Airbus Helicopters recently delivered a customized H145 to entrepreneur David MacNeil. The WeatherTech founder and owner, who already operates an H125, worked with Airbus employees on customizing, assembling and installing a new navigation and communications system in the aircraft.
The H145, which can seat eight passengers, features the Airbus Helionix flight deck, designed to enhance performance and safety. It also includes a four-axis digital automatic flight control system designed for improved situational awareness.
Noise levels are reduced by a Fenstron enclosed tail rotor. Meanwhile, improved hover is made possible from the Safran Arriel 2E engines, which are rate for 951 shp.
Besides the H145, Airbus is displaying several of its helicopters and a virtual reality experience featuring the H160 at Heli-Expo.