HeliAir’s successful upgrade of the H135
Vienna – Over the past few days, HeliAir technicians put the finishing touches on the first H135 Emergency Medical Helicopter’s upgrade from version T2+ to version T3. “For us, it’s a matter of course to constantly develop and advance our fleet, so we can provide our patients with comprehensive care of the highest possible level of quality and safety” declared Reinhard Kraxner, director of ÖAMTC’s air-rescue services. “An obvious component of that, beyond simply investing in new helicopters, is bringing our pre-existing fleet up to speed with the newest available technologies.”
The renovations were comprehensive, including switching out the primary propellers, the drive shaft, horizontal stabilizers as well as several cockpit instruments. “Four technicians have been working on the copter for about 8 weeks now”, reported Martin Weger, the maintenance director for HeliAir. As the company’s maintenance staff are certified to repair both the 135 series as well as its Turbomeca turbines, the upgrades required no additional technical trainings for the mechanics involved. “With over 190,000 flight hours combined, our technicians know this helicopter down to the smallest detail”, said Weger.
The time in the shop was also utilized to conduct necessary safety checks, perform routine maintenance and install electronic updates. During the course of the work, the helicopter was also outfitted with KOKON, the world’s first self-adhering interior paneling, designed and developed by HeliAir. In total, ÖAMTC’s Air-Rescue Services invested around 600,000€ in the upgrades. After two and a half days of test flights, as well as the obligatory flight clearance from the aviation authorities, the finished helicopter returned to service today in Innsbruck as the Christophorus 1.
“With these upgrades, which will now be repeated on vessels across the fleet, ÖAMTC guarantees that it’s air-rescue fleet will remain up-to-date and action-ready for the next ten years or more”, Kraxner clarified.
With Helikopter Air Transport (HeliAir), the ÖAMTC Air Rescue Service has its very own maintenance facility with European aviation legislation approval at its bases in Innsbruck and Wiener Neustadt, a facility that enjoys an excellent reputation also at the international level. Helicopters and engines from all over Europe are serviced and maintained at Innsbruck and Wiener Neustadt.
HeliAir also operates its own design and production facility, developing mission equipment for helicopters and compiling all the approval documents required by the European Aviation Authority. In all its areas of operation HeliAir has established quality standards that are on a par with the systems implemented by major airlines.