Word on the streets has it; EC is working on an upgraded Transmission and Engines (1000hp each) for the EC 135 suppose to improve the hot/high performance. It’s not the EC135 i, +, or e upgrade. Like I said, I heard it thru the grapevine.
Anybody in the know what they’re up to?
Does anyone know whether the EC135 is suitable for aerial photography (as a secondary role) in the standard configuration without the sliding door & locks. Is there a reasonable sized sliding window in most? or the possibility of 'popping out' a window thats easily replaceable after the flight like in the AS355?
Aucky - Have a look at photos of quite a few of the UK Police aircraft, as mentioned by MG. Many of them have a sliding window (mostly left hand, although it can be fitted either side) which opens, without speed restriction, to provide a clear area of 18" high by 10" fore/aft. (480X320mm) I don't know the make I'm afraid and, whilst it's not big, it's as large as the window can fit.
Thanks to Mighty, Zorab & Silsoe, does that swap with the window of the sliding door of any 135 with relative ease? It looks perfect as a preference over the hassle of sliding door locks, spoilers & VNE restrictions, and safer too I know the photographer would be more restricted than no door, but the stills are not the primary role. Thanks again, this is very interesting
Aucky, I guess the next step is talking to someone at Tech Tools/EC/Bond directly. As you can see from this pic, the sliding window is simply an adaptation to the standard window that fits in the hole. Much like ordering a bubble type window, an add on accessory.
Aucky - to your question "does that swap with the window?", the answer is effectively "yes", although the "with ease" bit may be more of a challenge. It's effectively a one for one swap, just the skill of the engineer that dictates how long it takes them to get the rubber strip back in, as either window tend to be a bit of a b**tard to re-fit.
Just beware that if you intend to practice an emergency push out of a sliding door window, and you have the choice, use the one without the sliding insert. I heard on the (good authority) grapevine that someone tried pushing out one with the insert but, owing to the small amount of original plastic (frame) around the sliding insert, one good thump split the plastic and effectively wrote off the window! Didn't learn if the insert was able to be re-used?