Eurocopter has fully launched the replacement program for its AS365/EC155 Dauphin and is targeting 2016 for entry into service for the first iteration, with a more advanced version to enter service several years later. Codenamed X4, the helicopter will feature a radically new cockpit, fly-by-wire controls and low-noise main rotor blades.
At Turbomeca’s factory in Bordes, southwest France, 2011 production is expected to be close to 1,000 turboshaft engines. The number of annual deliveries dwindled to 800 in 2010, after an average of 750 in the early 2000s and a peak at 1,300 in 2008.
Turbomeca has received EASA certification for its 950-shp Arriel 2D turboshaft, destined to power the Eurocopter AS350B3e Squirrel. The Arriel 2D is said to provide better performance (its predecessor stood at 848 shp) for lower fuel consumption. The initial 4,000-hour TBO is expected to increase to 6,000 hours.
Certification of the Avicopter AC352 medium twin (previously known as the Z15, the Chinese version of the jointly developed Eurocopter EC175) is now pegged for 2014, two years later than the original 2012 target. The AC352 passed some static tests in March. The Ardiden 3C/WZ-16 engine, a Turbomeca-Avic Engine Dongan cooperation, is to be certified in 2013.
Helicopter engine manufacturer Turbomeca (Hall 2A A232) is busy developing improved models for new Eurocopter variants in the light-single and medium-twin helicopter categories, as well as an engine family that will power China’s and Russia’s forays in medium twins.
Russian Helicopters and engine manufacturer Turbomeca announced last month that they signed contracts for the supply of “at least 308” Ardiden 3G turboshafts to be installed on the “updated” Kamov Ka-62 medium twin. The Ardiden 3G is an Ardiden 3 variant producing 1,700 to 2,000 shp.
The European Union (EU) is trying to attract more small- and medium-size enterprises to participate in its long-running CleanSky joint technology program. With public funds available to back research-and-development work aimed at reducing the environmental impact of air transport, it hopes to spread such support beyond major aerospace firms.
Russian Helicopters and engine manufacturer Turbomeca announced this week that they have signed “contracts” for the supply of “at least” 308 Ardiden 3G turboshafts to be installed on the “updated” Kamov Ka-62 medium-twin helicopter. This announcement follows the “protocol of intentions” signed in February last year and some back-and-forth considerations since for other engine suppliers.
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America has received approval from Turbomeca to add Arriel 2 full test capability to its engine repair and overhaul service. “We are excited to introduce Vector’s newest engine capability to the market,” said John MacDougall, senior v-p of sales and marketing.
Dallas/Fort Worth is the site for Conklin & de Decker’s 2011 Helicopter Maintenance Management seminar. The March 28 and 29 event, titled Essential Tools for Your New Role, is being offered independent of HAI for the first time. “We’ve been doing this for about 15 years without a sponsor as a joint venture with HAI. We’re now doing it independently, and Turbomeca has agreed to sponsor the event.