Airbus Helicopters Elevates H125 Mission Capabilities with IFR Development, Targeting 2024 Certification


Kathmandu,Nepal: Airbus Helicopters is revolutionizing the H125 with the introduction of an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability in collaboration with Genesys Aerosystems. Set for release in the second half of 2024 from the Columbus, Mississippi assembly line, the enhanced H125 features an upgraded cockpit, new autopilot, and redundant hydraulic and electrical systems.

Jérome Ronssin, Head of Light Helicopters Programme at Airbus Helicopters, highlighted the H125's unparalleled performance and value, emphasizing the IFR feature's significance for all-weather missions. Targeting FAA certification in the latter half of 2024, the new capability aims to meet the growing demand for critical missions, including law enforcement, emergency medical services, and enhanced training.

With close to 4,200 H125 family helicopters worldwide, the model dominates the intermediate single-engine helicopter category with a remarkable 63% market share in 2022. The past year witnessed a sales record, with 161 H125 helicopters ordered, 39 in North America.

In a notable milestone, Airbus Helicopters celebrated delivering over 20 H125 helicopters to Nepalese operators in the past five to six years. The helicopters have collectively logged more than 50,000 flying hours, showcasing their adaptability to Nepal's challenging terrain. The country's helicopter operators, including the Nepalese Army and various airlines, rely on Airbus helicopters for high-altitude flights, catering to tourism, rescue missions, and cargo operations.

Francois Bazin, head of Sales, Support, and Marketing for Airbus Helicopters India, acknowledged the unique challenges of the Nepalese market, where Airbus helicopters account for nearly 85% of light single-engine helicopters. The H125, known for its capability to reach high altitudes, plays a vital role in the dynamic and demanding aviation landscape of Nepal.

This comprehensive update positions the H125 as a leading solution for diverse mission profiles and reinforces Airbus Helicopters' commitment to innovation and market responsiveness.

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