Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) EC145T2 Helicopter, United States of America
The EC145 T2 helicopter is a twin-engine multipurpose helicopter manufactured by Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters). The helicopter was launched in March 2011 at the Heli Expo held at Orlando, Florida, having completed its maiden flight in July 2010, with entry into service expected in 2014.
The helicopter can carry out missions such as emergency medical services (EMS), law enforcement, search and rescue (SAR), business aviation, oil and gas, and utility.
Orders and deliveries of the EC145T2 helicopter
Airbus Helicopters received an order from Landespolizei Baden Württemberg, based in Germany, for the delivery of six law enforcement variants of the EC145 T2 helicopter in December 2013. Airbus plans to deliver the aircraft in 2015 and 2016.
Eurocopter received an order from Phoenix Heli-Flight to supply one EC145 T2 helicopter in March 2013.
ADAC Air Rescue ordered Eurocopter to supply 14 EC145 T2 helicopters in September 2012. These deliveries are expected to be completed by 2017.
Scandinavian Air Ambulance ordered four EC145 T2 helicopters in February 2012. The helicopter will provide emergency medical transportation services in north Finland. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2014.
HTM Helicopter Travel Munich placed an order to purchase one helicopter in February 2012. The helicopter will be used to provide services at offshore wind farms.
DRF Luftrettung placed an order with Eurocopter for 25 helicopters in November 2011. These deliveries are expected to be completed between December 2013 and 2022.
EC145T2 helicopter design
The EC145 T2 is an advanced version of the Eurocopter EC145, developed in association with Kawasaki Heavy Industries.
The new helicopter features an all-composite tail boom with fenestron shrouded tail rotor. It features new composite blades, duplex tail-rotor actuators and dual hydraulic circuits, along with a newly designed gearbox. The helicopter features all-composite structure and aerodynamic geometry. It also features a skid-type landing gear.
Cockpit and avionics of the EC145T2
The helicopter features the new Eurocopter avionics suite with three to four large primary displays and an enhanced human-machine interface (HMI). It has a digital four-axis automatic flight control system (AFCS) that enables the pilots to overcome even the most demanding helicopter operations and environmental constraints.
The crew alert system and exclusive built-in test capacity of the aircraft provide first-rate pilot assistance for handling failures, emergency management and troubleshooting.
The avionics include flight navigation display, vehicle monitoring display, vehicle management subsystem and two duplex aircraft management computers. Reference sensors, three inertial measurement units and two air data sensors are also installed.
The avionics further include two three-axis magnetometers, an integrated electronic standby instrument, fire extinguishing system warning and digital engine control systems.
EC145T2 cabin details
The helicopter features a spacious cabin which can either accommodate one pilot and ten passengers, or two pilots and nine passengers. It has a total cabin volume of 213,15ft3 and cargo volume of 6,04m3. Two hinged cockpit doors are provided along with a sliding window.
The cabin features two passenger sliding doors and two more rear hinged clam-shell doors. It is fitted with a ram-air and electrical ventilating system.
EC145T2 engine and performance
The EC145 T2 helicopter is powered by two powerful Arriel 2E engines manufactured by Safran Turbomeca. The engine has a take off power of 1,038shp.
It features a dual channel full authority digital engine control (FADEC). It was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in January 2013.
The maximum cruise speed of the helicopter is 134kt (248km/h), and the maximum take off range is 370nm (680km) at sea level.
The helicopter has a maximum weight of 3,650kg (8,047lb). It has a useful load capacity of 1,731kg (3,816 lb) and a maximum cargo sling load capacity of 1,500 kg (3,307 lb).
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