Airbus Helicopters H125 and H130 from Blue Hawaiian. Photo courtesy of Airbus
Operators of Airbus H125 and H130 helicopters delivered in 2018 will see improvements in operational efficiency thanks to new engines that require less-frequent maintenance.
Safran Helicopter Engines, which provides the Arriel 2D engine that powers both airframes, said it has provided a 25% extension of time between overhaul to 5,000 hours for new and in-service helicopters. The manufacturer also introduced new three-year/2,000-hour warranty conditions, replacing the previous two-year/1,000-hour warranty.
“Extensive endurance tests conducted on the Arriel 2D and analysis of engine fleet data have enabled us to further validate the engine’s strength and simplicity," said Nicolas Billecocq, Safran Helicopter Engines’ vice president of light helicopter engines. "Thanks to these new improvements, the Arriel 2D will feature one of the lowest direct maintenance costs of its class.”
More than 1,000 Arriel 2D-equipped H125 and H130 helicopters are in service worldwide, according to Airbus.