(16 Apr 2021)
Airbus Helicopters has received EASA certification for
the power upgrade of its single-engine H125 helicopter.
Powered by an Arriel 2D engine from Safran,
the upgrade increases the aircraft’s power by up to 10%.
While the maximum take-off weight of the aircraft
remains unchanged, its external and internal load lifting
capabilities are increased for a large part of the flight domain
by up to +140 kg, while the hover ceiling OGE at maximum
take-off weight is increased by more than 1,500 ft, up to 12,600 ft.
“It is our ambition to continuously improve our
products and bring further competitive advantages to our
customers,” said Axel Aloccio, Head of Light Helicopters
Programme. “The extra power offered by this major upgrade
represents a 10% to 20% payload increase for a typical aerial work
mission versus the aircraft’s current lifting capabilities and
confirms the superiority of the H125 in terms of payload and value
The extra power will be included as a standard
feature, at no additional cost, on all new-built H125s delivered
from September 2021 onwards.
A retrofit solution consisting of a
VEMD software upgrade, available from Thales via an in-shop
retrofit or standard exchange, will also be available for all
H125s already in service within the EASA region by the end of
Additional international certifications are expected
to be obtained in the coming months.
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