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The company will continue to provide its S64-E model asset and Erickson’s holistic capability as standard practice: pilots, full fi eld maintenance support crews, parts, and components.

Erickson has operated in Canada, its longest-standing international market for the past 25 years.

helicopter searchlight performance.

CHP chose the A800 Mark II version for this fl eet of aircraft. In addition to the standard features of the A800, the A800 MKII features the ability to link into the moving map and/or the EO/IR sensor, and also some new operational features commissioned by CHP, such as variable slew from the cyclic controls.

Guests had the opportunity to meet Director Gary Butcher, Operations Manager Sarah French, and special guest, Starspeed Founder David Voy. They could also inspect two of the six EC155s in the fl eet, and the Bell 429 which were on display throughout the day.

Starspeed Introduces the S-92

Trakka Searchlight is Chosen for California Highway Patrol Fleet

Trakkacorp Pty Ltd recently announced the fi rst Trakkabeam A800 Searchlight installation and delivery for the new Californian Highway Patrol (CHP) AS350 fl eet. This marks the fi rst delivery of 15 new AS350s from Airbus USA for CHP. Airbus has collaborated with Hangar One, a leading MRO based in California, for integration and delivery of these new searchlight systems.

Starspeed hosted its fi rst “open day” last week to show off its latest arrival, the S-92. Guests were treated to a fl ight along the Thames in the 16-seater helicopter. Director Simon Mitchell welcomed the guests to Starspeed’s base at Fairoaks Airport in Chobham, Surrey, U.K.

Papillon Group’s Golden Helicopter Makes Offi cial Debut During 50th Anniversary Celebration


“We wanted to introduce you all to the S-92, which is a unique helicopter

in The A800 searchlight is a valuable

enhancement for the new CHP helicopters and its multi-mission requirements. CHP’s missions range from law enforcement, search and rescue missions, surveillance, reconnaissance, and services. The A800 complements the AS350’s mission equipment due to its unique multi-mission capabilities, and boasts the highest level of testing and qualifi cation of any searchlight, along with an optically enhanced uniform beam, internal multi-colored fi lter system, and fast/smooth slaving system, which all combine to give the operator superior

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that it can take 16 guests at one time and their luggage,” he explained. “It provides a great opportunity for corporate entertainment or private groups and, in most cases, will be more cost-eff ective than taking two helicopters. It is also the only S-92 available for VIP charter in Europe.”

Simon introduced Starspeed Chairman Ian Field, who talked about Starspeed’s training division, which is going from strength to strength. With three helicopters available to the training school and access to simulator activities, it off ers specialist conversion training, instrument rating, and other tailored courses for qualifi ed pilots looking to extend their skills.

Group recently unveiled its

“Golden Helicopter” during a celebration that was the culmination of 50 years of hard work from three generations of one family.

The Golden Helicopter, also known as “Copter 50,” arrived at Papillon’s Boulder City Aerocenter via a fi ve-helicopter formation. This ceremonial formation symbolizes fi ve decades of operation as the world’s largest and longest-running helicopter tour company. On board the helicopters were three generations of the Halvorson family, including Elling Halvorson, chairman and founder of the Papillon Group. Once the helicopters landed, members of the Hualapai tribe offi cially blessed the brand-new helicopter. More than 250 guests were invited, including dignitaries, community leaders and industry infl uencers, as well as nearly 100 Papillon employees.

The S-92 made two fl ights during the day and over 30 guests had the opportunity to admire London from the sky. “It was a very successful day,” said Simon Mitchell. “We had very positive comments from all of our guests and we look forward to many more charters for the S-92.”

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