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New H-145 helicopter unveiled at "Heli Expo"

This latest upgrade brings a new, innovative five-bladed rotor -TECHNICAL SHEET

Airbus Helicopters unveiled a new version of its H-145 light twin-engine helicopter at "Heli-Expo 2019" in Atlanta (see AVIONEWS). Visible on the Airbus booth at the show, this latest upgrade brings a new, innovative five-bladed rotor to the multi-mission H-145, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 150 kg.

The H-145’s 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 aircraft’s empty weight. The simplicity of the new bearingless main rotor design will also ease maintenance operations, further improving the benchmark serviceability and reliability of the H-145, while improving ride comfort for both passengers and crew. The reduced rotor diameter will allow the H-145 to operate in more confined areas.

The new aircraft introduces new levels of on-board connectivity to customers and operators through the integration of the wireless Airborne Communication System (wACS), allowing seamless and secure transmission of data generated by the helicopter in real-time, including in-flight.

EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certification of the new H-145 is planned for early 2020 and first deliveries to follow later that year. This upgrade will also be offered to current H-145 customers as a retrofit option in order to deliver the same improvements in terms of useful load, simplified maintenance and comfort to the existing version of the model.

Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the helicopter 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.

The technical sheet of the model is attached to this AVIONEWS.

Photo gallery H-145 helicopter in flight
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