Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Eurocopter EC135 T3/P3 to Feature Upgraded Engines
Eurocopter uncovered its EC135 T3 and P3 variants at Heli-Expo show in early March. The helicopters will come equipped with two new engine options—Turbomeca’s Arrius 2B2 “Plus” for the T3 and Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PWC206B3 for the P3.
(Eurocopter CEO and launch customers. Photo credit: Frank Lombardi.)
The company has launch customers for each new helicopter—Air Methods is slated to operate six EC135 P3s, Norsk Luftambulanse signed up for six EC135 P3s and Aiut Alpin Dolomites is acquiring one EC135 T3 for Aiut Alpin Dolomites.
The PW206B3 for the P3 has the same engine architecture as the PW206B2, and offers up to 10 percent more thermal takeoff power in hot and high conditions. According to Eurocopter, the engines will help boost takeoff weight and power reserves on the EC135 P3.
The T3/P3 platforms will also come with Garmin's GTN 750 display, Vision 1000 flight data monitoring system from Appareo Systems, and Eurocopter's Stylence interior.
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