This past week, Airbus Helicopters delivered the company’s two-hundredth H145 to Norsk Luftambulanse, also known as NOLAS. Norsk Luftambulanse, an air rescue operator, will utilize the H145 for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in Norway. The delivery of this two-hundredth H145 is the last helicopter to complete NOLAS’ current order with Airbus. This brings their Airbus fleet to 8 H145s and 7 H135s. These helicopters are used to bring services to HEMS from different bases across Norway.
Even before Norsk Luftambulanse’s commencement as Norway’s national helicopter emergency medical services operator in June, the company will be the sole air ambulance operator to utilize a full Helionix-equipped fleet of both H135s and H145s. NOLA’s global H145 fleet has reached over 100,000 hours of flight since the helicopter’s entry into service in 2015. Babcock, the largest global operator for the H145, operates a fleet of thirty-one H145s for both HEMS and police missions. G-SASS, which is a H145 flown by Babcock for the Scottish Ambulance Service, leads the global fleet of H145 with over 2,500 hours of flight.
The H145 family, which also consists of the EC145 and BK117, has collected over five million flight hours with over 1,400 helicopters transported to this day. The H145 is known as the most advanced unit of Airbus Helicopters’, multi-use, twin-engine category. The H145 is the aircraft of choice for high intensity operations for a variety of different missions (like military and HEMS) for several reasons. It is compact in size, possess a large and flexible cabin while still being easily reconfigured, boasts the lowest maintenance costs in its class, and is fueled by powerful engines as well as the Helionix avionic suite with 4-axis autopilot.