The first H160 airborne near Marignane during one of its early test flights.
The H160 has attained 175kts and 10,000ft during its testing, Airbus Helicopters reports.
The two Airbus Helicopters H160 test aircraft have now completed more than 200 hours of flight testing. They have validated the new twin-engine type's aero medical configuration and confirmed key aspects of the type’s design.
The first two H160 flight test aircraft photographed together over the Mediterranean. They will be joined by a third example in 2017.
Airbus Helicopter's third H160 prototype PT3 is now painted in a high-gloss livery dubbed by the company as carbon and designed as a nod to the second Airbus A350 XWB flight-test aircraft F-WWCF (msn 002). The link between the two types: both are produced using advanced composite materials supplied by Airbus' long-term partner Hexcel. The H160 is the first civil helicopter equipped with a full composite fuselage
Airbus Helicopters has added a third H160 to its test fleet, aircraft PT3 registered as F-WWPA.
The cockpit arrangement on the H160 mock-up at Heli Expo 2015 is considerably different to the original concept of the X4 programme.
3 марта 2015г. в США на авиасалоне Heli-Expo 2015 (Орландо, шт. Флорида) компания Airbus Helicopter (ранее Aerospatiale) представила новейший вертолет Airbus H160, известный также как проект X4. Он относится к 6-тонному классу винтокрылой техники и рассчитан на перевозку до 12 пассажиров. Разработка H160 началась в 2013 г., его первый полет запланирован на этот год, а поставки серийных машин ожидаются с 2018 г.
Beautiful lines are found all over the H160.
A H160 mock-up was displayed at the Paris Air Show.
The Fenestron-covered tail rotor is the largest of any on an Airbus Helicopter and has been ‘double canted' to a 12° angle to improve anti-torque control.
The Fenestron shrouded tail-rotor in the H160 is the largest of its type fitted to a helicopter.