Eurocopter To Be
Spotlighted At The Helitech 2011 Helicopter Show
By Mike Mitchell
September 26, 2011 - Eurocopterís strong presence in the
UK multi-mission helicopter marketplace will be
demonstrated at the Helitech 2011 show and conference,
which is to include this eventís first appearance of the
EC145 T2 the companyís new generation version of
its workhorse twin-engine EC145.
During the September 27-29 Helitech show at Duxford
Airport, the EC145 T2 will be exhibited on Eurocopterís
stand (#906), joined by EC120, AS350 B3, EC130, EC135
and EC155 helicopters within the static display area.
The Eurocopter EC145 is a twin-engine light utility helicopter manufactured by Eurocopter. Originally referred to as the BK 117 C2, the EC145 is based upon the MBB/Kawasaki BK 117 C1.
became a part of the Eurocopter line-up in 1992 when the company
was formed through the merger of the Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm
helicopter division of Daimler-Benz and the helicopter division
of Aťrospatiale-Matra. The EC145 is a twin-engine aircraft and
can carry up to nine passengers along with two crew, depending
on customer configuration. The helicopter is marketed for
passenger transport, corporate transport, emergency medical
services (EMS), search and rescue, parapublic and utility roles.
variant of the model is the EC-145T2 which was unveiled at Heli
Expo 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The EC-145T2 features an advanced
cockpit design, modern avioncs, 4-axis autopilot and a Fenestron
tail rotor. The new model will be equipped with new Arriel 2E
turboshaft engines digitally controlled by dual Full Authority
Digital Engine Controls (FADEC).
The enhanced EC145 T2 represents Eurocopterís evolution strategy that is being implemented across its product line for improved operating performance, efficiency and maintainability. This rotary-wing aircraft incorporates new Arriel 2E engines, along with Eurocopterís Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, upgraded main and tail rotor gear boxes, an innovative new digital avionics suite and a 4-axis autopilot. The EC145 T2 to be showcased at Helitech 2011 features the latest multi-mission configuration, highlighting the flexibility of its spacious cabin and the new avionics.
spotlighted at Helitech will be a 1/5th scale model of
Eurocopterís X3 hybrid demonstrator, which combines the
excellent vertical takeoff and landing capabilities of a
helicopter with aircraft-type fast cruise speeds.
An overview of how
the X≥ is contributing to Eurocopterís innovation roadmap will be
provided at Helitech during a conference with Jean-Michel Billig, the
Eurocopter Vice President of Engineering, to be held Thursday, September
28, at 2:40 p.m. in the Airspace Conference Center.
With more than 100
helicopters in service with the UK armed forces, Eurocopter is a vital
part of its defense, security and rescue infrastructure. The companyís
acquisition this year of Vector Aerospace equally contributes to
position Eurocopter as a key military MRO (maintenance, repair and
overhaul) player for the UK armed forces.
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