Airbus Helicopters EC135: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

The Airbus Helicopters EC135 has been developed from the MBB Bo 105. The latest variant is the EC135 T3, the helicopter is also available as an EC135 Hermes and as an EC135 T2e.

EASA certified the latest version, the EC135 T3/P3 on the 20th October 2014. The EC135 T3/P3 version can carry an extra 200 kgs payload and has slightly larger rotors giving more lift to the helicopter.

Missions: Airborne Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Offshore, Executive, Airline, EMS

First delivery:  1996

World fleet:  over 1,200 (all versions)

Category:  Twin Engine

List price: Approx $4.2m


Maximum speed (Vne): 155 kts 287 km/hr

Maximum cruise speed (Vh): 137 kts 254 km/hr

Hover ceiling, In-Ground Effect (TOP):  ? ft ? m

Hover ceiling, Out-of-Ground Effect (TOP): ? ft ? m

Single engine service ceiling: ? ft ? m

Maximum Range: 342 nm/635 km (no reserve)


Maximum takeoff gross weight: 6,415 lb 2,910 kg

Empty weight: 3,208 lb 1,455 kg

Useful load: 3,208 lb 1,455 kg

Passengers (crew): up to 7 (1) or 2 crew and 2 patients with 1 pilot as Air Ambulance

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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