The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has signed a contract, on behalf of the Ministry of Interior, for the procurement and maintenance of 10 H160s in a law enforcement configuration for the Gendarmerie Nationale.
Airbus has delivered the first ever H160 to Japanese operator All Nippon Helicopter (ANH), heralding a new chapter for this next generation twin-engine helicopter. With 68 patents, the innovative H160 is the world’s most technologically advanced helicopter.
The Helicopter Company (THC), established by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) as the first and only helicopter services provider licensed to operate commercial flights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, today announced that it has signed a second purchase agreement with Airbus Helicopters.
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.
The H160’s standard-setting maintenance and support concept is among the aircraft’s many innovations. It has undergone fine-tuning in an Operator Zero campaign with Airbus as the “first operator”. It elevates commonplace needs like component accessibility to the fore. Its training and technical documentation are practical and visual. And it sought to integrate digital solutions from the design phase to maintenance, ensuring these solutions communicate with each other. Let’s take a closer look.
When H160 test pilot Olivier Gensse stepped out of the full flight simulator (FFS) after the final practice run and said: “That felt just like the H160,” it was music to the ears of the simulator project team. Years of hard work had paid off, paving the way for the simulator’s qualification by the European EASA airworthiness authority in August 2020.
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.