German Federal Police EC135s reach milestone

EC135 German Federal PoliceThe German Federal Police
EC135 helicopter fleet has reached a milstone by flying 100, 000 hours. The
helicopters perform tasks such as law enforcement, security and emergency
medical services across Germany.

“The flight time logged by
the German Federal Police marks a true milestone for the EC135, as this capable
aircraft is given increasingly diverse operational duties for civil security missions
in Germany,” said Eurocopter executive vice president of programmes Wolfgang
Schoder. “It is further evidence of Eurocopter’s commitment to delivering
state-of-the art products that enable law enforcement agencies to meet
demanding missions both today and in the future.”

The German Federal Police operates a fleet of 41 Eurocopter EC135 helicopters.

“We appreciate the flexibility and the mission portfolio of the EC135 combined
with its outstanding reliability,” said Thomas Helbig, head of the German
Federal Police Air Support Service. “The specific mission that achieved the
100,000th flight hour perfectly showcases the capabilities of the EC135:
Carried out at nighttime with NVGs and a FLIR during a railway surveillance
mission, the crew was able to detect the suspects in the very act and
coordinate the pursuit, resulting in the successful arrest of the offenders.”

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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