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Eurocopter EC145T2

The robust EC145 light/medium-twin helicopter, has long been popular EMS operators and the military (see is increasingly being ordered for transport. Now the manufacturer has collaborated Mercedes-Benz to develop a flexible, executive cabin for the model, seating for four to eight and more streamlined skids, cowling and cladding to the exterior add around three knots to the speed.

The helicopter has enormous It has a range of 362 nautical miles at 131 (with full fuel, no and one pilot and six passengers, each 180 It was developed in the late 1990s as a version of the popular BK117C1, Germany’s Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) and Kawasaki originally built in the 1970s. Daimler Benz bought MBB and rolled it into in a merger with France’s

The original EC145 proved selling more than 500 copies over the last but the model was not without its critics, who it for its lack of digital engine (Fadec), temperamental heating and system, outmoded avionics, climb rate and higher-than-average operating costs. However, the overall cabin space and overshadow these shortcomings in the of most operators.


Nevertheless, realized the EC145 needed if it were to remain an attractive and offering. Rumblings about a model began in 2010 and at 2011 in Orlando Eurocopter off the wraps, ­revealing the EC145T2. The anticipates that the T2 will be later this year and deliveries will begin in

Differences from the T1 are immediately The T2 sports a longer composite boom attached to a shrouded rotor or Fenestron. At 44.6 the T2 is 1.9 feet longer. The Fenestron two important things: It prevents who are loading cargo, luggage or through the rear clamshell from walking into a tail rotor. It also noise.

Helicopter noise is a hot-button in many communities and on the federal Quiet helicopters invariably less commotion and public Over the last several legislation has been introduced in the House and the Senate to restrict the of civil helicopters over Island, the Los Angeles basin, parks and other federal The FAA has restricted helicopter routes Long Island and is contemplating of more stringent helicopter standards for manufacturers. Flying a technology” helicopter such as the T2 the impact of this kind of reach on operators.

While the addition of the Fene­stron is the visible change on the T2, it is not the most That distinction belongs to the new of Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines, are rated at 894 shaft horsepower They deliver 21 percent takeoff power than the on the T1. That extra power you do a lot more. Compared with the T1, the T2 is can carry more weight in and fuel and climbs higher quickly. It also posts better hover numbers the T1. That means you can operate it in temperatures at higher altitudes–up to feet. The helicopter also with a new gearbox and both the and the engines have longer (TBO) intervals. The Fadec use computers to operate the engines increased efficiency and safety and pilot workload. Inspection also have been to reduce maintenance costs.

T2 pilots will enjoy a new state-of-the-art glass-panel avionics and standard four-axis autopilot for in the most demanding instrument

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However, the cabin remains the strongest selling point. than the ones in some jets, it measures 9.7 feet and 5.4 feet wide and offers a cabin/baggage volume of 217 cubic Add the ­approximately $1.5 million package to the $7.5 million of the basic helicopter and you get all that a lot of style.

The Benz package comfortable seating for up to eight in a highly modular, flexible that can easily be configured to passengers and outsized toys, surfboards and dirt bikes. You can change the size of the baggage with an adjustable wall and is tie-down hardware to secure the most unwieldy cargo. multifunction boxes between the captain chairs slide in on and can hold coolers, DVD players and Passengers can adjust the color and of the LED lighting. Customers can choose four color and trim

More power, less and great style. These few but changes will likely this helicopter a market for at least another decade.

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Eurocopter’s EC145T1 helicopter has long been a of EMS operators who fly in instrument environments or extra cabin space for such as neonatal transport

The U.S. military likes it, In a controversial decision, the Army the European aircraft for its Light Helicopter program in 2006, up to 345 to replace ancient, Vietnam-era and OH-58 scout/attack helicopters in National Guard fleets. militarized EC145s are designated the Lakota and fly an expanded post-9/11 that includes homeland and medevac missions. The Army has delivery of more than 200 to date in a production contract runs through 2017. are assembled at Eurocopter’s Columbus, plant. A heavily militarized and version of the EC145, the EC645, is promoted by Eurocopter and Lockheed for the Army’s anticipated Armed Scout (AAS) program.

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