Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2 is certified at last
After much delay, Airbus Helicopters’ EC145 T2 has been certified, clearing the way for customer deliveries beginning in the third quarter of this year.
Issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggle capability.
Approximately 20 EC145 T2 currently are in series production, providing a solid basis for the initial deliveries and ramp-up in production rate. To date, Airbus Helicopters has received orders and options for more than 100 EC145 T2s, along with 15 of the military EC645 T2 variant for the German Army.
Enhancements incorporated in the T2 version of the 4-metric-ton category EC145 include new Arriel 2E engines and the company’s signature Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, along with upgraded main and new tail rotor gear boxes, and an advanced cockpit that uses Airbus Helicopter’s Helionix digital avionics suite with 4-axis autopilot.
The new dual FADEC engines – combined with an upgraded main gear box – guarantee a new level of one-engine inoperative (OEI) performance, along with performance in hover.
The EC145 T2’s designed-in modularity and its large unobstructed cabin with flat floor contribute to the helicopter’s flexibility for a full range of applications. The full range of optional equipment is being offered initially for utility, corporate and emergency medical services missions, to be followed soon by configurations for offshore and police duties.