The first H130 T2 was introduced into U.S. air medical service in February by Enloe Medical Center’s FlightCare Program. Airbus Helicopters Inc. Photo
Airbus Helicopters Inc. is planning a multi-city tour across the U.S. this spring demonstrating the next generation air medical service capabilities of its EC130 T2 (now known as the H130 T2). United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods, will be completing the Airbus H130 T2 for the tour, equipping the aircraft with a state-of-the-art, next generation medical interior and avionics suite.
Since it was launched in 2012, the popular H130 T2 has been utilized for a variety of purposes, including tourism and firefighting. The first H130 T2 was introduced into U.S. air medical service in February by Enloe Medical Center’s FlightCare Program.
Now in its 30th year of providing air ambulance service, Chico, Calif.-based Enloe selected the H130 T2 for its safety features, redundant aircraft systems and all-in-one digital technology, as well as the roomy cabin that provides more comfort for patients, better patient access for the crew, and room for new medical equipment.
The H130 T2 succeeds its predecessor, the EC130 B4, as one of the most highly successful single engine helicopters in air medical service. Improvements in power, performance, ride comfort and speed enhance air medical transport operations. The H130 T2 has been so well received by Enloe that Airbus Helicopters Inc. decided to take an identically equipped aircraft on tour to demonstrate the aircraft’s air medical service capabilities.
“The H130 T2 is the next generation single-engine aircraft that can provide both high performance and lower costs for the air medical industry,” said Treg Manning, vice president, sales and marketing for Airbus Helicopters Inc. “The T2 provides a more accessible and roomier working environment and unparalleled flexibility in equipment configuration, not to mention upgraded safety features that are standard with this helicopter We are excited about the upcoming tour and the opportunity to showcase this aircraft to our friends in the air medical industry.”
United Rotorcraft’s newly FAA-approved medical interior includes the Lowered Patient Loading System (LPLS) to easily load and secure critically injured patients and neonatal isolettes during transport. On board medical systems include 10 Liter Liquid Oxygen (LOX), integrated compressed air, suction, and tailored mounts to accommodate carry-on medical equipment as well as an abundance of AC power.
“The Airbus Helicopters EC130 T2 will be a popular platform for the helicopter air ambulance industry. We are proud to partner with Airbus Helicopters to demonstrate this aircraft and showcase our highly capable EMS interior for the market,” said Mike Slattery, president, United Rotorcraft.
With the largest cabin of any single engine helicopter in its class — 54 percent greater unobstructed cabin volume than the Bell 407 — and wide, sliding doors, the medical crew can remain in continuous contact with the patient, providing for improved care. Available in numerous EMS configurations, the H130 T2 has 143 percent more baggage space than the Bell 407, allowing medical staff to carry a wider range of specialty equipment.
The H130 offers better power margins and range than competing models, particularly in hot and high conditions. Safety features include a factory installed Vision 1000 flight data recorder and a cabin design with crash worthy seats. Lower direct maintenance costs provide operators with improved economics.