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The company offers the widest range of utility helicopters, from its two-ton H120 to the 11-ton H225 â€“ all of which embrace Airbus Helicoptersâ€™ core philosophies of safety, technology, reliability and neighborly-friendly operations. We provide the most cost effective vertical lift solutions matched to meet your mission and maximize your profitability.
Airbus Helicopters, Inc.â€™s versatile H120 represents a cost-effective helicopter for a variety of utility missions. This single-engine helicopterâ€™s flat-floor cabin and baggage compartment are the largest in its class, and loading is facilitated by its large sliding cabin door and rear hatch. The H120â€™s three-blade rotor and VEMD-equipped (Vehicle and Engine Management Display) cockpit make it a stable, low-workload platform for external load operations, while its long endurance endears it to electronic news gathering work.
The H125 family is one of the best-known utility platforms worldwide, and a true workhorse of the helicopter industry. The single-engine H125 is the platform of choice for electronic news gathering and filming work, thanks to its excellent safety record and low cost of operation. Established as the most capable single-engine turbine helicopter available, the H125 is regularly used for external lifting operations usually reserved for larger aircraft and is the Type III helicopter of choice for fire-fighting missions.
The wide-bodied H130 combines an enhanced version of the H125â€™s proven high-performance drivetrain with an eight-seat cabin and a FenestronÂ® anti-torque tail rotor system. The single-engine H130â€™s maneuverability and low noise signature make it an ideal platform for many utility missions, including wildlife control, herding and external-load operations in noise-sensitive areas. Like the H125 family, the H130 is offered with an extensive range of mission options.
The best-selling H135 light twin combines a compact external footprint with a spacious 173 cu. ft. flat-floor cabin, accessible via sliding doors or rear clamshell doors. The H135 is capable of lifting its own empty weight, and the aircraftâ€™s anti-resonance isolation system, VEMD avionics and optional digital automatic flight control system (DAFCS) make it one of the most stable and low-workload external lift platforms available. One of the H135â€™s uses is as a power line maintenance platform, highlighting the aircraftâ€™s compact dimensions and excellent maneuverability.
The twin-engine H145 personifies the term â€śutility helicopterâ€ť, being designed from scratch to meet the utility segmentâ€™s operational needs. The H145â€™s characteristics include an unobstructed 213 cu. ft. flat floor cabin, large sliding cabin doors, rear clamshell doors, high-mounted tail rotor and exceptional cockpit visibility. Like the H135, the H145 is able to lift its own empty weight, and the aircraft is offered with a range of swing, sling and hoist options. The H145 variant is now in service with the U.S. Army as the serviceâ€™s new commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) UH-72A Light Utility Helicopter, affirming its reputation as the utility helicopter of choice.
Even with the high-performance streamlined styling of Airbus Helicopters, Inc.â€™s AS365 N3 and H155, these rotary-wing aircraft are widely used around the world for demanding utility operations â€“ including external load and Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. Both aircraft offer long mission range, high cruise speeds and genuine all-weather capabilities, ensuring safe and smooth transportation for eight passengers with the AS365 N3, and 12 passengers aboard the H155.
The H215 Super Puma and H225 are the powerhouses of the Airbus Helicopters product range. The H215 has forged a well-earned reputation as a true workhorse, and is the U.S. Navyâ€™s preferred platform of choice for vertical replenishment (VERTREP) at sea.
The new H225 further builds on the Super Pumaâ€™s strengths, offering a 40 percent higher useful load (5.7 tons), a 19-seat cabin and an unmatched combination of high cruise speed and low cabin vibrations. The H225 also has been developed into the Water Bomber Helicopter (WBH), capable of dispersing 1,057 gallons of fire retardant over the most severe forest fires, thanks to a removable cabin-mounted AĂ©razur/Simplex tank.