This website uses cookies
More information
Business Air News Bulletin
Business Air News Bulletin
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.
Related background information from the Handbook...
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Request your printed copy

ÖAMTC and HeliAir bring H135 up to speed
As well as investing in the latest aircraft, it is important to continually modernise and retrofit your existing fleet to stay ahead of the competition. ÖAMTC has spent more than half a million euros on its H135.
Upgrading to the T3 variant brings the ÖAMTC fleet up to speed.

Technicians at HeliAir, ÖAMTC Air Rescue's maintenance, modification and CAMO division, have put the finishing touches to the Austrian air ambulance providers's first H135 emergency medical helicopter upgrade from the T2+ to T3 variant. “For us, it's a matter of course to constantly develop and advance our fleet, so we can provide our patients with comprehensive care of the highest possible quality and safety,” states ÖAMTC director Reinhard Kraxner. “An obvious component of that, beyond simply investing in new helicopters, is bringing our pre-existing fleet up to speed with the newest available technologies.”

The renovations included switching out the primary propellers, the drive shaft and horizontal stabilisers as well as several cockpit instruments. “Four technicians have been working on the aircraft for about eight weeks now,” says HeliAir maintenance director Martin Weger. "As our staff are certified to repair both the 135 series as well as its Turbomeca turbines, the upgrades required no additional technical training for the mechanics involved. With over 190,000 flight hours combined, our technicians know this helicopter down to the smallest detail.”

In addition to safety checks, routine maintenance and electronic updates, the helicopter was also outfitted with Kokon self-adhering interior paneling, designed and developed by HeliAir.

ÖAMTC Air Rescue Services invested around 600,000 euros in the upgrades. After two and a half days of test flights, as well as the obligatory flight clearance from the aviation authorities, the finished helicopter has now returned to service in Innsbruck as the Christophorus 1.

“With these upgrades, which will now be repeated on vessels across the fleet, ÖAMTC guarantees that its air rescue fleet will remain up-to-date and action-ready for the next ten years or more,” concludes Kraxner.

Other News
ÖAMTC Air Rescue continues fleet modernisation with two H135s
December 5, 2023
The significantly more powerful H135, which is certified for instrument flight and has an autopilot, brings the air rescue operator a step closer to its vision of being able to help anywhere, at any time and in any weather.
Norwegian Air Ambulance signs for H135 and H145 HEMS helis
December 5, 2023
Three H135s and two five-bladed H145s will be used for life-saving missions in Denmark, and next year it will add a further two new H145s to Norway operations, with numerous sets of night vision goggles from ASU.
Ex-Change Parts expands support for EC135T1 customers
October 27, 2023
With many EC135T1s still in operation globally, its longevity and substantial fleet size mean a continuous need for spare parts. There is commonality across the series, so owners benefit from the offer of refurbished parts.