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Eurocopter EC135
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G-CEYF Airbus Helicopters EC135 T1 c/n 0115 - Starspeed - heliport Emmen in Holland - 14 July 2010 more helicopters in Emmen

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 with Wake Category used to classify aircraft types 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 Deutschland used registration D-HECG for the 1999-built Eurocopter EC135T1 c/n 0115. In January 2000, the VIP-aircraft was registered VP-CAF with Mr. Al Fayed, the Chairman of Harrods. On 25 April 2001, the helicopter was registered G-HARP in the UK with Air Harrods. Registration G-HARP was cancelled on 29 November 2002 and the EC135T1 was registered P4-LGB at Aruba with Roman Abramovich. LGB stands for “Le Grand Blue” the name of the private yacht of the owner on which it was boarded. On 17 May 2004, the aircraft was re-registered P4-XTC with Horizon Investments AVV as registered owner and on 4 July 2004, the P4-XTC was registered with Beautiful Heli. The P4-XTC was boarded at the “Ecstasea”, one of the owner’s (Roman Abramovich) private yachts. On 13 March 2008, the EC135T1 returned on the UK-register as G-CEYF with Starspeed Ltd. at Blackbushe Airport. On 4 October 2013, registered ownership of EC135 T1 G-CEYF changed to Lynx-Heli Ltd., Jersey. On 28 March 20143, registration G-CEYF was cancelled as exported to Isle of Man and the EC 135 was registered M-GLBL with Lynx-Heli Ltd., Jersey, the same day. The emergency floats equipped EC135 T1 G-CEYF visited the Heli Holland heliport near Emmen in the Netherlands on its way to Sweden.

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