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Kopter Group will present its SH09 single-turbine helicopter at the 2018 Helitech Exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherlands, to be held from Oct. 16 to 18.
For the event, P1 (Prototype 1) will be showcased with the livery of a new customer to be discovered on the first day of the show. P1 has been restored and then wrapped, promoting the paint scheme of this customer.
It will be fitted with the baseline passenger configuration, highlighting the flexibility, space and capacity of its cabin, which is typically seen on light twin-engine helicopters only.
P1 was the first SH09 prototype to fly and demonstrated excellent characteristics that underpin the helicopter’s multi-role capability. P1 was succeeded by P2 that allowed validating the concept and overall layout of the SH09 up to earlier this year. P3 is currently going through extensive ground tests, getting ready to undertake its flight test campaign in Sicily, Italy.
P3 and pre-series aircraft PS04 will jointly serve to obtain EASA certification and soon after, FAA validation.
The SH09 enjoys a very positive response on the market as it offers the highest standards of safety, mission capability, and cost efficiency, which are unequaled in the single-engine category. More news of additional orders will follow shortly.
Also exhibited at the Kopter booth will be the Garmin Avionics suite G3000H that will be integrated into the SH09 from first deliveries. This modern and latest generation of avionics suite will significantly reduce pilot workload, increase situational awareness and boost the aircraft’s operational safety margins.