Eurocopter announces product line upgrades

urocopter announced “a comprehensive evolution” of its helicopter product line at this year’s Heli-Expo 2011 exhibition in Orlando, Florida in March. The upgrades are intended to offer “enhanced operating capabilities, improved mission effectiveness and increased efficiency across four families in the company’s light, medium and heavy rotary-wing aircraft categories,” as the manufacturer responds to evolving customer needs, Eurocopter says.

4th Apr 2011


 Eurocopter announces product line upgrades


Eurocopter announced “a comprehensive evolution” of its helicopter product line at this year’s Heli-Expo 2011 exhibition in Orlando, Florida in March.
The upgrades are intended to offer “enhanced operating capabilities, improved mission effectiveness and increased efficiency across four families in the company’s light, medium and heavy rotary-wing aircraft categories,” as the manufacturer responds to evolving customer needs, Eurocopter says.

The improvements involve the Franco-German company’s AS350, EC135, AS365/AS565 and AS332 helicopter models, and come in addition to its introduction of the new EC145 T2, unveiled on 6 March at Heli-Expo 2011.
“At Eurocopter, we are meeting our promise of investing in the future of helicopter flight, developing this comprehensive evolution of our product line to offer customers even better cost-effectiveness, mission capability, ease of operation and flight safety,” said Eurocopter President and Chief Executive Officer Lutz Bertling.

Making its debut at Heli-Expo was Eurocopter’s single-engine AS350 B3e, an updated version of the well-established Ecureuil family with a more powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2D turboshaft engine, along with a new-generation full-authority digital engine control (FADEC) system and an engine data recorder for condition monitoring.

In addition, the aircraft can be operated at its maximum takeoff engine power rating for 30 minutes, incorporates tail-rotor modifications for ease of piloting, and features an improved interior design. Certification of the AS350 B3e is planned this summer, with deliveries to begin before year-end.

New T2e and P2e versions of the popular EC135 twin-engine helicopter were also announced, with an increased maximum takeoff weight of 2,950 kg, a 40kg increase. Certification of the EC135 T2e/P2e is planned in mid 2011 – with the improvements to be integrated on all new production EC135s from mid-year, as well as being offered as a retrofit.

The enhanced AS365 N3e/AS565 MBe versions of the medium-weight Dauphin family offer customers improved hot-and-high performance, along with new technologies and systems. Meanwhile, the AS332L1e Super Puma is being offered with the same advanced cockpit and automatic flight control systems employed on the manufacturer’s EC225/EC725 helicopter.
 

 

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