Third Kopter SH09 to fly soon

Pilot - - ROTORHEADS -

Kopter (for­merly Marenco Swiss­copter) is in the pre-flight test phase of the third pro­to­type of its SH09 light he­li­copter at its test and pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Mol­lis, Switzer­land. There it will un­dergo a month of early flight test­ing be­fore mov­ing to Poz­za­llo, Si­cily, for a 300-flight, eleven-month test pro­gramme. P3 flight-test­ing had been sched­uled to start in March 2018, but prob­lems with the qual­ity of a bought-in cast­ing in the main gear­box’s up­per hous­ing led to a six­month de­lay. A new sup­plier has now been found for the part.

The first pre-se­ries SH09, P4, is in build and in­cor­po­rates changes that fo­cus on main­tain­abil­ity of the ro­tor­head, main gear­box and hy­draulic sys­tem. At Oc­to­ber’s Helitech Expo in Am­s­ter­dam Kopter an­nounced the sale of an SH09 to new cus­tomer Sys­tem­atic Avi­a­tion Ser­vices of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

De­layed pre-flight test­ing of the third SH09 pro­to­type has be­gun

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