Airbus Helicopters have announced they will soon commence Arrano tests for the new H160.
The company revealed that the H160 has reached 175 kts and altitude of 10 000 feet. The second prototype, which was powered on in June, is scheduled to take its first flight before the end of the year and is progressing as planned.
The H160 program is said to be in full swing and has made British Debut recently at Helitech as it begins its flight test campaign.
Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters said:
“We are excited to present the H160 at Helitech and we are in a good position to begin its commercialisation next year, with the end objective of having a fully mature product ready to be delivered in 2018.”
The H160 is a new generation 5.5 to 6-tonne twin-engine helicopter designed for various applications including oil and gas operations, emergency medical services, private and business aviation.
Powering the H160, the new Turbomeca 1,100-shp Arrano engine offers significant reductions in fuel consumption for improved range and payload performance.
Airbus Helicopters, a division of Airbus Group, have a fleet of 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3000 customers in 152 countries. The company provides one of the most efficient civil and military helicopter solutions to its customers who serve, protect, save lives and safely carry passengers in highly demanding environments. The H160 is the first-ever, fully-composite civil helicopter, resulting in an airframe that is lighter in weight, more robust, resistant to corrosion and fatigue, while requiring less maintenance.