American Eurocopter delivers EC130 T2s with Garmin glass cockpits
American Eurocopter have delivered the first two EC130 T2 equipped with Garmin G500H glass cockpit to Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.
The Grand Prarie, Texas based company received a Supplemental Type Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration for installing the Garmin G500H “glass cockpit” multifunction electronic flight display system in the EC130 T2 helicopter.
Blue hawaiian Helicopters are the launch customer for the EC130 T2 with the Garmin glass cockpit with more aircraft on order. The new aircraft, the latest model in the Eurocopter single-engine product range, will supplement Blue Hawaiian’s existing fleet of EC130 B4 and AS350 helicopters.
“The G500H is a revolutionary tool to improve situational awareness and significantly reduce our greatest risk. The cost/benefit of this system makes this choice a ‘no-brainer,’” said David Chevalier, chief executive of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. “The greatest risk factor faced by helicopter operations in Hawaii is inadvertent flight into IMC (instrument meteorological conditions) and subsequent CFIT (controlled flight into terrain). Garmin’s synthetic vision technology is a godsend.“
Blue Hawaiian was the launch customer for the EC130 B4 in 2001. Since that time the company has logged more than 460,000 flight hours on its all-Eurocopter fleet.
“Blue Hawaiian is a great tour company that has always put safety first. This investment in the new glass cockpit EC130 T2 is another step forward,” said Marc Paganini, president and chief executive of American Eurocopter.