New ro­tor, im­proved per­for­mance for Air­bus H145

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At HAI Heli-expo Air­bus an­nounced a new ver­sion of its twin-en­gined H145. It fea­tures a five-bladed ro­tor ‘which brings a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in over­all per­for­mance, with a max­i­mum take­off weight raised [by 150kg] to 3,800kg and a use­ful load now equiv­a­lent to the air­craft’s empty weight,’ Air­bus says. ‘The sim­plic­ity of the new bear­ing­less main ro­tor de­sign will also ease main­te­nance op­er­a­tions… while im­prov­ing ride com­fort for both pas­sen­gers and crew. The re­duced ro­tor di­am­e­ter will al­low it to op­er­ate in more con­fined ar­eas. The new H145 in­tro­duces [im­proved] lev­els of on­board con­nec­tiv­ity to cus­tomers and op­er­a­tors through the in­te­gra­tion of the wire­less Air­borne Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sys­tem (WACS), al­low­ing seam­less and se­cure trans­mis­sion of data gen­er­ated by the he­li­copter in real-time, in­clud­ing in­flight.’ EASA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the new H145 is planned for early 2020, with first de­liv­er­ies to fol­low later that year. The up­grade will also be of­fered to cur­rent H145 op­er­a­tors as a retro­fit. Launch cus­tomer for this is Swiss Air-res­cue Rega which will retro­fit its seven-strong H145 fleet. “Our pa­tients will profit from the in­creased use­ful load. It is a great ben­e­fit for our air res­cue op­er­a­tion, where ev­ery ad­di­tional kilo­gram is cru­cial, es­pe­cially in chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ments like the Alps,” said Rega Chief Pi­lot Heinz Lei­bundgut.

Heli-expo proved very suc­cess­ful for Air­bus, which signed or­ders for 43 he­li­copters at the show cov­er­ing its en­tire civil­ian range−h125, H130, H135, H145, H160, H175 and H225. Twenty-one of the or­ders were from long stand­ing cus­tomer Air Med­i­cal Group Hold­ings (AMGH), which signed for a mix of sin­gle-en­gine H125s and twinengine H135s.

Five-blade ro­tor is smaller in di­am­e­ter and raises use­ful load to 3,800kg

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