The Eurocopter EC135 is a lightweight five/seven seat
twin-turbine-engine multi-role helicopter with a radius of 720 km. The
EC135 is offered with either Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 or Pratt and Whitney
Canada PW206B2 engines. A militarized version called the EC 635
has been developed from the EC 135. 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 and went into series
production in 1996 at Donauwörth. After German certification was granted
on 14 June 1996, was the first customer delivery on 31 July that year.
Over 1100 have been delivered since the helicopter entered service in
1996 with the German rescue company DRF - Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht
RTH (Rettungstransporthubschrauber) Eurocopter EC135P2 D-HLDM "Christoph" was photographed during the training for
the 75th Dutch TT at the helipad of the "Circuit van Drenthe" near Assen in the Netherlands. Before the helicopter was registered
D-HLDM with the ADAC Luftrettung GmbH in April 2005, Eurocopter Germany used test-registration D-HECL for the 2005-built Eurocopter EC135
P2 c/n 0392.
The D-HLDM was operated as HEMS-helicopter during the Dutch TT from
23-25 June 2005. The D-HLDM "Christoph"
was in service with the ADAC just 3 weeks before it was photographed as HEMS-helicopter in Assen. 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. On 16 May 2013, when in service
with "Christoph 18", the Eurocopter EC135 P2 landed to short of a car at
a parking in Ochsenfurth and hit with its tail the frontwindow of the
car. Both the helicopter and the car were transported to their
maintenance companies for repairs..