Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Russia Certifies, UTair and Kenya Receive AS350s
The Interstate Aviation Committee has approved the Eurocopter AS350B3e in Russia. This certification allows Ecureuil operation in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Following the certification, UTair Aviation took delivery of three of the type. UTair placed an order in 2010 for 20 helicopters from Eurocopter, comprising 13 AS350B3es, six AS355NPs and one AS350B3. The helicopters will be used for cargo airlift, oil and gas pipeline patrols, surveillance and executive transport missions throughout Russia and Siberia.
Eurocopter has also handed over an AS350B3e to the Kenya Police Air-Wing, making it the first African operator of the variant. The aircraft fly anti-poaching, counterterrorism and other law enforcement duties.