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First fleet of French H135s now operational

Airbus H135

Third H135 delivered to EMS operator SAF Group earlier this year

Airbus Helicopters announced May 3rd that the company has completed deliveries of three H135s for emergency medical services (EMS) operations by SAF Group. The first aircraft put into service in Toulouse, France, while the second and third helicopters are destined to perform EMS missions in Alençon and Besançon. These helicopters are the first H135s to be used in the EMS role in France.
 
“We are very happy with the additional capabilities, including night flying, further reduced sound levels, and increased payload, that the H135 is providing us for these critical missions.” said Christophe Rosset, CEO of SAF. “We require helicopters with a high level of reliability and availability, always ready to transport critical patients 24/7 from an accident site or from one hospital to another and the H135 meets our stringent requirements” he added.

SAF Hélicoptères operates seven days a week for all types of civilian rescue and protection operations, alongside safety services with a fleet of 40 Airbus helicopters including 27 EC135s – an earlier variant of the H135 family.

 “We are proud that SAF group has decided to renew their trust in Airbus Helicopters’ products” said Olivier Michalon, Senior Vice President and Head of Sales in Europe. “The H135, with its large and flexible cabin best suited for treating patients, and the lowest direct maintenance cost in its class, is the reference for emergency medical services” he added.

A light twin-engine helicopter, the H135 is the latest upgrade version of the new model. Improved features include increased flight performance in hot and high environments, at sea level, during CAT A missions and in OEI (One Engine Inoperative) situations. This was achieved by enlarging the rotor, modifying the air intake, modernizing the FADEC flight control software and adding new features to the cockpit. The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) is increased by 30 kg to 2,980 kg. These measures dramatically improve flight performance, power reserves and safety margins.
 

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Ryan Mason, Publisher & Editor in Chief
Ryan Mason, Publisher & Editor in Chief

Ryan Mason is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Heliweb Magazine. Ryan has worked in the aviation industry for the last nine years working for multiple international aviation publications. Ryan has also written for law enforcement publications drawing on his years of experience as a police officer in the Midwest United States. You can reach Ryan at ryan@heliweb.com

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