Eurocopter unveils upgraded EC130

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 14, 2012
Eurocopter has unveiled its newest helicopter - the EC130 T2 - at the Heli-Expo exhibition in Dallas, Texas. (Eurocopter)

Eurocopter has unveiled an upgraded version of its single engine EC130 helicopter.

The EC130 T2 has won 105 orders from seven launch customers, Eurocopter said, adding that deliveries were expected to begin this year.

The upgraded version will maintain the EC130’s existing external lines while modifying roughly 70 per cent of the airframe. New features include a Turbomecca Arriel 2D engine providing 10 per cent more average power with lower fuel burns than the EC130’s current powerplant.

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The EC130 T2 will also incorporate an active vibration control system; improved air ventilation, distribution and demisting systems; a cabin interior structure redesign with a full flat floor; a cockpit update for enhanced man-machine interface; new energy-absorbing seats that improve weight and balance for passenger loading; integration of a crashworthy fuel tank; and increased maintenance accessibility for electrical and air conditioning systems.

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