Airbus Helicopters’ H160 wins FAA certification


Airbus Helicopters’ H160 has received FAA certification. The award marks a significant milestone in the aircraft’s development ahead of its entry into the US market, according to the manufacturer.

Airbus has received orders for more than 100 H160s from customers worldwide, including more than a dozen from US clients. The aircraft received EASA certification in July 2020. The H160 has entered service in Japan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Europe and the fleet has accumulated more than 1,700 flight hours. In April the company confirmed a deal to sell 50 H160s to helicopter lessor and operator GDAT in China.

Bruno Even, CEO, Airbus Helicopters welcomed FAA certification for the H160. North American customers had already place their trust in the multirole helicopter, he said. “This aircraft features the highest level of innovation and we are confident that its advanced capabilities, along with our strong customer support network, will solidify its position as the preferred choice for customers in the US,” said Even.

The H160 is said to deliver cutting-edge technologies, including noise-reducing Blue Edge rotor blades, a canted Fenestron tail rotor for greater useful load. The model also features the Airbus Helicopters’ Helionix avionics suite designed to cut pilot workload. The aircraft is designed to deliver a range of missions, including offshore transportation for the energy industry, private and business aviation, emergency medical services, commercial passenger transport, and public services such as search and rescue (SAR) and law enforcement.

Airbus Helicopters has been planning the H160’s entry into the North American market for several years. Preparations have included the launch of North America’s first H160 level D full flight simulator (FFS). The simulator is expected to be ready for use in the  second half of 2025 and will be located at the Helisim Simulation Center inside the Airbus Helicopters facility in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Top: The H160 has just received FAA certification. (Image copyright: David Alan Arnold).

Above: Airbus has received orders for more than 100 H160s from customers worldwide.

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