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Airbus demonstrates H125 helicopter in Addis Ababa

Posted 15 October 2018 · Add Comment

Airbus is undertaking a series of demo flights in Ethiopia with its robust, rugged and reliable single-engine H125 helicopter, proving its high performance in dry, high and hot operating conditions.

 

The 5-seat H125 is a member of Airbus’ Ecureuil family of civil and military of light utility helicopters, which also includes the H130 and Fennec (military version).  To date, more than 6,200 Ecureuil helicopters of several variants have been produced and delivered to some 1,900 operators in 120 countries.  The global Ecureuil fleet has accumulated over 32 million flight hours in numerous roles and missions. 

From the outset, the H125 was designed to be a versatile platform, capable of a range of operations. Its flat floor, wide and unobstructed cabin allows for rapid and simple cabin reconfiguration, making it equally suited to emergency medical rescue, law enforcement, aerial work (eg. crop spraying, powerline installation and inspection, news gathering, geo-surveys,etc.) firefighting, search and rescue as well as passenger transport.   As a result of its design, the H125 can carry more passengers on more round-trip flights than any competing helicopter in the same category. 

The H125 is powered by a Safran Arriel 2D engine, which has a 5,000 flight hour interval between overhauls, which lowers the helicopter’s operating and maintenance costs.

In 2005, the AS350 B3 broke the world record for the highest-altitude landing and takeoff, performed on Mount Everest at 8,848 metres (29,029 feet), a title still held today.   In May 2013 an H125 performed the world’s highest long-line rescue operation, on Lhotse (the world’s fourth highest mountain) in the Himalayas, at 7,800 metres (25,590 feet) above sea level.

More than 600 Airbus helicopters, including over 180 helicopters form the Ecureuil family, are flown by both civil and military operators across Africa.  In addition, at its support facilities in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Cape Town, Airbus assembles, completes and maintains helicopters which are operated by customers in 20 sub-Saharan and Indian Ocean island countries.   It also provides engineering capabilities and training for pilots and technical support personnel.

 

 

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