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News > American Eurocopter, U.S. Coast Guard celebrate H-65 Dolphin milestone at Heli-Expo 2012


American Eurocopter, U.S. Coast Guard celebrate H-65 Dolphin milestone at Heli-Expo 2012

February 12, 2012


Dr. Lutz Bertling, Eurocopter President and CEO (right) presents Commander Edward Sheppard, USCG H-65 Product Line Manager, a plaque in celebration of their 1,250,000 milestone.

Dallas, Texas – American Eurocopter presented the U.S. Coast Guard with a certificate of commendation for attaining 1.25 million fleet flight hours on the H-65 Dolphin multi-mission helicopter.

The accomplishment was recognized during a presentation at Eurocopter’s exhibit at Heli-Expo 2012, the world’s largest helicopter exhibition. American Eurocopter delivered the first Coast Guard H-65 in 1985 and has serviced the fleet since, to include the fleet-wide engine upgrade program.

“American Eurocopter is proud to support the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Coast Guard and our support of the H-65 fleet — the most recognizable search and rescue aircraft in the world.”

The H-65 helicopter is certified for operation in all-weather and nighttime operations, with the exception of icing conditions. The H-65 is the only Coast Guard aircraft used aboard cutters during deployments. FLIR, a heads-up display and other avionics upgrades are being installed aboard the H-65 for law-enforcement operations. H-65 crews have completed night-vision goggle implementation, greatly enhancing night-time search capabilities.

There are 102 H-65s in the Coast Guard inventory. As part of the ongoing H-65 Conversion and Sustainment Project, all of the original HH-65Bs have been upgraded to the H-65C/D configuration, equipped with Turbomecca Arriel 2C2 engines. The re-designation of HH-65Cs to MH-65C/Ds reflects the installation of armament and a significantly upgraded communications package.

For more information on American Eurocopter’s presence at Heli-Expo 2012, see the event page.

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS.


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