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Upgraded EC135 T3/P3 helicopter enters service in Italy

9th December 2014 - 04:12 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Airbus Helicopters’ upgraded EC135 T3/P3 helicopter has entered service with northern Italy-based Alpine mountain rescue service, Aiut Alpin Dolomites, the company announced on 9 December.

Aiut Alpin Dolomites is an aerial mountain rescue organisation operating mainly in the Ladin Valleys of the Dolomites mountain range. The organisation selected the EC135 T3 configuration with the corresponding upgraded Turbomeca’s Arrius 2B2 ‘Plus’ engine.

The latest variant of the EC135 family, the EC135 T3/P3 has significant power reserves for increased safety margins during flight and while manoeuvring; an improved flight envelope, especially in hot-and-high environments; and an increased maximum takeoff weight of 2,980kg.

The aircraft is also available in the EC135 P3 version with Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PWC 206B3 engine.

Wolfgang Schoder, CEO, Airbus Helicopters Germany, said: ‘The EC135 T3/P3 represents Airbus Helicopters’ commitment to the continual improvement of our products, further improving a helicopter family that already is the worldwide reference for airborne emergency medical services, law enforcement and other critical missions.’

Raffel Kostner, founder, Aiut Alpin Dolomites, added: ‘The EC135 T3’s improvements are impressive. It provides the rescue teams with tremendous power reserves and augmented performance for the high-altitude missions that are an integral part of our operations.’
 
Enhancements to the EC135 T3/P3 include an enlarged main rotor, modernisation of the FADEC full-authority digital flight control software, and a cockpit with fully integrated avionics for navigation and communications. The horizontal stabiliser endplates used on other EC135 versions have been eliminated, and lateral engine air intakes and a new mini tail bumper have been integrated. 

Aiut Alpin Dolomites’ EC135 T3 also is equipped with Airbus Helicopters’ optional multifunctional floor, designed for emergency medical services missions to replace the need for a second floor and save weight.

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