Brevard County buys two AS350 B3e helicopters

American Eurocopter announced at the NBAA in Orlando that Brevard County, Florida, has purchased two AS350 B3e helicopters. The aircraft will be utilised for mosquito control, firefighting and herbicide application throughout the county, which is located along Florida’s east coast, replacing an AS350 B3 and two 206Bs currently being used.

“We carefully considered our options before making the purchase,” said Brevard County mosquito control director, Craig Simmons. “Our main focus was searching for a proven aircraft that could carry heavy exterior loads for mosquito control spray applications, while maintaining considerable flight range. The low acquisition and operating costs for the new AS350 B3e, along with the extra payload and safety features of the aircraft, were a perfect fit for our operations.”

The aircraft will primarily be used for mosquito control in Brevard County, which experiences extreme and heavy mosquito breeding activity countywide.

“We are extremely pleased to once again provide our products and services to Brevard County,” said American Eurocopter vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, Treg Manning. “We beieve the increased performance and safety features of the B3e will enhance their mission capabilities.”

The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in July 2013.

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: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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