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senger transport. This includes unique flight envelope protec­ tion and pilot assistance with the most advanced 4­axis dual­ duplex automatic flight control system – derived from Eurocopter’s EC225 helicopter – and a highly intuitive new avionics and human machine interface. Pilot workload is decreased as the result of bet­ ter situational awareness and the help of an innovative crew­ alerting concept, supported by a powerful vehicle monitoring system.


have incorporated certain adap­ tations that will further improve the helicopter’s operational capability, placing it ahead of the competition from its entry into service.”


Next Gen Eurocopter EC175 to Improve Performance


The next­generation Eurocopter EC175 will incorpo­ rate significantly increased range and payload capacity when it enters service at the end of this year, and will be the first seven metric ton­category helicopter delivered with such capabilities.


In releasing EC175 enhanced performance specifications today, Eurocopter announced a baseline payload/radius­of­ action capacity with 16 passen­ gers at 135 nautical miles when configured for offshore oil and gas missions, out­performing any medium­lift helicopter on the market in terms of compet­ itiveness. This represents a 30


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percent performance increase compared with the initial performance baseline. For longer­range missions, EC175 can transport 12 passen­ gers to a radius of action of 190 nautical miles.


In addition, Eurocopter has launched the development of a 18 passengers configuration option, aiming at carrying those 18 passengers to a radius­of­action of 100 nauti­ cal miles.


“Eurocopter has maintained


a two­way dialog with opera­ tors and end­users throughout the EC175’s development pro­ gram, providing us with an ever better understanding of their operational needs from 2012 and beyond,” explained Eurocopter President & CEO Lutz Bertling. “As a result, we


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The EC175 program is pro­ gressing well, with first deliver­ ies targeted in late 2012 follow­ ing certification in the offshore mission configuration with the enhanced performance. Ongoing testing continues to validate the EC175’s rugged design, including cold and hot weather trials, bird strike tests, and gearbox operation for 30 minutes after loss of oil. Two EC175 prototypes have logged more than 270 flight hours to date and industrial activity is continuing – with the first two serial aircraft being assembled at the Eurocopter’s Marignane facility in France.


The EC175 offers state­of­


the­art proven technology. It has been designed in coopera­ tion with the most demanding operators to deliver the high­ est safety standards for pas­


The Spheriflex rotor­ equipped EC175 also offers unrivalled comfort with a very low vibration level that is simi­ lar to the benchmark EC155. Incorporating the largest cabin in its class, the EC175 is fitted with extra­large windows and an optimized climate control system that functions while in­ flight and on the ground through an engine declutch function.


With its superior standard internal fuel tank capacity of more than 2,000 kg and its spa­ cious interior, the EC175 is the most capable search and res­ cue helicopter in the seven­to­ eight metric ton category, pro­ viding the longest range/ endurance capability with cabin volume that enables MEDEVAC search and rescue missions to be performed. Eurocopter will support its EC175 operators for an easy entry into service, facilitated by on­board maintainability­ and reliability­enhancing fea­ tures such as a monitoring sys­ tem with an on­ground mainte­ nance reporting capability to facilitate troubleshooting, HUMS (health and usage moni­


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