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Eurocopter EC135
PH-MMT Luftwaffe 82+64
MBB BO.105
4K-AZ90 Airbus Helicopters EC135 T2+ c/n 1010 - SWHS Air Ambulance - heliport Emmen in Holland - 12 March 2014 helicopters in Emmen

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 renamed its entire product line to better reflect its closer allignment with ist parent company and simplify the naming convention for the portfolio. Therefore, the EC135 T3/P3 were renamed 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.

On 5 September 2011, Eurocopter EC135 T2+ s/n 1010 flew first with Eurocopter Deutschland test registration D-HCBH. In December 2011, the helicopter was registered 4K-AZ90 in Azerbaijan with Silk Way Helicopter Services, Baku, Azerbaijan, and fitted as an Air Ambulance. SWHS - Silk Way Helicopter Services is part of the Silk Way Holding and based at the Baku - Heydar Aliyev Airport. On 12 March 2014, Eurocopter EC135 T2+ 4K-AZ90 came in at the Heli Holland heliport near Emmen on the delivery flight out of Azerbaijan to the UK, accompanied by its sistership Eurocopter EC135 T2+ 4K-AZ91. At that time, both EC135 T2+ 4K-AZ90 and 4K-AZ91 were owned by AgustaWestland, who took them in part-ex for new AW139s. The EC135 T2+ EMS helicopters 4K-AZ90 is equipped with emergency floats and a hoist. On 15 May 2014, the Airbus Helicopters EC135 T2+ was registered G-CIDJ in the UK with Bond Air Services Ltd., Staverton, as holder, and AgustaWestland Spa., Casina Costa, Italy, as owner. Bond Air Services operated the EC135 T2+ G-CIDJ on the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance contract until December 2014, the next months followed by the Scottish Ambulance Service contract. On 3 September 2015, registration G-CIDJ was cancelled as exported to France. On 26 October 2015, the EC135 T2+ was registered F-HTIN with AgustaWestland Spa., Rome, as owner and entered service with INAER France. On 23 March 2016, the F-HTIN was registered with Irish Helicopter Leasing 2 Ltd., Dublin, with Babcock Mission Critical Services France as holder. Babcock Mission Critical Services France, formely known as INAER Helicopter France, operates the F-HTIN as SAMU 29 Brest.

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