2-Mar-2010 Source: American Eurocopter
March 1, 2010 Grand Prairie, Texas â€“ American Eurocopter announced today that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has ordered two AS350 B3-2B1 helicopters expanding mission capabilities to the department by adding a more powerful version of the AS350B3 coupled with the benefit of the Turbomeca Arriell 2B1 Full-Authority-Digital-Engine-Control (FADEC). These helicopters will join the DPS fleet that already includes 13 AS350 AStars and one multi-mission EC145.
â€œThe Texas DPS is a valued customer and an important asset for the protection and service of citizens throughout our state,â€ said Marc Paganini, American Eurocopter President and CEO. â€œAs their missions change and operational requirements evolve, the AS350 B3 will provide them with the power and the flexibility to meet their needs and the needs of the state.â€
â€œWe perform a variety of missions throughout the state and we are incorporating new equipment to help us meet the growing demands of our missions,â€ said Bill Nabors, Texas DPS Chief Pilot. He explains that mission requirements are also changing. â€œThe role of the modern police helicopter is changing and our helicopters are tasked to do more and more,â€ adds Nabors. â€œThe AS350 B3 gives us more useful load, added performance in higher density altitudes, and the option for hoist capabilities.â€
The AS350 Astar family has become the platform of choice for the law enforcement community with unparalleled visibility and proven law enforcement integration. The AS350 B3 is a powerful and reliable aircraft that provides unmatched performance, the flexibility for extensive mission equipment options and the added safety of its multiple-redundancy system design.
â€œWe started the DPS fleet replacement over six years ago and we are extremely proud that they continue to fly and select our helicopters,â€ said Larry Roberts, Vice-President of Sales, Marketing and Customer support. â€œWe look forward to continuing to work with the DPS in support of their efforts and extending our services to other agencies in Texas.â€
The Texas DPS is a long-time operator of AS350 AStars, the first of which entered into service in 1984. These helicopters form the bulk of the fleet that supports the department from the air in its mission to provide public safety services to the people in the state of Texas.
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 Eurocopterâ€™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. Armyâ€™s Light Utility Helicopter program.