Light Twin Leader PW206B3 to Power EC135 P3
Eurocopter, an EADS company, will use PW206B3 engines to power the next EC135 helicopter, the EC135 P3. The announcement was made during the Helicopter Association International (HAI) HELI-EXPO in Las Vegas, Nev. Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is a United Technologies Corporation company (NYSE:UTX).
"The PW200 family was created to respond to demand for a new-generation engine for the light single- and twin-engine helicopter market," said Richard Dussault, vice president, Marketing, P&WC. "The engine has filled its role flawlessly over the years and it now powers more light twin helicopters than any other engine in the market. The engine continues to be highly regarded because of its high power-to-weight ratio, its reliability and solid environmental performance."
The PW206B3 engine is a growth variant of the highly successful PW206B2, an advanced-technology engine with a solid reputation for reliability. The PW206B3 has the same engine architecture as the PW206B2, which is designed for ease of maintenance, and offers up to 10% more thermal takeoff power in hot and high conditions. The engine has automatic start and automatic power sharing between the two engines. It offers the lowest emission levels in its class and competitive maintenance costs. Engine line maintenance can be performed without engine removal or scheduled oil change or vibration monitoring and offers a 4,000-hour TBO with on-condition HSI (hot-section inspection).
The EC135 is a light, multi-purpose twin-engine helicopter incorporating advanced design and technology. "With an entry into service expected in 2014, the upgraded EC135 P3 version will offer significant performance improvements, increased takeoff weight and power reserves, as well as reduced fuel consumption - all without increasing the helicopter's overall weight," said Roman Seidel, Eurocopter's vice president of the EC135/EC635 program.
Launch customers for the PW206B3-powered EC135 P3 are Air Methods, an American company that specialises in emergency medical transport, and Norsk Luftambulanse, a Norwegian operator performing medical evacuation missions.
The PW200 is regarded as the industry's benchmark engine for the new generation of light twin-engine helicopters in the 600 shp to 700 shp class. Its superior engine performance, low operating costs and an unparalleled customer support network make it the engine of choice to power all modern light twin helicopters, which enjoy strong demand in emergency medical services, utility, law enforcement and general business.
The PW200's modular design makes it one of the simplest turboshaft engines in its class. New technologies, advanced materials and coatings provide greater power and lower fuel consumption combined with low emissions and high reliability. The reliability of the PW200 family of engines is unmatched, at rates that are ten times better than the industry standard. In addition, electronic control allows for reduced pilot workload, ease of helicopter operation and a safe one-engine inoperative pilot training feature.
The industrious PW200 family capped off 2012 with impressive numbers. With turboshaft engine deliveries tripling in the last decade, 2012 saw PW200 deliveries jump to 4,000 across 74 countries. The PW200 family of engines has logged more than six million flight hours.
P&WC has built the largest, most comprehensive customer service network in the industry around its 10,000 customers who operate in 200 countries.
Through its Customer First Centres in Montreal and Singapore, P&WC is always just a call or click away, providing unparalleled technical support. The P&WC network includes 30-owned or designated repair and overhaul facilities, seven parts distribution centres, approximately 100 Field Support Representatives, 100 mobile repair team (MRT) technicians ready to be dispatched at a moment's notice, and 800 rental/exchange engines. P&WC offers customer training through FlightSafety International, which has 12 locations around the world. P&WC offers comprehensive Pay-per-Hour service for fleet operators and business and general aviation customers, with more than 7,500 engines currently enrolled in P&WC-backed hourly cost programs, including the ESP® and FMP® programs.
P&WC also offers the repair and overhaul of accessories, the repair of components and the sale of new, exchange and used serviceable parts. Advanced diagnostics help operators move towards a totally planned operating environment.
Come and see us at HELI-EXPO, booth no. N3718: Interested operators are invited to drop by P&WC's booth to speak with a customer service representative.
Founded in 1928, and a global leader in aerospace, P&WC is shaping the future of aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation company (UTC). UTC is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries.