Eurocopter is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas, Texas.
As part of the celebration, the latest evolution in Eurocopter’s product line will be revealed at its exhibit stand (#1917) on Feburary 12 at noon during a ceremony led by President & CEO Lutz Bertling. Agreements with launch customers for this helicopter also will be announced.
Eurocopter’s stand will include the new EC145 T2 in its Stylence cabin interior configuration and equipped with the Helionix avionics suite. A scale one mock-up of the EC175 in its oil and gas configuration will also be displayed, along with the EC135 T2e evolved version of Eurocopter’s twin-engine EC135 family, and the U.S. Army’s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter equipped with the Security and Support (S&S) Battalion mission equipment package for National Guard units.
Examples of Eurocopter’s ongoing innovation efforts to be exhibited at the show include the Short Range Obstacle Detection System (SITA), which uses inexpensive automotive-type radar sensors to increase situational awareness, decrease pilot workload and improve flight safety during takeoff, landing and near-ground maneuvering. Another safety-related initiative to be highlighted is Eurocopter’s use of a supplemental electric motor to increase maneuverability of a single-engine helicopter during an autorotation landing, which was demonstrated in 2011 with flight tests of an AS350.
Eurocopter’s strategy to become the support and service reference for customers will also be spotlighted with the display of its cost-effective EC135/EC145 avionics trainer, demonstrations of the company’s Keycopter on-line customer services portal and briefings on the web-based e-IPC illustrated parts catalogue.