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PRESS RELAESE 16 September 2020

Since the resumption of the test flight activities in June in Pozzallo, Sicily, our third prototype (P3) has completed 40 flights, allowing testing of multiple aerodynamic modifications and configurations. The current configuration fitted on P3 has seen a significant improvement in smoothness and stability.

Recent upgrades include an engine cowling extension for improved aerodynamics, a variable asymmetric tail plane at the best available incidence, the removal of the end plates and a larger upper vertical fin improving stability.

Richard Grant, Kopter Chief Test Pilot, commented: P3 returns to Mollis a very different aircraft. The changes that have been implemented this year have made a real improvement to the handling of the aircraft. Now we are able to further expand the envelope and start to realize the aircraft’s true potential”

This most recent block of flight tests has been the most productive in terms of the number of modifications assessed and the general improvements realized. Early analysis and observations confirm the validity of the new design concepts. This achievement is a result of the work of all teams involved, utilizing the analysis and feedback from all the previous flight test blocks of P3. The SH09 is more and more reaching the planned overall performance and capabilities as development moves ahead.

For the next chapter in the SH09 evolution, P3 is back to our facility in Mollis; the upcoming upgrades require a strong support from the Engineering and Operations teams.

On return to Mollis, the test priorities are to explore the capabilities of the new tail rotor and the recent aerodynamic modifications throughout the low speed envelope. We will then proceed with the upgrade to Garmin avionics and then of the final main rotor head and flight controls.

PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 08 April 2020

Leonardo announced today the closing of the acquisition of Kopter Group AG (Kopter) from Lynwood (Schweiz). The purchase price, on a cash and debt free basis, consists of a $185 million fixed component plus an earn-out mechanism linked to certain milestones over the life of the programme, starting from 2022. 
    
The acquisition of Kopter allows Leonardo to further strengthen its worldwide leadership and position in the rotorcraft sector, in line with the Industrial Plan’s objectives for the reinforcement of the core businesses. 

HAI Heli-Expo 2020

PRESS RELEASE – Anaheim, 28 January 2020

  • Leonardo buys 100% of the Swiss helicopter company Kopter from Lynwood
  • Profumo: “We confirm our commitment to strengthening Leonardo’s core business and sustaining our leadership in key areas. With this acquisition we will bring on board innovative skills and technologies that will complement our own and will also contribute to keeping us at the forefront of innovation and competitiveness whilst maintaining our financial solidity.”
  • Closing of the transaction is to take place in the first quarter of 2020

Leonardo has signed a contract with Lynwood (Schweiz) AG to acquire 100% of Kopter Group AG (Kopter).

This move allows Leonardo to further strengthen its worldwide leadership and position in the rotorcraft sector; leveraging innovation, new capabilities and engineering skills which have been developed by the young, agile Swiss Company.

Kopter’s SH09, a new single engine helicopter, is a perfect fit for Leonardo’s state of the art product range offering opportunities for future technological developments. The Swiss company’s competencies will boost future developments towards more disruptive technologies, mission capabilities and performances, including innovative hybrid/electrical propulsion solutions.

This acquisition will replace the planned investment aimed at the development of a new single engine helicopter. Within the Helicopter Division of Leonardo, Kopter will act as an autonomous legal entity and competence centre working in coordination with us. The purchase price, on a cash and debt free basis, consists of a $185 million fixed component plus an earn-out mechanism linked to certain milestones over the life of the programme, starting from 2022. The closing of the transaction is subject to certain conditions and is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2020.

Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo CEO, said: “By this deal we confirm our commitment to strengthening Leonardo’s core business and sustaining our leadership in key areas. With this acquisition we will bring on board innovative skills and technologies that will complement our own and will also contribute to keeping us at the forefront of innovation and competitiveness whilst maintaining our financial solidity.”

Gian Piero Cutillo, Managing Director Leonardo Helicopters, said: “We are proud to welcome this innovative company as an integral part of our world-leading helicopter business. It complements perfectly our existing product portfolio adding a promising rotorcraft that will greatly benefit from our industrial know-how, service and training experience and commercial network.”

Marina Groenberg, CEO of Lynwood, stated: “Lynwood is very proud to have strongly supported the development of Kopter and its SH09 programme over the past 10 years. It is now the right time for Leonardo to take over as they are a perfect match for Kopter at this stage of development.”

Kopter’s CEO Andreas Loewenstein declared: “Kopter is very excited to have won with Leonardo a solid industrial investor. Within Leonardo, we get the support to finalize our development on various fronts while keeping the ability to remain the agile single-engine pioneer that we are.”

For the transaction, Leonardo was assisted by EY and Gatti Pavesi Bianchi. Lynwood was assisted by HoganLovells.

PRESS RELEASE – 1 Febbraio 2018

Il 1° febbraio 2018 ha segnato un evento storico nel panorama elicotteristico mondiale. Nel nuovo quartiere generale di Wetzikon, nella cintura industriale di Zurigo, Andreas Loewenstein, nuovo CEO di SHM (conosciuta come Swiss Helicopter Marenco), ha rivelato il nome nuovo dell’azienda, che d’ora in avanti si chiamerà ”KOPTER”.

Dopo l’uscita di scena del socio fondatore ed ex CEO Martin Stucki, che aveva dato un’impronta più ingegneristica, il nuovo managment, per la maggior parte di provenienza Aerospatiale/ Eurocopter/ Airbus, ha come obbiettivo primario essere un costruttore di elicotteri e diventare nei prossimi anni uno dei tre maggiori player mondiali nel settore civile.
Il nuovo nome deve essere corto, di facile pronuncia e riconosciuto facilmente in ogni parte del mondo. La lettera “K”, invece della “C”, rimarca l’origine tedesca e la precisione svizzera, entrambi al primo posto per evidenziare una filosofia aziendale dedicata alla massima soddisfazione dei clienti. La certificazione, inizialmente prevista per il 2015, è poi slittata nel tempo. Ora l’obbiettivo principale è ottenere la certificazione EASA nei primi mesi del 2019 e a seguire, non più tardi di 8 mesi, americana FAA.
Le prime consegne del monomotore, che mantiene la designazione di SKYe SH09, sono previste per la seconda metà del 2019, con l’ambizioso target di consegnare fino a 10 macchine entro la fine dello stesso anno. Ad oggi l’azienda conta 250 dipendenti altamente qualificati, di 19 nazionalità differenti. Il cuore dell’azienda rimane svizzero, come sinonimo di precisione, affidabilità e qualità; tutti i componenti critici di classe A sono costruiti in casa. I componenti dinamici sono costruiti a Ennetmoos, fusoliera, pale, pre-assemblaggio dei gruppi e la catena di fornitura sono a Naefels, progettazione, engineering, uffici commerciali ed amministrazione a Wetzikon. L’assemblaggio finale e le prove di volo hanno luogo ull’aeroporto di Mollis, che in occasione dell’incontro con la stampa del 1° febbraio, ha visto il taglio del nastro del nuovo edificio di 4.000 m2. A breve è prevista la costruzione di altri 14.000 m2 nella stessa area aeroportuale.
Per soddisfare e supportare il mercato americano, che si stima dovrebbe accogliere il 45% delle vendite, sono stati aperti vari uffici, tra cui una divisione commerciale, a Dallas. A Monaco di Baviera si trovano il supporto ingegneristico e ci si occupa di tutte le pratiche relative alla certificazione ed eventuali sviluppi futuri. Nelle intenzioni dell’azienda vi è la costruzione di un sito produttivo negli USA ed uno in Asia, anche se per quest’ultima non è ancora stata individuata la nazione. Considerando i volumi di vendita, la produzione è coperta per i prossimi 2-3 anni. Ad oggi Kopter ha in carniere 27 ordini confermati, mentre altri 19 contratti diventeranno operativi subito dopo la certificazione, oltre a 120 lettere di intento. Il 45% degli elicotteri è destinato al mercato americano, mentre il restante 65% distribuito nei 5 continenti. Il maggiore utilizzo per questa macchina della classe delle 2.5 tonnellate, che può volare fino a 140 kts in crociera, spazia dal trasporto di materiali e/o passeggeri ( pilota più 7), ai voli panoramici (grazie all’ampia vetratura), ad enti parapubblici ed all’HEMS. Proprio un mock-up in configurazione HEMS sarà esposto il prossimo marzo a Las Vegas, in occasione dell’annuale Heli-Expo.
Il CEO Andreas Loewenstein spera in un cambio di normative all’interno di EASA in modo da permettere l’utilizzo di monomotori nel settore medicale in Europa, come già avviene da anni negli Stati Uniti ed in Asia. In competizione con Leonardo AW119, Bell B407, Airbus Helicopters H125 e H130, l’SH09 incorpora molte innovazioni, essendo stato concepito diversi anni dopo i principali concorrenti. I sedili e serbatoi sono a prova di crash, rotore di coda silenzioso, motore Honeywell HTS900-2 a doppio canale FADEC. Il prototipo P1 HB-ZXA, praticamente un dimostratore che ha volato solo 1.5 ore, fa bella mostra all’interno negli uffici di Wetzikon, il secondo P2 HB-ZXB, utilizzato come de-risk program, ha all’attivo circa 70 ore di volo e a breve verrà affiancato dal P3 HB-ZXC, mentre il P4, prima macchina di pre-serie, dovrebbe volare nella seconda metà di quest’anno.
Il P3 di fatto inizierà la vera e propria fase delle prove di volo. Abbandonerà l’affascinante cornice delle montagne svizzere, troppo soggette al maltempo, a spazi ristretti e all’impossibilità di trasmettere i dati telematici. Per questo motivo è stata individuata una più idonea area prove nel sud dell’Italia. Con il nuovo logo che rappresenta un mix di rotore quadripala e croce svizzera, la mission del nuovo corso è focalizzata sulle persone e sviluppare soluzioni per gli operatori con un occhio di riguardo alla costruzione impeccabile, a training dedicati e personalizzati, e soprattutto al servizio postvendita, motivo principale di lamentele degli operatori verso la maggior parte dei costruttori attuali.

PRESS RELEASE – 1 February 2018

Say hello to Kopter! Marenco Swisshelicopter (MSH) rebrands its fast-growing business.

Wetzikon/Zurich, February 1st, 2018 – MSH, the Swiss helicopter manufacturer, has unveiled its new brand name.
During an inauguration event held at its recently completed corporate/engineering facility, the company’s CEO, Andreas Loewenstein, introduced Kopter to customers, suppliers, partners and staff. Kopter marks a new chapter in the company’s history. The launch is an opportunity for the company’s leadership to share its ambitious business strategy, as well as news about its upcoming flight test programme and the start of production of the SH09 helicopter.
The introduction of the Kopter name, logo and brand design is a decisive step that places the business as a potential leader in the marketplace. By simplifying the brand, Kopter will be better placed to tell the world its story. The distinctive branding will be accompanied by a bold new strapline that outlines the business’s everyday aim – and its ongoing vision – for missions
accomplished. Loewenstein said of the rebrand: “We’re a company with an upward trajectory. Over the past few years, we have grown quickly. To support that growth, and place us as a leader in our field, we need to be clear about who we are. That means investing in our brand and telling our story.”

“Our new name provides us with immediate recognition. It allows us to own a word that is synonymous with helicopter travel. As we are an unmistakably Swiss company, the use of a ‘k’ – instead of a ‘c’ – gives the Kopter a strong, Swiss–Germanic feel. It has a feeling of solidity and dependability – two things that are essential in our industry.” “Kopter is a modern name. In branding as in engineering, confidence is delivered through simplicity of thought. Kopter is a marker in the ground to let people know we have arrived – and we’re here to stay.” Kopter also makes a promise to its customers: whatever the missions, whatever the times, wherever the places, Kopter will get you where you’re going – safely, quickly and consistently.