First production Eurocopter EC175 flies
Eurocopter has conducted the first flight of its no. 1 series-production EC175, and upped some performance figutes of the new multi-role helicopter.
The maiden flight occurred last week at Eurocopter’s Marignane, France headquarters facility, with company pilot Augustin Dupuis at the controls.
Eurocopter today also announced performance figures that ensure the EC175’s competitive edge. Its recommended cruise speed is 150 kts – 10 kts faster than the previous figure without affecting payload range – while the maximum cruise speed exceeds 165 kts.
Eurocopter’s program flight tests to date also have confirmed the EC175’s excellent power performance including: hover out of ground effect (HOGE) at maximum take-off weight at 4,500 ft. at ISA+20°C conditions; excellent one engine inoperative (OEI) hover performance, which ensures safety during hosting for search and rescue missions ; extensive power reserve and heli-deck performance (PC1) at maximum take-off weight in ISA+20°C conditions – available with application of the latest certified version of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6C-67E engines.
Eurocopter also said it has shifted the EC175’s certification date – while not impacting the first deliveries, which are to begin in September 2013.