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Helitech 2018: Airbus sees EMS helicopters key to European model

9th October 2018 - 11:00 GMT | by Helen Haxell in London

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With operators looking to replace legacy EMS helicopters across the European region, Airbus Helicopters is seeking to position its aircraft from its light and medium portfolio as the solution to medical crews’ demands.

The H145 is already well-received by the global EMS market, on 4 September this year, a Japanese operator received its second H145 dedicated to EMS operations.

Furthermore, in March of this year, the UK-based Midlands Air Ambulance Charity received a new upgraded H145 EMS helicopter.

David Prevor, senior marketing executive at Airbus Helicopters, told Shephard that the H145 and H160 whilst different in size could complement each other when it comes to EMS missions.

The H135 and H145 can be seen as the initial responder to an accident whilst the H160 could be the transportation aircraft between hospitals; he emphasised the versatility of both aircraft.

‘The H145 and H135 are really addressing, I would say, the primary mission: if you have an accident and you need to go straight to the point of the accident.

‘The H160 is more equipped to address the secondary market of the EMS. So, the secondary market, being, actually, the transportation of people from one hospital to the other,’ Prevor commented.

However, Prevor stressed it was not just about the platforms themselves but maximising the technologies on board the aircraft to ensure efficient maintenance techniques and availability through ‘connected services’ when operating the helicopter.

‘Connected services are becoming more and more important in the industry. Because today, it's one other way to increase the helicopter’s availability. [Through] organising the maintenance, by having a predicted maintenance, by also optimising your planning or activities… [it is] about how we can help the operators to be more efficient in the way they operate the helicopter,' he explained.

Both the H145 and H160 will be in EMS configuration on display at Helitech International at the RAI in Amsterdam.

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