H145 Australian demo tour


Airbus Helicopters' H145 demonstrator, D-HADW visits Sydney including the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service base.

Airbus Helicopters H145 has started a month long Australian demo tour.

The helicopter will visit Brisbane and North Queensland for the first time.

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The H145 arrived in Brisbane at the weekend, having completed the Sydney component of its month-long Australia visit as part of a global tour. In Sydney, the H145 was demonstrated to a wide cross-section of current and potential customers, including local hospitals, surf life savers and private aviators.

The H145 has an equally busy programme in Brisbane and greater Queensland, before its national tour heads further north to Mackay, Townsville and the Whitsundays. It will return briefly to Brisbane before continuing south to Melbourne and Canberra, and leaving the country in late July.

Cedric Bessette, director Civil Helicopters, Airbus Group Australia Pacific said: “The potential for the H145 in our region is strong. Customers who flew the H145 were very impressed with the versatility, performance and power available, giving the H145 unrivalled operational capabilities with the highest level of safety.”

“Our customers commented on the quietness of the aircraft, as well as its ease of operation and multi-role capabilities. These qualities are thanks to the H145’s enclosed Fenestron tail rotor and an automatic variable rotor speed control system which, together, reduce external noise while boosting payload and range,” added Bessette.