Airbus Helicopters has launched the development of an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability for the H125 in partnership with Genesys Aerosystems which will be available in the second half of 2024 from the Airbus Helicopters´ final assembly line in Columbus, Mississippi. It will consist of an upgraded cockpit, a new autopilot along with redundant hydraulic and electrical systems.
“Thanks to its recent innovations, the H125 remains an unrivalled product in terms of performance and value for money. This new IFR feature will expand the helicopter’s mission capabilities in all weather conditions especially for critical missions such as public services, including law enforcement, emergency medical services, and enhanced training – all missions that are in high demand worldwide, and in particular in North America,” said Jérome Ronssin, Head of Light Helicopters Programme at Airbus Helicopters.
Airbus Helicopters is targeting certification from major aviation authorities, including FAA, during the second half of 2024, with the first deliveries by the end of that year.
Today, close to 4,200 H125 family helicopters are flying around the world in the most demanding conditions. The H125 (formerly known as the AS350 B3e of the Ecureuil family) is the absolute market leader in the Intermediate single-engine helicopter category, where it achieved a market share of 63% in 2022. Last year, 161 H125 helicopters were ordered, setting a sales record for the past decade. – ab/mgm/mhi (Pix: Airbus Helicopters)