Eurocopter has inked a contract with the Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment in Thailand for one EC135 light twin. Delivery is planned for December this year. The helicopter will be used for exploration and surveillance flights. In Vietnam, Vinacopter has ordered four Eurocopters as the launch fleet for its newly created tourism and VIP transport subsidiary, HeliVietnam.
Eurocopter EC 135
Eurocopter has received an order from the Spanish Ministry of the Interior for 12 EC135P2i light twins. They will be operated by the National Police Force and
FlightSafety International (Booth No. 4606) announced here yesterday that its new Eurocopter EC135 simulator is scheduled to enter service by the end of this year at the company’s Rotorcraft Learning Center in Lafayette, La. This is the first EC135 simulator designed by FlightSafety to win level-D approval from the FAA.
At Eurocopter’s annual Heli-Expo breakfast press conference yesterday, CEO Lutz Bertling said the company is using the current economic downturn to retool its business for greater performance and efficiency, while actively pursuing the next generation of helicopter technologies including its Blue Edge and Blue Pulse blade and other research and development programs “so that we will be ready for the market once the upturn comes.” He also said
Donaldson is introducing two new products to its line of helicopter inlet-barrier filters (IBF). Inlet filters for the AgustaWestland AW109 Power and Grand and for the Eurocopter EC135 are slated for certification this year. Donaldson IBFs are operating around the world, from flight operations in Nepal near Mount Everest to the Sacramento Valley of California, protecting helicopter turbine engines during crop-spraying sorties.
Preliminary indications are that blade failure played a role in the fatal crash of a 2000 American Eurocopter EC135T1 near Cave Creek, Ariz., on Sunday afternoon. Witnesses on the ground reported hearing a popping sound and then seeing parts fly off the helicopter before it rolled several times, pitched 90 degrees nose-down into the ground and caught fire.
Eurocopter (Stand H23) has chosen a strategy of partnerships in Asia. In Japan, the helicopter manufacturer wants to grow its subsidiary, notably through its maintenance joint venture with All Nippon Airways (ANA). In Korea, it is supporting Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI, Stand T87) in the design of the Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH), also known as the Surion.
Eurocopter is offering a low-cost and lightweight flight data monitoring system for light helicopters. The idea is to record flight parameters, voice and cockpit images to detect possible pilot deviations from procedures and then replay the flight on the ground for debriefing or training.
The prototype of the Eurocopter EC 175 made its “official maiden flight” on December 17, almost two weeks after its actual first flight on December 4 in Marignane, France. The flight-test phase is now well under way. The event, attended by customers, employees, suppliers and journalists, was also the opportunity for Eurocopter to highlight the cooperation with China’s Avicopter.
Eurocopter has disclosed some performance numbers for the in-development EC 175 medium twin. The radius of action offshore is 270 nm at ISA+20 degrees C and a speed of about 135 knots. The 16-passenger aircraft is powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67E turboshafts. The EC 175/Z15, a 50-50 Euro-Chinese effort, is expected to fly by year-end.