Eurocopter Chile Delivers the First Ecureuil AS350 B3e for the Americas to Servicios Aéreos Kipreos
This new model joins the helicopter fleet at Servicios Aéreos Kipreos, which specializes in high-precision aerial work, and has included the Ecureuil AS350 B2 version since 2005.
Eurocopter's AS350 B3e is one of the new and enhanced helicopter versions unveiled by the company in 2011. "I am delighted to deliver this latest version of one of our most renowned rotary-wing aircraft," said Alexandre Ceccacci, CEO of Eurocopter Chile S.A. "Eurocopter has introduced this new generation of helicopters to meet our customers' growing needs, such as those in Chile - who operate in an increasingly demanding environment."
Servicios Aéreos Kipreos has carried out aerial operations for the design and construction of electrical systems since the company's origins. Among other aerial services, it performs work on power transmission lines in high-altitude mountainous areas, and is one of the few operators able to carry out the construction and maintenance of high voltage lines in Chile.
"In light of the growing market for precision aerial work, we needed a multi-mission helicopter that can deal with all types of situations and the exacting demands of these operations," said José de la Fuente, the CEO of Servicios Aéreos Kipreos S.A., in speaking to the company's partners, customers and employees - as well as representatives of the Chilean Helicopter Association.
The company's new AS350 B3e, to be based in Santiago, will be used for power line work, along with various other missions, such as passenger transport, mining support, airborne laser terrain mapping, heli-skiing, load transportation, filming and fire fighting activities.
The AS350 B3 is a high-performance helicopter perfectly suited for operations in "high and hot" conditions. It was the rotary-wing aircraft used to break the world record in 2005 by touching down and taking off from the summit of Everest at an altitude of 8,848 meters. This highly versatile, powerful and reliable helicopter also is suitable for transporting heavy loads. It is equipped with cutting-edge technology and has the most economic direct operating costs in the single-engine helicopter market.
Its latest version - the AS350 B3e - includes a more powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine with a longer life cycle and lower maintenance costs, next-generation FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control), a new control system featuring VEMD (Vehicle Engine Multifunction Display) and an engine data recorder, along with improved interior design and tail rotor modifications for additional ease of piloting. This helicopter is ideal for aerial operations in extreme conditions.
About Eurocopter Chile
Eurocopter is present in the southern cone of Latin America via its subsidiary Eurocopter Chile S.A., which was established ten years ago to meet the needs of its customers in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay. The company has more than 90 employees and handles the sale and customization of new and second-hand helicopters, commercial support, spare parts distribution, maintenance, and training courses for pilots and technicians. More than 260 Eurocopter helicopters are currently operating in this zone. In 2010, Eurocopter Chile S.A. delivered 18 aircraft.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 17,500 people. In 2010, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world's number one helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market with a turnover of 4.8 billion Euros, orders for 346 new helicopters and a 49 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group's helicopters account for 33 percent of the total worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter's strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 30 subsidiaries and participations on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. There are currently 11,200 Eurocopter helicopters in service and some 2,900 customers in 147 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.
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