Published on : Friday, September 12, 2014
The event, run in association with the European Helicopter Association (EHA), can confirm that Airbus Helicopters will showcase an EC145 T2 on its stand; a next-generation helicopter that is perfectly suited for emergency medical services (EMS) missions and law enforcement/parapublic duties.
The EC145 T2 is a twin-engine, four-ton-class, multi-role helicopter that was first presented in 2011.
It is the latest addition to Airbus Helicopters’ BK117/EC145 family, which is designed and built in Donauwörth and has enjoyed decades of success.
Its improved performance and particular suitability for air rescue missions sets the EC145 T2 apart from earlier models in the BK117/EC145 family.
Among the new features are Turbomeca Arriel-2E engines with dual-channel full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and a Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, along with upgraded main and new tail rotor gear boxes.
The cockpit uses the Helionix digital avionics suite with 4-axis autopilot that was developed by Airbus Helicopters.
Its outstanding hover performance – even in single-engine situations (one engine inoperative, OEI) – is crucial for flight safety, especially for air rescue missions.
Airbus Helicopters recently concluded the successful handover of the first EC145 T2 to DRF Luftrettung.
In spring 2014, the latest addition to the family received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency EASA and is now ready to take on a wide variety of missions.
The Exhibition will showcase all levels of the supply chain from leading industry primes and rotorcraft suppliers such as AgustaWestland, and Bell Helicopter as well as other leading exhibitors such as Rolls-Royce, Turbomeca, Vector Aerospace and Honeywell down to smaller SME’s such as Trakka Corp, Bucher Group, Concorde Battery and Bitschnau.