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Plane spotter: Flight of the ‘fenestron’Plane spotter: Flight of the ‘fenestron’

Plane Spotter EC135

Some aircraft are just obviously visually distinctive, a characteristic that puts them right in the wheelhouse of plane spotters looking to expand their aircraft-identification repertoires. And speaking of wheel housings, sometimes plane spotters examining an intriguingly novel airframe also find themselves expanding their vocabularies of aerodynamic terms. A striking structural feature of the Eurocopter EC135 helicopter is its shrouded tail rotor. Known as a fenestron, the design—evident to any plane spotter—is a feature of many Eurocopter light models, and the company considers it “a trademark of the brand.”

 

Dan Namowitz

Dan Namowitz

Associate Editor Web
Associate Editor Web Dan Namowitz has been writing for AOPA in a variety of capacities since 1991. He has been a flight instructor since 1990 and is 30-year AOPA member.

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