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Eurocopter EC135
D-HDRL D-HGYN
D-HIPT D-HKUG
D-HLDM D-HSAN
D-HVBB D-HZSD
LN-OOH OE-XEA
PH-EMS PH-MAA
PH-ULP German Army 82+64
D-HTMA Eurocopter EC135 P2+ c/n 0786 - HTM - Helicopter Travel Munich - Flugplatz Emden in Germany - 11 December 2009 more at Flugplatz Emden

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.

Eurocopter Germany used test-registration D-HECX for the 2009-built Eurocopter EC135 P2+ c/n 0786. On 25 March 2009, the EC135 P2+ was registered D-HTMA in Germany with HTM - Helicopter Travel Munich. When the aircraft was seen at Emden airfield, it was operated by HTM on flights from and to Emden to transport people and equipment to the Alpha Ventus offshore windfarm, 50 km north of Borkum Island. For this work, the EC135 P2+ helicopter is equipped with emergency floats, a hoist and a cargo hook in combination with an externally mounted load mirror.

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