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Airbus Helicopters Canada Delivers First Five-bladed H145 Helicopter in North America to STARS Air Ambulance

Aug 11,2021

STARS Air Ambulance, an Airbus operator for more than 35 years, is the first customer in North America to operate the new five-bladed H145 following the acceptance of their new helicopter in Fort Erie, Ontario. This latest version of the H145 family is their sixth delivery in the companys fleet renewal plan and the first five-bladed version to join the fleet. All remaining deliveries will consist of the new five-bladed H145 model and STARS has confirmed it will retrofit its initial five aircraft.

By renewing our fleet with the H145, we deliver on our commitment to continually enhance the emergency care services we provide, as each life we save makes a huge difference in someones family, someones community,said Andrea Robertson, CEO of STARS. We are thrilled to now be introducing the five-bladed variant, and extend a warm thank you to the Airbus teams for their longstanding support of our critical missions here in Canada.

The innovative five-bladed rotor system on the latest upgrade of the multi-mission H145 family increases the useful load of the helicopter by 330 lbs. Airbus Photo

STARS, a physician driven non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization, operates the H145 helicopters fitted with helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) interiors to provide safe, rapid, highly specialized emergency medical transport to patients in need across Western Canada.

The H145 was chosen after an independent reaview indicated the necessity for STARS to operate a unified, single-model helicopter fleet. In 2018, STARS published their fleet renewal plan for a total of nine H145 helicopters, the first of which was delivered in 2019. STARS recently increased their total order to 10 H145 helicopters.

I remember when I first came to know STARS operating their BK117s, the predecessor to the H145, some of which we continue to support today, and its very special to me to see them taking delivery of the first five-bladed variant in North America, which will provide them with an even better tool to carry out the incredibly important, time-sensitive work they do saving lives every day,said Romain Trapp, president of the North America region for Airbus Helicopters. Airbus is proud to continue our support of their fleet renewal process, and we sincerely thank STARS for the trust theyve placed in Airbus for more than 35 years, that continues today.

This latest upgrade of the multi-mission H145 family adds a new, innovative five-bladed rotor system, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 330 lbs. (150 kg), simplifying maintenance operations, and improving ride comfort for both passengers and crew. Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and Airbuss own Helionix digital avionics suite, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload.

Airbus Helicopters is a leading supplier of helicopters in Canada and has been a proud member of the countrys aerospace community since 1984. Airbus Helicopters Canada has a 24/7 coast-to-coast network in place to support an in-service fleet of more than 760 helicopters nationwide.  Across all its divisions Helicopters, Commercial Aircraft, and Defence and Space Airbus currently employs close to 4,000 people in Canada supporting aerospace throughout the country.

Under this background, The 37th China Helicopter Academic Exchange Conference & The 5th Annual Civil Helicopter Industry International Forum will be held in October, 2021 in Nanjing, China. The forum was advised by Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics, hosted by Chinese Helicopter Society and Nanjing University Of Aeronautics And Astronautics, supported by Shanghai General Aviation Association, organized by Nanjing Research Institute on Simulation Technique, China Helicopter Design and Research Institute, AVIC Changhe Aircraft Industry (Group) Corporation Ltd and Galleon (Shanghai) Consulting Co., Ltd. The forum will mainly focus on Policy Interpretation, Industry Data Sharing, Helicopter Design and R&D, New Technolgy Application, General Aviation Operation,  UAV Development, Helicopter MRO and Talents Cultivating.

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