Airbus Helicopters H160 Arrives in Las Vegas for U.S. Demo Tour
Airbus Helicopters's new H160 medium twin is making its U.S. debut. Prototype number two (PT2) arrived in Las Vegas for this year's annual Heli-Expo show and is on display before embarking on a three-month customer demonstration tour followed by high/hot testing in Leadville, Colorado.
The aircraft features an all-composite airframe, flat-floor cabin, oversize cabin windows, and a baggage compartment that can hold 661 pounds. Its cabin can be configured to seat four or eight passengers in executive/VIP layouts, or 12 in a utility configuration. The H160 also incorporates a variety of new technologies, among them Blue Edge active tracking main rotor blades in a five-blade system with a double-sweep design that reduces noise and contributes to a smoother ride, and 10 to 15 percent better fuel consumption than the H155 family it replaces.