Coastal Helicopters converts AS 350 fleet to Turbomeca (Safran group)

Dallas, 12 February 2012

Coastal Helicopters Inc. has entered into an Engine Purchase Agreement with Turbomeca USA (Safran group) for five Arriel 1D1 turboshaft engines. Coastal Helicopters, Inc. currently operates five AS350B2's that were converted to Soloy AS 350 B2/SD2's in 2005.

Turbomeca USA views Coastal Helicopter's decision to reverse the retrofit back to the Turbomeca, Arriel 1D1 a decision which further solidifies their confidence in Turbomeca's engines and service support.

Coastal Helicopter's, Mike Wilson, General Manager states: "Coastal Helicopter's is part of a larger organization that operates a number of Turbomeca Arriel powered AS 350's. We have undertaken this re-power project in order to consolidate our parts inventories, enable more effective personnel training, allow for more effective personnel and equipment sharing and manage maintenance costs by standardization."

The time between overhaul (T.B.O.) of the Arriel 1D1 engine has recently been increased from 3,000 to 3,600 hours. Featured with a very simple design, a reduced number of parts and only five modules for easy maintenance, the Arriel 1 has gained a solid reputation in the helicopter market based on its excellent handling characteristics and high level of reliability.
Certified in 1988 and logging today over 5,000,000 hours of flight, the Arriel 1D1 is operated by 466 customers in 57 countries.

The family of Arriel engines relies on a solid experience of 10,000 delivered engines, accumulating 32 million flight hours. Turbomeca worldwide network already provides the after sales support of Arriel for 1,300 customers in 110 countries.

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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. Offering the widest range of engines in the world and 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.

Contacts Presse :
Bettina FREY
Directeur de la communication
VP, Communications
Tel +33(0)5 59 90 96 23
Email :bettina.frey@turbomeca.fr

Chantal REISS
Responsable Communication externe
External Communications Manager
Tél +33 (0)5 59 90 96 40
Email :chantal.reiss@turbomeca.fr

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