VANCOUVER — Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours is rolling out its new state-of-the-art Airbus H130 helicopters this week onboard the Scenic Eclipse, giving passengers “unparalleled access to some of nature’s most beautiful sites.”
According to Scenic Founder and Chairman Glen Moroney, the company specifically selected the H130 model for its wide, unobstructed cabin space, which can accommodate the pilot and up to six passengers, “with outstanding visibility for all passengers.”
The two new helicopters are said to be among the quietest in the skies, featuring reduced sound levels that are seven decibels below the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirement, and is quieter than the most restrictive sound limits defined for flights over national parks, animal and nature reserves around the world. The H130 is also one of the most environmentally friendly helicopters on the market, with an efficient fuel burn that ensures lower emissions and less fuel usage.
To meet Scenic’s requirements in safety and guest comfort, specific modifications were made to the H130, including Bose noise cancelling headsets, five cameras fitted to the interior and exterior to provide guests with footage of their flight, custom leather seats, and a Bluetooth audio system allowing music to be piped to guests.
Also, as the H130 has been designed to be carried onboard the Scenic Eclipse, it has been fitted with a quick rotor blade fold kit to allow the ship to have a smaller hangar than is usually required.
Scenic Eclipse, dubbed the world’s first Discovery Yacht, will launch in January 2019.