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News > Maverick Helicopters EC130 fleet surpasses 100,000 flight hours

Maverick Helicopters EC130 fleet surpasses 100,000 flight hours

September 23, 2009

Las Vegas, Nevada – At an event today on the campus of Maverick Helicopters, a Nevada-based charter and aerial tour operator and the largest EC130 operator in the world, Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter, was on hand to celebrate an impressive accomplishment with the Maverick team, as the company has surpassed the 100,000 flight hour milestone with their fleet of American Eurocopter EC130s.

Maverick Helicopters EC130“Maverick Helicopters was one of our initial customers for the EC130 and since taking their first delivery in 2003, they have grown into the largest operator of EC130s in the world,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “That they have now accumulated more than 100,000 flight hours on their fleet is an amazing testimony to the company and the performance and reliability of our product.”

Maverick Helicopters, founded in 1996, began operations with two aircraft and today has the largest dedicated fleet of helicopters serving the air tourism market in the Grand Canyon area. They offer a wide variety of tours featuring the Grand Canyon, the South Rim, Sedona, AZ, and the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Their tourism-based innovations include a multi-camera sky-cam video system that records every flight, giving passengers a personal DVD of their excursion. Their commitment to service is only matched by their commitment to safety, with a company safety record among the best in the world. Maverick Helicopters also provides charter flights for corporate and personal-use customers on an on-demand basis.

“We are an all EC130 operation,” said John Mandernach, Vice President of Maintenance for Maverick Helicopters. “We have 32 aircraft currently in our fleet and will add two additional EC130s by the end of the year.”

The EC130 was initially designed for the tourism industry and its spacious cabin can comfortably accommodate up to seven passengers. The helicopter is equipped with the powerful Turbomeca ARRIEL 2B1 turbine engine which offers a fast cruise speed of 130 knots. It also features the Fenestron® tail rotor that provides an environmentally conscious sound signature. The EC130’s excellent visibility, unmatched cabin comfort, powerful performance, low direct operating costs and maintenance requirements, make it a perfect fit for air tourism as well as corporate and other uses.

”We’ve been very satisfied with the EC130,” continued Mandernach. “Passengers love it. It offers the best visibility of any helicopter on the market today. The unmatched visibility coupled with its interior comfort, performance, and low noise signature makes the EC130 the perfect fit for our operation.”

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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