In June 1998, firms and Eurocopter announced the commencement of work on a multi-purpose helicopter Eurocopter EC 225 for civil aviation with a 2 person crew and can carry up to 25 passengers.
First flight of the prototype took place in November 2000, and in July 2004, the certificate of airworthiness JAR 29. In late 2004, is expected to receive U.S. certificate FAR.
Deliveries to customers are scheduled to begin in summer 2005.
The new machine is part of a family of helicopters Super Puma and Cougar Mk II. Eurocopter EC 225 was created on the basis Eurocopter AS 332 L2. In helicopter design used modern lightweight alloys, resistant to corrosion of sea water, which allows to exploit the car on the oil rigs in the coastal zone and engage in rescue operations. The power elements of the fuselage is made of titanium.
Included a five-blade main rotor with a diameter of 16.2 meters made of composite materials. At customer’s HB can be equipped with an electric anti-icing system. The blades are mounted on spherical elastomeric bearings.
Double cockpit is made on the principle of “transparent” or “glass” and equipped with multifunction displays on LCD active matrix – four size 6×8 inches, two size 4×5 inch and one three-inch. The equipment of the helicopter includes an automatic flight control system with four-channel autopilot APM 2000, the registration system of parameters of flight, automatic condition monitoring systems and warning system collision course with earth Honeywell.
In the passenger cabin volume of 20 m3 can be installed up to 25 seats. Depending on the task, the cabin can be easily converted into a business class cabin or VIP. In the saving configuration, the cabin is equipped with 12 beds for bedridden patients, 6 seats for sitting and doctors.
A helicopter equipped with a winch and the attachment points for cargo transportation on an external sling. Maximum take-off weight of the helicopter with an external load is 11200 kg.
The power plant Eurocopter EC 225 consists of two turboshaft engines Makila 2A firm Turbomeca power 2413 HP each. On the intakes of the engines installed dustproof device. Under the floor of a passenger cabin installed fuel tanks.
Tricycle landing gear of the helicopter is removed back to the flight direction, and is made with the use of air-oil shock absorbers. The wheels are equipped with hydraulic differential disc brakes.
Cruising speed is 278 km/h. Range c maximum take-off weight and extra fuel tanks is 978 km fuel consumption of the two engines with a cruising speed of flight is 666 kg/h.
Firm Eurocopter estimates the market for helicopters Eurocopter EC 225 200 cars.
The helicopter was widely used modern alloys and composite materials, whereby Eurocopter EC 225 Super Puma has a high resistance to corrosion, allowing it to be used to service the oil fields in the coastal shelves and for rescue operations at sea. The helicopter is equipped with the external nodes of the suspension, which can be used to transport cargo and to accommodate additional fuel tanks to significantly increase the flight range.
Due to the wide application in aircraft helicopter electronics (four-channel autopilot, collision warning system with the earth system and automatic control systems), Eurocopter EC 225 Super Puma has a high degree of safety, and can be operated at any time, even in adverse weather conditions.
Included carrying a five-blade propeller with a diameter of 16.2 m made of composite materials. The rotor according to the customer can be equipped with electrical anti-icing system. The blades are fixed on a spherical elastomeric bearings.
Double cockpit made on a “glass” or “transparent” and equipped with multi-function monitors, LCD active matrix 4 size 6×8”, 2 size 4×5” and 1 3×4”. As part of the equipment of the helicopter automatic flight control system with autopilot APM 2000 (Quad), data logging of flight, the automatic control system of the status of systems and warning system collision with the earth the Honeywell.
In the passenger cabin which has a volume of 20 cubic meters can be installed up to 25 seats. Regardless of the task, the cabin can be easily converted into a business or VIP class. In the rescue configuration, the cabin is equipped with 12 beds for bedridden patients, 6 seats for sitting and for doctors.
The helicopter is equipped with a winch and mounting components for cargo transportation on an external sling. The greatest take-off weight of the helicopter with the cargo on an external suspension – 11 200 kg.
The power plant has two Eurocopter EC 225 turboshaft engine Makila2A company Turbomeca, power l.with. each. On the air intakes of the engines installed dustproof device. Fuel tanks are installed under the floor of the passenger cabin.
Tricycle landing gear of the helicopter removes ago mission, and perform with the use of oil and pneumatic shock absorbers. Wheels with differential hydraulic disc brakes.
Modification Eurocopter EC.225
The diameter of the main rotor, m 16.20
The diameter of the tail rotor, 3.15 m
Height ,m 4.97
Width, m 2.12
maximum takeoff 11200
Engine type GTE 2 Turbomeca Makila 2A
Power, kW 2 x 1566
Maximum speed, km/h 324
Cruising speed, km/h 278
Operational range, km 987
Tactical range: 370 km
Practical ceiling, m 5530
Static ceiling, m 2772
The crew, 1-2 pers.
Payload: up to a maximum of 24 passengers, normally 19 or 8 to 12 passengers in VIP version or two stretchers and four accompanying