Up in the An­des

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Pro­to­type five-bladed Air­bus H145 is con­duct­ing al­ti­tude tests up to 20,000ft in Chile in an­tic­i­pa­tion of 2020 EASA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

The pro­to­type Air­bus He­li­copters H145 equipped with a five-bladed ro­tor is in Chile con­duct­ing high al­ti­tude flight tests in an­tic­i­pa­tion of EASA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in early 2020. Cus­tomer de­liv­er­ies will be­gin later in the year. Flights in the An­des at al­ti­tudes up to 20,000ft amsl fol­low tri­als in the French Pyrénées dur­ing the sum­mer of 2018.

‘Due to its multi-mis­sion ca­pac­ity and ex­cel­lent per­for­mance in hot-and-high con­di­tions, present in many coun­tries in Latin Amer­ica, the H145 family is one of the re­gion’s favourite light twin-en­gine he­li­copters,’ says Air­bus. ‘The flight cam­paign will pro­vide some op­er­a­tors with the op­por­tu­nity to fly the new ver­sion and ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand the improvemen­ts brought by the new five-bladed ro­tor – the max­i­mum take­off weight is raised to 3,800kg and, with a 150kg in­crease, use­ful load is now equiv­a­lent to the air­craft’s empty weight. The sim­plic­ity of the new bear­ing­less main ro­tor de­sign will also ease main­te­nance op­er­a­tions… [while] the re­duced ro­tor di­am­e­ter will al­low the H145 to op­er­ate in more con­fined ar­eas.’

Flights in the An­des are be­ing made at al­ti­tudes up to 20,000ft amsl

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