Second EC225 for AIRTELIS

Eurocopter EC225Eurocopter
has delivered the second EC225 to AIRTELIS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of France’s RTE
public utility company.

RTE specialises in airborne
surveillance, maintenance and construction work on high and very high voltage power
lines.

In addition to these power
line missions, the EC225 also is capable of carrying external loads, including
a water bucket for firefighting duties. For such operations, Eurocopter has
certified the helicopter with a removable tank, installed in the cargo
compartment, with a water capacity of 4,000 liters.

As with AIRTELIS’ initial
EC225, its second helicopter will be equipped with an innovative new system
enabling the pilot to control a sling used to deploy electrical cables during
flight.

“With this unique advantage,
RTE and its AIRTELIS subsidiary can count on technical and operational
excellence from Europe for its EC225s,” explained
Philippe Dupuis, the deputy director general of RTE, and president of AIRTELIS.
“This helicopter type is perfectly suited to bringing innovation to
construction sites.”

Dominique Maudet, Eurocopter’s
executive vice president for commercial, global business and services, added
that the latest EC225 delivery underscores the confidence and loyalty of RTE
and AIRTELIS in the helicopter manufacturer’s products.

“Its specialised system,
unlike any other in the world – which was designed and developed by Eurocopter
in close cooperation with RTE – once again underscores Eurocopter’s total
commitment to further enhancing flight safety in the most extreme conditions,”
Maudet added. “Moreover, as a result of the excellence and know-how from this
partnership, Eurocopter has been approached by international operators for
solutions in the construction and maintenance of electrical power networks.”

Photograph: © Copyright RTE, Marc Didier

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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