Saturday, June 30, 2018

French helicopter company testing prototype in Farmington, New Mexico

In this photo taken June 26, 2018, Gregory LePage, a flight test instrumentation engineer for Airbus Helicopters, works on an H160 helicopter at the Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington, New Mexico.


In this photo taken June 26, 2018, Airbus Helicopters crew members hold down equipment as the Airbus H160 helicopter flies by during testing at the Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington, New Mexico.



In this photo taken June 26, 2018, Pascal Jervaise, a support analyst for Airbus Helicopters works at the Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington, New Mexico.

In this photo taken June 26, 2018, Mike Lewis, left, airport manager for the Four Corners Regional Airport looks over the Airbus H160 helicopter as Pascal Jervaise, a support analyst for Airbus Helicopters works at the Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington, New Mexico.


In this photo taken June 26, 2018, Carla Lebena, a flight test instrumentation engineer for Airbus Helicopters, works on an H160 helicopter with experimental test pilot Olivier Gensse before the helicopter's test flight over the Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington, New Mexico.

In this photo taken June 26, 2018, a crew member talks with Airbus Helicopters experimental test pilot Olivier Gensse before the helicopter's test flight over the Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington, New Mexico.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A France-based helicopter company has come to test a prototype helicopter at the Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington where mid-altitude conditions and warm weather can be found.

Experimental flight test engineer Nicolas Certain tells The Daily Times that the test performed this week involves mimicking engine failure.

He says the test is necessary so Airbus Helicopters' H160 can receive certification from both the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Prior to visiting Farmington, the crew tested the H160 helicopter in the hot temperatures of Lake Havasu, Arizona. Its next stop will be Leadville, Colorado, where the crew will test its ability to fly at high altitude.

Airbus hopes to get the helicopter certified so it can start selling it by 2019.

Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That thing is huge.