Airbus H160 granted FAA certification
July 6, 2023 By Helicopters Staff
Airbus Helicopters has received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration for the H160 helicopter, marking what the company describes as a significant milestone in the aircraft’s development and positioning it for entry into the U.S. market.
“This aircraft features the highest level of innovation and we are confident that its advanced capabilities, along with our strong customer support network, will solidify its position as the preferred choice for customers in the U.S.,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters.
The H160 is a medium-class rotorcraft that, explains Airbus, sets a new benchmark in terms of safety, comfort and environmental performance. It features technologies like noise-reducing Blue Edge rotor blades, a canted Fenestron tail rotor for greater useful load, and Airbus Helicopters’ Helionix avionics suite for reduced pilot workload.
The H160 previously received certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in July 2020. Airbus Helicopters has received orders for more than 100 H160s from customers around the world, including more than a dozen from U.S. customers. The H160 has entered service in Japan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Europe and the fleet has accumulated more than 1,700 flight hours.
The H160 is a multi-role helicopter designed for missions like offshore transportation for the energy industry, private and business aviation, emergency medical services, commercial passenger transport, and public services such as Search and Rescue and law enforcement.
North America’s first H160 level D full flight simulator is expected to be ready for use as early as the second half of 2025 and will be located at the Helisim Simulation Center inside the Airbus Helicopters facility in Grand Prairie, Texas.