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New EC145 T2 EMS configuration unveiled

3rd June 2014 - 09:07 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Airbus Helicopters has used the AIRMED World Congress in Rome to introduce a new emergency medical services (EMS) configuration for the twin-engine EC145 T2 helicopter.

The equipment, including EMS and mountain rescue equipment, has been developed in cooperation with Mecaer Aviation Group.

A number of options are available to increase the EC145 T2’s adaptability in EMS missions, including an outfitting option called EMS Fixed Provisions. This system has been developed by Airbus Helicopters for the 4-metric-ton category rotorcraft in coordination with EMS equipment suppliers and integrators. It provides standardised interfaces for customised hardware and systems – reducing outfitting time and providing a more rapid service entry.

After its introduction on the EC145 T2, the EMS Fixed Provisions concept may be adapted to other Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft.

Ralph Setz, senior marketing director for helicopter EMS and public services, Airbus Helicopters, said: 'With more than 40 years experience in EMS we offer the widest range of helicopters for HEMS operations. More than 300 customers worldwide – who deploy some 1,200 Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in this sector – trust in our products and services for their daily operations. We are constantly committed to further developing innovations to support them in this life-critical mission segment.'

The EC145 T2 is the newest addition to the company's twin-engine, 4-metric-ton category EC145 product line. The aircraft was certified in April 2014, with deliveries scheduled to begin later this year. Four European helicopter emergency services operators are to receive the initial aircraft.

Airbus Helicopters is also introducing a Multi-Functional Floor for its 2.9-metric-ton category EC135 helicopter. Tailored for EMS operators, it eliminates the need for separate standard floors and those optimised for EMS missions, in order to save weight. The floor is designed for harsh environments and demanding missions, with advanced weight/performance and robustness. The system will be certified this year and can be utilised on all EC135 variants, including as a retrofit option.

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