March 28 2020
The AIRBUS H145 helicopter family (BK117, EC145 and H145 variants) of twin-engine rotorcraft provide a class leading solution for the operation of a wide variety of missions from HEMS, Defence and VIP deployment. Compact in size, the H145’s small footprint and large, flexible cabin make it our helicopter of choice.
This highly versatile, multi-purpose rotorcraft is tailored for emergency medical services and law enforcement duties, along with aerial work, passenger transport – including private and business aviation – and offshore operations. 2020 sees EIS of a new innovative version of the H145, equipped with a five-bladed main rotor. The H145 extends its transport capability and provides operators with an excellent smoothness of flight.
The Airbus H145 has proven to be a highly capable platform for HEMS operations with an excellent balance of operating costs, reliability, payload, cabin configuration, range and ability to operate in the harsh conditions often experienced in the extreme weather environments.
The key benefits as we see them of the H145 within a HEMS deployment are:
The D3 variant would have minor differences / enhancements to the D2 including the latest 5 blade rotor head providing reduced in-cabin vibration (noting that the D2 remains a very comfortable aircraft) and enhancing payload by 100kg; an updated avionics software package and also a wireless data download capability as standard.
The Cockpit Audio Recording System & Airborne Image Recording System of both the H145 (AIR only) and H135 family fulfils the requirements of Civil Aviation Authority Safety Directive SD-2018/002 which arose as a consequence of AAIB safety recommendations 2015-032, 033, 035 following the tragic EC135 T2+ accident at Clutha, Glasgow, 2013 in which ten people were killed. Subsequently, EASA Safety Information Bulletin 2019-15R1 Flight Recorders on Small Rotorcraft, has recognised the need to promote installation of flight recorders in order to maximise the safety enhancement for the global aviation system.
For more details please see the following:
Crew & Passengers
1 or 2 pilots
Up to 10 passengers
Max takeoff weight (MTOW)
2 x Safran helicopter engines Arriel 2E
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