17-Jan-2012 Source: Eurocopter Rotor Link
The preliminary results of the flight test campaign are quite promising, and even show that the initial theoretical estimations (based on simulation models) were rather conservative. The flight test crew appreciated the general performance of the aircraft, especially in hover mode and its OEI performances.
Following its flight tests in the U.S, the EC145 T2 travelled to American Eurocopterâ€™s (AEC) site in Grand Prairie, Texas, for the next steps of the flight test program. The prototype took center stage during the EC145 T2 customer event held in Grand Prairie in late October. Customers were able to get a close-up look at the helicopter and were treated to a flight demonstration.
The flight per formance data for the EC145 T2 should be released during the first half of 2012, and the EC145 T2 program expects the results to meet the high expectations for both the certification process as well as for Eurocopterâ€™s customers.
The next step of the certification process took place at the end of 2011 when the EC145 T2 traveled to Canada for its cold weather flight test campaign. Final certification is targeted for 2013.
The EC145 T2 builds on the heritage of the EC145 and boasts more power, higher cruise speeds, advanced avionics and an enhanced Fenestron shrouded tail rotor that was specifically designed for this aircraft.