Helicopters TH-119 helicopter receives FAA IFR certification

Helicopter manufacturer Leonardo has released that its single-engine TH-119 helicopter has obtained FAA IFR certification.

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The TH-119 is the first and only single-engine helicopter to be certified in decades. The supplemental type certification which was issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) meets current IFR requirements.

With the certification, operators are allowed to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and other challenging weather circumstances. Advanced avionics by Genesys Aerosystems have been integrated into the sate-of-the-art flight deck.

About the aircraft, Leonardo wrote: "It is the only full-spectrum helicopter flexible enough to satisfy every training flight requirement, from fundamental autorotations to more advanced Search & Rescue procedures and Night Vision Devices, for example. Its strong and reliable Pratt & Whitney PT6B engine gives the TH-119 the best power margins in its class while the rugged and durable metal airframe withstands the daily grind of training and allows airframe repairs to be conducted on-site."

Leonardo´s TH-119 is part of the production facility in Philadelphia, United States. It is also said to become one of the best single-engine training helicopters on the market due to its flying capabilities.

At Northeast Philly Airbus, Leonardo has its facilities. The TH-119 are not only being built here but receive support by AWPC as well. Leonardo also has its home of the U.S. Customer Service and Support Center for maintenance and training at Philadelphia. The company also seeks to grow its presence in the country.

A unique cabin configuration allows full view of the cockpit. This is especially helpful for an additional student or observer. 2 additional students and be seated on the cabin bench, meaning that the aircraft can be utilized in the best way possible.

With the 5-fuel cell option, the TH-119 is capable of flying more than five hours without the need of refuelling. A pressure refuelling port means less shutdowns to refuel. Also, the aircraft can be refuelled while hot.

Operators of the aircraft have the option to install additional equipment like air conditioning, dual controls, reinforced windshields and removable skid shoes.

Source © leonardocompany.com

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