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AIRBUS HELICOPTERS EC-135

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EC35
Aircraft
Name EC-135
Manufacturer AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
Body Narrow
Wing Rotary
Position Four-blade main rotor
Tail Six-blade tail rotor
WTC Light
APC A
Type code H2T
Engine Turboshaft
Engine count Multi
Position In fuselage
Landing gear Skids
Mass group 2


Manufacturered as:

EUROCOPTER EC-135
EUROCOPTER EC-635


AIRBUS HELICOPTERS EC-135

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS EC-135 AIRBUS HELICOPTERS EC-135 3D

Description

The Eurocopter EC135 is a twin-engine civil helicopter produced by Eurocopter, widely used amongst police and ambulance services and for executive transport. It is capable of flight under instrument flight rules (IFR).

Technical Data

Wing span 10.20 m33.465 ft
Length 12.16 m39.895 ft
Height 3.51 m11.516 ft
Powerplant 2 x Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 or Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B turboshafts, 609 kW / 816 shp each.
Engine model Pratt & Whitney Canada PW200, Turboméca Arrius

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
Descent
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
Approach
V2 (IAS) kts IAS 110 kts IAS 110 kts IAS kts MACH TAS 129 kts MACH IAS 120 kts IAS 90 kts Vapp (IAS) 5 kts
Distance 0 m ROC 1500 ft/min ROC 1500 ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH ROD ft/min ROD 1500 ft/min MCS 0 kts Distance 0 m
MTOW 29502,950 kg
2.95 tonnes
kg
Ceiling FL170 ROD ft/min APC A
WTC L Range 430430 nm
796,360 m
796.36 km
2,612,729.661 ft
NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving EC35

  • EC35, Sollihøgda Norway, 2014 (On 14 January 2014, the experienced pilot of an EC 135 HEMS aircraft lost control as a result of a collision with unseen and difficult to visually detect power lines as it neared the site of a road accident at Sollihøgda to which it was responding which damaged the main rotor and led to it falling rapidly from about 80 feet agl. The helicopter was destroyed by the impact which killed two of the three occupants and seriously injured the third. The Investigation identified opportunities to improve both obstacle documentation / pilot proactive obstacle awareness and on site emergency communications.)
  • EC35, vicinity Glasgow City Heliport UK, 2013 (On 29 November 2013, control of an Airbus Helicopters EC135 undertaking a night VMC night for policing purposes was lost after both engines flamed out following fuel starvation. The subsequent crash killed the three occupants and seven on the ground, seriously injuring eleven others. The Investigation found that although the pilot had acknowledged low fuel warnings after both fuel transfer pumps had been switched off, the helicopter had not then been landed within 10 minutes as required. No evidence of any relevant airworthiness defects was found and without FDR/CVR data, a full explanation of the accident circumstances was not possible.)