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University of Miami purchases AS350B3e to serve as research platform

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) has purchased an Airbus Helicopters, Inc. AS350B3e to serve as a flying scientific laboratory.

Ordered in December 2013 and scheduled for delivery this summer, the AS350B3e will be primarily used as a research platform and will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The University’s first helicopter, it was purchased using gifts from private foundations and an anonymous donor.

University officials selected the AS350B3e because of its high-altitude capabilities, overall performance, and spacious cabin design. The cabin can easily support the mounting of scientific instruments and computers on racks.

“No other aircraft offers the flexibility of a helicopter, in terms of payload, maneuverability and safety,” said Dr. Roni Avissar, Dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. “The ability for slow flight and low altitude offers an ideal opportunity for critical environmental data collection near the interface between the Earth’s surface and the atmosphere. This one-of-a-kind Helicopter Observation Platform (HOP) will support the research missions of University of Miami scientists and a host of other research institutions around the world by improving our understanding of the Earth’s environment.”

The HOP will allow scientists to obtain vital information on environmental processes and mechanisms that affect climate and impact human health. It also will be utilized for aerial photography of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, and transportation of scientists and their equipment to remote areas difficult or impossible to access from the ground.

“We are proud that the University of Miami chose the Airbus Helicopters Inc. AS350B3e to assist in their research efforts,” said Treg Manning, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Airbus Helicopters Inc. “The AS350B3e is the best performing single-engine turbine helicopter on the market. Its versatility and performance capabilities will make it the ideal platform for this type of research.”

The AS350B3e is the latest version of the AStar family, one of the most popular, high-tech helicopter platforms in the U.S. The AStar AS350B3e is known for its performance, reliability and multi-mission flexibility, bringing next-generation performance to the AStar family.

About Airbus Helicopters Inc.

Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) is the U.S. affiliate of Airbus Helicopters, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of the Airbus Group. Airbus Helicopters Inc. is a manufacturer, markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and parapublic helicopters offered in the U.S. The product line represents the industry’s most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters serving all markets and missions. The company’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, Texas with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Miss.


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