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PRESS RELEASE – GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas, Oct. 15, 2020

Air Methods Corporation – the largest civil operator of Airbus helicopters worldwide with more than 450 aircraft in operation – has signed a $24 million, five-year HCare Smart support contract with Airbus Helicopters, Inc. to cover its fleet of 31 EC145 helicopters.

“This is the first of what we hope to be multiple HCare contracts, which allows us to partner with Airbus to drive safety, reliability, and cost targets for our customer base,” said Leo Morrissette, EVP of Operations for Air Methods. “This contract provides us peace of mind knowing that we are working with the manufacturer, to provide a higher level of service, and responsiveness for our patients.”

This is Air Methods’ first HCare contract with Airbus, and discussions are underway to extend similar support coverage to other aircraft models in the Air Methods fleet, which also includes the H125, H130, H135 and H145.  Air Methods is the leading air medical service provider, delivering lifesaving care to more than 70,000 people every year. With nearly 40 years of air medical experience, Air Methods is the preferred partner for hospitals and one of the largest community-based providers of air medical services. Air Methods has a fleet of owned, leased, or maintained aircraft with more than 450 aircraft.

“Air Methods is a key and trusted member of the Airbus family, and we’re extremely proud to help support the life-saving air medical operations they carry out on a daily basis all over the country,” said Anthony Baker, vice president of Customer Support at Airbus Helicopters, Inc. “With nose-to-tail airframe coverage for their EC145 fleet, we will collaborate with Air Methods to  support efficient management, streamline costs and eliminate surprises, with the intent of increasing operational availability and allowing Air Methods to focus its resources on its core business of fully supporting its customer base.” 

HCare is Airbus Helicopters’ comprehensive services offering, delivering tailor-made and competitive solutions to customers. It spans five domains: material management, helicopter maintenance, technical support, training and flight operations, and connected services, with experts available on-call 24/7. The HCare material management service starts out with Easy (on-request catalogue services) and Smart (four by-the-hour options), before progressively building up to Infinite (full availability commitments).

I-GOOO – Italian Helicopter Register NEWS

Thanks to Carlo Luigi TAMIAZZO for these first images of the factory new Airbus Helicopters H145 I-GOOO registered to EliFriulia earlier in March 2020 … while performing hoist training activy on the field at Ronchi dei Legionari (TS), September 2020.

PRESS RELEASE – Donauwörth, 30 September 2020

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first five-bladed H145 to the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation.

This new version of its best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter brings a new, innovative five-bladed rotor to the multi-mission helicopter, increasing the useful load by 150 kg while delivering new levels of comfort, simplicity, and connectivity. It received certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency in June and is now ready to take on a wide variety of missions.

“I would like to thank the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation for their trust in our helicopters and especially in the H145 family of helicopters. I can’t wait to see this new version in operation, contributing to the success of life-saving missions,” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “Our teams have worked hard to bring this enhanced multi-mission helicopter to the market quickly.”

“We’re proud to be the first operator to use the new five-bladed H145 for our research and development projects,” says Hans Morten Lossius, Secretary General of Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation. “The increased useful load and the smooth flight make the new H145 the perfect choice for these purposes, which aim to further push the boundaries and enhance Helicopter Emergency Medical Services in Norway and in the whole air ambulance community.”

The Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation, founded by Norwegian doctor Jens Moe in 1978, is the mother company and owner of the Norwegian Air Ambulance. It brought HEMS to Norway by opening a first base near Oslo, using a BO105 helicopter rented from Germany. Today, Norwegian Air Ambulance operates all 13 HEMS bases in Norway and all 4 bases in Denmark using a 100% Helionix-equipped fleet of H135s and H145s. This helicopter is dedicated to support the Foundations important work to improve the HEMS operations.

The new version of Airbus’ best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter was unveiled at Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta with launch customers announced for all civil and parapublic mission segments.

Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration is under review and expected soon. The certification for the military version of the five-bladed H145 will be granted in 2021. The H145 is developed jointly with Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The first delivery by the Japanese cooperation partner is scheduled for early next year.

Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a high performance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class.

PRESS RELEASE – Donauwörth, 18 September 2020

Airbus Helicopters and HTM-Helicopters have signed a contract for the purchase of two additional H145 helicopters.

HTM will be the first operator to use the new five-bladed H145 in the Offshore Wind segment.

“We thank HTM for their continued trust in Airbus Helicopters and our products”, says Thomas Hein, Head of Sales Western Europe at Airbus Helicopters. “Since HTM started offshore wind operations in 2008, they rely on H135 and H145 helicopters for their demanding operations.”

The delivery of the first helicopter, a four-bladed H145, is scheduled for the fourth quarter this year, while the second aircraft, a five-bladed H145 will be delivered mid next year. The four-bladed H145 will also later be upgraded with the new five-bladed rotor system by HTM’s maintenance organization.

The two new aircraft will be operated from HTM’s bases at Norden-Norddeich, Emden, Borkum and Helgoland. For their missions, which include passenger transport to and from wind farms and hoisting technicians to the wind-turbines, the two helicopters will be equipped with a powerful hoist, floatation equipment, and a cargo hook.

Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a high performance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class.

The new upgrade of the H145 boasts several new features that will allow customers to enhance their operations: The innovative five-blade bearingless rotor increases the useful load by 150 kg, further enhancing the mission capabilities of the aircraft. This new rotor also improves crew and passenger comfort. Other advantages include a smaller D-value, allowing the H145 to operate in more confined areas, simplified maintenance, and an increased availability rate.

I-HFRT – DATA SHEET update

Thanks to Yuri VIVALDI for these latest images of the Airbus Helicopters H145 I-HFRT “Pegaso 1” operated by Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia on behalf of HEMS 118 Regione Toscana … taking off from Grosseto Helibase, June 2020.

Comunicato Stampa – Verona, 13 Luglio 2020

L’elicottero Airbus H145 consegnato nei mesi scorsi all’operatore piemontese Airgreen è entrato ufficialmente in servizio per le missioni EMS nella Regione Liguria.

L’H145 (chiamato Grifo) opererà per i prossimi due anni sulle 12 ore giornaliere per poi garantire, nei successivi sette anni, anche il volo notturno che non è mai stato effettuato in Liguria. Per ciascun intervento, a bordo saliranno 5 persone di equipaggio: un medico, un infermiere, un esperto del Corpo del Soccorso alpino e speleologico oltre a pilota e copilota.

Si tratta del terzo elicottero H145 in flotta all’operatore Airgreen che già impiega due elicotteri dello stesso modello nella Regione Sardegna.

Dotato di verricello brandeggiabile e doppio gancio baricentrico, questo elicottero H145 dispone di avionica di bordo di ultima generazione compatibile con le operazioni con utilizzo dei visori notturni NVG (night vision goggles) ed  è inoltre equipaggiato con un kit sanitario in grado di trasportare fino a due pazienti barellati oltre ai piloti ed al team medico e di soccorso. Il kit avanzato consente l’assistenza su interventi primari, così come l’assistenza sanitaria avanzata in caso di trasporti secondari su lunga distanza. L’elicottero sarà facile da identificare grazie alla caratteristica vernice gialla e con la scritta “118 Liguria soccorso” in rosso.

Alla giornata inaugurale hanno partecipato il Presidente della Regione Liguria Giovanni Toti, la Vicepresidente e Assessore alla Sanità Sonia Viale, i rappresentanti di Airbus Helicopters in Italia, i vertici Airgreen, i rappresentanti regionali dei vigili del fuoco, il CNSAS e il responsabile del 118 ligure Francesco Bermano.

“Sono lieto che Airgreen abbia scelto il nostro H145 per le delicate missioni EMS nella Regione Liguria. Sono fiducioso che questo elicottero possa rispondere al meglio alle esigenze della Regione Liguria perché ha le dimensioni compatte, i pattini, il flusso rotore ridotto e l’alta silenziosità che gli consentiranno di operare in un territorio complesso e vario come quello ligure”, ha dichiarato Alexandre Ceccacci, General Manager di Airbus Helicopters in Italia. Il bimotore H145 è uno dei bestseller della gamma Airbus in ambito sanitario e sta rapidamente diventando uno dei principali punti di riferimento per il mercato dell’elisoccorso, in particolare in ambiente montano e ostile. L’H145 ha ampiamente dimostrato la propria affidabilità e versatilità sia per le operazioni di soccorso in inverno, sia nei periodi estivi quando le alte temperature impongono l’utilizzo di mezzi altamente performanti.

COMUNICATO STAMPA – Regione Liguria, 2 Luglio 2020.

Regione Liguria – 11 Luglio prende il via il servizio di Elisoccorso dalla base di Albenga.

In questi giorni si é concluso a Villanova d’Albenga l’addestramento della squadra di medici e infermieri dei 118 della Liguria che saliranno a bordo del nuovo elicottero di Airgreen, la società del servizio di elisoccorso in Liguria con base all’aeroporto del savonese.

Al fianco di Airgreen continuerà ad operare anche l’elicottero Drago dei Vigili del Fuoco, di base all’aeroporto Colombo di Genova.

Lo stage, coordinato dal responsabile del 118 Ligure Francesco Bermano, ha previsto lezioni teoriche e prove pratiche: ogni attività a bordo prevede infatti un addestramento specifico. Complessivamente sono ventidue gli specialisti dei 118 che stanno effettuando il corso, 12 medici e 10 infermieri, oltre a 5 esperti del Corpo Nazionale del Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico regionale (3 istruttori della Scuola tecnici Nazionale del CNSAS).

Ogni volta che l’elicottero si alzerà in volo per un soccorso, infatti, a bordo ci saranno 5 specialisti: Medico, Infermiere, Tecnico del Soccorso Alpino, Pilota, Copilota.

Il servizio di Airgreen sarà ufficialmente operativo dall’11 luglio presso la base situata nell’Aeroporto di Albenga – Riviera Airport.

PRESS RELEASE – Donauwörth, 19 June 2020

  • Ready for customer deliveries later this year
  • Raising the bar in performance, comfort, simplicity and connectivity

Airbus Helicopters’ five-bladed H145 has been certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), clearing the way for customer deliveries towards the end of summer 2020.

The certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggles capability.

“Our new five bladed H145 is an excellent example of our quest for continuous improvement and providing incremental innovation that responds to our customers’ requirements”, said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “This helicopter combines value-added features with the robustness and the reliability of a tried-and-tested bestseller, making it very competitive in the light twin-engine market.”

The new version of Airbus’ best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter was unveiled at Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta, GA, with launch customers announced for almost every market segment. Prior to the successful high-altitude test campaign in South America, where the aircraft set its skids down on the Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Southern hemisphere, the new H145 performed several test campaigns including in Spain at medium altitudes and Finland for cold weather.

This latest upgrade of the H145 family adds a new, innovative five-bladed rotor to the multi-mission H145, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 150 kg (330 lb). The simplicity of the new bearingless main rotor design will also ease maintenance operations, further improving the benchmark serviceability and reliability of the H145, while improving ride comfort for both passengers and crew. Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration will follow later this year. The certification for the military version of the five-bladed H145 will be granted in 2021.

Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a high performance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class.

HAI Heli-Expo 2020

The annual HAI Heli-Expo 2020 Event is over …. lots of new Press Releases and new helicopters on display at Anaheim, CA.

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI & Gianfilippo COLASANTO for their contribution in order to realize this exhaustive Photo Report Page with full coverage of the exposition … 225 images to enjoy.

I-LEAF – Italian Helicopter Register NEWS

Thanks to Filippo NOVELLO for this image of the Airgreen latest delivered Airbus Helicopters H145 I-LEAF … performing some training activity at Cafasse (TO) mainbase, January 2020.