AS350 B3: terrific for travel

Since 2002, Dimas Pimenta II, the president of DIMEP(1), has owned and piloted an AS350 B3 Ecureuil. Testimony.


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To date, DIMEP’s AS350 B3 Ecureuil has notched up 850 flight hours for business and personal use.


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“In 1976, I started flying an AS350 B Ecureuil, with which I notched up 1,500 flight hours, before I bought a brand-new AS350 B3 Ecureuil in 2002. Its power/weight ratio makes the AS350 B3 an automatic choice. I really love this aircraft and I have complete confidence in it. This helicopter has numerous advantages: the cockpit is not shut off from the passenger cabin; it offers high speed, a good level of comfort, excellent visibility, ease of maintenance, a long range and a high level of safety.
To date, the aircraft has flown 850 flight hours for business and personal use. DIMEP is active in 27 Brazilian federative units and, because of the long distances between towns, I often use my helicopter for getting about and meeting my local managers and customers. Recently, I made a journey with my son, who also flies this aircraft, to the north of Brazil during which we flew 5,772 kilometres and visited 11 towns: from São Luís to São Paulo where our head office is based. We have also visited several neighbouring countries and regions, including Paraguay, Argentina, Patagonia and southern Chile. We really love travelling with the AS350 B3 Ecureuil. Our dream for next year is to fly to Miami, Florida and visit the Caribbean.”




_AUTHOR: VANESSA SCHMIDT-CRETON


FIRST WOMAN TO FLY A HELICOPTER IN THE BRAZILIAN ARMY

23-year-old Dayana dos Santos Souza is the first woman in the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) to have performed a flight aboard a military helicopter.
The feat took place in Natal (RN) at 4.15 p.m. on 12 July, when Dayana took off on a 60-minute flight in an Ecureuil H-50 from Helibras. “I’m very proud and honoured to represent women in the Rotary Wing Aviation,” she affirmed. Dayana dos Santos Souza is a student of the course on operational specialization in the 1st Squadron of the 11th Aviation Group (1/11 GAV), “Gavião” Squadron. After successfully accomplishing her mission, she was given the traditional initiation rites by members of the “Gavião” squadron, being made to run the gauntlet and endure a dousing by the fire brigade. “The flight alone shows that you are able to do everything you were taught.
Once you are alone in the aircraft, you know you are responsible for anything that goes wrong,” explains Dayana, who has logged about 20 flight hours and is a member of the “Gavião” squadron’s flight safety team.


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