Papillon Helicopters Adds Another EC130 to its Fleet

Released on Tuesday, February 23, 2010
CEO - Chief Executive Officer
FADEC - Full Authority Digital Electronic Control
American Eurocopter announced today that Papillon Helicopters, Inc. has ordered another EC130 B4 to its aerial tour operations in the Grand Canyon and the surrounding area. This is the fourteenth EC130 B4 in the company's fleet.

"Papillon is a valued customer and their continued selection of the EC130 affirms the aircraft as a proven platform for aerial tour operations in the United States and worldwide," said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter.

"Our focus is on customer satisfaction, comfort and safety," said Lon Halvorson, EVP of Papillon Helicopters, Inc. "The B4 is renowned for its spacious cabin, excellent visibility, reliability and performance, and it is the right choice for our fleet."

The EC130B4 is equipped with a Turbomeca ARRIEL 2B1 turbine engine. It comes with a dual channel digital engine control system (FADEC) and has a fast cruise speed of 130 knots, and a range of 329 nm with no reserves. Its Fenestron® tail rotor and automatic control of rotor RPM results in a significantly reduced operating noise level, which makes it the platform of choice for the aerial tour industry.

Since 1965 Papillon Helicopters has been the world's oldest and largest sightseeing company flying an estimated 600,000 passengers a year on its daily tours to the Grand Canyon. Papillon is certified to fly both the South and West Rims of this great American landmark, and has three landing sites on the Grand Canyon's floor.

Source: Papillon Helicopters Adds Another EC130 to Its "Flightseeing" Fleet

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