Eurocopter EC130 Gets T2 Treatment
At Heli-Expo today, Eurocopter unveiled the EC130 T2, an updated version of its venerable single-engine helicopter. It also announced orders for 105 of the new aircraft from seven launch customers: Maverick Helicopters, Papillon Helicopters, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Scandinavian Helicopter Group, Air Commander, Europavia and Enloe FlightCare. The EC130 T2 is powered by the Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine, which provides 10 percent more average power and lower specific fuel consumption than the original powerplant and has a higher time between overhaul interval. New and updated features include an active vibration control system; improved air ventilation; distribution and defogging systems; a redesigned cabin interior with full flat floor; and enhanced man-machine interface in the cockpit. New energy absorbing seats and a crashworthy fuel tank provide safety enhancements. About 70 percent of the EC130 T2’s airframe has been modified. Performance improvements include a higher maximum gross takeoff weight of 5,512 pounds and 6,724 pounds with sling loads, as well as a speed increase of up to 10 knots. External sound level remains within the rules mandated for flights in Grand Canyon National Park, an important benchmark for air tour operators. Neither pricing for the new aircraft nor the value of the launch customers’ purchases were made public.