Thu, Dec 01, 2011
Aircraft Unveiled At Heli-Expo 2011
Transport Canada has certified Eurocopter's latest Ecureuil
helo, the AS350 B3e. The aircraft, which was introduced at
Heli-Expo 2011, is designed to carry out demanding missions
in the most extreme weather and geographical conditions.
“We look forward to enhancing our customers’ fleets,
by offering the newly Canadian certified AS350 B3e,” said Mr.
Guy Joannes, President & CEO, ECL. “Derived from the
strength of the proven Ecureuil helicopter family, this versatile
aircraft provides performance, power, comfort, excellent safety
features and reduced direct operating costs, making it an ideal
fleet addition for any type of mission.”
The AS350 B3e is a member of Eurocopter's rugged and proven
Ecureuil family. Some 4,900 Ecureuils have been delivered in 98
countries for some 1,600 operators, accumulating more than 22
million hours. More than 1,000 AS350 B3 series are currently
in-service worldwide, and are mainly used for high performance
missions in "high and hot" conditions.
The AS350 B3e features an enhanced Turbomeca Arriel 2D turbo shaft
engine, with higher reliability and reduced Direct Operating Costs.
Engine filters are available for protection during flight in sand
and snow conditions without a performance penalty. The AS350 B3e is
equipped with a new digital FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine
Control) and is fitted with an engine data recorder. It
incorporates tail rotor modifications for additional ease of
piloting, and also features an improved interior design. The AS350
B3e cockpit will be fitted with a dual LCD-screen Vehicle and
Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD), allowing the pilot to check at
one glance, the main vehicle and engine parameters - thus reducing
his workload and enhancing safety. The use of composite material
gives the AS350 B3e the best protection against corrosion, as well
as reducing maintenance costs.
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