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. Over 1200 airframes have been delivered since the helicopter entered service in 1996. Next to
the EC135 a special military version was developed designated the Eurocopter EC 635. The EC635 can be equipped
with wire-guided, laser-guided, autonomous missiles.
AAs 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 25 July 2008, permit to fly was
issued for Eurocopter EC135 P2+ c/n 0700 with Eurocopter Deutschland
test registration D-HECB. On 22 August 2008, the aircraft was registered D-HCDL with
S.U.H. (Spedition & Helikopterservice Linke GmbH) and jointly operated
for Eurocopter Germany. In 2013, the 2008-built helicopter was leased to DL
Helicopter GmbH, Hamburg. DL Helicopter has an operational base at Sea
Airport Cuxhafen/Nordholz, the civil part of Naval Air Station Nordholz. Eurocopter EC135 P2+ D-HCDL is equipped
with emergency floats, a hoist and a cargo hook in combination with an externally mounted load mirror and is
used by DL Helicopter for training purposes on behalf of the German Navy - Marinefliegergeschwader 5 (MFG 5).
On 17 August 2013, Eurocopter EC135 P2+ D-HCDL was seen with "MFG 5" stickers at Naval Air Station Nordholz
during the spottersday prior the Air Day Nordholz "100 Jahre Marineflieger".