About your ECO-Star & A-Star Sightseeing Tour Helicopters
Airbus ECO-Stars and A-Stars set the standard… they are the safest and most comfortable tourism-based helicopters in the world!
The ECO-Star (H130 & EC130) and A-Star (AS350/H125) helicopters are manufactured by Airbus and are specifically designed for sightseeing with state-of-the-art onboard upgrades, and are fitted with oversized windows for sightseeing and photography.
The ECO-Star line is the safest and most comfortable tourism-based helicopter in the world. Passengers will experience a much quieter and smoother ride on the ECO-Star than on any other sightseeing tour helicopter. As the quietest helicopters in the skies in their category, the ECO-Star sets the standard for tourism operations in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and worldwide.
The AS350/H125 has broken world records throughout its career. And, as one of the world’s most popular and reliable helicopters, it has has been featured in more than 370 movies and television shows. If you’ve seen a helicopter on the big screen or television, chances are that it was an A-Star. In 2005, the AS350 broke the world record for the highest-altitude landing and takeoff, performed on Mount Everest at 29,029 feet (8,848 meters), a title it still holds today. In 2013, the AS350 performed the world’s highest long-line rescue operation at an altitude of at 25,590 feet (7,800 meters) on Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest mountain (after Mount Everest, K2, and Kangchenjunga), located in the Himalayas.
With noise levels well below regulatory requirements, the Airbus fleet provides the quietest range of helicopters in the world. These helicopters’ very low sound level allows them to fly over national parks, wildlife reservations and urban areas with minimal disturbance to the environment. They are quieter than the most restrictive limits defined by the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States, a world-standard benchmark for true eco-friendly tourism operations.
The ECO-Star’s unobstructed cabins accommodate the pilot and up to seven passengers, with passengers in the rear row comfortably seated on a raised theater-style platform. The A-Star seats up to six passengers. Both aircraft types provide outstanding visibility through large wrap-around windscreens and wide windows from where you can enjoy spectacular views from the all forward-facing seats. Passengers are also provided with music and pre-recorded tour narration in multiple languages via noise-cancelling headphones.
On top of ample cabin room and panoramic seating, all Airbus tour helicopters incorporate state-of-the-art technologies, materials, systems and avionics for both your comfort and safety. The climate control air conditioning system contribute to the unbeatable level of comfort of your tour helicopter.
Welcome aboard, sit back and enjoy your flight!