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. 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
(Rettungstransporthubschrauber) Eurocopter EC135 T2+ D-HZSJ of the
Bundesminsterium des Innern / Katastrophenschutz was photographed at the
helipad of the Luftrettungszentrum Güstrow in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,
Germany, when in service as "Christoph 34". This Air Rescue Station is
situated close to the Güstrow hospital. The Bundespolizeifliegerstaffel
Nord flies the helicopters of “Christoph 34”. Operations of "Cristoph
34" in the Güstrow area started on 16 November 1992. 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 helicopters in use are operated by the Bundespolizeifliegerstaffel
Nord. On 15 November 2007,
MBB BO.105CBS-5 D-HGSB in
service as "Christoph 34" was replaced by Eurocopter EC135 T2+ D-HZSJ.
On 31 January 2007, the BMI - Bundesministerium des Inneren (German Ministry of the Interior) took delivery of the
first pair of a total of sixteen EC135T2+ air rescue helicopters for the BBK - Bundesamtes für Bevölkerungsschutz und
Katastrophenhilfe. The EC135 T2+ air rescue helicopters replaced the ageing
MBB Bo.105 helicopters in service.
Eurocopter Germany used test-registration D-HECN for the 2007-built Eurocopter EC135 T2+ c/n 0603. On 25 October 2007,
the EC135 T2+ was registered D-HZSJ with BMI - Bundesministerium des Inneren.