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JOINT PRESS RELEASE – Monaco, Germania, 7 Giugno 2021.

Un elicottero di soccorso ha volato per la prima volta con carburante sostenibile per l’aviazione (SAF), raggiungendo una nuova pietra miliare nell’aviazione internazionale.

Operato dall’organizzazione no-profit tedesca ADAC Luftrettung, l’elicottero di soccorso Airbus H145 ha rifornito, per l’occasione, i suoi motori Arriel 2E con biocarburante, un tipo di SAF, presso la stazione di soccorso aereo situata nella clinica Harlaching di Monaco di Baviera in presenza del consiglio di amministrazione dell’ADAC Foundation, degli amministratori delegati e del top management di ADAC Luftrettung, del produttore di motori Safran Helicopter Engines, del produttore di elicotteri Airbus Helicopters, e della società energetica TotalEnergies. Insieme, queste aziende saranno una forza trainante nella decarbonizzazione del volo in elicottero, sviluppando alternative ai carburanti convenzionali per l’aviazione.
L’Airbus H145 ha utilizzato un biocarburante di seconda generazione – il SAF, preferito dall’industria aeronautica – che riduce le emissioni di CO2 fino al 90% rispetto al suo equivalente fossile, perché è prodotto da materiali residui e di scarto dell’economia circolare come oli e grassi da cucina usati. Di conseguenza, il combustibile non ha alcun impatto sulla produzione alimentare agricola.
Il carburante utilizzato per il primo volo dell’elicottero di soccorso a Monaco è stato prodotto da TotalEnergies nel suo stabilimento in Francia da olio da cucina usato, senza utilizzare alcun olio vegetale vergine. Con questo SAF, la flotta di ADAC Luftrettung potrebbe ottenere una riduzione del 33% delle emissioni di CO2, che, con più di 50.000 missioni di soccorso e più di 3,3 milioni di chilometri percorsi all’anno, equivale a una riduzione di circa 6.000 tonnellate di CO2.
ADAC Luftrettung e il produttore di motori Safran Helicopter Engines condividono la stessa ambizione di contribuire allo sviluppo di un carburante sostenibile per l’aviazione. A questo scopo stanno lanciando un progetto con un elicottero di soccorso ADAC a Colonia. Il progetto studierà tutti gli aspetti dell’uso del biocarburante sull’H145, con una campagna operativa che inizierà già nell’estate del 2021.
Dopo il debutto del biocarburante, gli amministratori delegati di ADAC Luftrettung e Safran Helicopter Engines, Frédéric Bruder e Franck Saudo, hanno firmato un accordo a lungo termine sul SAF, che prevede di aumentare il rapporto di miscelazione del biocarburante fino al 100% nei prossimi anni e successivamente anche di promuovere l’uso di e-fuel sintetico, noto anche come Power-to-Liquid (PTL), un’altra alternativa drop-in ai combustibili fossili. Il
PTL si riferisce alla generazione di combustibili liquidi prodotti utilizzando energia elettrica da fonti rinnovabili, che, insieme all’uso del biocarburante, permetterà all’aviazione di avvicinarsi a un’aviazione neutrale per il clima. Il biocarburante è attualmente certificato e approvato per l’aviazione in una miscela massima del 50 per cento con cherosene convenzionale del tipo JET-A1. L’elicottero di soccorso ADAC ha volato con una miscela al 40 per cento.

Il Dr. Andrea David, CEO della non-profit ADAC Foundation, a cui appartiene ADAC Luftrettung, dichiara che “per noi, il progetto pilota Sustainable Aviation Fuel è un primo grande passo sulla strada verso un’ADAC Foundation e un servizio di soccorso aereo neutrali rispetto al clima, e il nostro contributo come organizzazione senza scopo di lucro per raggiungere gli obiettivi della Germania e dell’Europa per la protezione del clima.”
“Vogliamo essere un pioniere nella riduzione di CO2 nei servizi medici di emergenza con cherosene ecologico. Questo significa che dobbiamo anche sviluppare tecnologicamente il soccorso aereo in modo che l’uso del SAF sia a prova di futuro nel lungo termine. Per raggiungere questo obiettivo, abbiamo dei partner forti al nostro fianco”, aggiunge Frédéric Bruder, amministratore delegato di ADAC Luftrettung. “È importante che il SAF sia un carburante ufficialmente approvato, il che significa che la sicurezza dei voli e dei pazienti rimane al massimo livello”.

Franck Saudo, CEO di Safran Helicopter Engines, dichiara: “Safran sta guidando gli sforzi dell’industria dei motori per ridurre le emissioni di anidride carbonica degli elicotteri. Insieme a questo storico primo volo, abbiamo firmato un accordo con ADAC Luftrettung per espandere l’uso del SAF nella loro flotta di elicotteri con motore Safran. Tutti i motori Safran sono certificati per funzionare con un massimo del 50 per cento di carburante sostenibile, compreso il biocarburante. Il nostro obiettivo è di raggiungere il 100 per cento”.

Bruno Even, CEO di Airbus Helicopters, dichiara: “Fare da pioniere nel settore aerospaziale sostenibile è una chiara ambizione per Airbus e consentire l’uso di carburante sostenibile per l’aviazione è una pietra miliare importante per il nostro settore. L’evento di oggi è il primo passo per rafforzare l’ambizione di Airbus Helicopters di avere la gamma di prodotti con le più basse emissioni di CO2 al mondo”.

Christian Cabrol, amministratore delegato di TOTAL Deutschland GmbH, aggiunge: “TotalEnergies si è posta l’obiettivo di arrivare a emissioni nette zero insieme alla società entro il 2050. Sviluppando i biocarburanti, stiamo aiutando i nostri clienti dell’industria aeronautica a ridurre l’intensità di carbonio dei prodotti energetici che utilizzano. Il nostro
carburante sostenibile per l’aviazione può essere utilizzato senza alcuna modifica dell’infrastruttura logistica per lo stoccaggio e la distribuzione, e quindi anche direttamente su aeromobili ed elicotteri. Lo stiamo sperimentando oggi nella pratica. Lo scorso marzo, abbiamo iniziato con successo la produzione di carburante sostenibile per l’aviazione in
Francia, che è già stato utilizzato per un volo a lungo raggio tra Parigi e Montreal due settimane fa, e presto lo renderemo disponibile ai nostri clienti tedeschi”

HAI Heli-Expo 2020

PRESS RELEASE – Anaheim, 28 January 2020

Up to +190kg of additional payload coming from engine power release.

Airbus Helicopters has announced a major performance increase on the H125 by making full use of the available power of Safran Helicopter Engines’ Arriel 2D.

The aircraft’s external and internal load lifting capabilities will increase by up to +140 kg, with a large part of it already available at low altitude and low external temperatures, while the hover ceiling OGE will be improved by more than 1,500 ft (up to 12,600 ft). These figures will be further increased when the H125 is equipped with the BLR Fast Fin® tail rotor enhancement and stability system, resulting in a total additional gain of up to +190 kg of external and internal load lifting capabilities and the hover ceiling OGE being improved by +2,300 ft (up to 13,400 ft) compared to the current H125 performance.

This extra power is expected to be certified this summer and will be included as a standard feature on all new-built H125s at no price increase. A retrofit solution will be available for all VEMD- equipped H125s (AS350 B3e) by the end of this year and will only consist of a simple VEMD software upgrade.

The H125 will also provide increased operational simplicity thanks to new options aiming to improve visibility and pilot awareness. All of them are to be showcased on the H125 at Airbus Helicopter’s booth: a more compact and simplified instrument panel that reduces its surface area by 40% and incorporates a Garmin G500H TXI touch screen; a remote FLI solution developed by California-based AKV Inc. which will allow to display the main VEMD engine parameters on a smartphone or a tablet via a Bluetooth connection, while keeping external loads in sight, and two additional upper windows greatly improving upward visibility. Show-goers will also see how the Maximum Pilot View Kit, provided by Swiss Rotors Services, boosts the precision and safety of aerial work operations by considerably increasing the field of view of pilots.

“I am very happy to be presenting these new H125 features, which are the result of a continuous dialogue with our customers” declared Axel Aloccio, Head of the Intermediate Single Programme. “The extra power offered by the H125 raises the bar within the single engine helicopter market to reach levels never attained up to now by such platforms and confirms the superiority of the H125 in terms of payload and value for money. And our new options for the aerial work market segment will not only simplify our customer’s daily missions, but more importantly, will further increase the safety of these very demanding operations”.

With more than 4,000 helicopters in service with about 1,500 global customers, the H125 keeps leading the single engine helicopter market thanks to its high performance and multi-mission capacity. In the last 10 years 630 H125s have been delivered for aerial work, resulting in 74% market share. There are currently about 1,600 H125/AS350 helicopters dedicated to aerial work operations, having accumulated more than 10,6 Million flight hours.

HAI Heli-Expo 2020

PRESS RELEASE – Anaheim, 28 January 2020

  • Gulf Helicopters will start operations with the AW189K in the second half of 2020
  • An all new variant of the successful AW189 super medium helicopter, with modern Safran Helicopter Engines Aneto-1K, to offer high performance across geographies and for various roles
  • The AW189 is the most successful model in the super medium category with around 70 in service and over 74,000 flight hours logged in operations worldwide

Leonardo is strengthening its leading position in the super medium helicopter market by announcing the launch customer for the all new AW189K variant.

Gulf Helicopters of Qatar, a major force in the offshore transport sector and an established AW139 and AW189 operator, will introduce the AW189K into service in the second half of 2020.

The AW189 has already demonstrated it is one of the Company’s most successful models through its sales, deliveries and flight hours. Powered by a pair of latest generation Safran Helicopter Engines’ Aneto-1K 2,500 shp class turboshafts, the AW189K offers the market a further option for efficient long range, high endurance and large capacity operations with lower operating costs compared to larger, heavier types.

The AW189K delivers a high level of performance, particularly in hot & high conditions, and is ideally suited to meet customer requirements across a range of geographies, including the Middle East where Leonardo plays a leading role for various missions with its modern product portfolio. Applications which will benefit from the AW189K’s outstanding performance include offshore, SAR, parapublic and fire-fighting, and VIP transport.

The selection of the AW189K by Gulf Helicopters, the launch customer of the AW189 in the offshore market back in 2014, once more provides clear evidence of the customer’s trust with Leonardo’s products to meet its stringent operational requirements. The new model, currently under development with over 350 flight hours logged to date, has shown excellent capabilities in a wide range of demanding weight, altitude and temperature conditions.

Approximately 70 AW189s are in service worldwide today carrying out long range offshore, search and rescue, VIP transport, MEDEVAC, disaster relief and fire-fighting operations and have logged over 74,000 flight hours.

PRESS RELEASE – 12 December 2019, Bordes.

Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Type Certification for its Aneto-1K engine, as fitted to the Leonardo AW189K.

Intended for super-medium and heavy helicopters, the Aneto family produces between 2,500 and 3,000 shp. The 1K is rated at 2,500 shp and its first flight in the AW189K took place in March 2017. Christian Caneilles, VP Heavy Helicopter Engines Program, said: “Certification represents a major milestone for the Aneto program, which will deliver best-in-class solutions for super medium and heavy helicopters. It reflects the excellent performance demonstrated by the engine during its development phase. After an intensive and rigorous test campaign of more than 5,000 hours, on the ground and in-flight, the Aneto-1K is now ready to support AW189K entry-into-service.” The Aneto family offers significant benefits. Thanks to an exceptional power-to-volume ratio, it delivers 25% more thermal power (over existing similarly-rated engines), resulting in increased mission capabilities. This will be especially useful in demanding roles such as offshore transport, search and rescue, fire-fighting, law enforcement or military transport, where increased “hot and high” power margins and solid performance in the transitory regime must be assured. The Aneto delivers increased reliability and safety. Maintenance is optimized with fewer scheduled tasks and longer service intervals. Users will also benefit from connected features like health monitoring (predictive maintenance) and full compatibility with BOOST, Safran’s new online engine configuration and maintenance management service.

SAFRAN PRESS RELEASE – 19 June 2017
Ardiden 3G obtains EASA type certification.
19 June 2017, Le Bourget, International Paris Air Show
Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA engine type certification for its Ardiden 3G engine, which powers Russian Helicopters’ Ka-62. The helicopter made its official maiden flight on 25 May 2017.
Since its first ground test, the Ardiden 3 maturation and certification campaign has accumulated more than 8500 hours of test. Thanks to this extensive test phase, the Ardiden 3G will demonstrate a high level of maturity at entry into service.
Unveiled in 2010, the Ardiden 3 engine family is the only new-generation 1,700 to 2,000 shaft horse-power engine range designed for the six to nine ton helicopter. In 2011 the 3G variant was selected by Russian Helicopters to power the Ka-62. Another variant, the 3C / WZ16, has also been selected by Chinese manufacturer Avicopter to power its AC352 which made its first flight in December 2016.
“This is a very significant event for the Ka-62 and it is the result of intensive work of the Safran Helicopter Engines Team. EASA certification gives us an opportunity to accelerate the certification of Ka-62 according to international standards and to bring it to the foreign market. Concerning the Russian market, we suppose that in the near future Safran’s engine will be also approved in accordance with the requirements of Federal Air Transport Agency”, commented Andrey Boginsky, Russian Helicopters CEO.
Commented Bruno Even, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO, “this first certification is a major milestone in the Ardiden 3 program. The engine is also performing extremely well and represents a major step for the Ka-62 flight test program. We are fully committed to support Russian Helicopters as it approaches entry into service.”
Ardiden 3 engines represent a very effective combination of new and mature technologies, combining exceptional
performance with low operating and maintance costs, with a TBO (Time between overhaul) of 5,000 hours at entry-into-service. Ardiden 3 engines also deliver at least 10 % better fuel consumption over engines operating in the same power range.

PRESS RELEASE – Safran Helicopter Engines

Factory of the future: Safran activates fully-automated helicopter engine turbine blade production line.

1st December 2016, Bordes – As part of its “Factory of the future” strategy, Safran Helicopter Engines has started its first automated production line dedicated to turbine blade manufacturing. The event at its Bordes plant was celebrated in the presence of Alain Rousset, President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region.
The new line will manufacture every turbine blade used in the company’s product line. Its activation represents a breakthrough, in terms of quality and competitivity, in this type of component manufacturing, coupled with a reduction in production cycle and tighter cost control. The time taken to build each blade will be cut by half.
Initiated in 2012, the line is today 100 % operational. With a 900 square metre footprint, the new production line features several robots and automated cells capable of performing every process (milling, polishing, etching, 3-D control, and surface finishing) from raw material to finished, ready-to-assemble turbine airfoil. Operators have been locally trained to adapt their skills to this new production line. It can produce more than 100,000 airfoils a year. Turbine blades are among the most complex parts in an aero-engine to produce. Designed to sustain high temperature and constraints, their manufacturing tolerance is measured in microns.
Laurent Mazoué, Safran Helicopter Engines EVP Operations, says that opening of this « line of the future » “marks a new step in our “Factory of future” strategy which will maintain our manufacturing capacity at a world-class level. The automated and robotized production line will also greatly improve our competitivity and manufacturing agility and contribute to a high level of customer satisfaction. The skills and expertise of our teams, a key element in this project, will also be transformed”.
Safran Helicopter Engines’ “Factory of the future” program was launched in 2010, with the opening of the Joseph Szydlowski plant in Bordes (Pyrénées-Atlantiques). This was followed by the Mantes-Buchelay (Yvelines) plant opening in 2011 and, in 2015, the Cap 2020 Tarnos modernization program. Also in 2015, Safran Helicopter Engines introduced the serial production of additive manufactured (3-D printed) components in Bordes. Between now and 2020, other “lines of the future” will be introduced in Safran Helicopter Engines production facilities.

PRESS RELEASE – Safran Helicopter Engines

China’s AC352 completes first flight with WZ16 engine.

20 December 2016, Harbin – The first flight of the Avicopter AC352, powered with WZ16 engine, took place today in Harbin. The AC352 is a new seven-ton, twin-engine, multi-purpose rotorcraft jointly developed by Avicopter and Airbus Helicopters. The WZ16 met all the performance targets set for this maiden flight. Known in the west as the Ardiden 3C, the engine has been jointly developed by Safran Helicopter Engines, CAPI and Dongan, parts of the new Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) consortium, in a partnership for both development and production.
The WZ16 is a new-generation turboshaft in the 1,500 to 2,000 shp power class. It features a remarkably compact modular architecture, a best in class power to weight ratio with a low cost-of-ownership. Compared to the competition, it offers a 10 % lower fuel consumption.
“Such milestone achieved is the result of closer cooperation between both sides. Building on this, in the future, we will continue our cooperation toward the goal of engine certification at an early date” said Mr Qin Yuchun, President of AECC Dongan.”
Commented Safran Helicopter Engines EVP Programs, Cyrille Poetsch, “this flight both secures the AC352 development schedule and marks a major milestone in our partnership with China’s aerospace industry. Through this program Safran demonstrates its ability to successfully conduct new-generation engine design as part of an international partnership. This is also a significant step for Avicopter. Since its establishment in 1956, it has grown to become a major rotorcraft manufacturer. We are proud to be aboard their new-generation AC352 and wish them a happy 60th anniversary”.
WZ16 will be the first helicopter engine to be certified in parallel, both in China by CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) and in Europe under Ardiden 3C designation, by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) under the Ardiden 3C designation. The EASA certification for the Ardiden 3C is expected by end of 2017, and the CAAC certification for the WZ16 in 2018.
With over 500 engines in operation, China represents a strategic market for Safran Helicopter Engines. One of every two Chinese-registered helicopters is equipped with a Safran engine or a licensed product. This level of business is the result of 40 years of cooperation with industry in China.