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News > American Eurocopter delivers EC145 to Lewis Energy


American Eurocopter delivers EC145 to Lewis Energy

January 11, 2011

Grand Prairie, Texas - Today, American Eurocopter announced that it has delivered an EC145 to Lewis Energy. The aircraft was completed at American Eurocopter’s Grand Prairie facility and delivered during an event at the company’s Delivery Center.

EC145 imageLewis Energy utilizes its helicopters for corporate and VIP travel throughout its various locations in North America. It has chosen Eurocopter aircraft based on the proven product performance and the service and support it receives from American Eurocopter. This is the third Eurocopter aircraft for Lewis Energy and the move to the EC145 was an easy choice.

“We started with an AS350 and then moved to the EC135 for its larger cabin size and twin-engine performance,” explains Rod Lewis, Founder, President and CEO of Lewis Energy. “The EC145 gives us an even bigger cabin for passenger comfort and higher performance and maneuverability.”

Due to the aircraft’s combination of size, performance and advanced technologies, the EC145 has gained recognition in the United States as one of the helicopters of choice for the air medical industry and as the helicopter chosen by the U.S. Army for its Light Utility Helicopter program. The EC145 also appeals to the corporate and VIP market because of its reliability and extra payload capacity.

“Our main use for this helicopter is travel between our various locations and we want it safe and comfortable,” continued Lewis. “We chose the EC145 because it had the right combination of safety, comfort, stability, IFR capabilities, and the aircraft’s advanced auto pilot and avionics. Plus, it’s a proven product backed by the support of American Eurocopter.”

The team at American Eurocopter worked very closely with Lewis Energy to complete the interior and the exterior of the aircraft. “This aircraft is a culmination of our production and completion capabilities at American Eurocopter,” said Marc Paganini, American Eurocopter President and CEO. “It is a beautiful aircraft inside and out and it demonstrates our ability to work with our customers to provide them with the best products and services in the market.”

Lewis Energy Group is the leading producer of natural gas in South Texas. With state-of-the-art drilling and completion techniques and cost-efficient operations, it continues to lead the industry in the establishment and development of large-scale operations and is currently operating more than 1300 wells.

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer that produces, markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer in the United States. The company is a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services, and is an affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world. American Eurocopter’s product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. Company headquarters and main facilities are located in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS, that produces the UH-72A for the U.S. Army’s Light Utility Helicopter program.


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