Marenco Swisshelicopter AG

By Staff Writer | January 1, 2014


Marenco Swisshelicopter is the result of combining the engineering expertise of Marenco AG and a team of highly qualified helicopter specialists, pilots and aviation experts. The company is driven by passion and supported by a large and essential financial group. Marenco Swisshelicopter was founded in 2007 for the direct purpose of developing, building and commercializing new concepts of light turbine helicopters.

Taking-on this industrial visionary challenge, the company has developed and launched on the market, a new generation of helicopter built with a design that concentrates on the key notion of competitive superiority, modularity and which embodies advanced ergonomics.

The resulting requirements proved to be extremely demanding and imposed on Martin Stucki, the CEO and Designer of the SKYe SH09, to consider and develop a true “vertical take-off platform” with multi-mission capability, agility, speed, range and including simplified maintenance.
The outcome is a light single-turbine helicopter, the SKYe SH09 with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 2,650 kg (5,842 lbs), that will offer exceptional hot and high performance, a flexible engine concept and a low noise signature thanks to the newly developed dynamic assemblies and the shrouded tail-rotor. The cabin has been designed with a flat floor and a unique high ceiling with the target to bring the highest level of modularity to the operators known to perform many different missions every day.
In addition, the cabin will have multiple seating arrangements from one Pilot plus up to seven passengers, all with individual crashworthy and removable seats. The rear access to the cabin is facilitated by large clamshell doors that prove to be very useful in all utility missions, passenger transport and emergency evacuation roles.


When flying in urban areas, constrained environments and mountainous regions, the outside visibility is always a concern and the guarantee of a safe flight. In order to provide all-around visibility and better environment awareness, the SKYe SH09 offers an exceptional visibility to the outside thanks to a large canopy and floor windows that provide vertical reference to the crew at all times and in all flight positions, another unique feature designed by Martin Stucki.
The superior visibility is achieved with the implementation of the High Visibility Cockpit, an unrivalled concept that will add safety to operations and benefit operators performing external load-lifting, surveillance and sight-seeing missions.


High Visibility Cockpit from a concept
announced by Marenco Swisshelicopter
at the Dallas Heli-Expo 2012.

The SKYe SH09 will perform at a fast cruise speed of 260 km/h (140 knots) it will offer a very long range capacity – in excess of 800 km (430 nautical miles) – with standard fuel tanks.
The SKYe SH09 is of particular interest to operators who wish to avail of a remarkably versatile machine with additional power, a greater payload and an augmented sling load capability of 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs).
At the end of November 2013, Marenco Swisshelicopter has introduced to the public, the first prototype that will enter in the ground and flight testing phases for its Type Certification. A demonstration to the market that Marenco Swisshelicopter would bring its concept to life and the SKYe SH09 to reality.
Today, the team of Marenco Swiss-helicopter has reached a total of 80x motivated aviation specialists, engineers and helicopter experts. A team that gathers over 14 highly reputed Certification Verification Engineers (CVEs) located in Germany, an FAA representative in the U.S., Dwayne Williams as test pilot, and a team of experts and aerodynamicists in South Africa. To whom we add our professional commercial partners such as Aero Facility Co., Ltd. for Japan and Heliflite Pty Ltd., the renowned helicopter distributor, to cover Oceania.


HB-ZXA – Prototype 1 of the
Swiss-made SKYe SH09 helicopter.

All together, the team has achieved to sell over 45x helicopters worldwide with letters of intent signed with private and professional clients for deliveries ranging from 2015 until 2017.


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