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Five-bladed H145 to carry out high altitude tests in Chile

28th June 2019 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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A prototype of the new five-bladed H145 has arrived in Chile where it will begin a high-altitude flight test campaign. 

Launched in March 2019, the five-bladed H145 is expected to achieve EASA certification in early 2020, with deliveries later the same year.

The new H145 will be tested at altitudes up to 20,000 feet above sea level, having already performed altitude tests in the French Pyrenees during the summer of 2018.

The objective of this campaign is to expand the flight envelope of the new helicopter and demonstrate its capabilities at high altitudes.

Due to its multi-mission capacity and performance in hot and high conditions and presence in a number of countries in Latin America, the H145 family is one of the region's favourite light twin engine helicopters, the company says. 

The flight campaign will provide some operators with the opportunity to fly the new version and experience first-hand the improvements brought by the new five-bladed rotor, which includes an increased useful load of 150kg and new levels of comfort.

The H145’s new five-bladed rotor brings an increase in overall performance, with a maximum take-off weight of 3,800kg and a useful load now equivalent to the aircraft’s empty weight. 

A new bearing-less main rotor design will also ease maintenance operations, further improving the benchmark serviceability and reliability of the H145, while improving ride comfort for both passengers and crew. 

The reduced rotor diameter, meanwhile, 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, allowing seamless and secure transmission of data generated by the helicopter in real-time, including in-flight.

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