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Airbus Delivers First of 16 Advanced Law Enforcement H125 Helicopters to U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Erickson Inc. and Bell Textron Inc. Announce Transfer of Type Certificates


Erickson Inc. and Bell Textron Inc. recently announced the signed agreements to initiate the transfer of type certificates for the model 214ST and B/B1 helicopters to Erickson Incorporated. The transfer will be processed through the FAA and is expected to be completed near the end of the year.


The agreements replace the previous license and product support agreement signed between the companies in 2015. As one of the largest operators of 214STs, Erickson is poised to take the next step in supporting the performance improvements and operational sustainability of the 214 platform as it did for the S-64 platforms it acquired in 1992. Erickson will work with Bell to transfer the key functions and processes remaining to enable full support of the type certificates.


“The 214 is a great utility rotary-wing platform. We look forward to applying our innovative spirit and operational experience to chart a future for the aircraft like we have done with the S-64 Air Crane® helicopter over the past 30 years. The 214 models represent an outstanding complement to the Erickson portfolio of supported aircraft,” Erickson CEO Doug Kitani said.


26 Sept/Oct 2020


Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) recently delivered the first of 16 new H125 helicopters uniquely configured for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO). AMO collaborated with AHI as part of a long-term fleet upgrade initiative, and the resulting configuration has led to one of the most advanced, high-tech law enforcement helicopters ever developed.


“Our mission is to safeguard the nation by anticipating and confronting security threats,” said Steve Boyer, deputy executive assistant commissioner for AMO. “Airbus Helicopters’ continued commitment to designing, manufacturing, and delivering quality products will enable AMO personnel to successfully and safely carry out this mission.”


The first helicopter for the new configuration was tested and delivered from Airbus Helicopters’ facility in Grand Prairie, Texas. The remaining aircraft are being built in Columbus, Mississippi, where a workforce 40% composed of U.S. veterans also produces the UH-72A Lakota for the U.S. Army and has delivered more than 450 single-engine H125 aircraft for the North American market.


Following a rigorous analysis of its mission needs and next-generation aerospace technology, AMO developed a set of requirements for the new helicopters, which Airbus put in place through nearly 30 supplemental type certificates (STCs). The


series of STCs are tied together through a primary all-encompassing STC that ensures all of the systems interact properly with one another and with the basic aircraft.


Airbus and AMO have a longstanding relationship of more than 30 years, during which Airbus has delivered more than 100 helicopters from the H120 and H125 family. This new acquisition was made possible through a partnership with Davenport Aviation, an SBA-certified woman-owned small business (WOSB), and HUBZone contractor specializing in the supply of aerospace equipment to federal, state, and local government agencies.


“We are honored to partner with Airbus Helicopters and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to support this fleet upgrade for enhanced law enforcement capabilities through the procurement of 16 new H125 helicopters from our GSA contract,” said Leah Simoes, owner and chair of Davenport Aviation. “Throughout this project, we have been very appreciative of the support we have received from Airbus and CBP of our WOSB, HUBZone-certified small business.”


Known for its power, versatility, and excellent performance in hot and high conditions, the H125 features dual hydraulics, dual channel engine FADEC, a crash-resistant fuel system, and advanced glass-panel cockpit displays. The H125 is the single most popular law enforcement helicopter in the U.S., accounting for nearly half of all helicopters delivered for that mission in North America over the last decade.


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