Meridian Helicopters has delivered a refurbished Bell 206L3 helicopter to English Air Service (EAS), its 18th 206L3/206L4 refurbishment in recent years. The Lafayette, Louisiana-based helicopter services company expects to deliver its 19th of the type later this month.
The 1990 206L3 delivered to EAS was equipped for basic utility operations with an emphasis on avionics and cabin interior and exterior improvements. Included in the work was the installation of a complete Garmin avionics package with Bluetooth technology, air conditioning, and three-tone leather seating. The helicopter also received a new paint scheme, wire strike protection, cargo hook provisions, and an inlet barrier filter system.
California-based EAS specializes in utility operations for agriculture, light detection and ranging (LIDAR)/mapping, and power line maintenance. “When looking for an aircraft to purchase, English Air Service…looks for quality craftsmanship and a company that takes pride in their work,” said EAS’s Mark English. “Meridian exceeded that. Looking for this specific aircraft took some time. We found some for less money, but there was no comparison in the work that was put into this 1990 Bell 206L3.”
Meridian is currently wrapping up the refurbishing of a 1996 Bell 206L4 that is scheduled for completion later this month.