Southwind Helicopters gets new AS350 B2
Jan. 15, 2015, Fort Erie, Ont. - Southwind Helicopters has added a new AS350 B2 to its fleet. The aircraft was delivered from Airbus Helicopters Fort Erie, Ont. facility. The leasing company, based in B.C., will be leasing the aircraft for heli-adventures, aerial delivery and forestry work.
By Carey Fredericks
“The AS350 B2 is a perfect fit for the multi-dimensional missions flown in the rugged terrain of B.C.,” said John Goats, Owner, Southwind Helicopters. “We are extremely impressed with the quality and craftsmanship associated with Airbus Helicopters aircraft and are confident in our decision to purchase the versatile AS350 B2.”
The aircraft has been customized at the Airbus Helicopters Canada facility with optional equipment including a longline release and longlining enlarged floor window for slinging operations.
“We are pleased to deliver an aircraft with such a proven track record to Southwind Helicopters,” said Romain Trapp, President, Airbus Helicopters Canada. “The multi-purpose AS350 will be put to good use and we look forward to supporting the operation of this aircraft for years to come.”
The AS350 B2 is powered by a Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 engine. Its flexibility and low acquisition cost have made it a very sought-after helicopter capable of performing a wide range of missions including; passenger transportation, aerial work, training, observation, firefighting and law enforcement. With its spacious and comfortable cabin accommodating one pilot plus up to six passengers, the AS350 B2 is especially appreciated for its passenger transportation capabilities for VIP missions, tourist flights and public service tasks. Its wide cabin and panoramic view ensures optimum visibility for both passengers and crew.