The new AGW enables operators to benefit from an increased maximum take-off weight of up to 120kg (265 lb) and useful load. This increase can also be used to extend the range by up to 75 nm, or the endurance by up to 40 minutes, under standard conditions. The new AGW is available as an add-on option and can be applied retroactively to all H135s equipped with Helionix.
Additionally, Airbus has recently certified a new single pilot IFR Helionix cockpit for its H135 helicopters. The modified cockpit enables customers to choose between removing the co-pilot side of the instrument panel to increase the field of view or to keep it in order to install specific STC equipment. The single pilot IFR cockpit of the H135 will further boost the capabilities of the H135 in several missions, including aerial work, utility and law enforcement.
More than 1,400 H135 helicopters have been delivered
To date, more than 1,400 helicopters of the H135 family have been delivered around the globe with more than 5.6 million flight hours. More than 300 customers in 60 countries use helicopters from the H135 family for a wide range of missions including Helicopter Emergency Medical Services, law enforcement, private and business aviation, offshore wind, and military training.
One of these customers is Air Methods Corporation, which has signed a US$24-million, five-year HCare Smart support contract with Airbus Helicopters to cover its fleet of 31 EC145 aircraft.