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Airbus Helicopters EC135
PH-MMT Eurocopter EC135 P2+ c/n 0871 - ANWB MAA / ADAC Luftrettung "Lifeliner Europe 4" - SZE-hospital in Emmen in Holland - 26 February 2016 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 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 26 February 2016, Eurocopter EC135 P2+ PH-MMT "Lifeliner Europe 4" was photographed during taking off from the helipad of the Treant 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. Eurocopter EC135 P2+ c/n 0871 was test flown with Eurocopter Deutschland test-registration D-HCBN. On 25 February 2010, the EC135 P2+ was registered PH-MMT in the Netherlands with ANWB Medical Air Assistance, Utrecht, as holder. The 2010-built Eurocopter EC135 P2+ PH-MMT is fitted with the new Inlet Barrier Filter. During the “Open Dag van de Zorg” on 20 March 2010, ANWB Medical Air Assistance’ Eurocopter EC135P2+ PH-MMT was presented as the new "Lifeliner Europe 4" at the UMCG in Groningen. The PH-MMT replaced EC135 P2 D-HSAN in service as "Lifeliner Europe 4". After the D-HSAN was returned to ADAC Luftrettung GmbH on 31 December 2009, Eurocopter EC135T2+ PH-HVB was used as a temporarily replacement. PH-MMT entered service as “Lifeliner Europe 4” on 21 March 2010.
Eurocopter EC135 P2+ PH-MMT 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 D-HHIT and/or D-HHTS.

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