Airbus reveals updated H145
Airbus Helicopters has unveiled a new version of its light-twin H145 at Heli-Expo 2019.
The new version brings an innovative five-bladed rotor to the aircraft which helps increase its useful load by 150 kg. The base H145 has a maximum take-off weight of 3,800kg.
Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO said: “We’re extremely happy to be able to showcase the new H145 to our customers here in Atlanta as this upgrade owes a lot to the feedback they have provided us over the years about the aircraft.
“Our teams have worked hard to quickly bring to the market a set of innovations that we believe will contribute to the success of our customers’ operations. It is their trust in the H145 and all its predecessor variants over the last decades that have made it the fantastic helicopter it has become today, and I want to thank them for their continuous support”.
The new variant also features new on-board-connectivity options through a new wireless airborne communications system which allows for data to be transmitted by the helicopter in-flight to the ground. The upgrades will be offered to current H145 customers as a retrofit option.
Airbus is first seeking EASA certification for the aircraft and expects to have the aircraft certified for early 2020 and will start deliveries later in the year
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