One of Bond's EC135 T2 helicopters flying as an air ambulance in Wales (Image © Air Ambulance Wales / Bond Aviation Group)

The newest Bond helicopters are air ambulances

One of Bond's EC135 T2 helicopters flying as an air ambulance in Wales (Image © Air Ambulance Wales / Bond Aviation Group)
One of Bond’s EC135 T2 helicopters flying as an air ambulance in Wales
(Image © Air Ambulance Wales / Bond Aviation Group)

Airbus Helicopters finalized the deal with Avincis for the delivery of two EC135 T3 in Emergency Medical Service (EMS) configuration to be operated by Avincis’s subsidiary Bond Air Services in the United Kingdom. This was announced at the Helitech 2014 in Amsterdam on 15 October 2014.

About 70 percent of the air ambulance services in the UK are covered by Airbus helicopters (or Eurocopters). The EC135 T3/P3 is the latest-generation version of the company’s proven EC135 helicopter, and is extra suited for EMS and law enforcement missions thanks to its cabin size and rear clamshell doors, allowing for an ease of access. The main upgrades of the T3/P3 version (T3 with a Turbomeca engine and P3 with a Pratt & Whitney) are focused on a new main rotor design, new direct air intakes and new FADEC software. These technical improvements offer an increased Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) and performance enhancement from Sea Level to hot & high environments.

This EC135 T3 was launched in 2013, and its type certification is expected for mid-October. The first delivery will take place later this month.

Avincis (www.avincisgroup.com), a Babcock International Group company, is a big shot in the aviation business. Based in the UK, Avincis provides services in Australia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The company and its sister organisations operate a fleet of around 350 aircraft and employs around 3000 people. In 2013, Avincis flew over 98,500 hours worldwide, performed 51,450 emergency medical service missions, 6,350 firefighting missions, 2,100 seas and mountains rescues and transported 173,000 oil and gas engineers, technicians and other passengers. Avincis also conducts maintenance for third-party clients on helicopter and fixed-wing contracts.

Source: Airbus Helicopters