The first EC135 HEMS for China, to the 999 Center of Beijing during a test flight (Image © Charles Abarr / Airbus Helicopters)

Nǐ hǎo to the first Airbus air ambulance of China

The first EC135 HEMS for China, to the 999 Center of Beijing during a test flight (Image © Charles Abarr / Airbus Helicopters)
The first EC135 HEMS for China, to the 999 Center of Beijing during a test flight (Image © Charles Abarr / Airbus Helicopters)

Airbus Helicopters delivered its first ever dedicated air ambulance to China on 10 October 2014. The twin-engine EC135 HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) was transfered to 999 Emergency Rescue Center at the Airbus Helicopters’s plant in Donauwörth.

999 Center (as it is called in short in English is a Beijing Red Cross Foundation subsidiary. The helicopter is the EC135 P2e version, with the medical systems coming from Bucher. Bucher is the same provider for many established European HEMS operators.

A delegation of doctors from the 999 Center currently is undergoing familiarization courses in Augsbourg on the Bucher-supplied equipment, which follows a one-week introduction to HEMS in the ADAC HEMS Academy near Cologne (Köln). In parallel, Airbus Helicopters is providing rotorcraft training, organizing a cooperation outreach, and establishing relationships and workshops for the Chinese with leading European air rescue operators to ensure a smooth and successful initiation of the country’s new HEMS operations.

In addition to the initial EC135 P2e received today by the 999 Center, a second helicopter will be delivered in the first quarter 2015, and a letter of intent for two EC145 T2 rotorcraft also has been signed by this public institution.

Airbus Helicopters has currently provided over 60 percent of the HEMS helicopters worldwide. Approximately 25 percent of all medical emergency operations around the globe are performed with the EC135. A total of more than 1,100 EC135s have been delivered worldwide, and over 500 of these rotorcrafts are in HEMS configurations.

The EC135 has a wide, unobstructed cabin and has a relative low noise. The helicopter’s sliding side doors and rear clamshell doors enable rapid loading/unloading of patients – with additional safety during ground operations with the Fenestron shrouded tail rotor.

Source: Airbus Helicopters

Fully painted, the official handover of the first EC135 HEMS for China, to the 999 Center of Beijing (Image © Charles Abarr / Airbus Helicopters)
Fully painted, the official handover of the first EC135 HEMS for China, to the 999 Center of Beijing (Image © Charles Abarr / Airbus Helicopters)