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Old 29th Jan 2020, 07:18
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NASA Airbus Helicopters H135

Announced here today in Anaheim and a historical first: NASA orders 3 x Airbus Helicopters H135 to replace the legacy Bell UH-1H at Kennedy Space Center supporting space ops.

https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/pres...licopters.html



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Old 29th Jan 2020, 12:10
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Looks nice in the NASA livery!
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Surprised they didn't go with an EC145/UH-72 and leverage the Army contract for something with a bit bigger cabin.
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Originally Posted by Tango and Cash View Post
Surprised they didn't go with an EC145/UH-72 and leverage the Army contract for something with a bit bigger cabin.
Good point seeming as the Lakota replaced the Huey in the army and would make sense as the NASA Hueys carries security and emergency response teams around the launch area.

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First two delivered

First pair delivered (photos courtesy of Airbus )

https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/pres...ce-center.html







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VERY NICE !!! I've worked on both the old & new 135's - they are a brilliant workhorse.
But why do they have the taller vertical fin fairing?
No floats either, which I thought would've been a requirement over water rescuing & transferring astronauts?
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Old 2nd Oct 2020, 11:15
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Originally Posted by Kulwin Park View Post
VERY NICE !!! I've worked on both the old & new 135's - they are a brilliant workhorse.
But why do they have the taller vertical fin fairing?
No floats either, which I thought would've been a requirement over water rescuing & transferring astronauts?
The extended vertical fin fairing is Airbusís response to the design departmentís decision to remove the vertical stabilisers on the T3 variant. The first T3s, without the fin extension, had (still have) an uncomfortable tendency to fishtail at high speed, especially in turbulent conditions. The fin extension is now offered as an optional refit for those early airframes. Makes you wonder how come the test pilots signed it off in the first place.
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The extended vertical fin fairing is Airbusís response to the design departmentís decision to remove the vertical stabilisers on the T3 variant. The first T3s, without the fin extension, had (still have) an uncomfortable tendency to fishtail at high speed, especially in turbulent conditions. The fin extension is now offered as an optional refit for those early airframes. Makes you wonder how come the test pilots signed it off in the first place.
This tendency only became apparent when the Helionix model (P3H and T3H) was released which has a completely different AFCS system to the early T3 and P3.
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Earlier 135's with sideslip angles around 30-45 degrees suffer from instability from the wake from the endplates entering the fenestron. Not ideal.
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Earlier 135's with sideslip angles around 30-45 degrees suffer from instability from the wake from the endplates entering the fenestron. Not ideal.
Flying at sideslip angles around 30-45 degrees is Not ideal.
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Flying at sideslip angles around 30-45 degrees is Not ideal.
Depends on your speed. At a guess the 135 is completely capable of 90 degrees up to about 60 knots at the limit of the TR?

20-40 knots with an angle of 30-45 is the worst for endplate wake.
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Thanks QTG. Explains it all now. I hadn't touched the Helionix types, so hadn't see that fin.
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Originally Posted by FloaterNorthWest View Post
This tendency only became apparent when the Helionix model (P3H and T3H) was released which has a completely different AFCS system to the early T3 and P3.
Havenít flown a Helionix T3, but the problem first appeared (and itís still there) on the original FCDS T3 with the traditional AP.
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Originally Posted by Kulwin Park View Post
No floats either, which I thought would've been a requirement over water rescuing & transferring astronauts?
I don't believe water rescue is part of their mission...you may notice the H135's are not hoist equipped. USAF HH-60's served that role for awhile, but not sure if that remains accurate.
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I don't believe water rescue is part of their mission...you may notice the H135's are not hoist equipped. USAF HH-60's served that role for awhile, but not sure if that remains accurate.
Still have the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick AFB

https://www.920rqw.afrc.af.mil

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Originally Posted by MikeNYC View Post
I don't believe water rescue is part of their mission...you may notice the H135's are not hoist equipped. USAF HH-60's served that role for awhile, but not sure if that remains accurate.
Looks like they have the hoist fix parts at least RH transmission cowling in 2 parts and the RH top skid
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Originally Posted by FloaterNorthWest View Post
This tendency only became apparent when the Helionix model (P3H and T3H) was released which has a completely different AFCS system to the early T3 and P3.
The non-Helionix T3 are still stuck with a 90kt limit on the IAS UM mode IFR so I think the problem is on both variants. Limitation cannot be removed unless tall fin is fitted. To be honest the place you actually notice the lack of fin area is that it is less stable in yaw in the hover. Sure you use less extremes of pedal cross wind (ie you donít get as near to full travel) but you have to work harder to hold a heading.

All of nips and tucks on T3 are about making it better for high altitude out of wind hover. I prefer a P or T2+ For sea level to and fro work (although I do like Helionix a lot).
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