Airbus' Second Five-Bladed H145 Begins Flight
The second prototype of Airbus' new five-bladed
H145 took off for its maiden flight earlier this month at the
Airbus Helicopters site in Donauwörth, Germany.
The helicopter will be used for additional
flight tests to achieve EASA certification of the new five-bladed
H145 in early 2020.
The first prototype is currently performing a
high altitude test campaign in South America and the second prototype
will be mainly used for autopilot testing, performance and
airframe structural validation.
The new H145, unveiled
at Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta, offers 150 kg of additional
useful load, while also raising the bar for in-flight comfort,
simplicity, and connectivity.