28-Mar-2011 Source: Eurocopter Canada
The AS355 NP will be introduced into TRK Helicopterâ€™s fleet in April 2011. The AS355 NP will be used for various types of flying missions including; tours and commercial operations.
â€œThe AS355 NP will be a welcomed addition into TRK Helicopterâ€™s dynamic fleet of aircraft,â€ said Mr. Randy Marks, President, TRK Helicopterâ€™s. â€œThe AS355 NPâ€™s flexibility will give TRK the ability to perform demanding operations over water, rugged terrain and urban areas quickly, efficiently and safely due to the CAT A performance of the aircraft.â€
With excellent handling, robustness and ease of maintenance, the AS355 NP incorporates twin-engine added reliability and performance – making it ideal for parapublic missions. Renowned for its low operation and maintenance costs, this helicopter benefits from the reliability and safety of its two Turbomeca Arrius 1A1 engines, and is equipped with a full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system.
â€œTRK Helicopterâ€™s acquisition of the new AS355 NP is a excellent fit for the company as this innovative and exciting aircraft is known best for its combination of performance and affordability, said Mr. Guy Joannes, PresidentÂ & CEO, ECL. â€œThe AS355 NP will undoubtedly support TRK Helicopterâ€™s growth in the aviation sector.â€
The AS355 NP provides excellent OEI performance: It is capable of taking off at MTOW in Cat A from a helipad at temperatures up to 25Â° C at sea level. Like the other helicopters in the Ecureuil family, the AS355 NP is also equipped with a Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD), which optimizes the human-machine interface, and a standard avionics suite for day and night VFR operations that includes a GPS color map display and a redundant COM/NAV. The aircraft is fully IFR certified (single/dual pilot) and can be fitted with a 3-axis autopilot as well as mission-specific equipment.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the twin-engine AS355 NP can perform all types of missions including public services both day and night, whether over water, congested areas or hostile environments. The AS355 NPâ€™s unobstructed cabin and forward-facing seats guarantee excellent visibility for passengers. As an option, footsteps and sliding doors can be installed to provide easy access to the wide cabin. The helicopter is equipped with an array of certified equipment to perform a wide range of operations with optimal efficiency.
About TRK Helicopters
TRK Helicopters aircraft are maintained at TRK Helicopters Transport Canada Approved Maintenance organization. From operation bases located in Langley, British Columbia and Whitehorse, Yukon TRK Helicopters provides Tour and Adventure services, Aerial Crane/Construction services, Forestry/Fire Suppression support, Fisheries support, Hydro Support, Surveying, Mining Support/Drill Moves, Oil and Gas Support, Telecom services, Photography and Filming services and Aerial Advertising from operation bases located in Langley, British Columbia and Whitehorse, Yukon.Â TRK Helicopters pilots are highly experienced and undergo extensive recurrent training. Pilots are also certified on mountain flying courses.