Scenic Eclipse H130 choppers take flight

Airbus helicopters offering stadium seating

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Scenic has this week debuted its state-of-the-art Airbus H130 helicopters aboard Scenic Eclipse, the Australian company’s first ocean-going vessel that’s on track for delivery in January 2019.

As one of the quietest helicopters in the skies, the H130 sets the standard for tourism operations worldwide. Its low sound levels are seven decibels below the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) requirement and are quieter than the most restrictive sound limits defined for flights over national parks, animal and nature reserves across the world. The H130 is also one of the most environmentally sound helicopters on the market with its low fuel burn, ensuring lower emissions and less fuel usage.

Scenic Founder and Chairman, Glen Moroney, said the two choppers on board Scenic Eclipse will offer guests a unique opportunity to go above and beyond.

“Scenic has always sought to venture beyond the horizon and with our helicopters, we provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy unparalleled access to some of nature’s most beautiful sites. We have specifically selected this model for its wide, unobstructed cabin space which can accommodate the pilot and up to six passengers, with outstanding visibility for all passengers,” Moroney said.

Specific modifications have been made to the H130 to ensure it meets the requirements of Scenic in terms of safety and guest comfort. These include Bose noise-cancelling headsets; five cameras fitted to the interior and exterior of the helicopter to provide guests with footage of their flight; customised leather seats and interior fit-out; and a Bluetooth audio system allowing music to be piped to guests. As the H130 has been designed to be carried on board the Scenic Eclipse, it has been fitted with a quick blade-fold kit to allow the rotor blades to be folded on landing, thus reducing the hangar size required.

The Scenic Eclipse helicopters were commissioned from Airbus in France before being shipped to Sunshine Coast business Pacific Crown Helicopters for final fit-out and testing. Pacific Crown Helicopters specialises in Airbus helicopters and is a recognised world leader in the field.

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