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    NEWS | Airbus Helicopters H145 / BK117D3

    Five-Bladed H145 in Chile for High Altitude Trials


    The 5-bladed H145 prototype is in Chile to demonstrate its capabilities at high altitudes. EASA certification expected for early 2020

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    Five-Bladed H145 in Chile for High Altitude Trials


    Helis, June 27, 2019 - The prototype of the five-bladed H145, unveiled at Heli-Expo in Atlanta last March, has just arrived in Chile.

    The aircraft will start a high altitude flight campaign to expand its flight envelope and demonstrate its capabilities at high altitudes.

    The H145’s new five-bladed rotor brings a significant increase in overall performance, with a maximum take-off weight raised to 3,800 kg and a useful load now equivalent to the aircraft’s empty weight.

    The simplicity of the new bearingless main rotor design will also ease maintenance operations, further improving the benchmark serviceability and reliability of the H145, while improving ride comfort for both passengers and crew. The reduced rotor diameter will allow the H145 to operate in more confined areas.



    Airbus - Santiago de Chile - The prototype of the five-bladed H145, which Airbus Helicopters unveiled at Heli-Expo in Atlanta last March, has just arrived in Chile where the aircraft will start a high altitude flight campaign.

    EASA certification is expected in early 2020, with deliveries following later that year.

    The new H145 is ready to take on the Andes, with altitudes up to 20,000 feet above sea level, after having already performed some altitude tests in the French Pyrenees during the summer of 2018. The objective of this campaign is to expand the flight envelope of the new helicopter and demonstrate its capabilities at high altitudes.

    Due to its multi-mission capacity and excellent performance in hot and high conditions, present in many countries in Latin America, the H145 family is one of the region's favourite light twin engine helicopters. The flight campaign will provide some operators with the opportunity to fly the new version and experience first-hand the improvements brought by the new five-bladed rotor – an increased useful load of 150 kg and new levels of comfort.

    The H145’s new five-bladed rotor brings a significant increase in overall performance, with a maximum take-off weight raised to 3,800 kg and a useful load now equivalent to the aircraft’s empty weight. The simplicity of the new bearingless main rotor design will also ease maintenance operations, further improving the benchmark serviceability and reliability of the H145, while improving ride comfort for both passengers and crew. The reduced rotor diameter will allow the H145 to operate in more confined areas.

    The new H145 introduces new levels of on-board connectivity to customers and operators through the integration of the wireless Airborne Communication System (wACS), allowing seamless and secure transmission of data generated by the helicopter in real-time, including in-flight.





    Aircraft mentioned in this article :
    Airbus Helicopters H145 / EC145T2 D-HADW     ( Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH )

    This article is listed in :
    Airbus Helicopters H145 / BK117D3
    Airbus Helicopters Cono Sur

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