Heli-Expo 2014 will mark the first major rotorcraft industry event for the new corporate identity of Airbus Helicopters (Booth 523), with the company showcasing an evolved product line, diversified service offerings and a strategy that reflects its core changes.
To be announced is Airbus Helicopters’ upgraded version of its EC225 Super Puma: the EC225e. This new variant responds to operator requirements for extended-range missions – particularly in support of deep-water oil and gas airlift duties.
The EC175, which received European certification in January, will be represented at Heli-Expo with the display of a high-fidelity full-scale mockup in the corporate configuration.
Airbus Helicopters EC175. Photo by Anthony Pecchi
By the time EC175 deliveries begin later this year, the initial pilots will have received training on a flight navigation procedure training (FNPT) and Level D full-flight simulator – both located in Marignane and operational in spring and summer 2014, respectively. As the fleet expands, other EC175 full-flight simulators will be deployed in close proximity to regions where operators are introducing the aircraft into service.
Also at Heli-Expo is the new EC145 T2, to be certified and delivered in 2014. This latest evolution of the EC145 is equipped for the first time with the Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, as well as upgraded main and tail rotor gear boxes. An EC145 T2 full-flight simulator will be deployed at Donauworth, Germany in 2015.
Another helicopter making its Heli-Expo debut is the AS332 C1e. Features include the glass cockpit, four-axis autopilot and associated automatic flight control system from the EC225 Super Puma, which provides flight envelope protection, unrivalled precision and stability in even the harshest operating conditions.
Joining these helicopters on Airbus Helicopters’ exhibit in Anaheim will be the EC135 T2 in a law enforcement configuration for the Massachusetts State Police, and an EC130 T2 with a glass cockpit.
Another emphasis of Airbus Helicopters’ Heli-Expo 2014 presence will be the company’s comprehensive support and services portfolio, which is tailored to meet operators’ unique requirements. On display will be exhibits dedicated to support for new aircraft and the Helionix avionics system (now incorporated in the EC175 and EC145 T2), training and operations, helicopter upgrades, and e-services such as the Keycopter customer portal.
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