H160 prototype coming to Heli-Expo before embarking on U.S. demo tour

Airbus Helicopters has confirmed the second prototype (PT2) of its H160 will be at its booth at HAI Heli-Expo 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, before embarking on a three-month tour of the U.S. for demonstration and test flights.

The appearance at Heli-Expo will represent the first time an H160 prototype has been displayed at a tradeshow — until now, attendees have seen only a full-scale mockup of the 5.7-tonne aircraft.

The aircraft’s test pilots will be at the manufacturer’s booth to share their experience with the aircraft, said Luc Bentolila, head of marketing and sales development at Airbus Helicopters, adding that the manufacturer has been “extremely happy” with the feedback it received from the demonstration flights it performed last year.

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