Eurocopter EC135

Successor of the BO105

It's a little unusual for the Flying Bulls' helicopters: its modern design and its youthfulness (constructed 2006) compared to its brothers make the EC135 something special. "The best helicopter in its class you can buy," is the accolade bestowed by Blacky Schwarz. There's much more to it, though, which makes it a valuable addition to the Flying Bulls family.

The EC135 was originally developed by Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) as a multi-purpose helicopter to succeed the BO105. The joint venture with the French firm Aérospatiale resulted in the formation of the company Eurocopter in 1992, so when the EC135 first flew in 1994 it contained numerous innovations from both firms. The fly by wire steering, a main rotor with no hinges and bearings, which cuts material-wearing vibrations and noise to a minimum, GRP rotor blades, a CFRP composite passenger safety cell and last, but not least, the Fenestron tail rotor, which also significantly reduces noise and improves safety, still set the standard.

The twin-engined EC135 is mainly used for rescue flights, as a training and police helicopter, and as a business helicopter. Its technical specification provides an insight into Blacky's enthusiasm: maximum speed 140 knots (260 km/h), 635 km range, fuel management display, 3-axis autopilot and two 609 kW engines to make the pilot's life easier. Thanks to his instrument flight licence, Blacky is able to get his passengers to their destination in one piece with the EC135, even at night and in fog. "The Eurocopter makes you feel like you have a partner you can rely on in difficult situations. You don't have to think about idiosyncrasies as you do with other helicopters, the opposite is true," says the Flying Bull's chief helicopter pilot. You couldn't pay a helicopter a nicer compliment.

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