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Eurocopter EC135
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4K-AZ90 Airbus Helicopters EC135 T2+ c/n 1010 - SWHS Air Ambulance - heliport Emmen in Holland - 12 March 2014 more helicopters in Emmen

The Airbus Helicopters EC135 is a lightweight five/seven seat twin-turbine-engine multi-role helicopter with a radius of 720 km. The EC 135 is offered with either Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 or Pratt and Whitney Canada PW206B2 engines. Development of the Eurocopter EC135 started in the 80s as the MBB Bo.108 Advanced Technology Helicopter. The prototype BO108 with conventional tail rotor flew first on 15 October 1988. When the helicopter divisions of MBB from Germany and Aerospatiale from France merged in January 1992 to form the Eurocopter Group, the Bo108 program was transferred as well. An advanced low noise ducted 10-blade Fenestron tail rotor was, next to other modifications, incorporated into the design and the name of the helicopter was changed into Eurocopter EC135. The prototype of the EC135 (D-HBOX s/n S-01) flew first on 15 February 1994. In 1996, the EC135 went into series production by Eurocopter Deutschland in Donauwörth, Germany. After German certification was granted on 14 June 1996, the first customer delivery was on 31 July 1996. Next to the EC135 a special military version was developed designated the Eurocopter EC635. Over 1200 EC135 airframes have been delivered since the helicopter entered service in 1996. The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator with Wake Category for the EC135 helicopters is EC35.

As a result of the merger between the Eurocopter parents Aérospatiale-Matra; DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA) and Construcciones Aeronàuticas Sociedad Anonima (CASA) in July 2000, the Eurocopter group became a division of the new formed EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space company). Taking off into 2014, EADS was rebranded as "Airbus Group". Uniting all its activities under a single brand, its helicopter division Eurocopter was rebranded as Airbus Helicopters on 8 January 2014.

On 5 September 2011, Eurocopter EC135 T2+ c/n 1010 flew first with Eurocopter Deutschland test registration D-HCBH. In December 2011, the helicopter was registered 4K-AZ90 in Azerbaijan with Silk Way Helicopter Services, Baku, Azerbaijan, and fitted as an Air Ambulance. SWHS - Silk Way Helicopter Services is part of the Silk Way Holding and based at the Baku - Heydar Aliyev Airport. On 12 March 2014, Eurocopter EC135 T2+ 4K-AZ90 came in at the Heli Holland heliport near Emmen on the delivery flight out of Azerbaijan to the UK, accompanied by its sistership Eurocopter EC135 T2+ 4K-AZ91. At that time, both EC135 T2+ 4K-AZ90 and 4K-AZ91 were owned by AgustaWestland, who took them in part-ex for new AW139s. The EC135 T2+ EMS helicopters 4K-AZ90 is equipped with emergency floats and a hoist. On 15 May 2014, the Airbus Helicopters EC135 T2+ was registered G-CIDJ in the UK with Bond Air Services Ltd., Staverton, as holder, and AgustaWestland Spa., Casina Costa, Italy, as owner. The EC135 T2+ G-CIDJ will be operated on the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance contract, and based at Thruxton.

page last updated: 12-05-2014
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