The newest member of Eurocopter’s helicopter family was formally launched with the unveiling of its EC145 T2 – an evolved version of the popular twin-engine EC145 that incorporates new Arriel 2E engines, along with the company’s Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, upgraded main and tail rotor gear boxes, a new digital avionics suite and a 4-axis autopilot.
The company signed launch agreements for a total of 17 helicopters from four international customers, who plan to utilise theaircraft in emergency medical services (EMS), oil and gas operations and business aviation.
With deliveries to begin in 2013, the EC145 T2 will offer improved performance, increased flight safety, enhanced human-machine interface, improved maintainability and lower operating costs for the light-medium twin-engine helicopter.
The EC145 T2’s most visible change is the integration of Eurocopter’s Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, which replaces the standard two-blade tail rotor. Advantages include higher safety levels on the ground and in flight, along with enhanced anti-torque control efficiency, reduced power demand in forward flight, and lower sound and vibration levels.
The EC145 T2’s new Arriel 2E turboshaft engines are digitally controlled by dual Full Authority Digital Engine Controls (FADEC), and provide increased performance throughout the helicopter’s operational range. The average performance increase is 25 percent, with significant enhancement in the OEI (one engine inoperative) flight mode. Other changes for the EC 145 T2 include a new modular avionics suite that incorporates three large primary displays and a 4-axis autopilot as standard equipment.