All Nippon Helicopter acquires two Eurocopter AS365 N3+ Dauphin rotorcraft

Eurocopter Japan has received an order for two new AS365 N3+ Dauphins from All Nippon Helicopter (ANH) to replace two rotary-wing aircraft from its existing fleet for use in electronic newsgathering missions on behalf of Japanese national broadcaster, NHK.

ANH, which is an operator for NHK in news missions, owns a fleet of 12 Eurocopter helicopters, including six AS365 N2s and six EC135 T2s. The two new AS365 N3+ will be delivered in 2013 and 2014 respectively, with high-definition cameras to be installed by Eurocopter Japan T&E – a business unit of Eurocopter Japan with design and engineering capability.

The electronic newsgathering market in Japan is 10 times bigger than Europe. In fact, Japanese broadcasting companies frequently purchase their own helicopters – a phenomenon that is observed significantly more in Japan than in other developed markets. As a result, new technologies are constantly being developed locally to enhance the broadcast quality of aerial footage. For instance, the equipment for electronic newsgathering helicopters has been significantly improved in Japan in response to the introduction of digital satellite broadcasting in 2000 and digital terrestrial broadcasting in 2003.

Eurocopter is the leading provider of electronic newsgathering helicopters in Japan, with 75 percent of the country’s 96-aircraft fleet. The cost-efficiency, great capability and high availability of Eurocopter helicopters and their associated electronic newsgathering technology and equipment have contributed to the high demand and popularity of the company’s products.

“Our light and medium twin-engine helicopters such as the Dauphin AS365 and EC135 are especially popular for use in Japanese electronic newsgathering missions,” stated Stephane Ginoux, President & CEO of Eurocopter Japan. “We are delighted that All Nippon Helicopter has once again placed their confidence in us and our products and services. We are committed to providing customers with top-notch after-sales support, as well as developing new technologies for the advancement of aerial filming and broadcasting in Japan.”

The AS365 N3+ is an upgraded version of the AS365 N3 – an ideal aircraft for electronic newsgathering missions due to its low vibration level, long range and high speed. It is equipped with enhanced avionics and a unique four-axis autopilot system that helps to ease the pilot’s workload.

Source: Eurocopter, an EADS N.V. company (Paris: EAD.PA)
Date: Mar 21, 2012