Airbus Helicopters Obtains EASA Certification for EC145 Utility Variant

By Staff Writer | April 22, 2015
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A new version of the twin-engine EC145 rotorcraft has received its type certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency. The EC145 (formerly known as EC145e) has been developed by Airbus Helicopters to offer a highly efficient and cost-effective solution for utility users. Integrating a standardized interior and an equipment list tailored specifically for utility missions, the EC145s payload is increased by 146 kg from the previous EC145 utility variant. With EASA certification, the EC145 is approved for single-pilot day/night operation in VFR conditions. Certification by the FAA is expected mid-2015.


Photo by Charles Abarr, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters

The weight of the EC145 has been reduced through removal of such items as the automatic flight control system and the replacement of conventional cockpit instruments by Garmin’s G500H avionics suite with dual electronic flight displays.



Photo by Charles Abarr, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters

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