Svenestron, I think leave it on the 145 for 2010/2011 and we might see 2 Arriel 2's? Now we are talking hot and high maybe? All are talking about the Bell and/or Agusta thing. Other than a 206 in a new paint scheme, what can we expect from Agusta for instance? 139 SAR night autohover? Do you think there will be the normal BIG purchase deals for anybody and for who?
It may be a distraction from a show surprise but Robinson are advertising factory tours on the Tuesday - to enable visitors to see the R66 on its home ground.
Aside from 'new' old stuff from the latest noises coming out of Textron there may be an auction for the whole of Bell Helicopter, so pack a few tenners to take with you.... you could come back owning Bell...
OK the same axe is hanging over Cessna but we might expect the weaker one of the pair to be on offer.
Ec are careful not to have 2 models of their own competing. This is why the BA ceased production when they launched the EC120. I don't think those skinny blades would take much more power , so new gearbox , new head , new blades . Sounds like an expensive proposition . Maybe the Chinese will go for it.
widgeon, I agree with your statement. The proof in the pudding is we will never see a twin EC130 as it will compete with the EC135. Pity though, I prefer the wide open cabin and a 130 with 2 engines for those who demand it would have been a winner in it's class?
Regarding the 120 issue. If they want I think they can give you at least 50-70shp more as is done with the B3 to B3+ without recertification. Thing is, in the class the 120 is in you would always want more. I have heard and seen 120's do some amazing things hot and high but yes it is always a choice of fuel or pax. I have also seen the 120 doing power lines when the 206 couldn't, so is she that out of place?
MD could be interesting to watch this year. In my opinuion this is their change to steal the limelight maybe with something new?