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The H160 opens a new chapter in the history of Airbus. Joining the helicopter product range between the H145 and the H175, this innovative medium helicopter is the first member of the H generation. The entire design was based on one overriding goal: to create added value for customers in terms of performance, economic competitiveness, safety, and comfort. With reduced fuel consumption and perceived sound, the H160 is cleaner, and quieter than others in its class, and takes a step forward for customers by reducing their environmental footprints.

A three-element infographic displaying key performance figures for Airbus’ H160 helicopter.

Mission ready

Configurations being developed include offshore transportation, commercial passenger transport, emergency medical services, business and private aviation (known as the ACH160), and public services.

Aircraft

Innovation for a new experience

Innovation was built into the H160 from its design phase, resulting in a new, customer-focused digital ecosystem of equipment and services that increase safety and cost-effectiveness. The passenger experience is also enhanced, due to an increase in volume per passenger compared to other medium-twin helicopters. Larger windows create the brightest cabin in its class, while the minimal vibrations experienced within the cabin mean passengers can fly more comfortably.       

   

Simple and intuitive to fly and maintain

A high level of automation, associated with the unrivalled visibility of the cockpit, makes the H160 easy to fly. With top-notch automation, huge margins, and the helicopter industry’s first electronic flight manual , pilot performance and safety are increased.

3D technical publications and easy troubleshooting tools give maintenance technicians the information to maintain this aircraft to the highest standards, even far from the maintenance base. Equipment locations have been optimised for accessibility, while easy access to the large upper deck, engine access through a firewall panel, and easy removal of engine and main gearbox cowlings are among the H160’s innovations.

Digital documentation and continuity used on the multi-platform ground segment are adapted to fleet management needs, from dispatch and airworthiness management to training. With its light maintenance plan aligned between engine and aircraft, the H160 offers optimised operating costs and a new standard in availability.

 

Safety enhancer

In following the IOGP’s (International Association of Oil & Gas Producers) stringent operational standards, the H160 conforms to, and in some cases exceeds, the latest safety certification requirements.

The H160 is equipped with the most modern safety equipment, including Sea State 6 emergency floatation features and windows that exceed EASA Type IV emergency egress size requirements, plus easy push-out windows and seating that ensure a maximum of two passengers per exit per row.

Missions

Oil and gas

The H160 can access a large number of offshore platforms thanks to its 15.7-metre D-value (largest dimension of the helicopter used for helideck assessment).

To avoid unnecessary returns to base, The H160 relies on an embedded monitoring system and a redundancy of sensors, and can be maintained autonomously far from base When designing the H160, particular emphasis was placed on corrosion robustness, specifically for O&G missions over the sea.

Accommodating changes of configuration, the H160’s 12-passenger seating staggers three rows of four seats, while passengers are just one seat from an exit.

Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS)

The H160 was designed to answer the needs of the emergency medical service industry for primary and secondary EMS missions.

Patient comfort is key, with a low level of vibration even at maximum speed, a flat attitude, a fully equipped and spacious cabin, powerful air conditioning, and reduced downwash during patient loading and unloading.

Airbus works with a wide range of EMS outfitters for the interior cabin layout.  Depending on the EMS kit, the cabin can accommodate several configurations, seating arrangements, stretcher models and medical material.

Private and business aviation

To differentiate its approach to private and business aviation, Airbus Helicopters has introduced Airbus Corporate Helicopters – ACH – its exclusive offer providing an end-to-end service-based ownership experience.

ACH provides an exclusive platform from which customers can experience best-in-class corporate and VIP transport solutions, tailored completion and service. ACH ensures that only the highest quality materials and the best craftsmanship are on offer to customers.

Advancements in air conditioning technology allow for precise temperatures to be selected, while the flight experience is enhancedwith optimal cabin air quality and lighting designed to reduce fatigue (ACH160 Exclusive). 

Please visit the dedicated ACH website to find out more.

 

Un4gettable: the H160 opens a new chapter in the history of Airbus.

 

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Technical Description

Performance

Recommended cruise speed

255 km/h

Max range with standard fuel tanks

795 km

Max endurance with standard fuel tanks

4h30 min

Flight envelope (temperature)

-40°C to ISA +37°C limited to 50°C

Max flight altitude

6,096 m

Hover ceiling IGE

2,895 m

Dimensions

D-value 15.67 m
Rotor diameter 13.4 m
Internal cabin volume up to 7.3 m3

Characteristics

Crew + passengers

1 or 2 pilots + up to 12 passengers

Max takeoff weight (MTOW)

6,050 kg

Useful load

Up to 2,000 kg

Engine

2 x Safran Helicoter Engines Arrano 1A

Standard fuel tank capacity

1,120 kg

Takeoff power

955 kW / 1,280 shp

Performance

Recommended cruise speed

138 kts

Max range with standard fuel tanks

475 NM

Max endurance with standard fuel tanks

4h30 min

Flight envelope (temperature)

-40°C to ISA +37°C limited to 50°C

Max flight altitude

20,000 ft

Hover ceiling IGE

 9,500 ft

Dimensions

D-value  51.41 ft
Rotor diameter 43.96 ft
Internal cabin volume up to 257.8 cu.ft

Characteristics

Crew + passengers

1 or 2 pilots + up to 12 passengers

Max takeoff weight (MTOW)

13,338 lb

Useful load

4,409 lb
Standard fuel tank capacity 940 lb

Engine

2 x Safran Helicoter Engines Arrano 1A

Standard fuel tank capacity

2,469 lb

Takeoff power

955 kW / 1,280 shp

Configurations

Oil and gas transport

Accommodating transport for oil and gas operations, the H160’s 12-passenger seating staggers three rows of four seats, while passengers are just one seat from an exit. The wide cabin also allows for the installation of a stretcher in place of the center row, in the event of a medical evacuation. 

Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS)

A variety of configuration options makes the H160 uniquely suited to EMS operations. Depending on the EMS kit, the cabin can be arranged with one or two stretchers, in longitudinal or transversal positions.

Private business aviation

When configured for one or two pilots and up to ten passengers, the ACH160 is the epitome of in-flight comfort. Large windows, minimal cabin sound, and optimal lighting aimed to reduce fatigue, all make for a quiet and comfortable flight.

Photos

H160 in flight    
 AHI coloring book / page 7    
H160 North America demo tour    
H160 North America demo tour    
Shell Aircraft looking to introduce the H160 into service    
H160 key data    
H160 Key data    
Four H160s in flight    
Airbus H160 Heliocpters U.S. Demo Tour    
Edouard Philippe French Prime Minister Visit at Paris Air Show Day 5    
Hi Fly A380 taking off – Paris Air Show 2019 – Day 5    
A330neo flying display at Paris Airshow 2019 - PAS2019 Day 5    
Airbus Helicopters flying in formation to celebrate 50-year anniversary    
Formation flight with Airbus Helicopters: 50-year celebration    
Airbus Helicopters formation flight – 50-year anniversary    
Airbus Helicopters flying in formation to celebrate 50-year anniversary    
Olivier Gensse Airbus Helicopters    
H160 Over New York    
Airbus Helicopters unveils H160 air medical cabin concept by Metro Aviation in North America    
H160 key data icon    

Videos

Documents

Infographics

H160 EMS Infographic    
H160 Infographic    

H160 news

H160: A digital ambition

Four H160s for the French Navy’s search and rescue missions

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German HEMS operator DRF Luftrettung expands its H145 and H135 fleet

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Shell Aircraft looking to introduce the H160 into service

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Airbus displays its customer-centric solutions at Heli-Expo 2020

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Airbus scores first ACH160 order in Southeast Asia

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Build your own H160 papercraft

Build your own H160 papercraft

Print the Pdf file and follow the instructions to assemble your own paper H160 aircraft

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