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Utility

The company offers the widest range of utility helicopters, from its two-ton EC120 to the 11-ton EC225 – all of which embrace Airbus Helicopters’ core philosophies of safety, technology, reliability and neighborly-friendly operations. We provide the most cost effective vertical lift solutions matched to meet your mission and maximize your profitability.

Airbus Helicopters, Inc.’s versatile EC120 represents a cost-effective helicopter for a variety of utility missions.  This single-engine helicopter’s flat-floor cabin and baggage compartment are the largest in its class, and loading is facilitated by its large sliding cabin door and rear hatch.  The EC120’s three-blade rotor and VEMD-equipped (Vehicle and Engine Management Display) cockpit make it a stable, low-workload platform for external load operations, while its long endurance endears it to electronic news gathering work.

The AS350/AS355 family is one of the best-known utility platforms worldwide, and a true workhorse of the helicopter industry.  The single-engine AS350 B2 is the platform of choice for electronic news gathering and filming work, thanks to its excellent safety record and low cost of operation.  Established as the most capable single-engine turbine helicopter available, the AS350 B3e is regularly used for external lifting operations usually reserved for larger aircraft and is the Type III helicopter of choice for fire-fighting missions.  The AS355 NP TwinStar combines the AStar’s versatility with twin-engine performance, and is used in a wide range of missions, from harbor patrol to power line maintenance.

The wide-bodied EC130 T2 combines an enhanced version of the AS350 B3e’s proven high-performance drivetrain with an eight-seat cabin and a Fenestron® anti-torque tail rotor system. The single-engine EC130 T2’s maneuverability and low noise signature make it an ideal platform for many utility missions, including wildlife control, herding and external-load operations in noise-sensitive areas. Like the AS350 family, the EC130 T2 is offered with an extensive range of mission options.

The best-selling EC135 light twin combines a compact external footprint with a spacious 173 cu. ft. flat-floor cabin, accessible via sliding doors or rear clamshell doors.  The EC135 is capable of lifting its own empty weight, and the aircraft’s anti-resonance isolation system, VEMD avionics and optional digital automatic flight control system (DAFCS) make it one of the most stable and low-workload external lift platforms available.  One of the EC135’s uses is as a power line maintenance platform, highlighting the aircraft’s compact dimensions and excellent maneuverability.

The twin-engine EC145 personifies the term “utility helicopter”, being designed from scratch to meet the utility segment’s operational needs.  The EC145’s characteristics include an unobstructed 213 cu. ft. flat floor cabin, large sliding cabin doors, rear clamshell doors, high-mounted tail rotor and exceptional cockpit visibility.  Like the EC135, the EC145 is able to lift its own empty weight, and the aircraft is offered with a range of swing, sling and hoist options.  The EC145 is now in service with the U.S. Army as the service’s new commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) UH-72A Light Utility Helicopter, affirming its reputation as the utility helicopter of choice.

Even with the high-performance streamlined styling of Airbus Helicopters, Inc.’s AS365 N3 and EC155, these rotary-wing aircraft are widely used around the world for demanding utility operations – including external load and Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.  Both aircraft offer long mission range, high cruise speeds and genuine all-weather capabilities, ensuring safe and smooth transportation for eight passengers with the AS365 N3, and 12 passengers aboard the EC155.

The AS332 C1e Super Puma and EC225 are the powerhouses of the Airbus Helicopters product range. The AS332 has forged a well-earned reputation as a true workhorse, and is the U.S. Navy’s preferred platform of choice for vertical replenishment (VERTREP) at sea.

The new EC225 further builds on the Super Puma’s strengths, offering a 40 percent higher useful load (5.7 tons), a 19-seat cabin and an unmatched combination of high cruise speed and low cabin vibrations. The EC225 also has been developed into the Water Bomber Helicopter (WBH), capable of dispersing 1,057 gallons of fire retardant over the most severe forest fires, thanks to a removable cabin-mounted Aérazur/Simplex tank.

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