UK-based Bond Air Services has ordered a Eurocopter EC 135 that will be used for maintenance missions at the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm. Starting late this year, the light twin will perform operations such as delivery of personnel and equipment by winch.
Eurocopter EC 135
Harbin Aviation Industry (HAIG) on November 15 in Harbin, China, delivered the first EC 175 airframe to Eurocopter. HAIG is Eurocopter’s partner in the medium-twin helicopter program. The prototype will be assembled at Eurocopter’s headquarters in Marignane, France, and is scheduled to fly in the fourth quarter of next year. EASA certification is pegged for 2011, with approval from Chinese authority CAAC to follow in 2012.
Harbin Aviation Industry (HAIG) delivered the first EC 175 airframe to Eurocopter on Saturday in Harbin, China. Harbin is the European manufacturer’s partner in the medium-twin helicopter program. The prototype will undergo final assembly at Eurocopter’s headquarters in Marignane, France, and is scheduled to fly in the fourth quarter of next year.
Petroleum Air Services (PAS) of Egypt plans to add a third Eurocopter EC 135 helicopter to its fleet and has taken out options for a further two. It received its first EC 135 in late 2007 and the second earlier this year. The aircraft are used to transport oil workers from the Egyptian mainland to offshore oil platforms.
Eurocopter (Chalet No. 33) is expecting that the Middle Eastern and North African markets will continue to grow in the coming years. Here in the Gulf region, the European manufacturer has sold its first EC 135 Hermès luxury twin.
Eurocopter has received an order for eight EC 135 P2i light twins from the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior. They will be delivered to the Bavarian police helicopter squadron between September next year and April 2010. The Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206-powered helicopters will be approved for IFR and night-vision-goggle operations. The contract includes a letter of intent for power-by-the-hour service over at least 10 years.
Neither of the two medevac Bell 407s that collided in midair June 29 over Flagstaff, Ariz., was equipped with TCAS or any kind of cockpit voice or data recorder, an NTSB spokesman told AIN.
Florida is a land with a reputation for competitions with contested results, and that tradition continued at HAI’s 2002 edition of its annual trade show and convention as two major rotorcraft makers debated over who has global domination of the vertical-takeoff flying machine market, while a third major player announced its plans for getting back into the game.
Eurocopter Canada has announced the delivery of its 500th helicopter in the country–an AS355 NP Ecureuil light twin. The NP is an upgraded version with Turbomeca Arrius 1A1 engines that provide a 20-percent payload improvement. Customer Phoenix Heli-Flight is based in Fort McMurray, Alberta. It performs medevac, firefighting, passenger transport and various kinds of aerial work operations.
Eurocopter EC 135T2+, La Crosse, Wis., May 10, 2008–Three people–the pilot, a physician and a flight nurse–were killed when the Air Methods helicopter crashed into trees and the ground. The EC 135 hit the top of the ridgeline, where tree strikes and main rotor blade fragments were found, and the main wreckage landed on the far side of the ridgeline.