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Eurocopter EC135 helicopter

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Picture EC135
General
Manufacturer Eurocopter
Type EC135
Introduced 6/16/1996
In production? Yes
Units produced 1000
Price US $ 5,000,000.00
Dimensions
Overall Length 39.9 ft
Length 33.5 ft
Height 11.5 ft
Width 8.7 ft
   
   
Description

The H135 (formerly known as the Eurocopter EC135) Is a twin-engine civil helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters.

Development of the (then) EC135 predates the actual formation of Eurocopter. First appearing as the Bo 108 under Messerschmidt-Bölkow-Blohm in the 1970s. The modern iteration as referred to here is the result of a design revision in the 1990s. The model was then renamed the EC135 to coincide with the formation of Eurocopter.

The H135 is a very popular with police, emergency services and for executive transport. In 2013 global emergency services alone accounted for over 500 H135s.

A bearing-less main rotor, customized engine management software and a lateral air intake allow the H135 five a greater payload and “best-in-class” performance.

The H135 has a choice of turboshaft engines. Either a pair of Pratt & Whitney PW206BBS or two Turbomeca Arrius 2B2PLUS units. This gives the helicopter power reserves for single engine flight in case of failure.

The H135 is ideal for urban and suburban operation thanks to its Fenestron shrouded tail rotor. Another factor that makes the H135 a popular urban choice is the low level of noise it generated compared to other similar helicopters. Flying over densely populated cities is therefore much less of an issue. The low maintenance costs and long service intervals also make it attractive for cash-strapped police and emergency services. The H135 needs an intermediate inspection every 500 flight hours and periodic inspections every 1000 flight hours, or roughly three years.

Overall the H135 has high endurance, is compact and carries more load than other rotorcraft in its category. Apart from this technical robustness, the H135 is quite modern, with its digital flight controls. Crucially, it can operate under instrument flight rules (IFR), further increasing the range of its roles.

There are at least twelve known variants of the EC135, including the EC635 and TH-135 military variants.

An H135 costs about $4.2 million and approximately 1100 EC135s (the previous designation) have been sold globally. Sixty nations have put it into use and collectively these craft have logged more than 3.25 million flight hours.

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Design features
  • Fenestron tail rotor system with 10 asymmetrically spaced blades
  • Modular cockpit design
  • Extensive use of composite materials
Description

The H135 (formerly known as the Eurocopter EC135) Is a twin-engine civil helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters.

Development of the (then) EC135 predates the actual formation of Eurocopter. First appearing as the Bo 108 under Messerschmidt-Bölkow-Blohm in the 1970s. The modern iteration as referred to here is the result of a design revision in the 1990s. The model was then renamed the EC135 to coincide with the formation of Eurocopter.

The H135 is a very popular with police, emergency services and for executive transport. In 2013 global emergency services alone accounted for over 500 H135s.

A bearing-less main rotor, customized engine management software and a lateral air intake allow the H135 five a greater payload and “best-in-class” performance.

The H135 has a choice of turboshaft engines. Either a pair of Pratt & Whitney PW206BBS or two Turbomeca Arrius 2B2PLUS units. This gives the helicopter power reserves for single engine flight in case of failure.

The H135 is ideal for urban and suburban operation thanks to its Fenestron shrouded tail rotor. Another factor that makes the H135 a popular urban choice is the low level of noise it generated compared to other similar helicopters. Flying over densely populated cities is therefore much less of an issue. The low maintenance costs and long service intervals also make it attractive for cash-strapped police and emergency services. The H135 needs an intermediate inspection every 500 flight hours and periodic inspections every 1000 flight hours, or roughly three years.

Overall the H135 has high endurance, is compact and carries more load than other rotorcraft in its category. Apart from this technical robustness, the H135 is quite modern, with its digital flight controls. Crucially, it can operate under instrument flight rules (IFR), further increasing the range of its roles.

There are at least twelve known variants of the EC135, including the EC635 and TH-135 military variants.

An H135 costs about $4.2 million and approximately 1100 EC135s (the previous designation) have been sold globally. Sixty nations have put it into use and collectively these craft have logged more than 3.25 million flight hours.

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Design features:
  • Fenestron tail rotor system with 10 asymmetrically spaced blades
  • Modular cockpit design
  • Extensive use of composite materials
Performance
Persons 8
Max. Range 487 mi
Cruise Speed 137 mph
Max. Speed 178 mph
Max. rate of Climb 1600 ft/min
HOGE ceiling 8800 ft
Service Ceiling 20000 ft
Gross Weight 6250 lb
Empty Weigt 3285 lb
Useful Load 2965 lb
Dynamic system
Fuel Capacity 185 gallons
Number of Engines 2
Engine Type Turbine
Engine Code Turbomeca Arrius 2B1A
Horse Power 711
Rotorhead All-composite bearingless main rotor system
Number of rotorblades 4
Rotor Diameter 33.5 ft
Number of tail rotorblades 0
Tailrotor Diameter 3.3 ft
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