Coast to Coast Helicopters adds two new B3es
April 18, 2013 By Carey Fredericks
April 18, 2013, Blackfalds, Alta. - Coast to Coast Helicopters has taken delivery of two enhanced AS350 B3es to increase support for the group's utility helicopters operations. Both aircraft will be operated by one of the group's subsidiary operations; Mustang Helicopters.
“The purchase of the AS350 B3es was an easy decision as the AStar family has continued to demonstrate its reliability and performance in our day-to-day operations,” said Frederic Allard, president, Mustang Helicopters. “Thanks to its effective lifting power, capacity, maneuverability and endurance, the AS350 B3e’s will lend additional support for our utility missions.”
Coast to Coast’s fleet is comprised of a variety of rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft which provide service to oil and gas, forestry, hydro, passenger and freight transportation, mining, emergency services and tourism sectors. With delivery of the new aircraft, Mustang Helicopters’ fleet will be comprised of an impressive 11 AS350 B2s and 3 AS350 B3es.
“We are enthusiastic about continuing to assist Coast to Coast in growing as an industry leader and exceptional Canadian operation with the purchase of both AS350 B3es,” said Mr. Guy Joannes, president/CEO, ECL. “We appreciate their continued support and confidence in our product.”
The powerful AS350 B3e is designed to carry out demanding missions in the most extreme weather and geographical conditions. Its lifting capability, high endurance, extended range and fast cruise speed make the AS350 B3e a top choice in its class.
The AS350 B3e cockpit is fitted with a dual LCD-screen Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD), allowing the pilot to check at one glance the main vehicle and engine parameters – reducing his workload and enhancing safety. The use of composite material for the airframe, rotors and main rotor head gives the AS350 B3e excellent protection against corrosion and, consequently, reduces your maintenance costs.
Both AS350 B3es have a variety of Eurocopter Canada optional equipment installed; cargo pods for increased storage, an enlarged floor window for improved longlining capabilities and an airframe fuel filter. Additional options include: dual hydraulics for increased maximum gross weight as well as, a facet scavenger oil filter and AFS inlet barrier filter for bush flying operations.