Marenco’s SKYe SH09 celebrates first flight
October 6, 2014 By Carey Fredericks
Oct. 6, 2014, Mollis Airport, Sui. - From the heart of Switzerland, on the airport of Mollis, Marenco Swisshelicopter AG is proud to announce the completion of the First flight of the SKYe SH09.
The SKYe SH09, the latest generation of high performance light single-engine helicopter has successfully achieved its’ First Flight with Chief Test Pilot Dwayne Williams at the controls, manoeuvring the prototype aircraft in hover in five test flights that lasted approximately 20 minutes.
Martin Stucki, Designer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer was pleased to inform that the First flight had confirmed the preliminary flying and handling characteristics of the aircraft: “This is a milestone in the development of our program and this success has followed the extensive component testing-phase and quantity of Ground tests performed in the last weeks and months”.
The SKYe SH09 features a full composite airframe as well as all-composite main rotor and tail rotor blades; it is equipped with glass cockpit avionics systems and the powerful HTS-900-2 engine by Honeywell. Mathias Senes, Chief Commercial Officer, describes that among all features, the SKYe SH09 helicopter is being developed as a true “vertical take-off Platform” that will ensure, for our clients and operators, the highest levels of usability and multi-mission capabilities.
The SKYe SH09 is scheduled to enter in production within the next 12 to 16 months. Marenco Swisshelicopter AG already holds over 50x orders and agreements on the aircraft.