Eurocopter EC145 - Design

Design

The EC145 features a larger cabin space than the older BK 117 C1 helicopter with internal space increased by 46 cm (18 in) in length and 13 cm (5 in) in width, increasing cabin volume by 1.0 m³ (35 ft³) to 6.0 m³ (211 ft³). Other improvements over the older helicopter include an increased maximum take-off weight and increased range, achieved with improved rotor blades made of composite materials, based on the EC 135's rotors. These are combined with a hingeless rotor system with a monolithic titanium hub, and are powered by two Turboméca Arriel 1E2 turboshaft engines. The cabin can seat eight or nine passengers and has a level floor throughout with access from both sides and the rear of the helicopter. The all-glass cockpit consists of a Thales Avionics MEGHAS Flight Control Display System with active matrix liquid crystal displays.

The cabin arrangement allows for one or two pilots with eight passengers in a club seating configuration, or nine passengers in a high density seating configuration. The EMS/casualty evacuation arrangement can carry up to two stretchered patients with three medical staff. The helicopter can be fitted with emergency floats, rescue hoist, search light, load hook and specialist equipment for other operational requirements.

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