Ascent Helicopters is expanding its fleet with a new Airbus H125, which will support power line and hydro utility work, as well as forestry and firefighting missions. This will mark the third H125 that Ascent has acquired from Airbus over the past four years. The new H125 is scheduled to be delivered mission-ready from the Airbus facility in Fort Erie, Ontario, in late spring 2020.
“At Ascent, our work is ever-evolving, and we need an aircraft that can keep up with a wide range of missions,” said Trent Lemke, President of Ascent Helicopters. “The H125 is the right solution, allowing us to meet the diverse needs of our customers, swiftly and effectively.”
Headquartered in Parksville, BC, with operations also in Fernie, Ascent Helicopters provides flight services to a variety of government and industry clients, including utilities, construction, film and television, fire suppression, air ambulance, heli-skiing and natural resources. Ascent’s U.S. partner is Heli-1, a Reno-based Part 133 and Part 135 operator. Heli-1 will use the H125 to support its growing operations in the powerline sector.
“The H125 has proven itself as a reference aircraft in the industry, with outstanding reliability, simplified maintenance and low operating costs,” said Dwayne Charette, president and COO of Airbus Helicopters Canada. “We are so pleased that Ascent Helicopters is once again turning to the H125 to support its versatile missions.”
With more than 1,400 H125s currently in-service worldwide, the most-recent model features dual hydraulics, dual channel engine FADEC, a crash-resistant fuel system and glass-panel cockpit displays that reduce pilot workload.