|The custom, VIP-configured 355FX2R was delivered with zero-time Rolls-Royce C20R engines.|
The custom, VIP-configured 355FX2R — which was displayed at Heli-Expo 2009 in February — was delivered with zero-time Rolls-Royce C20R engines. It is the very first 355 TwinStar helicopter to feature a glass cockpit with dual eight-inch integrated cockpit display systems from Sagem. Vector Aerospace of Richmond, B.C. collaborated with Heli-Lynx on the supplemental type certificate for the cockpit, which is approved for use in the United States.
|The very first 355 TwinStar helicopter to feature a glass cockpit with dual eight-inch integrated cockpit display systems from Sagem.|
Catalyst chief operating officer Maria Hoban and CEO Denise Mozitis took delivery of the ultra-modern 355FX2R at the Heli-Lynx completion center in early May and have been operating it for VIP and corporate transfer in the Manhattan, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Atlantic City corridor. “With Heli-Lynx’s attention to details and high level of quality, we’re very pleased with the aircraft’s performance and reliability, and clients are thrilled with the comfort of the cabin layout in this twin-engine FX,” Hoban said. “Also, the Sagem glass cockpit greatly reduces pilot workload in the high-traffic areas of Manhattan.”
Although Catalyst Aviation is a new company, its owners have 40 years of combined experience in the commercial helicopter industry. Catalyst’s acquisition of an ultra-VIP 355FX2R for a private company in the Philadelphia area furnished the opportunity to operate and manage the aircraft. After seven months of experience with the helicopter’s low operating costs and impressive power and efficiency, Catalyst chose the 355FX2R as the signature helicopter with which to launch its new Part 135 operating division. The company is already preparing for the arrival of its next 355FX2R, Hoban said.
About Heli-Lynx Helicopters
Heli-Lynx is an aviation design and support company that provides a comprehensive range of manufacturing and MRO services; exacting aircraft completion services; and innovative, operationally based STCs.
Designed specifically for the often-overlooked needs of small and medium-sized helicopter operators around the world, and based on its own extensive field experience, Heli-Lynx creates innovative, affordable, real-world solutions that extend the operational life, value, and efficiency of existing helicopters; and ensures the mission fit and flexibility of new aircraft.
Currently, the company's FX Series STCs are at the core of its product offerings. The FX Series builds upon two great helicopter models — the AS 350 AStar and the AS 355F TwinStar — to produce truly dependable, reliable, affordable multi-mission aircraft. Over 60 350FX STCs and 15 355FX STCs are currently flying on four different continents.
Improved reliability, increased performance margins, decreased operating cost and simplified maintenance requirements are just some of the tangible and proven benefits Heli-Lynx customers have gained in working with this single-source helicopter solutions provider —who is dedicated to Improving Aviation by Design™.