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 1250 EC135 airframes
have been delivered since the helicopter entered service in 1996. The
ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the EC135 helicopters is EC35. Airbus Helicopters
uses “H135” as marketing designation for EC135 T3/P3 helicopters as stated in
revison No.EASA.R.009 Issue: 07 of the Type Certificate Data Sheet for
EC135 dated 18 March 2015.
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 24 September 2016, Eurocopter EC135 T2+ PH-HVB was
seen short seen after the helicopter landed at the helipad of
the helistation of "Lifeliner 2" at Rotterdam The Hague Airport in the Netherlands. The EC135 T2+ PH-HVB replaced at that time
EC135 T2+ PH-ULP as "Lifeliner 2".
MMT (Mobil Medical Team) "Lifeliner 2" is based at Rotterdam Airport and uses also the helideck of the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam.
Eurocopter EC135 T2+ c/n 0811 was test flown with Eurocopter Deutschland test-registration D-HCBH. On 10 June 2009, the EC135 T2+ was registered
PH-HVB in the Netherlands with ANWB Medical Air Assistance, Utrecht, as holder. On 23 July 2009, EC135T2+ PH-HVB was delivered to Rotterdam and the
next day the stickers were past on the helicopter. The 2009-built Eurocopter EC135 T2+ PH-HVB is fitted with the new Inlet Barrier Filter.
Eurocopter EC135 T2+ PH-HVB "Hulp Van Boven" is one of five EMS-helicopters operated by ANWB Medical Air Assistance. The 4 lifeliner helicopters in the Netherlands are:
"Lifeliner 1" in Amsterdam;
"Lifeliner 2" in Rotterdam;
"Lifeliner 3" at Volkel AFB near Nijmegen
and "Lifeliner Europe 4"
in Groningen. ANWB Medical Air Assistance operates, next to the four lifeliner helicopters, Eurocopter EC135 T2+ PH-HVB for crew training and as a spare
aircraft for maintenance cover of the lifeliners. When needed for maintenance, ADAC Luftrettung gives the MAA
back-up service with EC135 P2