Eurocopter, March 01, 2007 - Heli-Expo 2007 - Maverick Helicopters, which offers rotor wing tours of the Las Vegas Strip and the Grand Canyon, corporate transport, and charter wedding flights – is buying 10 more American Eurocopter EC130B4s.
“Our goal is to bring our total number of EC130B4s – which we call ‘Eco Stars’ – up to 50 by the end of 2010,” said John Buch, Maverick Helicopters’ vice president of sales and marketing. “We are already the largest Eco Star operator in the world. Now we are also an all-Eco Star operator; that’s all we fly.”
One of Nevada’s top aerial tour operators, Maverick Helicopters’ goal is to offer clients the safest, most comfortable, and VIP-style service possible. This is precisely why the company has become an all-Eco Star fleet operator. “With its Fenestron shrouded tail, dual hydraulic systems, and room for 6-7 passengers, the EC130B4 meets all of our major needs,” says Buch. “As well, the Eco Star is one of the few helicopters that is quiet enough to meet Grand Canyon noise requirements, which is a major part of our business.”
The spacious, stylish EC130B4 is powered by a FADEC equipped Turbomeca ARRIEL 2B1 turbine engine. It comes with a dual channel digital engine control system (FADEC), and a back-up control box that automatically controls the engine in case of total failure of both FADEC digital channels. Add a fast cruise speed of 130 knots, and the EC130B4 can get tourists over the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas Strip quickly, yet quietly.
“Maverick Helicopters just keeps on growing, and American Eurocopter is growing right along with us,” Buch says. “Between us, we have a great partnership!”
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.