Paul Derby

Eurocopter's EC135 twin-engined helicopter programme reached a landmark at Paris yesterday.

The manufacturer delivered the 100th EC135 to the helicopter unit of the Bavarian police force at the show and says that confirmed sales now stand at 160. The force has now received eight of the nine machines it has ordered.

Eurocopter says that the EC135 has now logged more than 30,000 flight hours and that its status as one of the world's quietest helicopters is helping to drive sales.

Patrick Gavin and Dr Siegfried Sobotta, president and co-president of Eurocopter, handed over the keys to Franz Bosch, a member of the internal affairs committee of the Bavarian parliament, responsible for law enforcement.

Source: Flight Daily News