European Rotors, the new rotorcraft exhibition in Cologne from 16-18 November, will enable Airbus Helicopters to reconnect with its customers, partners, suppliers, and other industry players in person. Showgoers will have the opportunity to stop by and learn all about the different initiatives launched by the Company to pioneer sustainable aerospace from the use of sustainable aviation fuel, to hybridization and Urban Air Mobility. A scale model of the CityAirbus NextGen, recently revealed at the Airbus Summit in September, will be showcased for the very first time at a dedicated briefing.
Christoph Zammert, Executive Vice President of Customer Support & Services at Airbus Helicopters, says European Rotors is also an important opportunity to show customers the latest support & service enhancements, which play a key role in making customer missions possible: “The regular dialogue we have with our customers is at the heart of our business and informs the new offers we bring to market. On the HCare area of our stand this year we’ll be showcasing the entire HCare service offer, with a special focus on new packages for legacy operators, who have specific needs and make up a large portion of our fleet, and operators of Helionix aircraft, for whom we believe the power of a continuous data chain can bring value to operations.”
The fully electric CityAirbus NextGen is equipped with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail, and eight electrically powered propellers as part of its distributed propulsion system. It is designed to carry up to four passengers in a zero-emissions flight in multiple applications. CityAirbus is being developed to fly with an 80 km range and to reach a cruise speed of 120 km/h, making it perfectly suited for operations in major cities for a variety of missions. Urban Air Mobility (UAM) with electric vehicles is part of Airbus’s roadmap towards zero-emission air travel.
A five-bladed H145 for medical evacuation operated by German air rescue service ADAC Luftrettung will take center stage on the booth. The latest upgrade of the H145 adds a new, innovative five-bladed rotor to this best-selling multi-mission helicopter, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 150 kg. The simplicity of the new bearingless main rotor design will also ease maintenance operations, further improving the benchmark serviceability and reliability of the H145, while improving ride comfort for both passengers and crew. The helicopter’s high-mounted tail boom and wide opening clam-shell doors facilitate access to the H145’s spacious cabin.
Today, Airbus has more than 1,515 H145 family helicopters in service around the world, logging a total of more than six million flight hours. For HEMS alone, there are more than 470 helicopters of the H145 family conducting air rescue missions worldwide.
Airbus Corporate Helicopters will have an ACH125 on a static display. Designed for customers who appreciate the experience of flying, the ACH125 combines performance with the highest levels of comfort and elegance featured in its ACH Line interior.
Other highlights include HCare global support contracts, which today cover approximately 20% of the Airbus helicopter fleet; Airbus Helicopter’s online Marketplace – a unique one-stop shop available on the AirbusWorld collaborative customer platform, which recently expanded its portfolio of helicopter parts and products and welcomed new vendors; key upgrades, including the H125 power upgrade and the H125/H130 fuel system upgrade (the Crash Resistant Fuel System) which will be on display and enhances operational safety; as well as the latest developments in helicopter training.