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PRESS RELEASE – 28 February 2017

Proven in service: NHV’s H175 fleet reaches 10,000 flight hours.

Marignane, 28 February 2017- NHV Group and Airbus Helicopters are pleased to announce that NHV’s H175 fleet has logged its first 10,000 flight hours.

This significant milestone proves this super-medium-sized rotorcraft’s capabilities and reliability in highly demanding operations, especially the transportation of personnel and supplies to offshore oil and gas platforms. The 10,000 hours have been accumulated by NHV’s fleet of eight H175s. The first two aircraft were introduced to the fleet in December 2014 with NHV being the launch operator.

The rotorcraft have since completed more than 4750 flights; with certain missions conducted in challenging North Sea weather conditions, and non-stop flights performed to distances of 180 NM with passengers and cargo. “Being the launching customer and fleet leader for this aircraft, we are successfully positioning the H175 as the new standard for oil and gas missions. I am proud that, today, NHV is the only operator with a vast experience in flying this aircraft. We explicitly thank our valued customers and staff for being our partners in reaching this milestone,” says Eric Van Hal, the CEO of NHV Group.

The H175’s high level of reliability enables NHV to meet tight flight scheduling in the North Sea, thereby underscoring the aircraft’s high level of maturity from service entry, as well as the suitability of associated services provided by Airbus Helicopters. “I want to congratulate NHV for reaching this very important milestone with their H175 fleet,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “With NHV, the H175 has demonstrated its costeffectiveness, comfort and reliability, setting new standards for offshore operations. I commend NHV for their professionalism in accomplishing this key milestone. They can count on unfaltering support from Airbus Helicopters so they can continue to perform successful missions.” “The H175 is a remarkable program and NHV is to be applauded for so quickly reaching the 10,000-hour mark and maximizing the helicopter’s potential,” said John Saabas, President, Pratt & Whitney Canada, maker of the PT6C-67E engines that power the H175. “This is the first engine in the PT6 family to be equipped with a dual-channel FADEC, an advanced control system that simplifies engine operation, reduces pilot workload, and provides greater power response, performance, aircraft availability and a quiet cabin.” NHV’s H175s have accumulated experience in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ghana, and Denmark. “We are very satisfied with the H175s”, adds Eric Van Hal. “Our pilots appreciate their excellent handling characteristics, plus the speed and range; while passengers are impressed with the cabin comfort, smooth ride and low noise levels.” NHV will gradually increase its fleet of these new-generation helicopters in the upcoming years.

PRESS RELEASE –  16 February 2017

A pioneer of modern helicopter technology: the BO105 celebrates its 50th birthday.

  • Innovative technology continues to leave its mark on Airbus’ helicopter
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  • Customers around the world value the BO105 for its versatility, robustness and reliability
  • More than 400 aircraft still in use

Donauwörth, 16 February 2017 – This month marks 50 years since the BO105 embarked on its maiden flight, on 16 February 1967, in Ottobrunn near Munich. Conceived as a twotonne-class light multi-purpose helicopter, cutting-edge technologies and materials led to the BO105 being the first helicopter to feature a rigid, hingeless rotor head made of titanium and glass-fibre-reinforced rotor blades.
“The BO105 has made a name for itself above all for its versatility, robustness and reliability. The fact that it is still being used 50 years after its maiden flight speaks volumes for the high quality of this helicopter. As a pioneer of modern helicopter technology, the BO105 continues to influence our product range today,” said Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters in Germany. What became known as the Bölkow rotor significantly reduced maintenance costs when compared to traditional rotor heads with flapping and lead-lag hinges, as fewer moving parts were required. Furthermore, the BO105’s special rotor system enabled it to perform with a higher degree of agility and manoeuvrability – capabilities for which it is still renowned today. Since the helicopter’s first delivery in 1970, more than 300 customers around the world have purchased a total of some 1,400 aircraft which have been operated in air rescue, as a police and military helicopter, as well as for VIP, passenger and cargo transportation. The largest customer was the German Armed Forces with more than 200 orders. Some of these aircraft remained in service until December 2016. Some 400 aircraft – around a third of the total number of helicopters manufactured – are still in service today. The longest-serving BO105 carries out aerial work on the Falkland Islands. In total, the BO105 fleet has clocked up more than 8 million flight hours around the world. Airbus Helicopters continues to offer comprehensive service for the light helicopter and guarantees the delivery of spare parts in the long term.
In particular the H135 and H145 light helicopters went on to profit from the BO105’s technological achievements. The current successor model to Airbus’ BO105 is the H135. With its hingeless and bearingless rotor head, it has an advanced rotor system with a high carbon-fibre content to extend its service life. In addition, the H135 boasts further innovative features, such as a glass cockpit, an autopilot system and the shrouded Fenestron tail rotor system to further improve the safety and sound levels of the helicopter. In its role as a pioneer of technological progress, Airbus is working on future-focused programmes also today: among them are the X6 helicopter for the heavy segment, which is set to enter service during the next decade, or the City Airbus project, an air taxi for major urban areas.
You can find more information, photos and a video about the BO105 and its history on the following website: http://www.airbushelicopters.com/website/en/ref/50-years-BO105_418.html

PRESS RELEASE – 16 November 2016

H135 receives EASA certification for Helionix avionics suite.

  • H135 joins Airbus Helicopters’ Helionix family
  • The new cockpit system reduces workload for pilots and further enhances safety

Donauwörth, 16 November 2016 – The light-twin helicopter H135 received the type certificate by the European Aviation Safety Agency for its new Helionix cockpit. The avionics system designed by Airbus Helicopters offers operators increased mission flexibility and safety. Helionix is a family concept with standardised features and is already available on the H175 and H145.

Axel Humpert, Head of H135 Programme said: “The certification of the H135 with Helionix marks another milestone in the permanent evolution of this helicopter. The Helionix cockpit system with 4-axis autopilot significantly reduces the workload of the pilot and brings the H135 to an unrivalled level of safety due to the additional functions and mission features it adds to the H135’s capability.”

Besides the 4-axis autopilot, Helionix offers an innovative cockpit layout which helps to increase situational awareness. Designed with three large electronic displays, the cockpit is Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible and includes a First Limit Indicator which highlights the appropriate engine instrument data for the pilot in one indicator. Thanks to two touchscreen GPS/Nav/Comm GTN-750, Helionix ensures an all-in-one GPS navigation and communication system. The Traffic Advisory System TAS620A, a system which improves flight safety by assisting pilots in detecting and avoiding aircraft intersecting their flight path, is another key feature delivered by the Helionix avionics suite.

Initial deliveries of the H135 with Helionix cockpit will occur in 2017. Among the first commercial operators will be Norsk Luftambulanse AS, a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operator. Ascent Flight Training, the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) appointed Training Service Partner delivering for the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) selected Airbus Helicopters as the Aircraft Service Provider for the rotary wing element in May 2016. The UK MOD will be the first military customer.

The H135 is the unbeaten market leader in light, twin-engine, multi-purpose helicopters. Traditional missions for this class of helicopters include emergency medical services, law enforcement, VIP and business passenger transport, maintenance of industrial wind parks and military training.

Airbus Helicopters has delivered around 1,200 H135s to customers around the globe who have logged a total of more than four million flight hours.

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PRESS RELEASE – 13 October 2016

At the end of August 2016, Airbus Helicopters’ Ecureuil fleet reached the impressive milestone of 30 million flight hours.

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To learn more about the longevity of a fleet that represents 42 percent of Airbus Helicopters’ in service aircraft, we spoke to Mathilde Royer-Germain, Vice President of Light Helicopters Programme.

The first Ecureuil was delivered in 1977. How do you explain the longevity of this helicopter family?

Mathilde Royer-Germain: The first Ecureuil was conceived with safety, low operating costs, and the anticipation of future performance increases as priorities. Today, the AS350 (renamed H125) has become the unrivalled leader in the aerial work segment, able to lift more than its empty weight. In 2005, the AS350 even broke the world record for the highest altitude landing on Mount Everest. With the introduction of a wider cabin on the EC130 (renamed H130), the Ecureuil family has been able to expand its market footprint further, especially in the tourism and medical transport segments. The Ecureuil family has been able to adapt to market evolutions and to address key mission segments since its introduction.

Five thousand Ecureuil are flying in 119 countries for more than 1,800 customers. Why has this helicopter been such a success?

M.R-G: The first explanation is probably in the Ecureuil’s DNA: this helicopter was designed to be safe, simple, versatile and to offer the best performance versus operating cost in the world. Today, the Ecureuil family is the best choice to perform the complete range of helicopter missions, specifically with the dual H125 and H130 offer. The H130, with its spacious cabin offering excellent visibility, its high performance, its low vibration level, its rupture resistant fuel system and energy-absorbing seats, is perfectly conceived to carry seven passengers and to perform medical transport missions in complete safety. A versatile aircraft, it can also perform aerial work missions. The H125’s lifting capacity and ability to carry an extraordinary variety of equipment, both externally and internally, along with hot and high performance, make it a helicopter particularly suited to aerial work, law enforcement, search-and-rescue units and firefighting. Our customers love the Ecureuil because they know they can count on it no matter their mission.

In a strongly depressed global helicopter market, will the Ecureuil continue to be as successful as it was?

M.R-G: The H125 and H130 represent two helicopters out of three delivered in their weight class in the world, and the Ecureuil bookings remain solid. The Ecureuil is performing particularly well in growth-driven markets, such as China, where Ecureuil deliveries have more than doubled between 2014 and 2016.

The Ecureuil has continuously improved over a period of 40 years. What are the latest developments for this helicopter family?

M.R-G: The next improvement will be the introduction in early 2017 of Garmin G500H avionics on all newly produced H125s and H130s. This glass cockpit solution will reduce pilot workload, especially for mission preparation, and enhance safety with Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) while preserving external visibility – and all this with no additional weight. In parallel, we are introducing new mission packages in order to capture new business. For example, the H130 can now answer any EMS requirement for single- or dual-pilot interiors, while the H125 will soon offer the most modern equipment kit for law enforcement and surveillance missions.

Finally, we remain focused on simplifying maintenance and reducing operating costs for our customers. As an example, by the end of 2016 we will have reduced by 10 percent the number of maintenance hours required per flight hour and removed the 12-year inspection on the H130. As you can see, we have a lot of ideas for keeping H125s and H130s at the top of operators’ lists as the number one choice to support the growth of their business, for another 30 million flight hours.

PRESS RELEASE – Helitech International 2016

Airbus Helicopters launches flight-test campaign of H175 in public services configuration.

  • New variant opens the H175 mission set to operations such as search and rescue, emergency medical services, law Enforcement, firefighting and border security.
  • Entry into service with launch customer Hong Kong Government Flying Service (GFS), planned for end of 2017.

Marignane, 12 October 2016 –Airbus Helicopters has kicked-off the flight test campaign of the public services variant of the H175 medium twin-engine helicopter.

An initial flight-test campaign was successfully concluded last week after 12 flights. This included a demonstration carried out last week with customer Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service (GFS), who became launch customer for this new variant in September 2015 with an order for seven units.
Flight-test activity of the public services variant will resume in December, with two additional aircraft to support the certification process ahead of a planned entry into service in late 2017.
“I am extremely happy for this unique opportunity to fly the H175 in public services configuration” said Captain Michael Chan, Controller Head of GFS. “The aircraft offers excellent hovering capabilities and high power margin that make it the ideal helicopter to carry out SAR missions over land or sea. I am particularly impressed by the Human Machine Interface, which significantly enhances flight safety and reduces pilot workload. The H175 has met my expectations in every way and I can’t wait to receive the final product to start operations” he added.
One of the benefits of the public services variant is its inherent swing-role capabilities, enabling speedy and seamless re-configuration based on mission requirements. The wide range of missions that can be performed include SAR operations, emergency medical services, firefighting, law enforcement and land/maritime border security patrols.
“I want to thank GFS – a world reference for SAR missions- for their collaboration and constant support in the development of the public services configuration”, said Marc Allongue, Head of the H175 programme. “I am proud of the teams who worked hard to reach this milestone on time. This initial flight-test campaign has demonstrated that the H175 retains its excellent handling characteristics, cabin comfort, smooth ride and low noise levels while dramatically enlarging its mission capabilities”.
GFS’ H175s will have a built-in electro-optical system for observation and tracking, along with an enhanced digital map display, both managed from an operator’s console in the cabin. Other mission equipment include dual hoists, loudspeakers and a steerable searchlight. The H175’s highly capable autopilot will incorporate additional advanced modes to further decrease pilot workload during complicated SAR operations.
Airbus Helicopters has also certified the Automatic Pilot SAR modes for the H175 Oil &Gas configuration, enabling O&G customers to also perform certain SAR missions with their helicopter.

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PRESS RELEASE – Helitech International 2016

Safran marks 20th anniversary of Airbus Helicopters’ H135.

11 October 2016, Helitech International, Amstedam

Safran congratulates Airbus Helicopters on the 20th anniversary of the entry-into-service of its H135 light twin. The first EC135, powered by Safran engines, was delivered in 1996.

Bruno Even, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO, said: “I wish Airbus Helicopters a happy anniversary for its H135 family. It is a great aircraft that over the years has demonstrated excellent performance coupled with low operating costs. We are proud to be onboard its latest variant with our Arrius 2B2Plus”.

Powered by two Arrius 2B, the EC135 made its maiden flight on 15 February 1994. Certified on 28 May 1996, the 2B was the first engine to enter service on the rotorcraft. For 20 years, Safran has matched the evolution of this aircraft, bringing to its customers more safety, reliability and performance. In 2014 the Arrius 2B2Plus entered service on the latest evolution of the rotorcraft family.

Arrius 2B2Plus delivers increased power at take-off and during hot and high missions compared to the earlier 2B2 version, together with lower direct operating costs. The engine has also one of the highest TBO in its class (4000 hours) and is also certified on the H135 with and without an inlet barrier filter.

Over the years, the Arrius 2B2Plus has continuously increased its popularity among operators, especially those dealing with demanding missions like emergency medical services, search and rescue, or military training. In 2015, Norwegian Air Ambulance changed to this engine for its new H135 fleet. DRF Luftrettung also selected the 2B2Plus to power its three new H135. Last July, Safran also won the confidence of the UK MoD, by being selected to power a new H135 military training fleet under the MFTS program.

Today, more than 500 H135 are powered by Safran. Each day, Arrius 2B1, 2B2 and 2B2Plus contributes to critical missions that save life and bring assistance to people.

With eight million recorded flight hours, the Arrius remains the most popular engine in its class. To date, Safran has delivered more than 3,000 Arrius engines to 430 customers in 60 countries.

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PRESS RELEASE – Helitech International 2016

Airbus Helicopters celebrates 20th anniversary of the H135 family at Helitech.

  • The reference multi-mission, twin-engine helicopter continues to set standards 20 years on with the addition of Airbus Helicopters’ Helionix.
  • The H135 remains a cornerstone of the company’s global strategy through recent orders from China and the UK.

Amsterdam, 11 October 2016 – Airbus Helicopters is celebrating two decades of operations with the H135 light twin, multi-mission helicopter at the Helitech show. Twenty years after its entry into service and thanks to continuous evolution, the H135 has significantly extended its performance and mission capabilities. Today, more than 300 customers in 75 countries operate the H135 for a wide range of missions including Emergency Medical Services (EMS), law enforcement, corporate transport, offshore wind and military flight training.

During a press event at Helitech, Steffen Lutz, CEO of German rescue organization DRF Luftrettung said: “As launch customer of the H135 in 1996, we can now look back on twenty years of rescue operations with this helicopter. The H135 has proven a safe and reliable workhorse and enabled us to save thousands of lives. We have had first-hand experience of the benefits brought by the performance and mission improvements introduced by Airbus Helicopters over the past two decades, and they have proved critical when we put them to use daily in our most demanding HEMS missions. As a long-term operator of the H135 family, we are particularly looking forward to receiving the new Helionix-equipped version in 2017.”

The integration of Airbus Helicopter’s Helionix avionics suite underlines the constant development of the H135. The cockpit system with 4-axis-autopilot – which already equips the H175 and H145 family – will further reduce pilots’ workload and provides an unrivalled level of safety. The H135 with Helionix will receive certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in the coming weeks. Ascent Flight Training will be the first recipient of a fleet of 29 Helionix-equipped H135s, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, as part of the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UK MFTS).

The H135 will continue to set standards worldwide in the frame of the company’s global strategy. Following the partnership agreement with a consortium of Chinese companies who purchased 100 H135 in June 2016, the light-twin helicopter is now set to burst into the Chinese market with its outstanding EMS Multi-Mission capabilities.

“Over two decades and four million flight hours, the H135 has established itself as the utility helicopter of choice worldwide thanks to its proven track record in safety, availability and flexible configuration,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “Today, the evolved and upgraded H135 plays a key role supporting our customers’ success fulfilling the mission requirements for public service, military, corporate and offshore roles,” he added.

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L’elicottero VIP Airbus Helicopters H145 Mercedes-Benz debutta in Italia.

PRESS RELEASE – Donauwörth, 22 Luglio 2016

Aersud Elicotteri, Agente e Distributore di Airbus Helicopters, ha consegnato oggi il primo H145 Mercedes-Benz destinato al mercato italiano, dopo la consegna di due mezzi analoghi ad un importante Cliente in Turchia. L’H145 MB è la versione VVIP del bimotore H145 che sta operando con successo in Italia con oltre dieci mezzi in servizio in poco più di un anno dalla sua entrata in servizio.
“La prima consegna in Italia dell’H145 Mercedes-Benz è un traguardo assai significativo per la nostra Azienda” afferma Riccardo Aichner, Presidente di Aersud Elicotteri. “Già apprezzato in Italia da diversi Operatori HEMS, l’H145 amplia la propria capacità operativa in un segmento importante del mercato italiano. Le sue prestazioni lo rendono infatti di sicuro interesse anche per il mercato Corporate/VIP.
L’H145 MB rappresenta il top nella categoria degli elicotteri bimotori medi/leggeri offrendo, rispetto ad altri modelli presenti sul mercato, prestazioni di volo eccezionali ed un particolare livello di personalizzazione. Lo stile Mercedes-Benz contraddistingue infatti, in maniera esclusiva, questa nuova versione dell’H145. Gli interni sono interamente realizzati in Italia dallo studio di design avanzato Mercedes-Benz di Como e dalla società Mecaer Aviation di Monteprandone (AP). La prestigiosa cabina VVIP è dotata di sedili ergonomici in pelle di alta qualità, pavimento interamente in legno pregiato dalle eleganti essenze e da sistemi di luce LED multicolore in grado di creare ambientazioni uniche all’interno del comparto passeggeri. Particolarmente apprezzata è l’estrema flessibilità di configurazione che consente, in pochissimi minuti, di allestire la cabina da 4 a 8 passeggeri con le diverse
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Per il migliore comfort di volo, l’H145 MB è dotato di un sistema di controllo attivo delle vibrazioni, di una climatizzazione con controllo nelle diverse aree della cabina e di un sistema infotainment avanzato che, grazie alla connettività wi-fi anche in volo, consente ai passeggeri di scegliere se condividere o godere in piena autonomia i contenuti multimediali.
Il cockpit è caratterizzato da tre grandi display con una suite avionica di ultima generazione Helionix che fornisce assistenza completa al Pilota. In linea con gli altri modelli Airbus Helicopters come l’H160, l’H175 e l’H225, l’H145 è equipaggiato con il più avanzato autopilota a 4 assi che offre alta stabilità di volo e la possibilità di decollo automatico.
L’H145 si sta rivelando un modello di grande successo che ha già accumulato più di 18.000 ore di volo, con una disponibilità media di oltre il 90 per cento. Oggi, circa 60 elicotteri sono già in servizio in 14 Nazioni. Airbus Helicopters offre la più ampia gamma di elicotteri dedicati al segmento dell’aviazione privata e aziendale ed è leader di mercato con il 33% della flotta attualmente in servizio.

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