ADAC confirms Eurocopter choice

ADAC Air Rescue has signed its latest order in a framework acquisition agreement with Eurocopter at the ILA Berlin Air Show for the purchase of 14 EC145 T2 and three EC135 P2e helicopters, which are to be delivered between 2013 and 2017.

Signing the accord were ADAC managing director Stefan Wessling and Wolfgang Schoder, Eurocopter executive vice president – programmes.

“We are very pleased that ADAC Air Rescue has once again chosen Eurocopter, marking a continuation of the more than 40 years in our close and successful cooperation,” Schoder said. “With the EC145 T2, ADAC Air Rescue will be operating the newest aircraft in the light twin-engine helicopter category. The EC145 T2 was developed in close consultation with air rescue organizations with the specific aim of further satisfying operators’ exacting safety and performance requirements.”

ADAC has one of the largest helicopter fleets in Europe and the EC145 T2 aircraft are part of a fleet renewal programme replacing the older BK117 helicopters.

“ADAC’s commitments for new helicopters and their associated SAR equipment represent an investment of over 130 million euros in the future of air rescue operations in Germany,” Wessling explained. “Eurocopter is providing an aircraft with unbeatable performance characteristics to replace our BK117 helicopters over the long term.”

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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