Products > H135 (formerly known as EC135) Overview
The H135â€™s (formerly known as EC135) high endurance and extended range enables this helicopter to perform a full range of mission requirements, while carrying more payload over longer distances than any twin-engine aircraft in its class. The H135â€™s superior payload-range performance offers an impressive 3,303 lb in useful load.
Incorporating a modern cockpit and avionics â€“ as well as Airbus Helicoptersâ€™ FenestronÂ® tail rotor and bearingless main rotor â€“ the H135 is recognized for its high performance and outstanding maneuverability. As one of the quietest helicopters in its class, the H135 is approximately 7 db below ICAO standards. This level represents a perceivable noise reduction of approximately 50 percent compared to older-generation helicopters in the same category â€“ which is of particular importance to customers regularly flying over cities and in densely-populated areas, including emergency medical services and law enforcement agencies.
The H135 has been designed with a high degree of safety, provided by the energy-absorbing fuselage and seats, along with crash-resistant fuel cells. It has a fast cruise speed of 136 kts., and accommodates a pilot plus 6-7 passengers for transport missions, and one or two patients on medical airlift flights.
Two FADEC-equipped engine options are available: Turbomecaâ€™s Arrius 2B2+ and the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B3. Both of these powerful, reliable turboshaft engines provide outstanding performance and vital reserves, even in one-engine inoperative scenarios, along with low fuel consumption.
The H135â€™s simple design allows fast and easy maintenance, ensuring optimal dispatch reliability and lower operating costs. Its safety is enhanced by dual-system architecture, and the aircraftâ€™s options of comprehensive suite of single- or dual-pilot IFR avionics offer all-weather reliability.
In the United States, Airbus Helicopters, Inc.â€™s H135 is the twin-engine market leader for emergency medical services (EMS), accounting for some 60 percent of deliveries during the past several years. The H135 is offered with a wide range of dedicated EMS interiors, which maximizes operator choice in configurations that provide ample room for single-patient or dual-patient transport. A smooth ride is ensured with the helicopterâ€™s anti-resonance isolation system (ARIS).
The growing list of U.S. EMS operators and service providers include Air Methods Corporation, Med-Trans Corporation, Metro Aviation, REACH Air Medical Services and STAT MedEvac.
For off-shore service, the H135â€™s panoramic visibility, exceptional maneuverability, range, twin-engine performance and safety, and large cabin make the helicopter perfectly suited for the sectorâ€™s demanding operations. Many of the top companies in the oil and gas industry utilize the H135 for their operations. The El Paso Corporation has acquired the helicopter as part of their offshore fleet replacement initiative and Era Helicopters uses H135s along with H145s, H225s and H125s from Airbus Helicopters, Inc.
The Broward County Sheriffâ€™s Office in Florida introduced the H135 in U.S. law enforcement service, equipping the helicopter with a rescue hoist, Night Sun illumination system, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera and LO-JACK tracker â€“ which is complemented by the ability to carry a Bambi Bucket for firefighting.