Eurocopter Vostok at HeliRussia 2011
Eurocopter Vostok was at HeliRussia2011, a major helicopter show in Moscow. During the show the company gave a debut to a Gazpromavia EC135 helicopter equiped with Russian avionics produced by Transas Aviation, along with an AS350 B3 operated by UTair Aviation.
Gazpromavia’s EC135 exhibited at HeliRussia
2011 is among eight helicopters ordered by the Russian helicopter operator and
marks the first time a Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft is equipped with Russian-built
mission avionics, which were supplied by St. Petersburg-based Transas Aviation.
The HeliRussia 2011 presence of UTair’s
AS350 B3 underscored this largest Russian helicopter operator’s ongoing
relationship with Eurocopter. The company has been flying Eurocopter
helicopters since 2006, and its fleet currently includes the AS350 B3, AS355N
and BO105 which will be further expanded with the new EC175.
“We are very pleased with the results of
HeliRussia 2011. Russia’s
helicopter sector is rapidly developing, and HeliRussia is becoming more
professional and important for the market each year,” said Eurocopter Vostok
chief executive officer Laurence Rigolini. “There were three days of fruitful
meetings with customers, partners and industry specialists, and which provided
us with an even better understanding of the new possibilities and challenges
for our future in Russia.”
Eurocopter Vostok chief executive officer
Laurance Rigolini even welcomed the Russian vice premier Sergei Ivanov to the Eurocopter
Also at HeliRussia 2011, UTair Aviation
received a certificate of conformity to Eurocopter training standards, granting
this helicopter operator the rights for pilot and mechanic training in the
Russian language under Eurocopter training programs.