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Airbus Helicopters showcases its latest EMS innovation

June 3, 2014  By Carey Fredericks

dsc_4184_ec145__with_ambulance_a770_copyright_charles_abarrJune 3, 2014, Marignane, Fra. - As the leading helicopter manufacturer in helicopter emergency medical services – with a 60 percent market share – Airbus Helicopters is introducing its evolved EC145 T2 rotorcraft in the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) configuration.

The twin-engine EC145 T2 is showcased at the AIRMED World Congress in Rome, Italy with new HEMS and mountain rescue equipment, presented as a full-scale mock-up developed in cooperation with the Mecaer Aviation Group equipment supplier.

Also on display is a scale model of the EC135, which is a helicopter of choice for HEMS operators in both primary and secondary missions. Approximately 25 percent of all medical emergency operations around the globe are performed with this aircraft.

“With more than 40 years experience in Emergency Medical Services we offer the widest range of helicopters for HEMS operations,” explained Ralph Setz, Airbus Helicopters’ Senior Marketing Director for HEMS and Public Services. “More than 300 customers worldwide – who deploy some 1,200 Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in this sector – trust in our products and services for their daily operations. We are constantly committed to further developing
innovations to support them in this life-critical mission segment.”

To increase the EC145 T2’s adaptability in HEMS missions, Airbus Helicopters will introduce new cabin installation features that include the latest equipment definitions. An innovative outfitting option, called EMS Fixed Provisions, has been developed by Airbus Helicopters for this 4-metric-ton category rotorcraft in coordination with leading emergency medical services equipment suppliers and integrators. This provides standardized interfaces for customized hardware and systems – reducing outfitting time and providing a more rapid service entry.


After its introduction on the EC145 T2, the EMS Fixed Provisions concept may be adapted to other Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft.


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