Airbus Helicopters half way through H145 demo tour

Airbus Helicopters’ H145 has completed the first month of a two-month demo tour in Brazil. The helicopter has so far toured Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Brasilia: 53 flights were performed in total, representing around 42 flight hours.

Colonel Carlos Eduardo Falconi, commander of the air squad unit at the Sao Paolo Police Department, says: “The best things I saw in this helicopter are that it has a lot of power and the emergency procedures are very simple.

“I was amazed at the take-off power. In addition, the Helionix avionics is so simple. This is important for us because we need to concentrate on the mission, manage the risks, and have the flight information in front of us.”

Operators experienced the aircraft in Curitiba and Brasilia included Brazilian governmental operators (Federal Police, Customs, Military Police) and private customers, who perform a variety of mission ranging from pure police, including special operations, to EMS and VIP transport.

“We have a gap in our fleet to fill. We need a helicopter that can transport a lot of policemen, including the bomb squad, who carry a lot of weight in their uniform. The H145 is a good one to fill that gap,” said Colonel Falconi.

The H145 will remain in Brazil for another month with additional stops in Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Pedro d’Aldeia.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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