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Subject: EC-135 experience?
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04/09/2008 11:39 AM  
Hey, Our program's getting 135's soon, and I wonder what my fellow wrenches have to say about them. I've heard all about their performance numbers and such from the pilots; but I want to know if they're easy to keep flying/ known trouble, etc. Thanx
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04/09/2008 4:23 PM  
A 135 is a gussied up BO-105. Lots of stuff straight off a BO and a BK. Mechanically it's fairly straight forward although there are mechanical issues I don't think we should be seeing with an A/C that has been fielded this long. Engines are a piece of cake but weak. At least the Pratts are. The electrical/avionics/ECU stuff is a whole different story. It's essentially a flying computer and we all know how trouble free computers are! I don't particularly care for the electronic manuals but I'm an old dog so it's hard to teach me new tricks. EC tech reps are the best. At least from my personal experience. Take advantage of them. I will say that that it's a whole lot better than the aerial turd wagon of a 412 that I had prior. My 135 hasn't been beating me up too bad yet but we only have 250 hours on it.
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04/10/2008 5:08 AM  
thanks, Doc: Sounds like we're in the same boat--412's to 135's. I hope the new ships will take less effort to keep in service.
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04/16/2008 10:41 PM  
All I got to say for the EC-135 is Contact Cleaner and STABILANT 22.
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06/27/2008 12:16 AM  
A 135 is not a "gussied up" BO-105, although it was the replacement in MBB's product line untill the Eurocopter buyout. They are nice aircraft and have a lot to offer. For your sake I hope that you get either the Air Methods or Metro completion with Air Methods being the best by far. You need to be on top of your electrical game though. Almost everything rides on a digital ARINC 429 Data bus and the analog stuff has various interfaces and conversions. Oh, if your new to Eurocopter (MBB/Aérospatiale) world you will need to make an investment in metric tools. Wrenches, sockets (1/4, 3/8, 1/2 drive), allen key's, and high torqe bits. As far as maintence goes it's actually a reduced work load from a bell or sikorsky. The one grease fitting is on the swashplate and that's only a once yearly event. The most common issues are the SEMA's (smart electro mechanical actuator), master electrical boxes, master battery box, and the flight displays going bad. Sounds bad, but dosent happen that often. If you need anything specific shoot me an e-mail.
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07/03/2008 10:08 AM  
I also want to add, If you are using them in The GOM they are huge "corrosion magnet". Mainly blade dampers (which you can't see until it is to late to clean them up), landing gear mounts, and small spots all over the fuselage. I use a lot of ACF 50 wherever I can, and a lot of sanding and painting. But other than that they are a pretty good aircraft.
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02/08/2009 9:16 AM  
What size is the Blade bolt nut on the 135, is it 36 ??
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09/06/2009 11:56 AM  
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11/27/2013 10:44 AM  
Kudos on contact cleaner and stabilant 22. A little goes a long way in fixing most problems.
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04/16/2014 4:28 AM  
Yes you will get fadec minors, clean the cannon plugs on the pratt engine with connector cleaner and the us stible 22. Also the fenestron is easy it just looks complex. Its a very easy aircraft we have three.
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