In operations on land and at sea, the EC145 is at the top of its class in the mediumsized, twin-engine helicopter category. With up to 12 seats for pilots and passengers, this multi-mission helicopter combines Airbus Helicopters' latest developments such as advanced cockpit design, avionics and a sophisticated electrical system. The EC145 offers a proven hingeless rotor system with a monolithic titanium hub and enhanced rotor blades, which ensure low sound and vibration levels.
The EC145 offers unmatched visibility and a discreet sound level—6.7 dbA below ICAO limits—for effective EMS operations. The state-of the-art, IFR-equipped glass cockpit avionics display is compatible with nightvision goggles (NVGs), which means the EC145 is fully functional both night and day. The EC145 is also well-adapted to handle primary EMS missions and flying intensive care units. Its unobstructed cabin can accommodate two stretchers, three seated persons and all necessary medical equipment. Its rear clamshell doors allow easy straight-in loading of stretchers, while extra-wide side doors provide effortless access for attendants and crew. Different configurations of the EMS interior—each tailored to the specific range of missions—are available to fulfill customers’ requirements.
Primary EMS missions
The spacious cabin of the EC145 provides easy access for patients and medical crews.
The medical equipment on board for treatments such as resuscitation (CPR) and endotracheal intubation enables medical crews to save lives during flight. Two large rear clamshell doors facilitate quick, easy and safe patient loading and unloading, even while the rotors are running.
Secondary EMS missions
The EC145 features exceptional capabilities for transferring patients from one hospital to another or for rapidly accessing accident sites. Its low vibration level and high flight stability provide working comfort for medical attendants and the best transport conditions for patients.
The medical equipment and apparatus are modular and can be fitted without requiring special tools.
Disaster management, SAR missions
The EC145 is equipped with a high-performance rescue winch system featuring a lift capacity of 272 kg (600 lb) and a cable length of 90 m that guarantees rescue operations even in the most difficult conditions such as floods, earthquakes, landslides and heavy snowfalls.
Outstanding performance and excellent stability—a “must” for rescue helicopters—make the EC145 the ideal helicopter for mountain rescue operations.
The EC145 ensures exceptional reliability and performance parameters in extreme weather conditions. It is equipped with two powerful Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turboshaft that provide an optimal level of safety in one-engine-inoperative (OEI) scenarios. Furthermore, the high-set main rotor and tail rotor improve safety on the platform. In the oil & gas configuration, the EC145 offers comfortable seating for up to nine passengers plus a pilot. Passengers can easily access the cabin via extra-wide sliding doors on either side or clamshell doors at the back.
The EC145’s low level of maintenance per flight hour is acknowledged by operators as a key feature of this aircraft. Robust and reliable, the EC145 ensures high availability rates.
Safety in mind
The EC145 offers excellent single-engine performance. Its agility and handling qualities in high winds are exceptional.
The glass-cockpit integrated flight display with the vehicle and engine multifunction display (VEMD®) and the caution and advisory display (CAD) reduce pilot fatigue, enhancing flight safety.
The cockipt design provides an unmatched field of view in all directions.
Oil & gas mission equipment available includes:
The EC145 is the best-value solution for aerial work. The EC145’s unobstructed main cabin is easily reconfigurable to maximize mission flexibility, while the helicopter’s sliding side and rear clamshell doors optimize access to the cabin. The high-set main and tail rotor provide unparalleled safety and access, allowing the loading and unloading of passengers or cargo while the rotors are running. Extensive use of new, lightweight manufacturing materials and extensive system modularity simplifies maintenance, reducing lifetime ownership costs and logistic requirements. The EC145 was selected by the U.S. Army as the new multimission Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), known as the UH-72A Lakota.
In order to meet the continuously growing scope of public service missions, the EC145 can be equipped with the most modern and proven police equipment on the market. Fast and reliable, the EC145 can rapidly transport up to 11 officers to the scene of an accident. The EC145 is fully NVG-compatible.
SWAT Team Transportation
The EC145 is the only helicopter in its category to combine a roomy cabin with excellent window visibility, providing exceptional passenger comfort. This aircraft offers high rotor clearance, large luggage clamshell doors, extra-thick interior insulation, and special flooring that lessens residual vibration. The EC145, with its sporty yet elegant atmosphere, invites passengers onboard via large sliding doors that provide easy cabin access. Inside, passengers discover the cabin's stylish comfort and various amenities while they admire the view. With its low sound and vibration levels, corporate and private helicopter users alike can work or relax in the living space.
Exclusivity and aesthetics
The EC145 becomes more than a means of transportation in the Stylence ® configuration, which merges aesthetics and advanced technology to offer unrivalled passenger comfort.
Even when passengers are onboard and comfortably seated, the EC145 Stylence configuration offers ample space for luggage to be easily loaded through the rear clamshell doors. The exceptionally spacious cabin allows for a variety of seating arrangements.