Airbus Helicopters will showcase a new version of its H145 light twin-engine helicopter at the Heli-Expo 2019, in Atlanta.
This latest upgrade comes with a five-bladed rotor, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 150-kilograms, delivering new levels of comfort and connectivity.
The multi-mission H145’s new rotor will increase overall performance with a take-off weight of 3,800 kilograms. The reduced rotor diameter allows the aircraft to operate in confined areas, while improving ride comfort for both passengers and crew, and the new bearingless main-rotor design eases maintenance operations.
A Wireless Airborne Communication System (WACS) provides seamless and secure transmission of real-time data generated by the helicopter. It also includes a high performance four-axis autopilot.
Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, it has full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. The H145’s low acoustic footprint makes it the quietest helicopter in its class.
EASA certification of the new H145 is planned for early 2020, with first deliveries to follow later that year.