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News > American Eurocopter Completes its Delivery of Upgrade Kits for the U.S. Coast Guard’s HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter Fleet


American Eurocopter Completes its Delivery of Upgrade Kits for the U.S. Coast Guard’s HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter Fleet

March 1, 2007

Heli-Expo 2007  

American Eurocopter has completed the on-time delivery of 89 re-engining kits for U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters, marking a major milestone in the service’s upgrade of its aviation resources for homeland security, search & rescue, and other missions. 
 
These kits are being integrated in HH-65s deployed throughout the United States, providing increased performance, safety and reliability and for the Coast Guard’s Eurocopter Dolphin fleet. 
 
“Delivering the HH-65 upgrade kits on-time, and with the highest level of quality, underscores our commitment to helping the U.S. Coast Guard meet its critical mission requirements,” said American Eurocopter President Marc Paganini. “The HH-65 re-engining takes a proven helicopter and makes it even better by further enhancing its capabilities and increasing the operational safety margins.” 
 
At the heart of these improvements are the installation of new Turbomeca Arriel 2C2 turboshaft engines with digital electronic controls, which is accompanied by main and tail gearbox upgrades for the more powerful engines, and the integration of a reconfigured cockpit control panel featuring a Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD). The Arriel 2C2s provide 42 percent more power than the original powerplants selected by the Coast Guard for its HH-65s. 
 
Overall, each American Eurocopter-supplied kit for the HH-65 consists of some 15,000 parts, and also includes new electrical wiring harnesses, fuel circuit changes, airframe thermal protection upgrades, and new composite engine cowlings.  
 
When equipped with these improvements, the helicopters are given the HH-65C designation. The entire Dolphin fleet is being converted to the HH-65C configuration, undergoing this process at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Aircraft and Supply Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, as well as on a second conversion line established at American Eurocopter’s Columbus, Mississippi facility. 
 
HH-65Cs already in service have demonstrated their improved capabilities, most prominently during post-Hurricane Katrina recovery operations along the U.S. Gulf Coast, and in ongoing missions to protect Washington, D.C. and the area around the nation’s capital. 
 
U.S. Coast Guard HH-65s are deployed at 17 air stations across the continental United States, in Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. The Dolphin fleet has logged more than 950,000 flight hours since the HH-65 was introduced in U.S. Coast Guard service.
 
About American Eurocopter  
American Eurocopter is the American subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and EADS North America, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter's headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large new manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. 
 
100 years of vertical flight 
In 1907, Paul Cornu performed history’s first ever vertical flight. Since then, thanks to pioneering spirits, technological advances and innovative minds, the helicopter has become a key to saving lives, protecting citizens and contributing to economic development the world over. In 2007, Eurocopter is proud to celebrate this anniversary and to share its passion for helicopters.


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