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    VIDEO: HCare explained and Keycopter updates

    6 March 2015

    VIDEO: HCare explained and Keycopter updates

    Watch the video about HCare, Airbus Helicopters' redefined services offer, which provide the rotorcraft industry with the most comprehensive coverage emphasizing the company’s commitment to keep its customers flying, anytime, anywhere. Also, learn more about Keycopter updates and improvements since the last Heli-Expo edition.

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    VIDEO: H160, everything you need to know

    6 March 2015

    VIDEO: H160, everything you need to know

    Watch and learn more about the most anticipated announcement at Heli-Expo 2015: the introduction of Airbus Helicopters H160.

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    Servicios Aéreos de los Andes just signed for 3 H125s for utility work in Peru

    5 March 2015

    Servicios Aéreos de los Andes just signed for 3 H125s for utility work in Peru

    One of the last announcement at Heli-Expo was the completion of the first H125 (formally the AS350) in the United States, performed on the Airbus Helicopters, Inc. final assembly line in Columbus, Mississippi. This milestone rotorcraft is now in completion prior to delivery, meeting a schedule set nearly two years ago to establish a U.S. final assembly capability for the best-selling single-engine helicopter. During the show, Servicios Aéreos de los Andes signed for 3 H125s (1 firm + 2 options) for utility work in Peru.

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    Video: Papillon, Bristow and Dare County - Celebrating H at Heli-Expo

    4 March 2015

    Video: Papillon, Bristow and Dare County - Celebrating H at Heli-Expo

    Watch the Day 2 recap video celebrating the H Generation at Heli-Expo. Today, Bristow signed for 17 H175s to be used for Oil & Gas missions, Papillon celebrated its 50-year anniversary with the delivery of a gold-painted H130 for tourism operations, and Dare County received the first H145 in EMS configuration in the United States.

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    Meet the H Generation

    3 March 2015

    Meet the H Generation

    With the unveiling of the H160, Airbus Helicopters’ corporate transformation becomes visible through the company’s new brand.

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    Making history with the H160: watch the video

    3 March 2015

    Making history with the H160: watch the video

    Airbus Helicopters makes history with the unveiling of the H160, the first aircraft of the H generation. Watch CEO Guillaume Faury present the new helicopter and introduce the company's new branding at Heli-Expo 2015.

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    H160 unveiling: relive the entire event

    3 March 2015

    H160 unveiling: relive the entire event

    Relive the unveiling of the H160 at Heli-Expo 2015. The new medium-sized aircraft for civil and parapublic missions, the H160 is charismatic, a good citizen, and trustworthy.

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    Behind the Scenes: the making of our Heli-Expo booth

    2 March 2015

    Behind the Scenes: the making of our Heli-Expo booth

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    EC175’s first months on the job: High availability with NHV

    First reports back from NHV about the EC175’s entry into service show that the helicopter is performing above expectations for a new aircraft, with 88 percent availability.

    Less than one week after NHV received their first two EC175s on December 11, 2014, the aircraft entered operation, performing oil & gas crew change missions in the North Sea.

    EC175's first months on the job with NHV

    During the nearly two-month period between entry into service and February 11, 2015, these aircraft flew 260 hours with 143 flights a high level of activity made possible thanks to the helicopters’ high availability rate.

    Seventy-eight percent of these flights were commercial in nature, transporting offshore oil workers to, from, and between oil rigs. Eighteen percent were training flights. Around 1,500 passengers have been transported in total.

    First passenger reports were very positive, revolving mainly around cabin comfort thanks to low noise and vibration levels and the extra-large windows.

    EC175's first months on the job with NHV

    The crew has noted the new working environment, which reduces pilot workload and fatigue.

    The EC175’s performance has been in accordance with the flight manual, and all missions were performed as Category A operations at performance class 1.

    As of today, the most demanding missions were performed in wind speeds of 55 knots, while the longest-range mission carried seven passengers plus luggage 175 nautical miles without refueling.

    Nearly 20 percent of the flights were performed at night, representing 65 heli-deck landings.

    In addition, inspections made after the first 50-flight hours and the first 100-flight hours were performed without any need for unplanned maintenance. 

    Much of this success is due to the maturity campaign that was completed prior to the aircraft’s entry into service.

     

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    Malaysia’s flood victims get help from Airbus Helicopters machines

    In December 2014, Malaysia experienced its worst flooding in decades. More than 200,000 people were evacuated from their homes. Cut off from food supplies as rising floodwaters prevented almost all land transport, they desperately waited for help. It arrived in the air: thanks to many Malaysian helicopter operators including APL, with its AS350 B3e and EC135 T2e.

    APL helps Malaysia’s flood victims with the AS350 B3e and EC135 T2e

    After days of torrential rain, villages and towns on the east coast of the Peninsula of Malaysia, were submerged under an unstoppable muddy brown tide. The state of Kelantan was hit especially hard: The National Security Council (NSC) confirmed that the massive flood was the worst in the history of the state.  A total of 2,300 homes were wiped out and 100,000 people had to evacuate their homes. As many roads and railway lines lay under water, displaced families and in some cases whole villages were unable to receive food or water.

    Enter the Airbus Helicopters fleet in Malaysia: Around 10 local operators deployed their Airbus Helicopters aircraft, ranging from the lightweight AS350 B3e and EC120 B, to the medium EC155 and the heavy EC725, among many others.

    The Royal Malaysian Air Force, for example, deployed five of its EC725s along with other assets to conduct flood rescue and relief operations. And Aerial Power Lines Sdn Bhd (APL), an Airbus Helicopters customer which received its AS350 B3e and EC135 T2 light helicopters only six months before the flood, also brought relief supplies to communities in need.

    "Flood victims were asking for the 'yellow helicopters' as they were the most visible platform at the height of the flood tragedy. We penetrated isolated villages that were not accessible by boats, trucks, or any other machine,” recalls Wan Izani, CEO of APL.

    APL helps Malaysia’s flood victims with the AS350 B3e and EC135 T2e

    APL manages and operates helicopters for power line operations and other related aviation businesses. During the flooding it demonstrated its capabilities in relief missions, using its two Airbus Helicopters aircraft to transport approximately 16 tons of food and water into rural areas of the state of Kelantan.

    The AS350 B3e is designed by Airbus Helicopters to carry out demanding missions in the most extreme weather and geographical conditions, thanks to its exceptional lifting capability, high endurance, extended range and fast cruise speed. The EC135 T2 likewise offers high endurance and extended range and can carry more payload over longer distances than any aircraft in its class.

    “Our pilots, crew and the machines demonstrated great precision flying, hover capabilities and versatility to accommodate different types of equipment, food, cargo and passengers in confined areas. Larger helicopters couldn't do this. The AS350 B3e and EC135 T2e made us proud. Our machines and our true passion for people helped us save lives," said Wan Izani.

    APL helps Malaysia’s flood victims with the AS350 B3e and EC135 T2e

    APL, in collaboration with government agencies and NGOs, is continuing to deliver food and other basic needs to remote areas of the region. “We are also ready to perform MEDEVAC missions,” explains Wan Izani. “We are concentrating on places where landing sites are limited to a confined area and larger helicopters cannot land. Given the scale of the problems, we will continue to help for as long as required.”

    Other Malaysian operators who took part in the flood relief effort included Helistar, Royal Malaysian Police (RMP), PLUS, Weststar, MMEA, the Malaysian Navy, Danga Bay, Sunway, Shapadu and MHS.

    Text by Beata Cece

    Photo © APL - 2015

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