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WinAir Presents: The Complete Guide to the Airbus H145 Helicopter

WinAir Presents: The Complete Guide to the Airbus H145 Helicopter—infographic showcases key information on Airbus Helicopters’ most advanced multi-purpose medium-sized twin-engine light utility helicopter


The Complete Guide to the Airbus H145 Helicopter was created using information sourced from Wikipedia’s “Eurocopter EC145” article and Airbus Helicopters’ “H145” webpage. It highlights data on aircraft typical uses, vital statistics, general characteristics, and performance outputs.

The Airbus H145 Helicopter was designed to be capable of fulfilling a variety of demanding missions. It is available in both civilian, military, and parapublic variants and can be configured to meet the unique requirements of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) air ambulance operators, law enforcement agencies, and militaries. It achieved first flight June 12, 1999, and was introduced into service in 2002.

The aircraft was originally referred to as the BK117 C2 and then came to be known as the EC145 as a result of the formation of Eurocopter in 1992. It was later rebranded as the Airbus Helicopters BK117 D2 H145 with Airbus’ acquisition of Eurocopter in 2002. Today, it is known as the H145 and is considered to be one of the aviation industries leading multi-role helicopters, which is due in part to its robust capabilities and unique flexibility—the aircraft can handle some of the world’s highest altitudes and warmest weather conditions.

Much of the appeal of the H145 is a result of its overall versatility. The helicopter can easily be configured to participate in an assortment of missions for businesses from a variety of industries, including utility corporations, oil and gas companies, news agencies, aerial wildfire suppression operations, and so on. In terms of its law enforcement and military applications, the H145 can perform patrol, observation, reconnaissance, and search and rescue missions.

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WinAir Presents: The Complete Guide to the Airbus H145 Helicopter


Introducing the Airbus H145


The Airbus H145, formerly known as the EC145, is a twin-engine light utility helicopter, which was developed and manufactured by Eurocopter, and was rebranded as Airbus Helicopters in 2014.[2]

It was originally referred to as the BK 117 C2 up until the formation of Eurocopter in 1992.[3]

The aircraft can carry up to nine passengers along with two crew, depending on customer configuration.[4]

Military variants of the helicopter have been produced under various names, including H145M and UH-72.[5]


Typical Aircraft Uses

  • Passenger Transport
  • Corporate Transport
  • News Agencies / Television / Film
  • Search and Rescue (SAR)
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Utility Roles
  • Reconnaissance
  • Oil and Gas
  • Parapublic
  • Military Training, Logistics, and Troop Transport
  • Light Attack
  • Law Enforcement


Vital Statistics[8]

  • Role: Light utility helicopter
  • Nation of Origin: Germany
  • Manufacturer: Eurocopter; Airbus Helicopters
  • First Flight: June 12th, 1999
  • Introduction: 2002
  • Status: In Service
  • Produced: 1999–present
  • Number Built: ~1,300
  • Developed From: MBB / Kawasaki BK 117
  • Variants: Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota


General Characteristics[10]

  • Crew: 1 or 2 (pilots)
  • Capacity: 9 passengers
  • Length: 13.03 m (42 ft 9 in)
  • Rotor Diameter: 11.0 m (36 ft)
  • Height: 3.45 m (11 ft 4 in)
  • Disc Area: 95 m² (1,018 ft²)
  • Empty Weight: 1,792 kg (3,951 lbs)
  • Useful Load: 1,793 kg (3,953 lbs)
  • Loaded Weight: 3,585 kg (7,903 lbs)
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 3,585 kg (7,903 lbs)
  • Powerplant: 2 x Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turboshafts, 738 shp (551 kW) each



  • Never Exceed Speed: 268 km/h (145 kt, 167 mph)
  • Cruise Speed: 246 km/h (133 kn, 153 mph)
  • Range: 680 km (370 nmi, 426 mi)
  • Ferry Range: 855 km (461 nmi, 530 mi)
  • Service Ceiling: 5,240 m (17,200 ft)
  • Rate of Climb: 8.1 m/s (1,600 ft/min)


Manage Maintenance Activities on Helicopters like the H145 with Ease in WinAir


Powerful and adaptable aircraft like the Airbus Helicopters H145 require equally robust and versatile solutions to track and manage their maintenance. With the latest release of WinAir’s industry-leading software, WinAir Version 7, you can do all of this and more. The software was designed to handle the maintenance and inventory related activities on any fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft with ease. WinAir has numerous clients worldwide who operate with H145s in their fleet that are currently benefiting from the software controlled best practices that WinAir provides. For these operations, WinAir Version 7 has played a significant role in streamlining their processes and procedures.

To meet the specific demands of businesses from a variety of industries, WinAir has software packages available for Operators, Heliops, MROs, and CAMOs. For those operations that are seeking further assistance, WinAir offers additional services, such as hosting, procedural consultations, inventory data import, compliance and data loading, project management, supplementary training, and aircraft template building. With respect to the latter, WinAir has built aircraft templates for countless aircraft types, including the H145 and its predecessors, the EC145 and the BK 117. Clients that have taken advantage of this service have complimented WinAir on the accuracy of their templates and have noted significant time-savings for their respective operations. Along with its additional services, WinAir offers full turnkey solutions for businesses that are looking to expedite the transition to the software. No matter your implementation timeline, WinAir can meet your expectations.


Are you interested in learning more about how WinAir Version 7 and WinAir’s template building service will benefit your operation? If so, then contact us today to converse with a member of the WinAir team about your company’s unique needs!



About WinAir:

Based in London, Ontario, Canada, WinAir has 30 years of experience as a leader in aviation management software. Companies rely on WinAir to efficiently and effectively track and manage aircraft maintenance and inventory control. WinAir is proud to lay claim to hundreds of installations at aviation-specific organizations worldwide. From airlines, to heli-ops, to law enforcement agencies, oil industry suppliers, MROs, CAMOs, medical evacuation response teams and more, businesses using WinAir regard the solution as a necessary component to the successful management of their fleet maintenance programs.


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