RotorSchmiede VA115 becomes first ultralight helicopter approved in Germany

RotorSchmiede VA115 becomes first ultralight helicopter approved in Germany

24-Mar-2017 Source: RotorSchmiede

RotorSchmiede, a company division of China’s DEA General Aviation, is pleased to announce that it has been issued with a “Permit to Fly” from LBA, Germany’s Federal Aviation Office,   for a prototype of its new VA115 Co-axial helicopter.  It becomes the first in a new category of ultra-light helicopters to receive this approval under Germany’s Ultralight Helicopter Regulations (LTF-ULH) first introduced at the end of 2016.

The “Permit to Fly” applies to Prototype PT002 (registration D-MPVA) which is currently undergoing flight testing towards European EASA CS-VLR Very Light Aircraft Certification, supported by LBA, Oskar-Ursinus-Vereinigung (OUV) and Deutsche Ultraleichtflugverband (DULV).  PT002 is one of four prototypes built to date by RotorSchmiede, which have been used in the initial development and proof of concept stages, including component and subsystem trials and ground testing.

The single seat VA115 is a highly capable ultra ight helicopter with an exceptionally lightweight design.  Its co-axial rotor system provides superior handling, stable flight characteristics all contained in a compact size.  In addition to eliminating the need for a conventional tail rotor and its autorotation characteristics, the VA115’s new-generation co-axial rotor system has been designed with innovative safety features such as the new freewheel unit, centrifugal clutch and blade locking system.

On reaching certification the VA115 will be targeted globally at the sports and leisure market as a new type of professionally built co-axial helicopter which is fun and cost effective to own and operate.

DEA General Aviation is a public listed company on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in China. It moved into general aviation in 2013 with a mission to provide affordable GA to the people, instigating global mergers and acquisitions to swiftly establish a strong presence.  DEA General Aviation designs, develops, produces and sells helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, engines, composites and UAV’s for surveillance, agricultural and utility missions for the civil market – and now has operations and representatives in China, Malaysia, Germany, Russia, USA and the UK.

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