Papillon Helicopters orders five AS350 B3e

American Eurocopter has announced that
Papillon Helicopters has placed an order for five AS350 B3e helicopters with
options for three more. The aircraft will be used to expand the company’s fleet
and will begin a replacement program for some of the company’s older

“The AS350 B3e showcases Eurocopter’s
commitment to innovation and to bringing these advancements to our customers,”
stated Marc Paganini, president and chief executive officer of American
Eurocopter. “Papillon Helicopters and the Halvorson family are valued,
long-time customers and the selection of the AS350 B3e for their fleet
underscores the AStar’s reputation as one of the most sophisticated and
versatile helicopters in the world.”

“The AStar provides us with the mix of
power, durability and value that allows us to grow our business,” explained Lon
Halvorson, executive vice president of Papillon Helicopters. “We look forward
to implementing the safety, performance and maintenance enhancements of the
AS350 B3e’s within our fleet.”

The AS350 B3e is powered by a new Arriel 2D
engine and equipped with a new FADEC and Engine Data Recorder (EDR), enhancing
performance and system management. The new systems within the AS350 B3e will
also produce decreased maintenance times by extending maintenance inspection
intervals and time between overhauls.

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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