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4L-QOR MBB BO.105 CB c/n S-249 - heliport Emmen in Holland - 12 September 2012 helicopters in Emmen

The MBB Bo.105 is a five-seat lightweight, general-purpose helicopter. Development of the Bo.105 started back in 1959 when Bölkow designed the Bo.103 helicopter. The Bo.103 single-seat flew first on 14 September 1961. The two-seat Bo.104 followed this study-project. Due to marketing reasons this project was stopped in favour of the five-seat Bo.105. Design work for the Bo.105 began in July 1962. Construction of the first of three prototypes began in 1964. The first Bo.105 prototype D-HAKO s/n V-1 was destroyed in ground tests and written off in October 1966. The second machine, D-HECA s/n V-2, was powered by two 317shp Allison 250C18 turboshafts and on 16 February 1967, the BO105 took off for its maiden flight in Ottobrunn (near Munich), Germany. On 14 May 1969 Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm GmbH (MBB) was formed and development of the Bo.105 continued with the first production BO-105A, D-HABV s/n S-1, flying on 11 April 1970. The breakthrough came in 1974 when the German Army ordered the BO 105 as a connection and observation helicopter. In January 1992 the MBB Bo 105 became part of the large helicopters types row of Eurocopter when the helicopter divisions of MBB from Germany and Aerospatiale from France merged to form the Eurocopter Group. In 1993 the BO 105 CBS with a 25cm fuselage stretch and extra window was certificated. Over the years, license agreements for the BO105 CB/CBS versions with the Philippines, Indonesia and Spain were concluded, and for the BO105 LS, a cooperation agreement with Canada. Until production ended in 2001, as the BO105 was superseded by Eurocopter’s EC135, a total of 1,406 BO105s had been delivered to 55 customer nations.

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.

The 1976-built MBB Bo.105C c/n S-249 flew first with the registration D-HDHI. On 14 June 1976, the helicopter was registered PH-RPV with Staat der Nederlanden / Dienst Luchtvaart Korps Rijkspolitie, Schiphol-Centrum. On 11 January 1993, the PH-RPV was registered with the Politie Luchtvaart Dienst, Schiphol-Oost. On 4 November 2008, Dutch Police' BO.105C PH-RPV was registered with KLPD Dienst Luchtvaart Politie, Schiphol-Oost. Early 2010, all seven MBB Bo.105's in service with the KLPD Dienst Luchtvaart Politie were withdrawn from use. The helicopters were offered for sale by Domeinen and stored at Domeinen in Soesterberg. In September 2010, the MBB Bo.105's were transported to the Heli Holland heliport near Emmen and stored. The PH-RPV was registered as a MBB BO.105 CB with the new owner B M Aviation B.V., Amstelveen, on 5 November 2010. After the CofA expired over a year, registration PH-RPV was cancelled on 6 January 2012. After extensive maintenance by Heli Holland Technics, the airframe is back in airworthy condition and registered 4L-QOR in Georgia, a former member state of the CIS. On 12 September 2012, MBB BO.105CB 4L-QOR started its delivery flight to its new owners in Georgia. In September 2012, the helicopter was re-registered 4L-TLT.

In 2009, two AgustaWestland AW139 Long Nose configuration and six Eurocopter EC135 P2+ helicopters replaced the MBB Bölkow BO-105s in service with the KLPD Dienst Luchtvaart Politie. On 21 July 2009, the first two of the EC135 P2+ helicopters, PH-PXA and PH-PXB, arrived at Schiphol East and the first of the AW139 helicopters, PH-PXZ, arrived 13 October 2009.

page last updated: 12-10-2012
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