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Airbus Helicopters delivers first civil H135 with Helionix
NOLAS H135. © Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters delivers first civil H135 with Helionix

Norsk Luftambulanse AS (NOLAS) is the first civil customer to receive an Airbus Helicopters H135 equipped with the Helionix avionics system.

Norwegian air ambulance operator Norsk Luftambulanse AS (NOLAS) is the first civil customer to receive an Airbus Helicopters H135 equipped with Helionix. Six additional H135s with Helionix will be delivered to NOLAS in 2017 and 2018. In December 2016, the UK MoD was the first military customer to receive the new H135 with Helionix.

The Helionix avionics system — also available on the H145 and H175 — offers an innovative cockpit layout designed for increased mission flexibility and safety.

NOLAS won a national Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) tender in Norway in 2016, and a total of 12 bases and 17 new helicopters will be operated from 1st June 2018. All helicopters are equipped for 24/7 operations with state-of-the-art configuration for Single Pilot IFR/Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) operation, Aerolite interiors and the latest medical equipment.

With a specially trained anesthesiologist, pilot and HEMS crew member, and a specially configured helicopter, NOLAS performs on-scene missions as well as advanced intensive care transportation in the demanding environment of Norway.

The H135 obtained EASA certification for the Helionix avionics suite in November 2016.

NOLAS is fully owned by the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation. NOLAS is also sole HEMS operator in Denmark with three EC135s under contract with the Danish Regions. From June 2018 the company will be the national RW HEMS operator of Norway, with seven H135s, eight H145s and two AW139s.

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