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Airbus Helicopters unveils new H145
H145 with five-blade rotor. © Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters unveils new H145

The version displayed at Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta, features a new five-bladed rotor, increasing useful load by 150kg.

Airbus Helicopters has unveiled a new version of its H145 light twin-engine helicopter at Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta. Visible on the Airbus booth at the show, this latest upgrade brings a new five-bladed rotor to the multi-mission H145, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 150kg while delivering new levels of comfort, simplicity and connectivity.

The new five-bladed rotor brings a significant increase in overall performance, with a maximum take-off weight raised to 3,800kg 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, while improving ride comfort for both passengers and crew. The reduced rotor diameter will allow the H145 to operate in more confined areas.

The new H145 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 certification of the new H145 is planned for early 2020, with first deliveries to follow later that year. This upgrade will also be offered to current H145 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 H145.

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