flyby_heli Posted October 18, 2006 Report Share Posted October 18, 2006 Thought it would be interesting to see if any of you guys know what makes the different helicopter producers choose the names they do for their models.I know, i know.....they have to be called something. But there has got to be a reason they mainly use numbers and not the much "cooler" names the military branches give them (Sea Stallion sounds better than S-65). A couple of producers have given their models "real names", Westland has their Scout, Wasp and Lynx among others, but for the most part numbers are more common. I know that Eurocopter has a special "code" behind their names:First digit:1= Civil model1+5=6 = Military1+1=2 = Civil model greater than 10 tons Second Digit:Maximum takeoff weight in tons is less than this number. When greater then 10 tons they add 1 to the first digit. Third Digit:0= Single engine5= Multi engine So EC-145 would be a civil model, takeoff weight 4 tons or less, with more than one engine. Makes sense!! Also seems Bell has a certain code. All their two bladed models start with the number 2 (206, 212, 222 etc.) and their four bladed models start with 4 (407, 412, 430 etc).Anyone know what the rest of the digits stand for? Also if you know the reasons behind other factories (Schweizer/Hughes, Robinson, Agusta, Kamov, Mil, MD, Sikorsky, Enstrom, Brantly, Hiller, Kaman. etc) choice of names it would be interesting to hear. Flyby Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.