6-Mar-2011 Source: Turbomeca
Recently, STAT MedEvac, major EMS operator in the USA, received the 1,000th Arrius 2B engine to power their latest EC 135. Today, STAT Medevacâ€™s fleet is composed of 14 EC 135s and seven EC 145s (Turbomeca Arriel 1E2). All their new airframes will have Turbomeca engines and most of their current fleet has Turbomeca engines.
â€œWe are very pleased with the Arrius 2B engine and its performance and reliability, which are key factors for the success of demanding missions like EMS.Â Furthermore, the Arrius 2B has good overall availability and cost of maintenanceâ€ said Doug Garretson, STAT MedEvac President and CEO.
Arrius: a proven family logging five million flight hours
The family of Arrius engines relies on a solid experience of more than 2,700 delivered engines, accumulating five million flight hours. Turbomeca worldwide network already provides the after sales support of Arrius for 430 customers in 60 countries.
The Arrius family was launched in 1981. Today, it powers the newest generation single and twin-engine light helicopters.
The latest Arrius 2B2 was designed to offer a flight profile which allows it to minimize loss of altitude on takeoff when flying single-engine mode and thus to meet the requirements of particular missions in high population density area, such as EMS.
It has proven its performance and durability from extreme environment conditions up to high altitudes and temperatures.
In addition, the engine TBO (Time Between Overhaul) has been extended up to 4,000 hours to further reduce the maintenance costs.
Turbomeca (Safran group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 68 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Dedicated to 2,350 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 16 sites, 26 Maintenance Centers, 24 Repair & Overhaul Centers and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.