Airbus Helicopters' H160 has passed a few milestones during flight testing, the company said Thursday. Airbus said it has validated the aircraft's aeromechanical configuration, which provided low vibration levels and great stability.
Unveiled at Heli-Expo in March 2015, the medium twin is the first new member of Airbus' H series. The manufacturer said the aircraft is meant to be quieter and "clean" for the environment. It is the first fully-composite civil helicopter, Airbus said.
"Vibration levels have been a key objective since the launch of program, and observed results give us confidence that the H160 will set new comfort standards for all missions segments, from EMS to passenger transport or private and business aviation," said the program's SVP, Bernard Fujarski.
During the program, two prototypes have flown more than 200 hours in flight tests, said Fujarski. Testing is being conducted at Airbus' Marignane, France, facility.
The aircraft will undergo hot weather trials and further testing of its Turbomeca Arrano engines, which are equipped in both prototypes, and cold weather tests will follow. Airbus said a third prototype will be added next year. Certification and entry into service is expected in 2018.
Photo courtesy of Airbus
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