Do you remember the innovative design of the Marenco Swiss helicopter SKYe SH09. This light helicopter had a large sliding door entry for the glass cockpit and double doors at the tail section.
Did you hear anything new about that project? Well, here it is.
An announcement was made by the company last week that it has made good progress in the development and testing program. The project is moving as per schedule with type certification expected by the end of next year and deliveries will start in 2019.
The third prototype of this multi-mission helicopter was recently rolled out by Marenco.
The second prototype has already gone through 50 hours of flight testing, along with rotor testing of more than 100 hours including ground test.
A fourth prototype is expected to come out at the start of next year.
The SKYe is powered by Honeywell HTS900-2 engine which enables it achieve a speed of around 145 knots. There are five composite blades in the rotor which are claimed to have low vibration, low maintenance and low life cycle costs by Marenco.
The tail rotor has increased safety and reduced noise and the tail boom is placed high for easy access to the rear entry door. Eight people can sit in the SH09.
In order to meet out the scheduled deadline, the number of employees have been increased by 57%. at present there are 213 people on the payroll, and most of them are engineers.
The personnel have been increased to support the serial production of the light helicopter SH09.
Marenco Swiss Helicopter has opened a 41,000 sq ft production facility in Mollis, Switzerland this year that has departments for training, product support and administration.
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A pre-assembly and logistics center has been opened in the neighboring town of Nafels. One more construction and administration facility will be opened in Wetzikon by the end of the year, nearly 26 miles northwest of Mollis.
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