Airbus Helicoptersí five-blade H145 has been
certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA),
clearing the way for customer deliveries towards the end of summer
The certification covers the full range of
capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules
(IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night
vision goggles capability.
ďOur new five bladed H145 is an excellent example
of our quest for continuous improvement and providing incremental
innovation that responds to our customers' requirements," said
Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. ďThis helicopter combines
value-added features with the robustness and the reliability of a
tried-and-tested bestseller, making it very competitive in the
light twin-engine market.Ē
Prior to a successful high-altitude test campaign in
South America, where the aircraft set its skids down on the
Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Southern hemisphere, the
new H145 performed several test campaigns including in Spain at
medium altitudes and Finland for cold weather.
This latest upgrade of the H145 family adds a new,
innovative five-blade rotor to the multi-mission H145, increasing
the useful load of the helicopter by 150 kg (330 lb).
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.
Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145
is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and
the Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a high
performance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot
workload. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145
one of the quietest helicopters in its class.
Certification by the Federal
Aviation Administration will follow later this year, while certification for the military version of the five-bladed H145
is expected in 2021.