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Eurocopter EC135
D-HZSD Eurocopter EC135 T2+ c/n 0553 - Luftrettung / BMI - Luftrettungszentrum Bielefeld, Germany - 3 May 2019 lifeliner helicopters

The Airbus Helicopters EC135 / H135 is a lightweight five/seven seat twin-turbine-engine multi-role helicopter with a radius of 720 km. The EC135 is offered with either Safran Helicopter Engines (former: Turbomeca) Arrius 2B2 or Pratt & Whitney 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 Aérospatiale 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 in series production in 1996 at Donauwörth. On 14 June 1996, the German certification was granted by the LBA and the first customer delivery followed on 31 July that year. Next to the EC135 a special military version was developed designated the Eurocopter EC635. The EC635 has a structural reinforcement of cabin structure and can be equipped with wire-guided, laser-guided, autonomous missiles. Over 1300 EC135 / H135 / H135M airframes have been delivered since the helicopter entered service in 1996. In March 2015, Airbus Helicopters changed the marketing name for its entire product line to better reflect its closer allignment with ist parent company and simplify the naming convention for the portfolio. That is why the EC135 T3/P3 has since been marketed as “H135” as stated in revison No.EASA.R.009 Issue: 07 of the Type Certificate Data Sheet for EC135 dated 18 March 2015. “H135M” is used as marketing designation for the military EC635 P3(CPDS); EC635 P3H; EC635 T3(CPDS) and EC635 T3H helicopters. The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the EC135 / H135 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.

RTH (Rettungstransporthubschrauber) Eurocopter EC 135 T2+ D-HZSD of the Bundesminsterium des Innern / Katastrophenschutz was photographed during Flugplatzfest 2008 at Bielefeld-Windelsbleiche airfield in Germany. At that time, the aircraft was in service as "Christoph 13", stationed at the nearby Luftrettungszentrum Bielefeld. Air Rescue Station Bielefeld is situated close to the Bielefeld-Rosenhöhe hospital. Bundesgrenzschutz Fliegerstaffel Nord flies the helicopters of “Christoph 13”. Operations of "Cristoph 13" in the Bielefeld area started on 3 July 1976. 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 20 August 2007, the MBB BO.105CBS-5 in service as "Christoph 13" was replaced by the Eurocopter EC135 T2+.

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 EC135 T2+ 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-HECW for the 2007-built Eurocopter EC135 T2+ c/n 0553. On 24 May 2007, the EC135 T2+ was registered D-HZSD with BMI - Bundesministerium des Inneren. Today, all EC135 T2+ air rescue helicopters operated by the Luftrettung / BMI in the Northern part of Germany have special dustfilters to protect the engines when they have to land on the fields.

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