Third Kopter SH09 fly­ing

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Switzer­land’s Kopter Group AG has be­gun the next phase of the de­vel­op­ment and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme of its SH09 light he­li­copter with the third pro­to­type. In late Novem­ber P3, which in­cor­po­rates sev­eral im­prove­ments and mod­i­fi­ca­tions based on feed­back from the test­ing of Kopters P1 and P2, made a forty-minute flight from the com­pany’s base at Mol­lis dur­ing which it flew a se­ries of ma­noeu­vres to record pre­lim­i­nary flight data, val­i­date new de­sign fea­tures and eval­u­ate flight qual­i­ties. “P3 demon­strated ex­cel­lent handling char­ac­ter­is­tics to­day, and I ex­pect Kopter to make rapid progress in de­vel­op­ment of the SH09,” re­ported Kopter Chief Test Pi­lot Richard True­man.

P3 will now un­der­take an in­ten­sive flight test cam­paign in Poz­za­llo, Si­cily, while the Kopter team in Mol­lis will pre­pare a pre-se­ries SH09 (PS4), which will then join P3 in Si­cily. ‘The Mol­lis team will then set its fu­ture fo­cus on up­grad­ing the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity into a fully op­er­a­tional com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion cen­tre,’ the com­pany says.

ABOVE: the SH09 uses a fen­e­stron (en­closed tail ro­tor)

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