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News > Maverick Helicopters Surpasses 60,000 Flight Hours on EC130 Fleet, takes delivery of 28th EC130 at Heli-Expo 2008

Maverick Helicopters Surpasses 60,000 Flight Hours on EC130 Fleet, takes delivery of 28th EC130 at Heli-Expo 2008

February 25, 2008

Maverick Helicopters, one of Nevada’s top aerial tour operators, has surpassed 60,000 flight hours on its fleet of EC130 helicopters from American Eurocopter. Maverick has an all-Eurocopter fleet of EC130s, which they call “Eco Stars,” and at the Eurocopter booth at Heli-Expo 2008, they took delivery of their 28th EC130. 
“In just under five years, Maverick has accumulated more than 60,000 flight hours on its Eco Star fleet,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “This is quite a testimony to the company and to their helicopter of choice, the EC130, an aircraft designed for and with the tour operators.”  
Maverick received its first EC130 in March 2003, which went into service in July 2003. Since that time, the company has grown into the largest operator of EC130s in the world.  
“The EC130 is a perfect fit for our tour operation. It offers comfort, power, space, and it is the quietest helicopter in its class,” said John Mandernach, Vice President of Maintenance, Maverick Helicopters. “In fact, it is one of the most comfortable helicopters I’ve ever flown, and it is one of the most powerful. We are never limited by the engine, even on the hottest summer day.”  
Maverick’s goal is to offer their clients the safest, most comfortable VIP service possible. The EC130 is made for that mission and that is why the company has become an all-Eco Star fleet operator. 
About Eurocopter 
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 14,000 people. In 2007, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover exceeding 4 billion Euros, orders for 802 new helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 17 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world. 
About American Eurocopter 
American Eurocopter is the American subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and EADS North America Holdings, 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 parapublic 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, Texas, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. The company’s first regional support facility, the West Coast Regional Support Facility, is located in Long Beach, California.

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