Airbus delivered its 1,400th H135 to Mont Blanc, adding to a fleet of more than 20 H135 and H145 helicopters in service with the operator to provide Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in France. The light twin-engine helicopter was delivered in late September, marking a milestone for the 20-year-plus H135 program.
The H125 holds a 25 per cent global market share in the HEMS sector with more than 650 units in service. “As the benchmark for HEMS helicopters, the H135 is the safest, most reliable and most economic platform – arriving at the scene on time, every time,” said Martin Schneider, Airbus Helicopters’ head of the H135 program.
The H135 family of helicopters first entered into service in 1996. Based on operator feedback and internal developments, the newest H135 version has an increased maximum take-off weight of 90 kg and a useful load increase of up to 225 kg. Airbus explains other improvements have focused on the airframe, engine, and cockpit; mission equipment; maintenance and reliability, among others.
The helicopter also benefits from Airbus’ introduction of the Helionix avionics suite, which was exclusively designed for helicopters, and includes a 4-axis autopilot. Helionix also is night-vision ready.