Eurocopter unveiled the latest edition of its EC145 twin at EBACE 2010. With a deluxe interior designed by Mercedes-Benz and available in 3 color and trim options, the new offering—dubbed EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style—offers “modular solutions” for reconfiguring the cabin and baggage compartment. (L–R) Eurocopter Senior VP Sales and Customer Relations Olivier Lambert, Eurocopter Dir Market Devt, Business Aviation, Private and Commercial Segment Patrice Royer and Mercedes-Benz Cars Devt General Mgr Michele Jauch Paganetti.

AgustaWestland delivered the first AW139 equipped with full ice protection system (FIPS) to Canada’s London Air Services (LAS) in May. Delivery of the FIPS AW139 follows Transport Can­ada certification of FIPS, together with EASA and FAA certification. FIPS, which enables flight into known icing, is available as an option on the AW139. It includes ice detectors, an auto­matic deicing activation system with manual backup, electrical power generators, engine intake protection grids, heated windshields and heated main and tail rotor blades. The AW139 is certified for Cat A operations and has no restrictions during IFR operations. It is the first helicopter in its weight category to receive FIPS certification. AgustaWestland expects to deliver 12 FIPS-equipped AW139s this year.

Sikorsky has developed a new EMS interior for the S76. The company’s engineering division teamed with Air Methods to design the new “ergonomic” interior, which incorporates the articulating patient loading system (APLS). Accessed by a sliding door to ease loading of patients, the interior opens the cabin floor for more storage, allows multiple positioning for better care of patients, provides a lowered platform to perform CPR and offers multiple options to mount customer-specific gear.

FlightSafety Intl (FSI)’s Eurocopter AS350B2 flight training device has been certified for NVG training. The FAA Level 7 FTD is located at FSI TUS and is equipped with the company’s VITAL X visual system, providing 220 x 100° (60° down and 40° up) wrap-around visual capability. It is also equipped with a vibrating motion base. FSI’s initial and recurrent AS350 training programs include aircraft systems, emergency and abnormal procedures, as well as human factors and specialty training such as inadvertent IMC.

Bell Training Academy (BTA) has put its new Bell 429 flight training device (FTD) into service. Designed and built over a 2-year period by Frasca Intl, the device is the industry’s first 429 simulator. It was built to Level 7 specifications and is slated for FAA Level 6 certification by early 2011. Located at AFW (Alliance, Fort Worth TX), BTA began training for the first customer on the 429 FTD during the week of May 10. Senior Simulation Specialist Scott West­brook says, “The 429 combines functionality with cutting-edge systems, making [it] both sophisticated and extremely easy to operate... A heavy emphasis was placed on the simulation of these cutting-edge systems.” He continues, “If there is a normal or emergency procedure in the flight manual, it’s in the FTD. This is a substantial feat.” The FTD was built using actual flight controls and a representative cockpit enclosure. Frasca updated the device in conjunction with mod­ifications made during construction and certification of the actual aircraft. As a result, says the company, all the functionality found in the Bell 429 is available to customers training in the device.