Aerial Power Lines Sdn Bhd (APL) will be the first to introduce the Airbus Helicopters H135 (fka EC135) helicopter in Helicopters Emergency Medical Service configuration, placing its order for two choppers this week at the LIMA 2015 Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Langkawi, Malaysia.
The company placed options for another six H135s, as well as two H175s (fka EC175) to support power line monitoring and utility work.
Once in service the H135 of APL will be the most technologically advanced H135 in Malaysia to date. The multi-mission twin-engine rotorcraft has been popular for HEMS missions, thanks to its sizable sliding side doors and rear clamshell doors to enable fast loading/unloading of patients, with additional safety during ground operations ensured by the shrouded Fenestron tail rotor.
APL presently owns an H135 and AS350 B3e (new name: H125), with a heavier-lift H225 to be delivered in mid-2015. The utilization of these helicopters range from passenger transport and utility to power grid management.
Notably, APL’s first two helicopters were successfully deployed for relief missions during the floods in Malaysia last December, delivering 16 tons of food and water into rural areas of the state of Kelantan. They will soon be chartered to GMC International for use in specialized aerial work. The three-year service agreement was signed during LIMA, where APL will provide their H125 and H135 for carrying out 3-D digital mapping work in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Cambodia.
Source: Airbus Helicopters
Featured image: The H135/EC135 is popular as for emergency services, as journalist Dirk Jan de Ridder reported in his Airheadsfly.com article on the Spanish Army BHELEME II (Image © Dirk Jan de Ridder)