Vortex Helicopters has chosen its fourth AStar aircraft, an AS350 B3e that will join its existing Eurocopter fleet. The new AS350 B3e will support a variety of utility missions that include the expanding oil sands industry in northern Alberta.
“The AStar family of helicopters has a proven track record with our customers in regards to performance, versatility and safety,” said Ryan McAssey, President, Vortex Helicopters. “The acquisition of the AS350 B3e made sense in terms of dependability and acquiring the latest technology.”
Together Vortex Helicopters’ with Vortex Oil Sands Contracting Inc. have over 25 year’s experience operating in the Alberta oil sands region from both the ground and air.
“The AS350 B3e is a powerful workhorse, thus, a natural fit for Vortex Helicopters to enhance its exclusive fleet of Eurocopter aircraft,” said Guy Joannes, President and CEO, Eurocopter Canada Ltd. “We are pleased that Vortex Helicopters continues to support Eurocopter as they commit to servicing their customers’ needs through the reliability of our products.”
Vortex Helicopters’ has selected numerous Eurocopter optional equipment items for their new AS350 B3e, including: Dual Hydraulics (increases MGW to 2370 kg), Enhanced Thermal Protection (MTOP extension to 30 min/max), Right-hand Cargo Pod for increased cargo capacity, Enlarged Vertical Reference Window for increased visibility for long lining, Cargo Mirrors to ease maneuverability, Settling Protectors to maintain tail rotor ground clearance, Longline Release for utility operations, Oil and Fuel Filters as well as, a Canadian Audio Package.
Additionally, the AS350 B3e will be equipped with a Cargo Swing and Latitude Skynode S2300 Flight Tracking.