From Eurocopter, the EC145T2 was recently launched to acclaim and fanfare at the Heli Expo HAI event in Orlando. This was a mock up of the real thing.

During my recent visit to Eurocopter in Germany for the European launch of the T2, I was able to witness the advances in the actual product. Lined up and flying next to the BK117 and the original EC145, the new T2 showed itself to be a quieter, more powerful and modern helicopter.

Those of us who operate the EC145 (Luviair operates two) are very pleased to see the developments of the T2 model. The T2 comes with more power, dual channel FADEC (engine management control system), a dedicated four axis helicopter autopilot and most significantly its redesigned light composite tail section and fenestron fan. In addition there is a state of the art glass cockpit instrumentation panel and improved gear box. All of this adds up to a more powerful efficient and safer helicopter which we are told will be comparatively priced to the current model. There is no change to the cavernous interior or great passenger carrying capability. Combine this with the innovations that are being shown in the Mercedes Benz style interiors and you have a great heli-yachting machine.

Now is the time to order one but do not expect a VIP delivery until late 2013. Call Nigel Watson on +44 7765 444043 for more details.

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