Eurocopter EC145

October 22, 2013 - 10:05pm
An EC145 helicopter owned by Ron Pratte of Chandler, AZ is on display at American Eurocopter's booth at NBAA 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada

American Eurocopter (Booth No. C11606B) selected a unique EC145 to show off at its booth during NBAA 2013. The twin-engine helicopter was outfitted to customer specifications for Chandler, Ariz.-based businessman Ron Pratte. Interior features include a spacious passenger cabin, ideal for carrying business partners and family.

October 22, 2013 - 4:15am

Eurocopter has announced that its American Eurocopter subsidiary will upgrade its Columbus, Miss. facility, allowing it to serve as a final assembly and test site for the AS350. The AS350 work will offset a reduction in assembly operations on the UH-72A Lakota military helicopter and also help Eurocopter increase AS350 sales in the U.S. The model is the bestselling civil helicopter in the U.S.

October 20, 2013 - 1:45pm
Sandel HeliTaws

Gerry Block founded Sandel Avionics in 1998 to bring high-performance color graphics avionics to unserved general aviation customers by exploiting the emerging technology of rear projection to produce compact panel-mounted electronic cockpit displays. On Wednesdsay at NBAA 2013, Sandel Avionics is celebrating its 15-year anniversary from 3 to 5 p.m. at Booth No. C9340 with a hosted bar, refreshments and prize drawings.

October 10, 2013 - 3:30pm

Eurocopter is now anticipating that its EC145T2, an upgraded version of the EC145 light twin, will be certified next spring, instead of by year-end. Head of program Manfred Merk told AIN that the first delivery is now slated for the middle of next year.

September 24, 2013 - 3:18pm

Eurocopter announced yesterday that it will upgrade the American Eurocopter plant in Columbus, Miss., to accommodate final assembly of the AS350, which it said is the top-selling civil helicopter in the U.S. market. AS350 production is expected to start at the plant in the fourth quarter of next year and will ramp up to 60 of the light single-engine helicopters annually by 2016.

September 18, 2013 - 12:50pm

A2B Heli Maintenance, an EASA Part 145 independent commercial helicopter maintenance company, has formally opened its doors at London Oxford Airport. A2B Heli chose London Oxford as an expanding business aviation airport with close links to co-owned Barclays London Heliport in Battersea (20 minutes’ flying time from Oxford) and other strong transport links.

July 3, 2013 - 5:10am

Faced with tough budget decisions on new weapons programs, the U.S. Army appears to be delaying a decision on the $6- to $8 billion Armed Aerial Scout program while concurrently moving forward with the potential $100 billion joint multi-role (JMR) initiative.

May 21, 2013 - 3:15pm
Eurocopter EC175

Eurocopter (Booth 7050) unveiled a mockup of the executive version of its EC175 medium twin helicopter at EBACE and is also offering an even more luxurious VIP version.

April 16, 2013 - 8:30pm
Eurocopter E175

Eurocopter’s presence in China goes back more than 40 years to the first sale of an Alouette III helicopter in the country in 1967. But since then, the European manufacturer has set down much deeper roots in China and the new twin-engine EC175 (or Z15, as the Chinese version is known) represents the latest stage in a wide-ranging cooperation with China’s Avicopter (see box) through the Shanghai-based joint venture Eurocopter China.

April 1, 2013 - 12:55am
Announcements of new helicopter models drew Heli-Expo showgoers like Justin Bieber draws teenage girls. Eurocopter played to the crowd with its new EC175 (shown flying in Bristow livery), EC145T2, EC225 and AS350B3e. As outgoing CEO Lutz Bertling put it,  “The best is yet to come.” (Photo: Mariano Rosales)

This year’s Heli-Expo continued the show’s record run, exceeding the number of attendees at the Helicopter Association International’s annual convention for the sixth year in a row. The final numbers included 20,393 attendees, 60 helicopters and 736 exhibitors, according to HAI president Matt Zuccaro.

 
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