Avicopter ponders alternative engine following EC175 first flight

Chinese state-owned helicopter manufacturer Avicopter is consideringthe launch of a new engine programme for the EC175/Z15 medium twin thatit is developing jointly with Eurocopter.

Eurocopter chief executive Lutz Bertling says that while Eurocopter had no plans to equip the EC175 withany engine other than the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67AE, theChinese partner was understood to be in talks with Turbomeca about apossible alternative powerplant for the helicopter (which it hasbrand-named the Z15). However, no agreement had yet been reached, hesays. Read more…



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(Photo: Eurocopter)

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