Airbus Helicopters’ H175 wins certification in China


Airbus Helicopters has received certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its H175 helicopter, ahead of the delivery of four aircraft to clients in the country later this year.

Bruno Even, CEO, Airbus Helicopters said: “The Chinese certification of the H175 is another great achievement in the continued successful partnership between Airbus Helicopters and the Chinese helicopter industry.”

The manufacturer has pledged to work with the industry in China to develop the country’s civil market with products such as the H175, aiming to serve the interests of the Chinese people and the economy. “The H175’s advanced state-of-the art performances and reliability will serve to provide the people of China with the ability to perform critical life-saving missions even in the most severe conditions,” he added.

In service since 2015, the super-medium Airbus H175 is designed for a range of missions including: offshore crew change, search-and-rescue (SAR), public services, and private and business aviation. The 53 H175s in service have accumulated more than 185,000 flight hours in 13 countries.

Powered by two PT6C 67E versions of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s turboshaft PT6 engines, the H175 cruises at 155kts. Equipped with a standard fuel tank, the aircraft has a capacity of more than 2t. The aircraft’s cockpit is equipped with the Helionix avionics suite and integrated 4-axis autopilot.

Airbus Helicopters describes China as one of the most demanding markets worldwide for civil helicopters with a growing need for the super-medium segment, according to the manufacturer.

Meanwhile, in April Airbus Helicopters revealed a deal to sell 50 H160s to helicopter Chinese lessor and operator GDAT.