Heli Air Design’s Helineo turbine-powered, two-seat helicopter made its first flight on April 26, the company announced last month. In rainy weather, test pilot Stéphane Ligier performed a series of 15 takeoffs and flights in ground effect at Metz Nancy Lorraine airport. The helicopter performed as expected, the company said. First flight had initially been pegged for July last year.
A British Helicopter Association member, Heli Air, has achieved International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) registration under the industry’s amended safety standard that now facilitates implementation for rotary wing operations.