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HANGAR TALK


Kopter’s SH09 Third Prototype (P3) Flies Higher and Faster in Sicily


Kopter recently transferred its third prototype (P3) to Sicily with a team of 20 flight test engineers, pilots, and mechanics to set up an additional flight test base in Pozzallo.


Pozzallo provides the perfect operational conditions to conduct the SH09 intensive flight test campaign needed in the frame of certification. It offers very limited restrictions and favorable weather conditions throughout the year, while giving the opportunity to experience a demanding climate with hot temperatures, high humidity, strong winds, and a salty atmosphere.


Since its arrival and over a period of two months, the flight test crew performed 34 flights with P3, allowing the aircraft to reach around 100 flight test hours. In this timeframe, the first major inspection has been carried out successfully.


The major outcome is the opening of the SH09 flight envelope up to 10,000 feet altitude and up to a speed of 135 knots. During all flights, P3 performed as expected and generated a large volume of valuable data that are being used to finalize the design of the serial production SH09.


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The next phase of the flight test campaign will see P3 going higher, faster, and further after implementing some aerodynamic refinements that further improve P3 handling qualities and the retrofit of the main gear box housing. It will allow the gathering of the remaining data needed to finalize the configuration of Pre- Series aircrafts PS4 & PS5, which will contribute to the certification flights next year.


2020 remains the target for EASA certification. Kopter management and team are fully committed to deliver the SH09 with the highest levels of safety, performance, flight qualities, and competitiveness.


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