26-Jun-2013 Source: Eurocopter Canada
Lakeshore Helicopters’ AS350 B3e will join their existing Eurocopter fleet of 2 AS350 B3’s and a AS350 B3e, that was delivered in April 2012. The addition of a second AS350 B3e to Lakeshore’s fleet will provide utility and transport solutions for their customers, who, through experience, have come to rely on the multi-mission platform of the enhanced Ecureuil family of helicopters.
“The AS350B3e has proven to be a steadfast and reliable aircraft for our customers,” said Mr. Michael Cardinal, President, Lakeshore Helicopters. “To keep up with growing demand, selection of a second AS350 B3e was the logical choice. The aircraft is well suited for our operations and its capabilities are unmatched.”
Lakeshore Helicopters is an Aboriginal owned and operated company that offers commercial helicopter services in northern Alberta. Their newly delivered AS350 B3e will support a variety of missions, including; Oil & Gas, Research and Development, Power Line Work, Mining, Construction, Aerial Photography & Videography as well as, Cargo and Charter Flights.
“The growing popularity of the AS350 B3e in the demanding Canadian Market and Lakeshore Helicopter’s decision to add an additional AS350 B3e is a testament to the adaptability of the platform” said Mr. Guy Joannes, President & CEO, ECL. “We are pleased with Lakeshore’s decision to grow their fleet with Eurocopter.”
The AS350B3e is equipped with a variety of utility, transport and safety oriented Eurocopter Optional Equipment, including; AFT Cargo Door Vertical Hinging (including door open warning), Squirrel Cheeks, Longline Release and Carousel Option with Pilot Cyclic Control, Longlining Enlarged Floor Window, Cargo Mirror, Litter Kit, Cowling Maintenance Steps, Airframe Fuel Filter, Settling Protectors, Full Length Skid Shoes and the Canadian Audio Package. The aircraft’s Dual Hydraulics option, increases MGW, and is quickly becoming a benchmark in the utility sector.
Additional optional equipment on the aircraft includes; Hydraulic Cargo Swing with Fuel Drain Guard, Baggage Extender as well as, Oil Filter and Aerofilter.
The high-performance member of the Ecureuil family, the AS350 B3e, outclasses all other single engine helicopters for performance, versatility, safety and competitive acquisition as well as, maintenance costs. It excels in hot conditions and high altitudes, making it the ultimate utility aircraft.
The AS350 B3e is powered with a Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine including a new generation dual digital engine control system (FADEC), backed up with one independent control system for automatic start-up sequences and care-free engine handling. The AS350 B3e offers an elegant cabin, increasing passenger comfort. Thanks to its versatile flat floored cabin, the AS350 B3e can be quickly and easily reconfigured for all types of missions.
About Lakeshore Helicopters
Lakeshore Helicopters is based in Fort McMurray and currently services the northern region of Alberta. Lakeshore is a long-term member of NAABA (Northern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association). They are fully committed to employing Aboriginal personnel from the Wood Buffalo Region. Owner and President Michael Cardinal, also owns Lakeshore Contracting Inc. (est. 1986) dealing with a large portion of Oil & Gas companies as clients. Lakeshore Helicopters is committed to the highest level of Health and Safety on all job sites. Their equipment has been outfitted with global positioning tracking systems and satellite phones. Lakeshore’s Chief Pilot has over 16,800 hours of flying.
About ECL & Eurocopter Group
Eurocopter Canada Limited (www.eurocopter.ca) is a subsidiary of Eurocopter. Eurocopter Canada based in Fort Erie, Ontario since 1984, has additional operations in Richmond, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec and a support and customer service network that spans the entire country. Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 22,000 people. In 2012, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 6.3 billion Euros, orders for 469 new helicopters and a 44 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong international presence is ensured by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries. Eurocopter’s worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents supports more than 2,900 customers. There are currently more than 11,780 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 148 countries. Eurocopter offers the most comprehensive civil and military helicopter range in the world and is fully committed to safety as the most important aspect of its business.