiles, particularly those of Mercedes-Benz.
Brabus Private Aviation, which was revealed at EBACE in Geneva last May as a new luxury design, completion and management venture, was “launched” here at MEBA 2012 yesterday, coincidentally at 12 past 12 on 12/12/12.
Belgium-based Brabus Private Aviation is offering executive and VIP cabin interior design for helicopters. Completion or refurbishing work will take place at Ruag Aviation’s Munich, Germany facility. France’s Happy Design Studio will provide livery design and the paint job. Finally, Switzerland-based PrivatAir will provide “sourcing, purchasing and aircraft management services.”
American Eurocopter is doing more than just showing off its offerings at its booth during the NBAA Convention. The company will also offer flying demonstrations of its EC135 and EC155 helicopters during the show.
Anticipating a recovery in business and executive helicopter sales, Eurocopter has begun investing in new cabin designs.
According to Patrice Royer, head of business and private aviation sales, the best-selling models in that segment are the EC130 light single, EC145 light twin and EC155 medium twin. Royer figures the additional cost of a business or executive cabin accounts for approximately 10 to 15 percent of the final price.
Eurocopter exhibited the first example of the EC145 Mercedes-Benz at Ebace in Geneva in May. Unveiled last year as a scaled-down mock-up, the new version consists of aesthetic and practical innovations, aimed at making the cabin more comfortable for passengers accustomed to the luxury of fixed-wing cabins.
Eurocopter last month unveiled the EC145 Mercedes- Benz Style, a version of the light twin helicopter that features aesthetic and practical innovations. For example, several seats can be removed to make room for mountain bikes for a weekend trip. To change configurations, seats are mounted on rails and the aft separation wall can slide to change the size of the luggage compartment.
Eurocopter yesterday at EBACE unveiled the EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style, a version of the light twin helicopter that features aesthetic and practical changes to both the interior and exterior. The cabin can seat up to eight passengers in a business layout or can be reduced to four places to accommodate more cargo, thanks to cabin seats mounted on rails that facilitate configuration changes.
Eurocopter yesterday unveiled the EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style, a version of the light twin helicopter that features aesthetic and practical innovations, both inside the cabin and on the exterior. The cabin can seat up to eight passengers in a comfortable business layout. For more casual outings, passenger seating can be reduced to four places to accommodate surfboards or mountain bikes.
Students of scoops, badges and other muscularity enhancement on cars will recognize the Mercedes S65 AMG as the most powerful production sedan on the planet.* For the majority of those who give it a passing glance, however, it will probably register as nothing more than a big, solid imported sedan. And that is all well and good.