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Dorset and Somerset air ambulance Eurocopter 135


Eurocopter 135


The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flies a Eurocopter EC 135 T2+. It is a twin-engine helicopter produced by Eurocopter and is widely used amongst police and air ambulances services across the country.


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Made in Donauworth, Bavaria, S Germany

The helicopter is leased from Bond Helicopters and includes all servicing, spare parts, an onsite engineer and pilot. The benefits of leasing an air ambulance includes the guarantee that a replacement helicopter is available if the need should arise

The Euro 135 has 2 jet engines, but can fly on just one should an engine fail

Speed – 130 knots – Approx 150 mph

Flying minima – 300ft cloud base – 3,000m horizontal visibility

Fuel Cons. 200 litres/ hr (44 gallons ) of AVTUR (paraffin)

In addition to 1 pilot and 2 paramedics, the aircraft has facilities to carry 2 patients on stretchers, or 1 patient and relative (important if carrying a small child)

Helicopter Servicing


50hrs1 engineer3 hours

150hrs2 “6 hours

300hrs4 “4 days

600hrs4-5 “5-7 days

Engine life 25,000 cycles 1 cycle = 1 start up + 1 shut down




G-DORS “Golf Delta Oscar Romeo Sierra”

The first letter denotes country of origin (G for UK) – followed by four letters for individual identity.


Call Sign


“Helimed One Zero” – A rapid means of identifying an aircraft and its purpose during radio transmission.


Medical Equipment aboard the Euro 135


We carry all the latest medical and resuscitation equipment on board our helicopter including 2 stretchers, blankets, splints, dressings, intravenous transfusion fluids, oxygen, an ECG monitor, defibrillator, Lucas resuscitator, mechanical ventilator, vital signs monitor, respiratory CO2 monitor, plus additional items for airway control and numerous medicines.


These items enable us to save lives and manage a patient’s condition at the scene and during their journey to hospital.


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Taken on April 6, 2012