By S.L. Fuller | January 30, 2018
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 1,300th member of the H-135 family. The manufacturer said the aircraft have accumulated more than 4.5 million flight hours since the model’s entry into service in 1996.
More than 300 customers in 60 countries use helicopters from the H135 family, Airbus said. They’re used for missions including EMS, law enforcement, corporate transport, military flight training and offshore wind.
The majority of the lightweight twin-engine aircraft are operated in Europe, at 641 units, Airbus said. In North America, 316 are operating. In Asia, 195 are operating.
“The integration of Airbus Helicopter’s Helionix avionics suite in 2016 underlines the constant evolution of the H135 to help meet customers’ needs,” Airbus said. “The simple and intuitive avionics system incorporates a 4-axis-autopilot – already in use with the H175 and H145 — further reduces pilots’ workload and provides an unrivalled level of safety.”