Bluecopter Pursues Eco-Friendly Technology

By Staff Writer | August 1, 2015
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Airbus unveiled a technology demonstrator July 7 in Donauwörth, Germany, to showcase its innovations in “ecologically friendly” helicopter design. The Bluecopter demonstrator is based on the company’s light, twin-engine H135. Program Manager Marius Bebesel said Bluecopter has met the company’s goals of “decreasing fuel consumption by as much as 40 percent, significantly reducing CO2 emissions” and lowering noise about 10 decibels effective perceived noise below ICAO noise-certification limits. He said it also raised “the maximum payload and the passenger comfort.” The featured technology, which Airbus said can be applied across its entire product line, includes improvements to the main rotor and tail rotor systems, airframe and powerplant. The aircraft also has “an environmentally-friendly, water-based paint scheme.” Photo by Charles Abarr, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters


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