Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Airbus Helicopters EC135 T3/P3 Now in Service in Italy
Airbus Helicopters’ upgraded EC135 T3/P3 is now in service with Aiut Alpin Dolomites – a northern Italy-based Alpine mountain rescue service.
Enhancements incorporated in the latest variant of the EC135 family include significant power reserves for increased safety margins during flight and while maneuvering, an improved flight envelope, especially in hot- and-high environments, and an increased maximum takeoff weight of 2,980 kg.
Photo courtesy Airbus Helicopters
The upgraded EC135 is available in two versions with its corresponding upgraded engine options: Turbomeca’s Arrius 2B2 “Plus” for the EC135 T3; and Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PWC 206B3 for the EC135 P3.
Aiut Alpin Dolomites – a voluntary mountain rescue association that performs approximately 700 air rescue operations annually selected the EC135 T3 configuration. The association currently operates an EC135 T2, which is deployed on the steep slopes and ski areas of the Dolomite mountains.
Enhancements to the EC135 T3/P3 range from an enlarged main rotor and modernization of the FADEC full-authority digital flight control software to a cockpit with fully integrated avionics for navigation and communications. Among the most visible changes are the elimination of horizontal stabilizer endplates utilized on other EC135 versions, the integration of lateral engine air intakes and the use of a new mini tail bumper.
Aiut Alpin Dolomites’ EC135 T3 also is equipped with Airbus Helicopters’ new optional multifunctional floor, which is specifically tailored for emergency medical services (EMS) missions and replaces the need for a second floor – thereby saving weight.