Ian Frain provides an overview of the H160, the latest medium twin cab from Airbus Helicopters
68COMMERCIAL AIRBUS HELICOPTERS H160
In March 2015, at the annual Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli Expo held in Orlando, Florida, Airbus Helicopters unveiled its new H160. The H160 is the start of the H series product line of helicopters, as well as rebranding the EC135, EC145 and EC155 as the H135, H145 and H155.
At the Paris Air Show in June 2011, the then Eurocopter announced it was developing the X4, a 5-tonne helicopter to replace the then EC155B1 and AS365N3 models. The company proposed the X4 would incorporate fly-by-wire controls and the blue edge active tracking rotor system, amongst other innovative systems.
In early 2014, Eurocopter was rebranded as Airbus Helicopters; the result of an across-the-board re-organisation of all the aerospace, defence and space business segments in EADS (European Aerospace Defence Systems), renaming products and rebranding the company itself.