Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Airbus Helicopters Offers HEMS Version of EC135/145
Source: Airbus Helicopters
Airbus Helicopters has updated its EC145 T2 in the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) configuration. To increase the EC145 T2’s adaptability in HEMS missions, Airbus Helicopters will introduce new cabin installation features that include the latest equipment definitions. Airbus Helicopters has also developed an outfitting option called EMS Fixed Provisions for this 4-metricton-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.
The EC145 T2 is Airbus Helicopters’ newest member in its twin-engine, 4-metric-ton category EC145 product line. Following the EC145 T2’s certification in April 2014, deliveries will begin later this year – with four major European helicopter emergency services operators to receive the initial aircraft. Enhancements in the EC145 T2 include new Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines and the company’s Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, along with upgraded main and new tail rotor gear boxes. The cockpit uses Airbus Helicopters’ Helionix digital avionics suite with 4-axis autopilot.
Airbus Helicopters EC145. Photo by Charles Abarr, Airbus Helicopters
Airbus Helicopters has also developed a multi-functional floor for its 2.9-metric-ton category EC135, which is tailored for HEMS customers. The new floor is designed for harsh environments and demanding missions and is expected to be certified this year. The multi-functional floor can be utilized on all EC135 variants, and also will be offered as a retrofit option.
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