13-Feb-2012 Source: American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter presented the U.S. Coast Guard with a certificate of commendation for attaining 1.25 million fleet flight hours on the H-65 Dolphin multi-mission helicopter.
The accomplishment was recognized during a presentation at Eurocopterâ€™s exhibit at Heli-Expo 2012, the worldâ€™s largest helicopter exhibition. American Eurocopter delivered the first Coast Guard H-65 in 1985 and has serviced the fleet since, to include the fleet-wide engine upgrade program.
â€œAmerican Eurocopter is proud to support the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard,â€ said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. â€œWe look forward to continuing our partnership with the Coast Guard and our support of the H-65 fleet â€” the most recognizable search and rescue aircraft in the world.â€
The H-65 helicopter is certified for operation in all-weather and nighttime operations, with the exception of icing conditions. The H-65 is the only Coast Guard aircraft used aboard cutters during deployments. FLIR, a heads-up display and other avionics upgrades are being installed aboard the H-65 for law-enforcement operations. H-65 crews have completed night-vision goggle implementation, greatly enhancing night-time search capabilities.
There are 102 H-65s in the Coast Guard inventory. As part of the ongoing H-65 Conversion and Sustainment Project, all of the original HH-65Bs have been upgraded to the H-65C/D configuration, equipped with Turbomecca Arriel 2C2 engines. The re-designation of HH-65Cs to MH-65C/Ds reflects the installation of armament and a significantly upgraded communications package.