Airbus Helicopters Canada delivers EC135 to Blackcomb
June 2, 2014, Fort Erie, Ont. - Blackcomb Aviation has a new aircraft in its fleet. The company's new EC135 from Airbus Helicopters Canada will provide support for the company’s multi-year contracts with various organizations, including power line maintenance and support missions in western Canada. The aircraft will be based in Whistler, B.C. and will complete missions requiring state-of-the-art twin engine aircraft capabilities. This is the first of two EC135’s set to be delivered to Blackcomb Aviation.
By Carey Fredericks
“Acquisition of the EC135 is a solid investment in the continued success of our power line maintenance and support operations across British Columbia. After an exhaustive evaluation process, the Airbus EC135T2 was selected as the best aircraft for our mission profile, with its exceptional operational capabilities, including exceptional hot and high performance,” said Jonathan Burke, President and COO, Blackcomb Aviation. “We have been extremely pleased with the support we have received from Airbus Helicopters over the years and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the delivery of this new aircraft.”
Blackcomb Aviation currently operates both single and twin-engine Airbus Helicopters aircraft, including an EC120, EC130 B4, AS350 B2, 2 AS350 B3’s and 4 AS355’s. In addition to power line maintenance and construction projects, Blackcomb Aviation’s aircraft support missions for search and rescue, flightseeing, filming, heli-skiing and executive travel.
“Airbus Helicopters Canada is proud to support Blackcomb Aviation’s fleet enhancement with the delivery of the EC135.” said Romain Trapp, President and CEO, Airbus Helicopters Canada. “With the proven success of the EC135 for powerline maintenance and support operations as well as, the versatility of the platform, we are certain that Blackcomb Aviation will excel in offering high value service for their customers.”
The EC135 is a light twin engine, multi-mission helicopter easily adaptable to the rigours of the Canadian market. The Category “A” EC135 platform excels in one-engine inoperative (OEI) scenarios. The EC135’s multi-purpose design allows for fast and easy maintenance and optimal reliability and is equipped with the latest technology and JAR-27 safety enhancements. This platform has accumulated 2.6 Million Flight hours and there are currently over 1100 aircraft in operation by 270 customers in 58 countries. The EC135 is a perfect combination of power, safety and maneuverability, offering numerous possibilities for operators in Canada.