The prototype of Airbus' five-bladed twin-engine H145 has
arrived in Chile where it will start a high altitude flight
EASA certification is expected in early 2020,
with deliveries following later that year.
The new H145 is ready to take on the Andes, with
altitudes up to 20,000 feet above sea level, after having already
performed some altitude tests in the French Pyrenees during the
summer of 2018.
The objective of this latest campaign is to expand the
flight envelope of the new helicopter and demonstrate its
capabilities at high altitudes.
The H145ís new five-bladed rotor brings a
significant increase in overall performance, with a maximum
take-off weight raised to 3,800 kg and a useful load now
equivalent to the aircraftís empty weight. Airbus says that the simplicity of the
new bearingless main rotor design will also ease maintenance
operations, further improving the benchmark serviceability and
reliability of the H145, while improving ride comfort for both
passengers and crew. In addition, the reduced rotor diameter will allow the
H145 to operate in more confined areas.
The new H145 features the wireless Airborne Communication System (wACS)
seamless and secure transmission of data generated by the
helicopter in real-time, including in-flight.