Airbus Helicopters has launched the development of an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability for the H125 in partnership with Genesys Aerosystems, which the company expects to be available in the second half of 2024 from its final assembly line in Columbus, Mississippi. It will consist of an upgraded cockpit, a new autopilot along with redundant hydraulic and electrical systems.
“This new IFR feature will expand the helicopter’s mission capabilities in all weather conditions especially for critical missions such as public services, including law enforcement, emergency medical services, and enhanced training – all missions that are in high demand worldwide, and in particular in North America,” said Jérome Ronssin, Head of Light Helicopters Program at Airbus Helicopters.
Airbus Helicopters is targeting certification from major aviation authorities during the second half of 2024, with the first deliveries by the end of that year.
Close to 4,200 H125 family helicopters are today flying around the world. The H125 achieved a market share in single-engine helicopter category of 63 per cent in 2022. Last year, 161 H125 helicopters were ordered, 39 of which were in North America.