The H135 Will Be Showcased by Airbus Helicopters as the Future Navy Helicopter Trainer

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas ( – Last week on Friday, 19th October 2018, Airbus Helicopters announced that the company will showcase its H135 as the future helicopter trainer for the U.S. Navy during the Naval Helicopter Association’s Fleet Fly-in at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Pensacola (Florida) from 22 to 26 Oct. 2018, learned

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Chris Emerson, President of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Head of the North America region, shared, “Airbus Helicopters is convinced the H135 is the best solution to prepare the next generation of U.S. Navy pilots for decades to come, both technically and economically. We look forward to demonstrating why this aircraft is the best solution for the Navy’s helicopter training needs.”

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During the October fleet fly-in pilots of Airbus will perform orientation flights with U.S. Navy pilots, as well as with other stakeholders as demonstration of the capabilities of the H135 helicopter.

The H135 training helicopters for the U.S. Navy will be manufactured at the facility of Airbus in Columbus, Mississippi. An interesting fact is that more than 40 percent of the Columbus employees are U.S. military veterans.

The proven twin-engine military trainer H135, operated in more than 60 countries, features the most advanced technologies available like One Engine Inoperable (OEI) training mode and 4-axis autopilot. The H135 is known for its endurance, compact build, low sound levels, reliability, versatility and competitive cost. It is FAA Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Certified providing future pilots with an ideal aircraft for training missions, which is of crucial importance for the Navy, because its aviators are trained in conditions, in which the visibility is quite reduced.

Scott Tumpak, VP, Military Programs, at Airbus Helicopters, Inc., explained that the H135 helicopter “provides a training environment most similar to the Navy’s warfighting rotorcraft fleet, creating opportunities for cost and operational efficiencies compared to a single-engine aircraft.”

The military training flight hours executed with the H135 exceed 300,000. Globally, the number of the flight hours is more than 4.8 million.

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Source: Airbus