Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Two Enstrom TH-180s Now in Flight-test Program

A second Enstrom TH-180 (c/n 10002) helicopter has entered the flight-test program.
(Photo: Enstrom Helicopter)

The second Enstrom TH-180 has joined the certification test program, the company announced last week. The two-seat piston helicopter remains on track for certification by year-end.

One helicopter is in flight test while the other is currently engaged in a 100-hour ground-test run of the drive system and controls. The company reports that “several” of these tests have been completed and that “flight testing of the TH-180 will continue to ramp-up as test plans are completed and approved by the FAA.”

Enstrom Helicopter said its plan is for concurrent certification of the model by the FAA and EASA. The TH-180 is powered by a new 210-hp Lycoming HIO-390-A1A piston engine and will be initially certified with Garmin avionics. It features an engine governor and elecric clutch switch, a useful load of 700 pounds and Enstrom's signature fully-articulating, high-inertia main rotor system and unblocked tail rotor. Target price is less than $400,000.

(Mark Huber - AINOnline News)

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