Prototype helicopter tested at Four Corners Regional Airport

France-based Airbus Helicopters is taking advantage of mid-altitude conditions and warm weather at the Four Corners Regional Airport to test a prototype H160 helicopter this week.

Experimental flight test engineer Nicolas Certain said one test the company is performing here involves mimicking engine failure. He said the test is necessary for the H160 to receive certification from both the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Airbus hopes to get the helicopter certified so that it can be on the market in 2019.

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