Airbus Helicopters' H160 flew for the first time
in Marignane on Saturday, 13 June 2015.
The aircraft, which commenced ground runs at the
end of May, flew for about 40 minutes in ground effect that
allowed the flight test team to check the overall behavior of the
aircraft and to verify the measurements.
"The first flight was very promising in terms of
stability, vibrations, and sound levels,” said Olivier Gensse, the
flight test pilot, upon landing the aircraft.
The flight test campaign has now been launched
and the next flights will begin to open the flight envelope
progressively. The aircraft already reached 130kts during the
second flight on Wednesday.
"We are very proud that the H160 has reached
another milestone on time,” said Bernard Fujarski, head of the
H160 program. “The dedication of the team working on the program
has paid off and we are all looking forward to the final
development phase to bring this highly anticipated helicopter to
In order to complete this final development
phase and to ensure the H160's entry into service in 2018, Airbus
Helicopters is relying on three dedicated prototypes and two
helicopter zero integration test means.
The first prototype will pursue its flight test
campaign, including its first hot weather flight tests planned for
this summer. The second prototype performed its first power-on 12
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