Thanks to Egidio FERRIGHI for this new image of the Eurocopter AS350B3 Ecureuil I-DARJ now operated by Elitellina (still wearing the original Elimed color scheme) … on duty on behalf of AIB Regione Sardegna from Pula (CA) helipad, June 2019.
Thanks to Hans ZURNIWEN for this fantastic image of the Eurocopter AS350B3 Ecureuil I-WILD operated by Airstar Elicotter … during heliski activity at Plateau Rosa [3480 mtrs]. Cervinia (AO), February 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”.
Another new Photo Report Page was uploaded to the website … with 65 great images of the fire suppression activity in Valganna (VA), last January 2019. Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for this great reportage.
A seguito dell’incidente che ha coinvolto oggi 25 gennaio l’elicottero EurocopterAS350B3 marche di identificazione I-EDIC e il velivolo Jodel D.140E marche di identificazione F-PMGV, nei pressi del ghiacciaio del Rutor, nella Valle d’Aosta, l’ Agenzia nazionale per la sicurezza del volo (ANSV) ha disposto l’apertura di un’inchiesta di sicurezza e l’invio di un team investigativo sul sito dell’incidente.
Il team svolgerà un sopralluogo operativo per la raccolta delle prime evidenze utili all’indagine, tesa ad appurare, con finalità di prevenzione, le cause dell’incidente.