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News > Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Buys 10 EC130B4s, With Option for 5 More


Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Buys 10 EC130B4s, With Option for 5 More

March 1, 2007

Heli-Expo 2007  

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters is purchasing 10 American Eurocopter EC130B4s with an option to acquire 5 more. The B4s will replace Papillon’s existing fleet of Bell 206L LongRangers based at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. The company already has ten B4s in operation. Papillon is certified to fly both the South and West Rims of this great American landmark, and has three landing sites on the Grand Canyon’s floor. 
 
“Noise levels are an important environmental issue in the Grand Canyon, which is why we are purchasing the EC130B4s,” says Lon Halvorson, Papillon’s Executive Vice President. “The B4's Fenestron shrouded tail rotor keeps its external noise emission 8.5 dB below ICAO limits and 0.5 dB below the Grand Canyon National Park Standard, which is the strictest noise rule in the world. This is why we call the EC130B4 the ‘Eco Star’, because it aids us in meeting environmental standards and protecting the Grand Canyon.” 
 
“We also like how comfortable the EC130B4 is for our passengers, who fly with us to see the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas,” he continues. “The Eco Star’s seven theater-style passenger seats are all forward-facing, which gives everyone a good view. Meanwhile, the cabin has generously large windows, which makes sightseeing all the more enjoyable for our customers.” 
 
The EC130B4 is equipped with a single Turbomeca ARRIEL 2B1 turbine engine. It comes with a dual channel digital engine control system (FADEC), and a back-up control box that automatically manages the engine in the unlikely case of both FADEC digital channels failing. The Eco Star has a fast cruise speed of 130 knots, and a range of 329 nm with no reserves. 
 
“We’re in expansion mode, thanks to increased demand for Grand Canyon helicopter tours,” Halvorson says. “American Eurocopter is there with us, helping Papillon keep our customers safe and satisfied.” 
 
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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