As part of the website historical images section, today I loaded few views of the Aerospatiale AS350B2 Ecureuil I-GLPB. The Ecureuil was delivered from the factory to Elistar at the end of May 1990 and operated until the helicopter suffered a fatal crash near Forcella del Sassolungo (BZ), the 07 January 1995, during heliski activity.
Thanks to my son Vittorio for this image of the Aerospatiale AS350B2 Ecureuil I-ALWE operated by Ely-Fly … while taking off from Eurotech facility for some maintenance activity. Caiolo (SO), July 2019.
5 March 2019 – Airbus Helicopters and Swiss Rotor Service (SRS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in the promotion of the Maximum Pilot View Kit (MPVK) for the H125 and older variants of the AS350 single-engine helicopter (B2 & B3 versions). This will enable customers to have the MPVK installed directly by Airbus Helicopters on newly-built H125’s coming out of its final assembly line in Marignane (France) or out of its worldwide Customer Centers network.
Designed specifically for the H125, the MPVK consists of a large lower viewing aperture and transparent fuselage window fairing, which multiplies by ten the field of view of pilots during vertical work operations. Providing unrestricted pilot view below and to the right hand side of the aircraft, the kit improves the H125 mission capability and enhances the safety for pilots and ground crews in demanding operations such as sling loading, firefighting, confined area operations, search and rescue and emergency medical services, as well as any tasks requiring to operate near the ground and obstacles.
“We are striving to constantly improving the safety, performance and versatility of the H125 in order to better meet our customers’ expectations”, said Axel Aloccio, Head of the Light Helicopters Programme at Airbus Helicopters. “With the MPVK, which will be available this year in new helicopters but also on retrofit, the H125 will further increase its mission capability in important market segments and provide enhanced mission safety”.
Swiss Rotor Solutions AG was founded in 2013 with the purpose of offering services and products for the helicopter industry. The MPVK STC is already EASA, FAA, TCCA, ANAC Brazil and DGAC Mexico approved
“We are really happy to start this cooperation with Airbus Helicopters to further promote the use of the MPVK among H125 operators”, said Thomas Bolzli, CEO of SRS. “At present there are about 30 aircraft equipped with the kit but with a fleet of about 2000 H125/AS350 currently dedicated to work depending on high pilot vertical visibility, we are very optimistic for the future success of this kit”.
This Aerospatiale AS350B2 Ecureuil was registered in Italy as I-GLGM during May 1990 and after 12 years exported to Korea as HL9199 … here pictured when operated by Elisystem but still wearing the original Elistar color scheme. Milan Malpensa, January 1999.
A seguito dell’incidente che, nel pomeriggio di oggi 10 settembre, ha coinvolto l’elicottero AS350B2 marche di identificazione I-ISAR, nei pressi di Verano (BZ), l’Agenzia nazionale per la sicurezza del volo (ANSV) ha aperto un’inchiesta di sicurezza per appurarne le cause, disponendo contestualmente l’invio di un proprio investigatore sul sito dell’evento. Feriti i due occupanti, danni all’aeromobile.
Thanks to Marco BONELLI for this image of the Aerospatiale AS350B2 Ecureuil ( c/n 2535 ) Star Work Sky I-AIOI while resting at Strevi (AL), February 2018. The helicopter was ready for departure towards the new home in France after 27 years spent working in our country.
The Aerospatiale AS350B2 Ecureuil ( c/n 2456 ) was registered in Italy the 8th of August 1991 as I-SILL, originally operated by Elystem,and flew for 21 years with this registration, until cancelled towards Malta as 9H-PTM in August 2012.