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SH09 P3 begins flight trials

28th November 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Kopter Group has begun flight trails of its latest SH09 prototype number 3 (P3) helicopter, the company announced on 22 November.

The commencement of flight trials marks the next phase of the helicopter's development and certification programme. P3 has achieved the necessary technical clearance and regulatory compliance to start the flight tests.

In its first flight, the aircraft flew from Mollis airfield in Switzerland for 40 minutes, carrying out a series of manoeuvres to obtain preliminary flight data, validating test design features and evaluating flight qualities.

While P3 will continue the development of the SH09 by performing an intensive flight test campaign in Sicily (Pozzallo, Province of Ragusa), the Kopter team is finalising the preparation of the next prototype, PS4, which will join P3 in 2019 to undertake flight testing in Sicily.

P3 incorporates several improvements and modifications based on feedback results from the testing of Kopter prototypes 1 and 2.

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