Aston Martin Reaches For The Sky With Its New... Helicopter?

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  1. GTPNewsWire

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  2. Leggacy

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    Looks like a pimped up gazelle, I wonder if it has that familiar high pitched whine from the engine?
     
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    They're related, but very distantly.

    The EC130 (Airbus, previously Eurocopter - created from Aerospatiale) is a development of the AS350 (Aerospatiale), essentially with a fenestron instead of a tail rotor. The Gazelle (SA340, Aerospatiale) was the first helicopter to use the fenestron.

    Same engine manufacturer - and you'll probably have heard it before anyway. Your air ambulance is an EC135, which is a twin-engined version - although some models use P&W engines, others use the same Turbomeca Arrius 2B as the EC130.
     
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    I’m getting 007 vibes.
    Cue the James Bond Theme :D
     
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    Yeah, they do seem to be distant cousins. That enclosed tail rotor looks very familiar.
     
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    That's the fenestron. It's like a tail rotor, but not - it does the same torque-countering thing, but rather than being a rotor on its side, it's more like a ducted fan. Because it's enclosed, it's more efficient due to the reduction in tip vortex losses - energy wasted by vortex generation at the wing tips - and quieter. They often use many more blades (the ACH130 has ten) than a conventional tail rotor, unevenly spaced to create noises at different frequencies.


    Yes, I spent all morning researching helicopters so I could write the article :lol:
     
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    All i see is a new vehicle for james bond to crash. :lol:
     
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    I was thinking you had an extensive knowledge of helicopters :lol:
     
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    He's Famine. He has extensive knowledge of everything. ;)