Second Enstrom TH180 prototype resumes flying

Enstrom has resumed flight testing of the TH-180 with the second prototype (registered N181TH). The TH-180 took to the air under control of William Taylor, Enstrom test pilot.

Taylor took the aircraft through a standard production-type acceptance, including all the hover and forward flight checks such as tracking and rigging checks.

“It flies great.” said Taylor, “Now we can resume certification. The market needs a robust, forgiving trainer.”

Enstrom’s third TH-180 flight test vehicle is in production with completion expected this summer. With two aircraft flying, Enstrom is focused on an accelerated certification flight test schedule.

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: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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