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Hy-Ridge Helicopters adds an AS350 B3e to fleet

April 30, 2013  By Carey Fredericks

April 30, 2013, Fort Erie, Ont. - Hy-Ridge Helicopters Ltd. has chosen its fourth A-Star aircraft, an AS350 B3e, to support a variety of utility and transport missions throughout Alberta and British Columbia that include; long-lining, sling operations, fire suppression, heli-torch operations, air ambulance services, seismic operations, mining exploration, heli-skiing as well as, private and corporate charter services.

“The AS350 B3e’s incredible adaptability and reputation in the Canadian utility market made it the clear choice when selecting an aircraft”, said Mr. Kim Hyllestad, President, Hy-Ridge Helicopters Ltd. “We require the most powerful and technologically advanced aircraft available to grow our business and satisfy our customers’ needs.”

“Hy-Ridge Helicopters’ acquisition of the AS350 B3e is an excellent fit for the company as this reliable and increasingly popular aircraft is known best for its combination of performance and flexibility, said Mr. Guy Joannes, President & CEO, ECL. “The AS350 B3e will certainly support Hy-Ridge Helicopters’ in their current endeavors and for years to come.”

From left to right; Guillaume Leprince, Vice-President Sales & Marketing ECL, Kim Hyllestad, President Hy-Ridge Helicopters and Wayne Woytkiw, Key Account Manager ECL. Photo by Vitek Zawada.


Hy-Ridge Helicopters’ has selected numerous Eurocopter Canada optional equipment for the new AS350 B3e, including the 7 Place Interior. This consists of a composite-structure 2 Place Forward Passenger Seat on the right-hand side of the cockpit as well as, the Left-hand Pilot Installation and Battery Relocation. The 7 Place Interior increases passenger capacity, visibility of load during cargo sling operations and improved cabin space.


Additional Eurocopter Canada options for the AS350 B3e include; High-Visibility Doors and Skylight Windows to increase visibility for pilot and passengers, Squirrel Cheeks to increase the cargo load capacity by 70% and Longline Release, Settling Protectors and Litter Kit for utility mission support. Other optional equipment installed on the aircraft include; Cargo Swing with Fuel Drain Guard as well as, Dual Hydraulics and Customized Com-Nav Avionics Package.


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