The third SH09 prototype helicopter, named P3, recently took off for the first time in Mollis, Switzerland after major changes were made as part of the development program. This will culminate in obtaining the type certificate that the company announced during the last edition of the HAI Heli-Expo in January last year.
This change program has been successfully implemented thanks to the joint efforts of the Kopter and Leonardo teams (remember that the multinational Leonardo bought the Swiss company early last year). A newly developed rotor head, a new main landing gear and a new flight control configuration were installed in addition to a next generation avionics system of the Garmin G3000H, which was first installed in a helicopter. These improvements have resulted in an immediate increase in the stability of the device, since maneuvers can be performed at speeds as low as 35 knots, including forward flight, backward flight, side flight and turns.
Since then, numerous test flights have been conducted at altitudes of up to 5,000 feet to verify the device’s best response, performance, and stability. The flight test program continues with new evaluations of weights, speeds and altitudes as well as the evaluation of the new Avinica set. (Jos M Navarro Garca)
Photo: The SH09 cockpit with its new Garmin Avinica (copter)
Kopter’s third SH09 prototype (Kopter)
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