By Staff Writer | January 1, 2005


Covering All Helicopter Requirements

With the newest technology and the widest array of aircraft to choose from, it is no wonder Eurocopter sells more helicopters than any company in the world. From the state-of-the-art EC120 through the grand-sized workhorse Super Puma to the awesome Tiger attack helicopter and everything in between, Eurocopter deli-vers a product to meet every operator's mission and needs.


The Company: Eurocopter employs more than 12,000 people. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 16 subsidiaries located on five continents, along with a network of distributors and certified agents. This worldwide presence is also reinforced by over 30 years of experience in international cooperation, developed with 34 countries. More than 9,000 Eurocopter helicopters fly in 133 countries for approximately 2,300 customers. The group now accounts for 30 percent of the world market.

Strong financial footing allows Eurocopter to continue to invest in new

technology and new aircraft options. In the combined civil and commercial markets, 10 new models have been rolled out in the past ten years and each year the company invests 15 percent of revenue into research and development.

The Choices: Eurocopter offers customers a complete array of helicopter choices available. Multiple selections are offered in every class. Choices include single engine models with a variety of engines and performance, to multiple light and medium twins serving commercial and military markets, to heavy lift workhorses, troop transports and attack helicopters.

The Mission: Simply put, Eurocopter offers a helicopter to meet every operator's mission and need. To that end, the company has established an unprecedented new approach to customer support. The new policies and facilities allow the company to quickly meet the requests and needs of a growing worldwide customer base.

The Bottom Line: Eurocopter's goal is to represent the future of helicopter technology and service, and it has positioned itself to meet the needs of helicopter operators with more products, more options and more service than ever before.

L-3 Avionics Systems:

Dedicated to Flight Safety

L-3 Avionics Systems has a mission: to design and manufacture safety systems that meet the needs of business, general aviation and military rotor/fixed wing aircraft.

The company's success in fulfilling its mission can be deduced from L-3's reputation: worldwide, L-3's electro-mechanical systems are renowned for their reliability and quality. This is why L-3's avionics are the choice of major manufacturers such as Sikorsky Aircraft.

Collision Warning

For over 20 years, L-3 Avionics Systems has pioneered the development of sophisticated collision warning systems. As a leading supplier of TCAS I systems for business aircraft, the company offers an affordable collision avoidance system, SkyWatch, for general aviation and helicopter operators.

SkyWatch monitors the airspace around an aircraft, searching for nearby transponder-equipped aircraft that may pose a collision threat. Generating this data itself, rather than relying on ground-based radar systems, ensures that the most accurate and up-to-date traffic information is available all the time, at any altitude, anywhere in the world.

Electro-Mechanical Standby Systems

L-3's electro-mechanical standby systems provide pilots with reliable attitude and directional information during emergencies. This is why Sikorsky has contracted L-3 to supply J.E.T. Model AI-803 Standby Attitude Indicator for Sikorsky MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters.

As a compact 2-inch, completely case-contained instrument, the AI-803 replaces conventional two box systems that rely on a remote gyro. The unit provides up to nine minutes of usable attitude information after a complete power loss, giving the pilot valuable response time in an emergency situation. Its rugged design makes the AI-803 ideal for high vibration environments aboard military aircraft and helicopters.

Solid-State, Electronic Standby Instrument Systems

A single L-3 ESIS can replace a bank of traditional standby devices. For instance, the GH-3001 ESIS covers attitude, altitude and airspeed; delivering a complete standby ESIS suite in a single 3-inch display. The US Army ordered the L-3 equipment to upgrade all Army AH-64D Apache helicopters with solid state technology.

Tactical Airborne Navigation

Built to fulfill a variety of military navigational applications, L-3's 6.5 lb. TACAN is the world's smallest and lightest device in its class. Meanwhile, L-3's AN/ARN-154(V) airborne TACAN is a multi-station tracking system that can be configured in a number of ways to meet mission requirements.

Stormscope Weather Mapping and Lightning Detection System

Stormscope continues to be the only "live" lightning detection system that alerts pilots to all types of lightning, providing them with the most comprehensive and real-time weather picture available. Perhaps this explains why L-3 has sold 45,000 Stormscopes to date!

The bottom line: L-3 Avionics Systems offers the right flight safety equipment for all aspects of aviation.

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Aviall LIFT Helps Helicopter Customers Hover Higher

When Keystone Helicopter Corp. wanted to save money and increase efficiency, they turned to their parts provider, Aviall Services, to help find solutions that would benefit both companies. Aviall, the world's largest independent provider of new aviation parts, offered Keystone a customized program that is now called Aviall LIFT. Short for Logistics Inventory Flight Team, Aviall LIFT has delivered significant results for Keystone.

"In the 12 months before we signed an agreement with Aviall, we used 117 different vendors for the parts we now get from them," says Fred Kostanoski, Keystone's director of materials. "Their end-to-end approach works well for us, saving us time and money."

Adds Kostanoski, "Aviall is a reliable supplier with good prices, harmonized systems and great service. I can't think of anything to ask for that I'm not already getting."

Aviall LIFT offers a variety of services tailor-made to each helicopter operation. All are designed to add value and cost reductions to a customer's bottom line. Its benefits include:

n Access to more than 200 product lines,

n Local stocking,

n Central inventory,

n Inventory management,

n Electronic ordering via the award-winning website or EDI (electronic data interface), and

n Support of local Aviall sales personnel worldwide.

By managing and combining many supply chain, administrative and inventory management services for a customer, Aviall LIFT performs important responsibilities to save customers time and money. Overall, Aviall looks at each customer's unique needs and comes up with a LIFT solution that works best for them.

Because Aviall is the world's largest parts provider--with roots dating back to 1932--it can leverage its sizable supply chain efficiencies to provide customers with solutions that other companies can't. Today, Aviall offers a total of nearly 400,000 unique aircraft and engine line items from approximately 215 quality suppliers to all types of aviation customers worldwide, effectively making it a one-stop shop for many operators. They also have a worldwide network of customer service centers, and product repair centers servicing batteries, hoses, paint, oxygen, wheels and brakes.

Logistically, an ISO 9002-registered central distribution facility in Dallas is the hub for multiple Aviall Customer Service Centers and stocking locations in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, and the United States. Aviall also offers industry's most experienced and responsive field representatives, backed by an inside support team who are dedicated to customer satisfaction.

Aviall prides itself on combining old-fashioned customer service, technical innovation, advanced distribution capabilities, and an unmatched number of parts and services to create a philosophy they call "Aviallability": LIFT is a part of the Aviallability concept that serves the helicopter market. To support LIFT even better, Aviall recently expanded their general helicopter inventory to nearly $70 million.

Besides Keystone, for which Aviall is presently the sole source for more than 1,600 items, other LIFT customers include Air Methods, Rotorcraft Leasing, Eagle Copters, and Arrow Aviation. Air Methods alone sources more than 2,000 items solely from Aviall. n

For more information about Aviall or Aviall LIFT, please call Aviall at 1-800-AVIALL1 in North America. It is the time-and-money saving parts solution for the helicopter industry.

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