On 3rd March, during the Heli-Expo in Orlando, USA, and having kept it under wraps for the last four years, Airbus Helicopters unveiled their H160. A six metric ton helicopter that marks a technological breakthrough.
The flight lasted only seven minutes but was enough to show the EC645 T2’s potential to the launch customer. On November 27th, 200 metres (600 ft.) above the Airbus Helicopters Donauworth site, 100 kilometres (60 miles) north west of Munich in Germany, the aircraft carried out its first demonstration flight; a hands-on operation to test the manoeuvrability of the new light military helicopter that will equip the a year from now.
It was no coincidence that on November 10th, eve of the opening of the Zhuhai Airshow in China, the American company, Bell Helicopter conducted the maiden flight of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. According to our information China will need 5,000 new civil helicopters costing an estimated $50 billion over the next 20 years.
On the occasion of the 70th., anniversary of the Normandy landings (France) one million red rose petals were dropped on New York's Statue of Liberty from 3 helicopters. In fact, it was the petals of 70,000 roses or 1,000 for each celebrated year which were thrown into the air. Aeronewstv was there - images without comment.
In an exclusive interview with aeronewstv, the business man and long-time helicopter pilot, Pierre Bergé unveils his "useful" passion, discusses the reasons which led him to choose between fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft, and tells us about the different American, French and Italian helicopters he has owned.