Helicopters Airbus delivers two new H145 to New Zealand Emergency Medical Services

Airbus Helicopters has announced that it has delivered two H145 helicopters to New Zealand Emergency Medical Services.

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With the delivery, the operator has become the first to fly with the H145 in the country. A delivery ceremony was held at the GCH Aviation Group headquarters. New Zealand Emergency Medical Services is also the first operator to use H145 in an EMS configuration in New Zealand.

Airbus Australia Pacific Managing Director Andrew Mathewson said: "I’m proud that Airbus’ helicopters are providing vital medical services and assisting the communities between Christchurch and Dunedin operated by New Zealand Helicopter Emergency Services."

"We at Airbus are privileged to work alongside local stakeholders and play our part in supporting such lifesaving aeromedical operations, as the country grows its focus on this industry," Mathewson added.

The Airbus Helicopters H145 is tailored for various emergency medical services, as well as for enforcement duties. Operators can use the aircraft for aerial work, passenger transport and offshore operations as well.

"Designed to deliver excellent performance throughout the flight, the H145 offers capability and flexibility, especially in conditions where the aircraft is operating at high altitude and where time is of the essence," he concluded.

The state-of-the-art aircraft is being equipped with the Helionix avionics suite, which provides the latest avionics to ensure good situational awareness and safety. The twin-engine helicopter furthermore offers good performance along with an upgraded main and tail rotor system.

Regarding the Fenestron technology, Airbus wrote in a statement: "The Fenestron technology brings benefits such as improved flight and ground safety to customers, as well as reduced power demand in forward flight, and lower sound and vibration levels. Included in the Fenestron is a redesigned tail gearbox that contributes to lower maintenance costs. It incorporates a duplex tail rotor actuator and dual hydraulic circuits – installed in a new damage-tolerant all-composite tail boom."

Airbus has delivered a total of more than 1,400 H145 aircraft in the world. Accumulated, the fleet has more than five million flight hours. In New Zealand, there are currently 41 H145 family helicopters deployed for missions like aeromedical, search-and-rescue, utility and business aviation purposes.

Source © airbushelicopters.asia

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