HAI Heli-Expo 2019 … Atlanta, GA

HAI Heli-Expo 2019 … Atlanta

Raising the bar in performance, comfort, simplicity and connectivity.

Atlanta, 04 March 2019 – Airbus Helicopters is unveiling a new version of its best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter at Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta. Visible on the Airbus booth at the show, this latest upgrade brings a new, innovative five-bladed rotor to the multi-mission H145, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 150 kg while delivering new levels of comfort, simplicity and connectivity.

“We’re extremely happy to be able to showcase the new H145 to our customers here in Atlanta as this upgrade owes a lot to the feedback they have provided us over the years about the aircraft,” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “Our teams have worked hard to quickly bring to the market a set of innovations that we believe will contribute to the success of our customers’ operations. It is their trust in the H145 and all its predecessor variants over the last decades that have made it the fantastic helicopter it has become today, and I want to thank them for their continuous support”.

The H145’s new five-bladed rotor brings a significant increase in overall performance, with a maximum take-off weight raised to 3,800 kg and a useful load now equivalent to the aircraft’s empty weight. The simplicity of the new bearingless 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 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 (wACS), allowing seamless and secure transmission of data generated by the helicopter in real-time, including in-flight.

EASA certification of the new H145 is planned for early 2020, with first deliveries to follow later that year. This upgrade will also be offered to current H145 customers as a retrofit option in order to deliver the same improvements in terms of useful load, simplified maintenance and comfort to the existing version of the H145.

Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a high performance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class.

Multiple GBAS Firsts for Esterline and Leonardo.

Heli-Expo, March 4, 2019 – Esterline’s CMC Electronics (CMC) business unit and Leonardo are pleased to announce that Leonardo’s AW189 P5 prototype successfully completed multiple GBAS GLS approaches at the Zurich Airport in late 2018 using the CMA-6024 GPS/SBAS/GBAS Landing System Sensor Unit (GLSSU) as the precision approach sensor.

Leonardo’s pioneering achievement has led the way towards certifying GBAS GLS precision approach for helicopters. It also marks one of the first successful GBAS GLS approaches completed by a helicopter.

Michel Potvin, President, Esterline Avionics Systems, said: “We are proud of this latest milestone and confident that Leonardo and other customers will appreciate the CMA-6024’s exceptional performance, reliability, versatility and ease of installation.”

Built on the success of the CMA-5024 GLSSU, CMC’s CMA-6024 is the next evolutionary step forward that adds a complete GBAS/GLS solution to helicopters but also to all aircraft types. The CMA-6024 delivers a high-reliability satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) and ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) precision approach solution.

As a self-contained, ARINC 743C SBAS/GBAS compliant solution, the CMA-6024 requires no specialized installation or integration support. The CMA-6024, features an embedded VHF data broadcast (VDB) receiver and is a complete, self-contained, fully certified GBAS GLS precision approach and navigation solution, and is certified to design assurance level A (DAL-A).

As an ARINC-743C SBAS sensor, the CMA-6024 provides both a SBAS navigation solution that is fully compliant with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and required navigation performance (RNP) and also offers a SBAS precision approach guidance solution with localizer performance/localizer performance and vertical guidance (LP/LPV).

The CMA-6024 is a ruggedized sensor that meets or exceeds the most stringent environmental requirements set out in RTCA/DO-160G and goes further to meet additional requirements for both civil and military helicopters, air transport, military trainers and other challenging applications.

The CMC Electronics (CMC) brand within Esterline Avionics Systems (www.esterline.com/avionicssystems) has achieved an international reputation for innovation and excellence in the design and manufacture of electronics products for the military and commercial aviation markets. The company’s focus is on delivering innovative cockpit systems integration and avionics solutions to its customers worldwide. CMC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Esterline Corporation (NYSE:ESL, www.esterline.com), a specialized aerospace and defense company headquartered in Bellevue, WA, that employs over 12,000 people worldwide.

  • Static display includes enhanced H145, law enforcement H125, private & business aviation ACH145, emergency medical services H160
  • HCare customer support solutions that bring value to customers
  • Innovation corner with high-speed Racer mock-up

Marignane, 25 February 2019 – Airbus Helicopters is gearing up to showcase its mission-ready product and services line at this year’s Heli-Expo trade show, taking place from 5 -7 March at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. On static display at booth C305, show-goers will have a chance to visit the best-selling H145 and to discover its exciting new features, the H125 in a law enforcement configuration, and also to take a moment to experience the cabin display of the increasingly popular ACH145, equipped with an elegant Mercedes-Benz Style interior, part of the quality offerings across the Airbus Corporate Helicopters product range. The conceptual EMS mock-up of the H160 will also be making its U.S. debut for visitors to witness first-hand the exceptional work-space that the cabin provides for these critical, life-saving missions.

“This year’s Heli-Expo will focus on how we constantly strive to provide customers with products adapted to their missions, however varied those may be, and the right services to allow them to focus solely on performing those missions successfully,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “We will also demonstrate how Airbus is working to prepare the future of flight, displaying a scale mock-up of the Racer high-speed demonstrator on our booth and providing updates on our Urban Air Mobility strategy,” he added.

HCare, Airbus’ global customer support and service offer, will be at the heart of the booth with experts on hand to show how customers can improve the availability of their aircraft, optimize their costs, advance flight safety, and improve the asset value of aircraft. Daily service demonstrations, particularly of new digital services, will be performed on the Airbus booth.

Airbus will also be conducting flight demonstrations with an H135 in a U.S. Navy paint scheme, as the company is offering a partnership with the U.S. Navy to deliver the versatile H135 as the best-value training solution for its rotary-wing fleet replacement. The IFR -certified H135, a market leader in the twin engine category, is a proven and low-risk modern airframe that will allow the U.S. Navy to enhance its training curriculum. With a fleet of 1,300+ aircraft, and a proven operational availability rate greater than 90%, it is also one of the most dependable aircraft on the market. 

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