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Old 13th Mar 2015, 07:02
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Nuff said
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Old 27th Mar 2015, 09:14
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John too funny

Now that the X4 (H160) is out, next one would be the X6, twice as big.

Should already be in production.

What will be become its name?

The usual political / jobs / financing fight for industrialization is there.

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Further to the 'H brand renaming,' the AS332 C1e/L1e has now "evolved" into the H215 (not to be confused with the H125).

Perhaps more interesting, from the perspective of the new naming philosophy, is the low-key launch of a further iteration of the H135 (ex-EC135) during Helitech.

Vertical reports that this latest variant will feature a redesigned aft cabin roof offering an additional 5.8 cu. ft. of volume (enabled by the elimination of the old-style frontal engine air intakes in favor of lateral intakes on the H135, and the subsequent re-positioning of avionics gear), plus the Helionix avionics suite and a 4-axis autopilot.

So now we will have four aircraft using the same H135 designation:
  • The Turbomeca-powered model formally known as the EC135 T3 (which was first delivered last October)
  • The Pratt & Whitney Canada-powered model formally known as the EC135 P3 (which was first delivered in March)
  • The TM-powered version of the updated H135
  • The P&WC-powered version of the updated H135.
Gonna be interesting to see how long this new 'suffix-free' naming convention lasts, given the confusion that the EC145 (ex-EC145e) is already generating...

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