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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.

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 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. In June 2013, EC135 P2 D-HLDM was back in service.

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