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Eurocopter EC135
PH-MAA German Army 82+64
D-HSAN Eurocopter EC135 P2 c/n 0276 - ANWB MAA / ADAC Luftrettung "Lifeliner Europe 4" - SZE-hospital in Emmen in Holland - 8 September 2005 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.

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 8 September 2005, Eurocopter EC135 P2 D-HSAN "Lifeliner Europe 4" was photographed above the helipad of the Leveste Scheper Ziekenhuis Emmen in Emmen, the Netherlands. MMT (Mobil Medical Team) "Lifeliner Europe 4" is stationed at the helideck on the roof of the UMCG in Groningen. The 2003-built EC135 P2 D-HSAN was registered in March 2003 and delivered to the ADAC Luftrettung GmbH in Germany. On 1 October 2003. Eurocopter EC-135P2 D-HSAN replaced the PH-SHF in service as "Lifeliner 4". With the introduction of the new ADAC Luftrettung GmbH helicopter the call sign of this MMT was changed into "Lifeliner Europe 4". On 31 December 2009, the D-HSAN was returned to ADAC Luftrettung GmbH. Eurocopter EC135T2+ PH-HVB was used as a temporarily replacement and on 21 March 2010 Eurocopter EC135 P2+ PH-MMT entered service as "Lifeliner Europe 4". Eurocopter EC135 P2 D-HSAN was one of six EMS-helicopters operated by ANWB Medical Air Assistance.

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