Transport Canada has granted certification validation to the Airbus Helicopters H135 light twin equipped with the Helionix aviation system. The approval follows those awarded by the FAA in 2018 and EASA in 2016.
Helionix is designed with three large electronic displays, is night-vision-goggle (NVG) compatible, features a four-axis autopilot, and includes a first limit indicator that highlights the appropriate engine instrument data for the pilot in one indicator. Helionix already is standard on the company’s H175, H145, and, soon, on the H160 super-medium and medium twins.
“The H135 has proven itself to be one of the most reliable aircraft on the market,” said Dwayne Charette, president and COO of Airbus Helicopters Canada. “This recent certification now allows us to deliver the H135 with the latest technologies to our customers, providing them the combination of power, safety, and maneuverability.”
Existing customers for the aircraft in the U.S. and Europe include Stat Medevac; the British Ministry of Defense/UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS), operated by Ascent Flight training; and the Norwegian Helicopter Emergency Medical Services operator Norsk Luftambulanse AS (Nolas). In Canada, some 220 operators fly approximately 720 Airbus helicopters.