Flight Tests

Leonardo UK adds two trainee Flight Test Engineers

Leonardo UK adds two trainee Flight Test Engineers

15-Feb-2022

Last year, the flight operations team at Leonardo in Yeovil flew more than 870 hours across several different types of helicopters on 585 flights respectively. Sorties were undertaken from the AW159, AW149 Common Platform Demonstrator, Super Lynx to the AW101. The aircrew at Leonardo accrued over 70 hours in the AW149 during 53 sorties. The... Read more

AVIC AC312E completes altitude test flights

AVIC AC312E completes altitude test flights

21-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s (AVIC) new AC312E helicopter has passed its plateau test flights. The test flight was done at Ningland Luguhu Airport at an altitude of 3,293 meters. The passing of the test now qualifies the helicopter to meet the demands of EMS work in plateau regions, reports Xinhua Net.... Read more

Russian Defence Ministry Receives Military Helicopter Delivery

Russian Defence Ministry Receives Military Helicopter Delivery

30-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Russia’s Defence Ministry recently accepted a delivery of Mi-8MTV-5-1 military helicopters from Russian Helicopters. The helicopters went through strict testing before they were accepted. The build and assembly quality, as well as component manufacturing was tested during a pre-acceptance and acceptance procedure. Once they were fully assembled, they were tested once more at the workshop... Read more

AW609 prototype moves from Arlington to Philadelphia to resume flight tests

AW609 prototype moves from Arlington to Philadelphia to resume flight tests

15-Aug-2016Source: AgustaWestland

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced that the first flying AW609 prototype has arrived in Philadelphia following a recent resumption of flight testing. Departing from Arlington, Texas, the aircraft’s flight plan included an overnight stop in Huntsville, Ala, before arriving in Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 10. With industrialization underway, Leonardo-Finmeccanica has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the... Read more

Cobham signs 18-month military test flight contract with QinetiQ

Cobham signs 18-month military test flight contract with QinetiQ

6-Jun-2016Source: Cobham

Cobham have announced the signing of a contract with QinetiQ for the provision of helicopter support to the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) and Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron (RWTES).  Both of these organisations are are jointly operated by QinetiQ and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) under the Long-Term Partnering Agreement. Cobham will... Read more

Enstrom TH-180 certification flights resume

Enstrom TH-180 certification flights resume

1-Jun-2016Source: HeliHub.com

On Thursday May 26th, Enstrom resumed flight testing of the TH-180 with the second prototype – N181TH, seen in photos here. The aircraft was flown by Enstrom test pilot and Senior Technical Fellow, William Taylor.  Taylor took the aircraft through a standard production-type acceptance, including all the hover and forward flight checks such as tracking... Read more

AW169 testing continues with loadlifting in Big Bear Valley

AW169 testing continues with loadlifting in Big Bear Valley

26-Nov-2015Source: HeliHub.com

A local news outlet – Big Bear Grizzly – has reported that AgustaWestland were testing the AW169 at Big Bear City Airport last week.  This is located at Big Bear Lake, a mountain community 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest.  Altitude ranges from the airport at 6,752... Read more

Nova Systems buys Airbus H135 to enhance its Flight Test capability

Nova Systems buys Airbus H135 to enhance its Flight Test capability

30-Apr-2015Source: Nova Systems

Aerospace and professional services provider Nova Systems is expanding its European business (Nova Systems UK) with the purchase of an Airbus Helicopter H135 – providing the option of low cost and reliable flight trials for governments and manufacturers alike. The aircraft will be fully instrumented and will be used to test the latest sensors, avionics and... Read more

AW609 Test Pilots Receive Iven C. Kincheloe Award

AW609 Test Pilots Receive Iven C. Kincheloe Award

21-Oct-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that three of its AW609 test pilots have received from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots the prestigious Iven C. Kincheloe award and were recognized at the Society’s annual gala. The Kincheloe Award recognizes outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight-testing by a test pilot member of the Society... Read more

Airbus takes EC175 to Northern Canada for cold weather trials

Airbus takes EC175 to Northern Canada for cold weather trials

30-Jan-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Airbus Helicopters have shipped one of their EC175 development aircraft to Canada, ready for cold weather trials. The helicopter was shipped by Volga-Dnepr Airlines in one of their Antonov AN124 freighters (RA-82074, should anyone be asking!) to Edmonton last Friday evening. It then moved north 900 odd miles to Yellowknife, arriving Sunday 26th – captured... Read more

Interview with Russian Helicopters test pilot

Interview with Russian Helicopters test pilot

22-Dec-2013Source: Russian Helicopters

Gurgen Karapetyan worked as a Soviet and Russian helicopter test pilot, a senior lieutenant in the reserve and Hero of the Soviet Union. During his career he mastered 39 types of helicopters, gliders and aeroplanes, or more than 100 if you count all the different modifications. He spent more than 5,500 hours in the air... Read more

Eurocopter are cold-weather testing EC145T2 in Inuvik

Eurocopter are cold-weather testing EC145T2 in Inuvik

1-Feb-2012Source: CBC

The crews wanted cold weather, and they got plenty of it. Temperatures in the town have been well below –40 for the past few weeks and there have even been record blizzards. Winds gusting up to 100 km/hr get the crew grounded for three days. (see full story) Eurocopter photos are not from Inuvik!!  ... Read more

Third prototype joins S76D test program

Third prototype joins S76D test program

8-Sep-2011Source: Sikorsky

Enhanced performance, more power, and a “Grand Canyon” standard of quiet that delivers substantially reduced external noise are all proving to be the new standard in the S-76Dâ„¢ helicopter as the program introduces its third prototype into testing , Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. said today. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. “D3,” the... Read more

China’s AC313 helicopter reaches 8,000m

China’s AC313 helicopter reaches 8,000m

8-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Recent test flights of China’s heavy-lift AC313 helicopters have pushed the altitude envelope to 8,000m (26,247 feet).  This will enable it to fulfil mission on mountainous plateaus according to manufacturer Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).  The new altitude record was achieved on a September 2nd test flight from Gonghe Airport in northwest China’s Qinghai... Read more

Carter PAV completes Phase I flight-testing

Carter PAV completes Phase I flight-testing

29-Jan-2011Source: Carter Aerospace

Wichita Falls, TX – Carter Aerospace Development, LLC (Carter Aerospace), a wholly owned subsidiary of Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC (Carter) of Wichita Falls, TX is announcing that they have completed the first phase of flight-testing of their new Personal Air Vehicle (PAV). The PAV began flight-testing in October 2010 with the goal of testing and... Read more

Carter PAV completes first milestone flight

Carter PAV completes first milestone flight

18-Jan-2011Source: Carter Aviation Technologies

Wichita Falls, TX – Carter Aviation Technologies (Carter) of Wichita Falls, TX is pleased to announce that their new Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) has completed its first milestone in flight-testing. The PAV is Carter’s second generation, proof-of-concept aircraft set to demonstrate their revolutionary SR/CTM technology – a combination of rotorcraft and fixed-wing aerodynamics. The milestone... Read more

Flight Test – Robinson R66 Turbine

Flight Test – Robinson R66 Turbine

8-Nov-2010Source: Mornington Sandford Aviation

by Richard Mornington-Sanford Not so long ago, if I had asked Frank Robinson whether there would be a turbine-engine powered Robinson helicopter, Frank would have said: “You know, Dick, that turbine engine is just too damned expensive.” The phrase ‘never say never’ comes to mind as I start a pre-flight inspection with Doug Tompkins, Robinson... Read more

Carter PAV heads to flight test

Carter PAV heads to flight test

27-Oct-2010Source: Carter Aerospace

Wichita Falls, TX – Carter Aerospace Development, LLC (Carter Aerospace), a wholly owned subsidiary of Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC (Carter) of Wichita Falls, TX is announcing that they have received a Special Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA for their Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) to begin flight-testing. The PAV is Carter’s second generation, proof-of-concept (POC), air... Read more

First S-70i Black Hawk completes test flight program

First S-70i Black Hawk completes test flight program

25-Oct-2010Source: Sikorsky

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – The first S-70iTM BLACK HAWK helicopter has successfully completed production flight testing and will begin development and flight testing of options that will be made available to international customers. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). The aircraft has flown more than 50 hours in its production... Read more

Testing of Ka226T insured for over $5½M

Testing of Ka226T insured for over $5½M

1-Oct-2010Source: AVE

nsurance company “Innogarant has provided insurance protection Ka-226T Kamov during trials in India. The total sum insured under the contract amounted to more than 169.8 million rubles – $5.55 Million at today’s rates... Read more

DLR tests new helicopter control system: successful first flight with two active sidesticks

DLR tests new helicopter control system: successful first flight with two active sidesticks

5-Nov-2009Source: DLR

The use of two active sidesticks and the resulting total replacement of the conventional helicopter control system are new. In 2007, DLR tested the right-hand sidestick in flight and is now setting new benchmarks with the first flight to use two sidesticks.... Read more

Envelope Expansion Continues as Sikorsky X2 Tops 100-Knot Speed Milestone

Envelope Expansion Continues as Sikorsky X2 Tops 100-Knot Speed Milestone

19-Oct-2009Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s X2 TechnologyTM demonstrator achieved a maximum speed of 106 knots in a recent test flight at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center.... Read more

Flight Test – MD902 Explorer

Flight Test – MD902 Explorer

26-May-2009Source: Vertical

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