Turbomeca and the Civil Security Helicopter Group are celebrating the 200,000 flight hours of the Arriel 1E2

Bordes, September 23 2010

The Turbomeca (Safran group) Arriel 1E2 turbo-shaft engine has logged 200,000 flight hours on the Civil Security's EC 145 twin-engine helicopters. The turbo-shaft engine's good behavior had contributed to the success of the rescue missions performed by the rescuers.

The first of the 34 EC 145 helicopters arrived at the Civil Security Helicopter Group on April 22nd, 2002. Eight years later, the 200,000 flight hours logged by the Arriel 1E2 of the Civil Security.

The Arriel 1E2 at the service of rescuers

With more than 13,000 flight hours per year, the EC 145 saves on average more than 10,000 people each year.

200,000 flight hours mark is significant, as the success of the missions of the Civil Security is closely linked to the reliability of the Arriel engine in order to meet the availability requirements, which remains a daily challenge for all the personnel of the Group.

The 28 Arriel engine versions power modern and successful light and medium, single and twin-engine helicopters. Amongst them: the Eurocopter Ecureuil, Dauphin, EC130, EC145 and EC155, the Sikorsky S-76 and the Agusta A109 K2, as well as the AVIC Z9. World leader in its category, the Arriel has proven its reliability in a wide variety of demanding missions, including EMS, corporate, utility and offshore operations. More than 9,000 Arriel engines have been manufactured by Turbomeca, totaling over 30 millon flight hours.

The Civil Security Helicopter Group has 22 helicopter bases in mainland France and its overseas territories. It has a fleet of 38 helicopters (34 twin-engine EC 145s, 3 Ecureuil B2s, 1 Ecureuil B); 225 pilots and flight engineers; 55 ground engineers; which ensure rescue and aid missions. Over its 53 years of activity, the civil security helicopter group has logged more than 250,000 rescue missions and rescued 230,000 people.

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Turbomeca (Safran group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 68 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Dedicated to 2,350 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 16 sites, 26 Maintenance Centers, 24 Repair & Overhaul Centers and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.

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