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At the end of August, the H145M performed its first flight with a complete HForce weapon system in Donauwörth. Thanks to this modular weapon system designed by Airbus, the H145M can be equipped with all kind of guided and ballistic armaments such as missiles and laser guided rockets, guns, machine guns and rockets. The qualification of HForce for use on the H145M is planned for 2018.
The Norwegian air ambulance operator Norsk Luftambulanse AS (NOLAS) is the first civil customer to receive an H135 equipped with Helionix. Six additional H135s with Helionix will be delivered to NOLAS in 2017 and 2018. In December 2016, the UK MoD was the first military customer to receive the new H135 with Helionix.
Wrap-up of Airbus Paris International Air Show 2017
The world’s largest aerospace airshow has come to an end after a successful and very busy week for Airbus. Take a look at some of the best moments. Thank you for following us and see you at the next airshow! Follow us on: www.facebook.com/Airbus www.twitter.com/AirbusLive www.airbus.com
Meet the Expert Thomasz Krysinski, Head of Research and Innovation Airbus Helicopters
In this episode of Meet the Expert, Tomasz Krysinski presents the so-called “Racer”, a new high speed demonstrator developed within the Clean Sky 2 programme.
As technologies and tools evolve to improve aviation safety, accident rates still remain high. Airbus Helicopters has launched its Safety Roadshows to address and improve the number of accidents due to operational factors, the main cause behind most rotorcraft accidents.
H160 Double Take
With two prototypes flying, the H160 is ready to take on the market in 2016. This 5.5-6 tonne class rotorcraft’s nose-to-tail breakthroughs in design and systems put customer value, satisfaction and operational safety first. It has been designed to suit a wide variety of uses, including oil and gas operations, public services, air medical and coast guard duties along with commercial transport, private and business aviation. <br /> <br />Director : Yankel Murciano <br />Post-Production : Thomas Larocca and Loïc Parent (BAND ORIGINALE) <br />Aerial Shooting : Mikko Paillot and Thibault Teychené (HORUS AERIAL) | Jacques Ripert (HELITEC) <br />Original Soundtrack : Samuel Lévy (NOISE PICTURE) <br /> <br />© PRODUCTIONS AUTREMENT DIT - AIRBUS HELICOPTERS | February 2016
H135 Helionix: customer feedback after Miami flights
The H135 with Helionix avionics system continues on its way around the USA to showcase its new capabilities to customers. Watch their feedback during the demo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
H135 Helionix from a pilot's perspective
Hear from Airbus pilot Glenn Christiansen on how the Helionix digital avionics system helps make flying easier and safer. <br /> <br />Follow Airbus Helicopters to get updates on the H135 equipped with Helionix on its demo tour in the US and Mexico.
H135 HATS Last Delivery
Airbus Helicopters has achieved Factory Acceptance of the last 6 of the EC135T2+ for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), completing on-time deliveries of the full fleet of 15.
German Armed Forces reach 90,000 flight hours with the H135 training helicopter
The H135 training helicopter fleet at the International Helicopter Training Center of the Bundeswehr in Bückeburg reached the milestone of 90,000 flight hours.
Meet China’s H135 launch customer, Beijing 999
In 2014, the H135 became the first emergency medical service helicopter to ever operate in China. The helicopter’s launch customer, Beijing 999, who today owns two H135s, shares its experience performing medical missions in a country whose EMS network is just emerging thanks to the opening up of low-altitude airspace in China.
20 years H135 - Benchmark of Today and Tomorrow
In 2016, Airbus Helicopters’ H135 light twin-engine helicopter celebrated its 20th anniversary. The successor of the B0105, the H135 is known for its modern design, built-in safety, and wide glass windows offering exceptional visibility, while the latest version can carry significantly higher payloads in hot and high environments. Watch this video featuring feedback from a range of customers, the H135’s former chief engineer, and the current head of the program, who reflect upon this helicopter success story, from its conception and entry into service, to its growth potential for the future.
H145 NRW police enters into service
The German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW) has now become the second customer to receive the H145 in police configuration. On 7 September 2016, the local minister of interior Ralf Jäger handed over the first of 6 H145s to the Dusseldorf police squadron. The helicopter squadron averages around 2,000 missions a year.
Experts on ice: <br />Based in Norway, Airlift is an expert when it comes to icy conditions. In addition to aerial work, heavy lift and search and rescue services, the operator also helps investigate climate change and was even involved in a mission to Mars <br /> <br />Stretching out beneath the helicopter is a seemingly endless sheet of Arctic ice. Suddenly, a polar bear appears in the whirled up snow. The H125 helicopter from Airlift flies towards the animal. A passenger appears, aiming a rifle at the bear. A shot cracks above the noise of the rotors. The polar bear is hit but continues to run for a few more seconds before collapsing onto the ice. But the animal is not dead. It is just unconscious, shot with a tranquiliser rifle so that the scientists on board the helicopter could take blood samples and DNA probes to examine the grade of pollution in the arctic. This is just one of Airlift’s different services for scientific missions in Polar Regions – under the most extreme conditions. On a mission in the Antarctic in 2015 for example, an ice breaker with 30 scientists and the H125 on board was deliberately frozen into the ice of the Antarctic. The mission was to explore, among other things, the drift of ice and the pollution of air, water and ice. The scientists and helicopter crew spent six months on the ship. “These polar missions can be very difficult,” says Gunnar Svein Nordahl, who accompanies some of these expeditions as a technician. “But it is an important task, because the data we collect enables researchers to observe changes in the climate.” <br /> <br />Norway is known for its unforgiving climate: Violent storms, freezing temperatures, heavy rains and low visibility can quickly turn into a deadly danger. When tourists become lost in the ice or fishermen in the cold sea, help must come quickly and reliably. These are two characteristics that apply to the Super Puma AS332 from Airbus Helicopters. Airlift uses this model for search and rescue missions in the country’s challenging conditions. With this medium-size utility helicopter, the Airlift crew fights cold and ice, confirming the rotorcraft’s capabilities in even the most extreme environment. <br /> <br />Chasing James Bond <br />Not many people can claim that they have chased James Bond. The Airlift crew can. When James Bond, played by Pierce Brosnan, raced across an ice field during the filming of the Die Another Day movie, it wasn’t just the bad guy who was hotly in pursuit. Flying along behind the actors was the crew of the Norwegian helicopter operator, which provided the filming services.
Airbus Group at Farnborough Airshow 2016: Best of the week
Watch Airbus Group’s highlights during the Farnborough International Airshow 2016. Follow us on: www.facebook.com/AirbusGroup www.twitter.com/AirbusGroupLive www.airbusgroup.com
Devon Air Ambulance’s H135s: Making a difference when every minute counts
The H135 play a critical medical transport role in the United Kingdom, being well-equipped to meet the specific needs of a medical-based mission. Devon Air Ambulance, a charity-based air ambulance service serving England’s south western county of Devon, has been flying missions since 1992 and purchased its first of two H135s in 2008. <br /> <br />“When we first bought the H135, we asked ourselves how we could best meet the needs of the patient,” says Nigel Hare, operations director at Devon Air Ambulance. “When responding to patients who are in life-threatening situations, it is essential that every aspect of our service provides the very best chance for the patient to survive. Every minute matters, so we need a reliable aircraft that is quick to deploy and has a fast cruise speed so that we can reach the patient and transfer them to hospital quickly, while also being smooth and stable in flight to prevent the patient’s condition from deteriorating,” says Hare. “The additional requirement of having an aircraft with sufficient endurance to enable us to respond to the next patient resulted in us choosing the H135.”