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Versatility in high and hot environments
One of Airbus Helicopters’ most successful light aircraft, the H135 (formerly known as the EC135 T3/P3) is known for its high endurance, compact build, low sound levels, reliability, versatility and cost-competitiveness. This twin-engine helicopter can perform many different missions, landing almost anywhere, particularly high and hot, while carrying more payload over longer distances than other rotorcraft in its category.
Celebrating 20 Years of the H135
In October 2016, Airbus Helicopters celebrated two decades of operations with the H135 light twin, multi-mission helicopter at the Helitech International air show in Amsterdam. Twenty years after its entry into service and thanks to continuous evolution, the H135 has significantly extended its performance and mission capabilities.
Visit our H135 20th anniversary mini-site to read the press release and to discover more great content about this helicopter.
Backed by experience and a long heritage
The H135 is a member of Airbus Helicopters' light-medium EC135 family of helicopters.
Today around 1,150 twin-engine EC135s have been delivered and are in service in nearly 60 countries. With around 300 operators, these versatile aircraft have together flown more than 3.6 million hours.
A high performer
Fitted with a bearingless main rotor, Airbus Helicopters’ signature Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor, engine software modifications, and a new lateral air intake, the H135 provides additional payload and delivers best-in-class performance throughout its flight envelope.
Two FADEC-equipped engine options are available: Turbomeca’s Arrius 2B2PLUS and Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW206BB. Both of these reliable turboshaft powerplants provide outstanding performance and vital power reserves – even in one-engine inoperative scenarios – along with low fuel consumption.
Safety by design
No compromise has been made between safety and performance: the H135’s state-of-the-art cockpit environment provides the highest possible safety levels.
Safety is additionally enhanced by the increased power of the H135’s engines (Turbomeca’s Arrius 2B2PLUS and the Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW206BB).
Optional single- or dual-pilot IFR avionics suites ensure reliability in the most demanding weather conditions, which is appreciated in missions such as airlift flights to offshore oil and gas platforms, as well as utility/aerial work duties that include servicing offshore wind turbines.
Quietly in its class
As one of the quietest helicopters in its class, the H135’s noise footprint is markedly lower than older-generation helicopters in the same category. This matters most to customers who regularly fly over cities and in densely populated areas, for corporate transportation, emergency medical services and police duties.
Easy to maintain
The H135’s simple design makes maintenance fast and easy, ensuring optimal dispatch reliability and lower operating costs.
The H135 is the benchmark for maintenance costs, thanks to its long inspection intervals, intermediate inspection at 500 flight hours, and periodic inspections every 1,000 hours, or three years.
The H135 has the lowest direct operating cost in its class, making it one of the lowest cost twin-engine helicopters to operate.
Emergency medical services
The H135 remains a reference in emergency medical services (EMS), available in a wide range of dedicated EMS interiors that maximize operators’ choice in configurations, providing ample room for single-patient or dual-patient transport.
The helicopter’s anti-resonance isolation system (ARIS) ensures each ride is a smooth one.
Search and rescue
The H135 has excellent slope landing capabilities and can perform rapid search and rescue interventions in high-risk situations, such as adverse weather and natural disasters (floods, earthquakes, landslides and heavy snowfalls, etc).
Private, business and governmental aviation
H135 passengers enjoy an exceptionally fast and smooth ride with extraordinary views.
For high-end passenger transport, Airbus Helicopters offers the stylish and exclusive Stylence® cabin interior, as well as the comfortable and classic Corporate interior, conducive to getting work done on the go.
The “‘L’Hélicoptère par Hermès” version unites superior taste with advanced engineering and design through Airbus Helicopters’ collaboration with designers and craftsmen at the luxury goods manufacturer.
The H135’s flexibility, low external sound signature, reduced maintenance and operating costs, and high availability rate make it the perfect platform for daily police operations.
The H135 can land in confined areas with little disturbance thanks to its compact size and shrouded tail rotor. And its wide, unobstructed cabin provides great visibility for both day and night observation missions.
Total H135 family civil aircraft delivered: Around 1,150
Total H135 family civil flight hours: More than 3.6 million
Customers: almost 300 in approx. 60 countries
25% : The H135 alone represents 25 percent of the global EMS fleet.
H135 is the benchmark in the EMS field, with approximately 500 units in the EMS configuration currently in service worldwide.
“We selected the EC135 to develop our EMS activity in Japan. It’s a very reliable helicopter that is perfectly adapted to this type of mission.”