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Eurocopter EC135
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D-HDRW Eurocopter EC135 P2+ c/n 0878 - DRF Luftrettung "Christoph 36" - DRF-LRZ Magdeburg in Germany - 8 June 2015 more lifeliner helicopters

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 for the EC135 helicopters is EC35. In March 2015, Airbus Helicopters renamed its entire product line to better reflect its closer allignment with ist parent company and simplify the naming convention for the portfolio. Therefore, the EC135 T3/P3 has been renamed as “H135” as stated in revison No.EASA.R.009 Issue: 07 of the Type Certificate Data Sheet for EC135 dated 18 March 2015.

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.

RTH (Rettungstransporthubschrauber) Eurocopter EC135 P2+ D-HDRW of DRF Luftrettung was seeen in service as "Christoph 36" at the helipad of the DRF-Luftrettungszentrum Magdeburg in Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, on 8 June 2015. The call sign "Christoph" is used for the German lifeliner helicopters since 1970 and is derived of Saint Christophorus, the Patron Saint for all travellers. The RTH facilities at the "Städtisches Klinikum Magdeburg" were opened on 1 July 1992. The helicopter in service as "Christoph 36" was a MBB BO.105CBS-5 of the Bundespolizei-Fliegerstaffel Nord until it was replaced by an EC135 of the DRF – Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht on 1 April 2006. The 2010-built Eurocopter EC-135 P2+ c/n 0878 D-HDRW (ex D-HECB) was registered on 10 February 2010 and entered service first as "Christoph 43". Since October 2014 is the EC135 P2+ D-HDRW operated out of Magdeburg as "Christoph 36".

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