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5-Bladed Helicopter Earns Type Certification

The new five-bladed Airbus H145 helicopter has earned its FAA type certification.  This new version of the twin-engine H145 has also been approved for single-pilot instrument flight rules and single-engine operations, as well as night vision goggle compatibility.  Airbus plans to begin U.S. deliveries in early 2021.

“The FAA certification is an important milestone for the H145 program, as our customers in North America are eagerly awaiting its arrival and our entire team looks forward to delivering and supporting this new variant,” said Airbus Helicopters President Romain Trapp.

In June, this latest H145 model earned its European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification.  Less than 90 days later, the first one was delivered to the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation.  The Safran Arriel 2E-powered H145 has a range of 351 nautical miles; a useful load of 4,200 pounds; and a cruise speed of 129 knots.