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In development since 2009, Marenco Swisshelicopter’s SKYe SH09 multi-purpose light, single-engine composite helicopter is closing in on its 2018 delivery date. The composite SKYe SH-09 can carry five to eight people, has rear clamshell doors, and a flexibly configurable large cabin.


The first SKYe SH09 prototype (P1) flew in 2014, and conducted a number of flight tests in 2015. P1 was then grounded, while Marenco flew the P2 prototype that incorporated lessons learned from the initial P1 tests. A third SKYe SH09 prototype, P3, is being readied for flight.


“We continue to expand the flight test envelope for P2 with regards to speed and altitude,” said Marenco Swisshelicopter COO Mathias Sénès. “Prototype 2 has achieved a wide range of flight test activities at 97 percent of the maximum takeoff weight of 2,650 kg. Successful completion of low-speed flight maneuvers, both sideways and rearwards, and significant expansion of the forward speed flight envelope have kept the test crews busy.”


Coming into 2017, “the SKYe SH09 is fully engaged into the EASA type certification process, Sénès said. “While P2 continues flight testing, P3 will be arriving in the first part of 2017 to start testing and prove its superiority.” If all goes well, the first deliveries are planned for 2018.


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