Air­bus H145 hits a new high

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Air­bus He­li­copters’ new H145 reached new heights in late Septem­ber when it landed on the Aconcagua, the high­est moun­tain in the South­ern Hemi­sphere, at an al­ti­tude of 22,840ft. It took off from Men­doza, Ar­gentina, flew to the foot of the moun­tain and, af­ter a fif­teen-minute climb, landed on the sum­mit where the OAT was -22˚C. The H145 was crewed by Air­bus ex­per­i­men­tal test pi­lot Alexan­der Neuhaus and flight test en­gi­neer An­toine van Gent. “We had to stay fo­cused on the mis­sion due to se­vere winds with gusts up to thirty knots and the low air den­sity,” re­ported Neuhaus. “The han­dling qual­i­ties of the new H145 are ex­cel­lent and com­bined with He­lionix and its four-axis au­topi­lot, we reached the sum­mit safely. We flew over the sum­mit of the Aconcagua and still had power re­serves that would have al­lowed us take two peo­ple on board.”

The two five-blade main ro­tor H145 pro­to­types have now logged more than 400 flight hours. EASA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is on sched­ule for early 2020, fol­lowed by FAA ap­proval and first cus­tomer de­liv­er­ies later in the year.

Air­bus H145 Aconcagua

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