Airbus' H160 EMS cabin concept debuted at Heli Expo, created by Metro Aviation. (D. Bond / Airbus Helicopters)
Airbus Helicopters debuted a new air medical interior concept for its twin-engine H160 aircraft at HeliExpo, touting the design’s ample space and equipment layout as ideal for medical crews.
The cabin mock-up, completed by longstanding Airbus partner Metro Aviation, is on display at Airbus’ show booth.
Metro developed the cabin concept with the needs of North American air medical operations in mind, including machined aluminum cabin flooring that allows multiple configurations; four-track and swivel medical attendant seats; a modular medical rack (MMR) and an overhead communications panel with radio, audio and touch screen controls.
“At Metro Aviation, we spend a large amount of time poring over designs to ensure any configuration that leaves our facility is one that exceeds expectations and eases the burden of air medical professionals who are already faced with a stressful job,” said Metro Aviation Managing Director Milton Geltz. “This EMS cabin concept designed for the H160 was laid out to ensure medical crews have the room and flexibility they need to work efficiently with the right equipment at their fingertips. We are excited about the possibility of completing this aircraft in the future."
With the largest cabin in its class, wide opening sliding door and positionable stretcher capacity, Airbus says the H160 is positioned to be the next-generation high-intensive care helicopter, ideal for long distances critical patient or isolette transport.
The cabin configuration on display at Heli-Expo is just one possibility, with many customizations available.
“We are excited to see the wide range of H160 configurations begin to take form, as we gear up for the much-anticipated entry into service of this next-generation aircraft,” said Chris Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and head of the North America region.
Airbus is marketing the H160 in both Europe and North America for EMS and other missions. While the EMS helicopter market in the U.S. is split 70/30 between single- and twin-engine aircraft, Emerson sees increasing sales of twin-engine models, particularly for urban markets.
The first serial H160 to come off the company’s new assembly line in Marignane, France, completed its first flight on Dec. 14 and is scheduled for delivery to customer Babcock International Group PLC in 2020.