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Airbus Helicopters H160 gets DGCA type certification, Infra News, ET Infra


MUMBAI: European aerospace company Airbus’ medium utility H160 helicopter received the letter of type acceptance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), paving the way for entry into the Indian market.

“The H160 is one of the world’s most technologically advanced helicopters, designed and built to deliver the highest levels of operational safety while providing unmatched comfort for rotorcraft in its class,” said Airbus in a press statement issued on Thursday. “This multi-role helicopter is capable of performing a wide range of missions, such as offshore transportation, emergency medical services, private and business aviation and public services. The H160 has previously received certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),” it added.

According to the technical specifications listed on the Airbus website, the H160 is a single or multi crew operation aircraft that can carry upto 12 passengers. With a cruise speed of 255 kmph, the H160 gives a maximum endurance of four and a half hours on standard fuel tanks.

Despite the need for improved connectivity in the hilly terrains of the northeast and archipelagos of the Andaman, Nicobar and Lakswadeep, India’s civil-registered helicopter fleet adds up to only about 250 rotor wings. A majority of these, about 180 helicopters, are operated by non-scheduled operators and are used for offshore operations, largely by ONGC to Bombay High. Amongst the NSOP category, the distribution ratio of single engine and twin engine helicopters is around 35:65, according to civil aviation ministry data.

“India’s growing need for improved connectivity makes it an ideal helicopter country with significant potential for its modest fleet to grow. From commercial passenger transport, offshore flying for the energy sector, emergency medical services to developing segments like aerial law enforcement and aerial works, helicopters will play a major role in the economic growth of India and contribute to nation building,” said the company.

“We are pleased to receive the DGCA type acceptance for the H160. This paves the way for the introduction of the world’s most modern helicopter in India starting with a corporate customer followed by the potential deployment for other types of missions. Airbus Helicopters is committed to developing a holistic helicopter ecosystem in India including bringing the most advanced helicopter platforms to India, developing local MRO capabilities and, as we announced in January this year, by starting to produce helicopters in India,” said Sunny Guglani, Head of Airbus Helicopters, Airbus India and South Asia.

  • Published On Mar 7, 2024 at 04:14 PM IST

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