The Norwegian Air Ambulance is ordering two five-bladed H145s to be used for lifesaving missions in Norway.
The company operates all 13 HEMS bases in Norway using a 100 per cent Helionix-equipped fleet of H135s and H145s. Its mother company, the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation, was the first operator in the world to take delivery of a five-bladed H145 in 2020.
“I would like to thank the Norwegian Air Ambulance for its continued trust in our helicopters to support their essential, life-saving missions,” said Thomas Hein, Head of Europe Region at Airbus Helicopters. “We’re proud that they are further expanding their fleet of five-bladed H145s.”
Leif Olstad, CEO of the Norwegian Air Ambulance, added: “The five-bladed H145 has proven to be the perfect helicopter for our HEMS operations. With the new helicopters we will continue to serve the people of Norway with state of the art equipment to ensure the best service possible.”
The new version of Airbus’ H145 light twin-engine helicopter adds a new five-bladed rotor to the multi-mission aircraft, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 150kg (330lbs). The simplicity of the new bearingless main rotor design also eases maintenance operations, further improving the benchmark serviceability and reliability of the H145, while improving ride comfort for both passengers and crew.