“It has not yet flown, but it is the actual prototype number one Marenco SKYe SH09,” explained Matthias Sénès, chief commercial officer for new helicopter manufacturer Marenco (Booth No. 2203). The blades are mock-ups, but only because the actual prototype blades are on the test stand along with the engine number one, Sénès noted. “We decided it was important to bring the actual prototype this year, even though it does delay the first test flight, but there will be many test flights, and Heli-Expo is only once a year,” he explained.
The SKYe SH09 order book now stands at 51, including three new orders that Marenco announced during Heli-Expo. The carbon-fiber, single engine, Honeywell HTS 900-2-powered helicopter costs $3.25 million equipped with dual sliding cabin doors and a full glass cockpit. All deposits are refundable based on whether the aircraft meets minimum performance marks and its certification milestones in a timely manner. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2017, according to Sénès, who seemed pleased by the crowds surrounding the aircraft in the exhibit hall.