Kopter update on SH09 final design
December 11, 2019 By Helicopters Staff
Kopter is continuing to expand the performance and flight envelope of its SH09 Prototype 3 (P3), while simultaneously increasing flight test activities in the flight test centre located at Pozzallo, Sicily. P3 has now completed a full year of flight tests covering a range of adaptations and improvements.
Kopter explains this flight test campaign with P3 has the company to freeze the design of the SH09, which will flow into the Pre-Series 4 (PS4) aircraft scheduled for assembly by mid-2020. The final lines and features of the SH09 will be revealed at Heli-Expo through a series of 3D animations. This will also include a full-scale SH09 mock-up and flight simulation co-developed with VRM Switzerland.
Kopter’s Heli-Expo mock-up display will consist of a seven-seat “traveller” configuration featuring a modular layout, which has been designed and manufactured in cooperation with Metro Aviation, based in Shreveport, Louisiana. Metro Aviation and Kopter have collaborated on various interior designs over the past two years.
At Heli-Expo, Kopter will also provide an update on the progress made with VRM Switzerland to offer training solutions to its customers. Pilots will be welcomed to experience flying the SH09 in a high-resolution virtual reality system, using the highly-dynamic six degree-of-freedom (6 DOF) motion platform.