Images of devastation and flooding…helicopters dropping winches to rescue people from the roofs of their houses. This is what life looked like during July for many in the German regions of North Rhine Westphalia and Rhineland Palatinate.
At European Rotors 2021, Airbus Helicopters unveiled two new service offers targeting its in-service legacy fleet and Helionix aircraft, respectively. HCare Classics and HDataPower both address customers’ support needs with hand-picked services.
Global Medical Response (GMR) will add a total of 21 Airbus helicopters from the H125, H130 and H135 families to its growing air medical fleet, with options to include up to an additional 23 helicopters, bringing the total order potential up to 44 helicopters.
Decarbonising flight will require a range of solutions, including new fuel types and innovative technologies. Some will bring radical changes, while others offer more incremental gains. Karim Mokaddem, Airbus Head of Electrification, describes the different ways hybrid-electric power can benefit fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters through non-propulsive applications.
The EcoPulse™ distributed propulsion hybrid aircraft demonstrator – which is being developed by Daher, Safran and Airbus with the support of France’s Civil Aviation Research Council (CORAC) and French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) – has successfully completed wind tunnel testing at the Airbus UK Filton facility.
With helicopters being a common sight and sound in any cityscape, sound reduction has been an ongoing area of rotorcraft research for decades. Starting with the shrouded Fenestron tail rotor, which first flew on an Airbus helicopter in 1968, to more recent advancements in blade design, such as the new H160’s innovative Blue Edge blades, Airbus Helicopters is continuously looking at ways to lower the volume of its rotorcraft.