The latest prototype of the new H160 sports a carbon fiber livery as a nod to the new A350 commercial airliner from Airbus.
Airbus Helicopters showed off the third H160 prototype on December 12th at their Marignane, France headquarters in a fresh coat of paint featuring a striking “carbon” livery designed as a nod to the Airbus A350 XWB MSN2 flight-test aircraft. Both aircraft are produced using advanced composite materials supplied by Airbus’ long term partner, Hexcel, a U.S based manufacturer of lightweight composite materials. Hexcel, founded in 1948, is now headquartered in Connecticut and employs more than 6,100 people in twenty-two locations around the world. The company originally designed lightweight parts for the lunar landing module that landed on the moon.
The Airbus Helicopters H160 started life as the futuristic X4 design, first announced during a press breakfast at Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California. The helicopter was officially unveiled by Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury during the 2016 Heli-Expo show held in Orlando, Florida. There are now three H160 helicopters being used by Airbus Helicopters to conduct flight testing and certification activities for the latest in Airbus Helicopters medium utility range of helicopters.
The H160 is expected to seat twelve passengers and two pilots, be fitted with the latest Helionix platform and have a unique panoramic front windshield, much larger than previous helicopters, providing the largest field of vision.
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