By Staff Writer | November 10, 2014
|EC135 T3/P3. Photo by Charles Abarr, courtesy Airbus Helicopters|
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified Airbus Helicopters’ new EC135 T3/P3, continuing the development history of the EC135 airframe.
Following in the footsteps of the EC135 T2+/P2+, the EC135 T3/P3 sets new standards in terms of performance, safety and reliability for the EC135 family of helicopters.
The EC135 T3/P3 offers more than 200 kg of additional payload in hot and high conditions. Compared to the previous version, this helicopter provides better performance at sea level, allowing up to 70 kg more payload for single engine/CAT performances. Its safety standards match those of the EC135 T2+/P2+.
Technical improvements in the EC135 T3/P3 include a larger main rotor for more lift, and lateral air inlets for greater efficiency. The new FADEC software provides optimized engine control and the cockpit features the fully integrated navigation, communication and GPS avionics solution GTN 750 from Garmin.
Previous EC135 versions can be fully retrofitted to bring them up to the technical level of the new EC135 T3/P3. Airbus Helicopters offers special retrofit packages that are based on the flight hours of each helicopter.