“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.
“It has not yet flown, but it is the actual prototype number one Marenco SKYe SH09,” Matthias Sénès, chief commercial officer for start-up Marenco Swisshelicopter, said in explaining the helicopter it has on display this week at Heli-Expo 2014. The blades are mock-ups, but only because the actual prototype blades are on the test stand along with the engine, Sénès noted.
The first prototype of the Marenco Swisshelicopter SKYe SH09 would be assembled “over the next weeks,” the company predicted early last month. CEO Martin Stucki said testing of gearboxes and rotors was confirming expectations and simulations. The program’s schedule has the prototype flying four to six weeks after the completion of final assembly.
Marenco Swisshelicopter expects to complete final assembly of its first SKYe SH09 prototype “over the coming weeks,” the company told AIN. CEO Martin Stucki said testing of the helicopter’s gearboxes and rotors is confirming expectations and simulations. According to the program’s schedule, the prototype of the light single will fly four to six weeks after the start of ground tests.
Zurich, Switzerland-based Marenco Swisshelicopter has established a design office in Munich, Germany. There, it has hired some engineers who were employed at Eurocopter’s Ottobrunn site, now closing.. Marenco plans to have its SH-09 SKYe single flying by year-end.
Startup manufacturer Marenco Swisshelicopter said it booked orders for 23 SKYe SH09 helicopters at Heli-Expo 2012, which was held earlier this month in Dallas. This brings the Swiss company’s backlog to 34 helicopters. The first SH09 prototype is currently being assembled near Zurich, Switzerland, and the company aims to fly it by year-end. Certification is slated for 2014, with deliveries of the eight-place, $3 million SH09 slated to start in 2015.
After making its debut at Heli-Expo last year, Swiss startup helicopter manufacturer Marenco is back with its SKYe SH09 light single mockup at this year’s show. The company has made several improvements to the design since then, so we stopped by its booth on the eve of Heli-Expo to get an update on the budding project from Marenco commercial director Mathias Sénès.
Marenco Swisshelicopter, which announced its helicopter project last year at Heli-Expo, has unveiled the “high-visibility cockpit” of the SKYe SH09 light single, which features a wide windshield, thin uprights, large windows (including chin windows) an
Marenco Swiss Helicopter holds letters of intent for just a dozen copies of its SKYe SH09 light single helicopter but has already outlined plans to build 80 to 100 aircraft per year. The company, based in Niederurnen near Zurich, claims it has enough funding for development through certification, pegged for 2014. The first customer delivery is anticipated to follow the next year.
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