|Light utility helicopter
|15 February 1994
The Eurocopter EC135 (now Airbus Helicopters H135) is a twin-engine civil light utility helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters (formerly known as Eurocopter)
Source: Eurocopter EC135 on Wikipedia
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The Eurocopter EC135 is a twin-engine civil light utility helicopter that was first flown in 1994 and entered service in 1996. It is produced by Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) and has been widely used for various purposes, such as helicopter emergency medical services, law enforcement, offshore wind support, and military flight training. The EC135 has a four-blade main rotor and a Fenestron tail rotor, which reduce noise and increase safety.
It also has a digital automatic flight control system (AFCS) that enables it to fly under instrument flight rules (IFR). The EC135 can be powered by either Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 or Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B turboshaft engines, which provide a maximum cruise speed of 137 knots (254 km/h) and a range of 343 nautical miles (635 km). The EC135 has a spacious cabin that can accommodate up to seven passengers or two stretchers and medical equipment.
It also has a large sliding door on each side for easy access. The EC135 has a high level of reliability and availability, thanks to its modular design and easy maintenance. As of September 2020, more than 1,400 EC135 helicopters have been delivered to over 300 operators in 60 countries, accumulating over 5 million flight hours.
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