In the spring of 2014, the helicopter received a certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency EASA, which makes it possible to begin mass deliveries of aircraft to consumers. More than 100 applications for the model of the EC145 T2 helicopter were received by the company, which is being manufactured in Danauvert.
Model EC145 – is managed by a crew of 1-2 pilots and is designed to carry 9 passengers. Belongs to the class of light vehicles and weighs 1792 kg. Maximum take-off weight 3585 kg, payload 1793 kg. The helicopter is equipped with a power plant consisting of two Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turbo engines with a capacity of 738 liters. s., each. The maximum flight speed is 268 km / h. Flight range 680 km. The highest elevation is 5240 km.
In parallel with the base model EC145, an updated version of the EC145 T2 is produced with more powerful engines (2×775 kW), a new tail rotor design, and an advanced avionics system.
The special model EC645 T2 is a helicopter version developed for the armed forces of the European Union countries and the UH-72A Lakota model for the US Army.
The first copy of the EC145 T2 helicopter was handed over to DRF Lustrettung, an emergency rescue team. In total, the company ordered 20 units of an EC145 T2 model helicopter to fulfill its functions. Helicopters are equipped with night flight equipment, which consists of night vision goggles, allowing for air rescue operations around the clock.
Model EC145 T2 has established itself as a multi-purpose helicopter. Its compact size, the availability of a variety of equipment to perform a wide range of various operations, excellent flight qualities even under the most extreme weather conditions allow it to be used in urban conditions, rural areas and mountains.
Rescue operations in Europe have ordered a total of 85 EC145 T2 units. The helicopter will go to the police air units, the German armed forces, in addition, it will be used to transport personnel for offshore platforms.
Business travel companies have ordered around 20 helicopters, which will be delivered before the end of this year.
The new helicopter model has improved performance, especially the EC145 T2 is adapted for rescue operations and surpasses previous models BK117 / EC145. It meets all the requirements and rules for this class of aircraft, requires less time and number of operations due to the long time interval between overhauls of the main components and assemblies. It should be noted that the EC145 T2 is the most silent helicopter in its class.
Among the new features of the upgraded helicopter model, it should be noted the Turbomeca Arrial 2E engine with a digital electronic mode controller with dual-channel control (FADEC) and the tail rotor with gearbox, which underwent a significant upgrade. A digital avionics system with a 4-axis autopilot, which is a new development by Airbus Helicopters, is installed in the cockpit. The helicopter can continue flying even with one engine running, which is of great importance for flight safety and, especially during rescue operations.
Airbus Helicopters offers its customers a wide range of services to support the stable performance of the helicopter. Training is provided for technicians and pilots, as well as an extended inventory of spare parts and personalized maintenance programs, such as the by-the-hour service or Turbomeca service-by-the-hour option for engines. These service programs are designed to reduce operating costs and ensure the highest level of equipment availability.