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STARS receives fourth and fifth H145 from Airbus, preps for five-bladed arrival later this year

Fort Erie, 11 January, 2021 – Airbus Helicopters Canada has delivered two new twin-engine H145 helicopters to STARS, a physician driven non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization serving Western Canada, continuing the company’s multi-year fleet renewal program for nine new helicopters. The four remaining helicopters to be delivered will arrive in the new five-bladed configuration, beginning later this year.

STARS’ H145 helicopters, fitted with helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) interiors, will support STARS in providing a safe, rapid, highly specialized emergency medical transport for the critically ill and injured, many of which are located in rural areas.

“We’re about halfway through our H145 deliveries and having them in our fleet has already been a game changer for our operations,” said David Harding, Chief Aviation Officer, STARS. “This platform is uniquely suited for our demanding HEMS operations, and we really look forward to getting our first 5-bladed variants later this year and the increased performance and capabilities they will bring.”

The H145 was chosen following an extensive competitive process thanks to its cutting-edge technology, advanced safety features, and exceptional HEMS heritage. Offering the largest cabin in its class and unbeatable payload, the H145 is perfectly suited for STARS’ mission requirements. Its versatility, spacious cabin and rear-loading clamshell doors have made the H145 the leading choice for air medical programs in Canada and worldwide.

STARS takes delivery of fourth and fifth Airbus H145

STARS takes delivery of fourth and fifth Airbus H145. Left to right – Dwight Webb, Director of Maintenance, STARS; Dwayne Charette, President and COO, Airbus Helicopters Canada; and Rob Kamphuis, Training Captain, STARS. ©Airbus Helicopters

STARS H145

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About Airbus Helicopters Canada Ltd.

Airbus has been a proud member of Canada’s aerospace community since 1984 and is a leading supplier of helicopters in the country. Headquartered in Fort Erie, ON, with a team of nearly 250 employees, Airbus Helicopters Canada also has a 24/7 coast to coast network in place to support an in-service fleet of more than 760 helicopters nationwide. Airbus Helicopters Canada is a centre of excellence for engineering and composite manufacturing, and is the sole-source supplier of composite parts for eight different helicopter models in the Airbus range.

About Airbus 

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2019, it generated revenues of €70 billion and employed a workforce of around 135,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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