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The H135 is a light utility twin engine helicopter now produced by Airbus Helicopters. It is capable of IFR flight and is outfitted with a digital automatic flight control system.

Development started with the Bo 108 in the 1970s, prior to the formation of Eurocopter under Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm, in partnership with Aérospatiale. The Bo 108 was initially intended as a technology demonstrator, with FADEC, a hingeless main rotor, a new transmission and an aerodynamically streamlined design.

The first prototype made its first flight on 17 October, 1988 powered by two Allison 250-C20R/1 engines. A second followed on 5 June, 1991, this time with two Turbomeca TM319-1B Arrius engines. Both technology demonstrators flew with conventional tail rotors.

In the late 1990s, the Fenestron tail rotor system was added along with an advanced rigid main rotor, composite materials and resonance isolation systems. The company pursued a full certification programme, resulting in the production of two prototypes and, at the same time, a new designation of EC135 under Eurocopter.

It was then decided to offer the choice of Turbomeca Arrius 2B or P&WC PW206B engines. Two prototypes were built in 1994 powered by either engine, and both were used on subsequent production aircraft; the choice of engine giving either a T or a P in the variant name.

In January 1995, the EC135 made its first public appearance at the Heli-Expo convention at Las Vegas. European JAA certification was achieved on 16 June, 1996 with FAA approval following on 31 July.

On 2 December, 1999 the EC135 was granted single-pilot IFR certification by Germany's LBA, followed by the UK’s CAA in December 2000. The first two production aircraft appeared on 31 July, 1996.

2002 saw the first flight of the EC135 active control technology demonstrator/flying helicopter simulator (ACT/FHS), a research aircraft designed to test fibre optic-based flight control systems.

EC135s were able to be assembled in Romania from November 2003, with other agreements for assembly lines in Spain and Switzerland. In 2011, Eurocopter formalised a license manufacturing agreement with Zhong-Ou International Group to produce a luxury EC135 version in Zhejiang Province, China, and in October 2015 Airbus Helicopters agreed to allow Ecopark to establish a final assembly line in Qingdao Province.

The aircraft was redesignated H135 on 3 March, 2015.

In January 2016, it was announced that the Ural Works of Civil Aviation, a division of Rostec, was to build the H135 under licence at its facility in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Production was scheduled to begin in 2017 following receipt of Russian type certification.

In December 2020, EASA certified a new Alternate Gross Weight (AGW), that increased the maximum take off weight to 265 lb. This modification can also be used to increase range by up to 75 nm or endurance by up to 40 minutes under standard conditions.

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News from Business Air News
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March 31, 2023Air Evac Lifeteam adds to EMS bases in Georgia
March 18, 2023DRF off to a flying start with Nordhausen H135
March 10, 2023Health First accepts firm favourite EC135
February 28, 2023DRF Luftrettung tests alternative fuel in Magdeburg
December 28, 2022Aspirus gets H135 for medevac duty in Wisconsin
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November 10, 2022COHC adds three engines to Chinese service capability
November 8, 2022Polish medevac clocks up 200,000 P&WC engine hours
October 31, 2022First two H135s arrive with Spanish Ministry
October 30, 2022Orders affirm Airbus lead in air medical helicopter market
October 21, 2022Mississippi takes delivery of tech-enhanced EC135T2+
October 17, 2022Thames Valley Air Ambulance unveils new helicopter
October 8, 2022Mainichi takes fourth H135 for news gathering in Japan
July 21, 2022London Air Ambulance packs two H135s into fleet renewal programme
July 4, 2022FAA certifies Onboard HEC replacement kit for EC135s
June 11, 2022entrol update shows renewal of trust by Spanish Police
March 24, 2022H135 additions bolster North Memorial Health fleet
March 18, 2022ITC delivers H135-T3H to European operator
March 14, 2022Pathfinder adopts Foresight MX fleet-wide
March 14, 2022STAT MedEvac orders 10 new H135s
March 7, 2022Airlift Northwest to open eastern Washington base
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January 31, 2022First F-Light Line H135 Helionix training device qualified at RotorSky
January 4, 2022Spain's government signs for 18 H135s
November 24, 2021Airbus underscores HCare commitment to trio
November 24, 2021ÖAMTC puts the SAF in Safran
November 18, 2021Bio-kerosene to fuel ADAC’s air rescue flights
November 8, 2021Metro lends weight to Foresight MX STC for H135
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June 23, 2021ÖAMTC and RotorSky team up for training in Austria
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February 15, 2021Air Methods inks substantial HCare agreement
February 15, 2021Safety Flight opts for Entrol H135 simulator
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December 27, 2020ÖAMTC Air Rescue puts pen to paper for H135s
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November 9, 2020Mont Blanc takes delivery of H135 number 1,400
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October 18, 2020Collier receives H135 for golden hour transportation
October 6, 2020NASA over the moon with pair of H135s
October 3, 2020WellFlight to offer medevac across state lines
September 21, 2020NASA launches into Airbus HCare support solution
September 5, 2020LAT and DRF send H145 sim into service
September 1, 2020Netherlands certifies Entrol H135 sim
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August 10, 2020Heliseven selects easily-upgradable EC135 sim
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June 15, 2020EASA gives ESG the nod for modem and antennas
June 1, 2020DRF works to develop stretcher with Bucher Leichtbau
May 22, 2020Dutch flight school HeliCentre adds Entrol sim
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May 12, 2020Martin-5 comes to the rescue in Lower Austria
April 11, 2020SCAA doubles capacity with Babcock-flown EC135
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March 12, 2020Garmin receives On-Time Delivery award from Airbus
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February 11, 2020Entrol H135 simulator obtains FTD Level 5
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February 2, 2020NASA launches into relationship with Airbus Helicopters
January 30, 2020DRF signs hefty order for 38 rotorcraft and retrofits
December 17, 2019LAT and DRF prepare for Frankfurt sim training launch
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October 21, 2019Hawaii Life Flight renews air medical partnership
September 23, 2019Romania retains winning formula with three more H135s
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August 20, 2019South American customers opt for ACH line
June 18, 2019Nakanihon Air Service takes delivery of 20th H135
June 11, 2019UW Health and Metro combine for Wisconsin HEMS work
April 23, 2019Airbus opens first foreign helicopter line in China
March 19, 2019NPAS selects Airbus for fleet support
March 12, 2019AMGH swells sizeable fleet with more Airbus models
March 11, 2019FlightSafety and Metro hail long-term partnership
February 11, 2019ÖAMTC and HeliAir bring H135 up to speed
December 28, 2018Medical H135 delivered to DHART and UVM
December 28, 2018ÖAMTC seeks to improve rotary autopilot alongside Thales
December 4, 2018Entrol sells first H135 FTD Level 5 simulator in US
November 13, 2018NPAS receives first H135 enhanced for night missions
October 23, 2018CIOPAER adds two Helionix H135s to enhance state security
October 23, 2018ANWB expects up to six H135s for nationwide HEMS
October 16, 2018HeliGroup first in region to operate Helionix H135
October 13, 2018Lider Aviacao diversifies fleet with two sturdy H135s
October 4, 2018Red Arrows assist HeliGroup ACH135 delivery
October 2, 2018Qingdao brings first of 100 H135s into service
September 25, 2018Powerline fleet gains widescreen video
August 30, 2018Ambulance crew responds to milestone callout
July 11, 2018RUAG extends Russian approvals and overhauls PW206
June 12, 2018ALT opens Waypoint account with training H135
April 5, 2018Babcock works to keep electricity fleet current
November 2, 2017HTM signs engines up to management programme
November 1, 2017Babcock becomes launch customer for Safran engine health initiative
September 28, 2017Entrol H135 T2+ FTD level 2 sim receives certification
September 15, 2017NOLAS adds Norway's first civil Helionix H135
August 3, 2016Wales leads the way for UK air ambulance with fourth rotorcraft
April 4, 2016DRF signs Waypoint leaseback deal
March 9, 2016HUG selects RUAG for EC135 modernisation
January 7, 2016LPR carries out further HEMS fleet expansion
November 18, 2015PDG signs for second H135 and PBH for lighthouse support
November 18, 2015First of seven upgraded EC135 T2+ returns to NPAS for enhanced policing
November 9, 2015Waypoint to acquire 20 H135s
October 15, 2015Thames Valley EMS puts UK's first H135 to work
August 13, 2015Starspeed utilises Kemble as latest charter base
August 5, 2015HTM takes on premier H135 for German windfarms
July 7, 2015Norsk selects Turbomeca to power H135 trio
July 7, 2015Bavarian Police enters retrofitted H135s in service
May 13, 2015Nova invests in UK-based H135
April 7, 2015Norsk Luftambulanse orders three H135s for medical airlift
February 12, 2015Aiut Alpin boosts ski services with second EC135
February 12, 2015Long distance offshore hoists prompt Uni-Fly to choose EC135T2i
December 3, 2014EC135 P2e purchase to swell WPD fleet to five
November 6, 2014Bond Air expects latest T3s to save even more lives
November 6, 2014Bond to fly factory-new EC135 for Great Western
September 10, 2014PDG set to light up the UK and Irish coast with EC135s
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May 7, 2014Safety in numbers as THK takes another EC135 for EMS
April 3, 2014Sturdy Squirrels and versatile EC135s strengthen DGT's fleet
November 7, 2013Inaer France wins regional SAMU contract
September 12, 2013Devon Air Ambulance doubles capability with specially configured EC135
September 12, 2013NPAS looks to standardise fleet by reducing weight of mixed EC135Ts
August 12, 2013Bond signs up to seven-year ambulance deal
August 12, 2013Inaer forms Spain's first all-female medical helicopter crew
May 13, 2013THK commits to the EC135 for Turkey's EMS coverage
February 11, 2013Bond marks air ambulance 10,000 hours milestone
October 15, 2012Yellow angels stay faithful to Eurocopter
July 9, 2012SAF Hélicoptères EC135s feed data to first in-house simulator
June 11, 2012Me & my aircraft: Lower maintenance and greater payload are top of twin helicopter operators' wish lists
September 1, 2011Dunkirk port selects EC135 for sea pilot hoisting
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