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Marenco Swisshelicopter’s High-Performance SKYe SH09 Helicopter Featuring Gurit’s Composite Materials Completes Maiden Flight

21 October 2014

Marenco Swisshelicopter’s High-Performance SKYe SH09 Helicopter Featuring Gurit’s Composite Materials Completes Maiden Flight

Gurit’s customer, Marenco Swisshelicopter, has had a successful maiden flight of SKYe SH09 – an entirely new, multi-purpose, versatile, largely composite-built helicopter. This new class of helicopters is designed and built in Switzerland and features Gurit composite materials. 

Gurit explains that, not even a year after SKYe SH09 was officially rolled out last November and presented to the public, the ground-breaking new composite helicopter has successfully completed its maiden flight on October 2, 2014, at Mollis Airport, Switzerland. It says designing SKYe included a fresh look at building materials: SKYe SH09 is almost entirely built in composites.

As a key prepreg supplier to this project, Gurit congratulates Marenco Swisshelicopter on the successful maiden flight of their craft. “At Gurit, we are all excited about the news! It’s a wonderful moment for the whole Marenco team, crowning their ‘can do – will do’ mentality. We are also proud to have had the chance to contribute to this truly new chapter in aeronautics and wish Marenco Swisshelicopter all the best for the commercialisation of SKYe”, says Matthias Hucke, Technical Sales Manager at Gurit (Kassel).

Martin Stucki, Designer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Marenco Swisshelicopter was pleased that first flight had confirmed the expected flying and handling characteristics of the aircraft “This is a key milestone in the development of our program, following extensive component tests and ground tests performed over the last weeks and months”. Mathias Senes, Chief Commercial Officer of Marenco Swisshelicopter, added, “SKYe SH09 is scheduled to enter in production within the next 12 to 16 months. Marenco Swisshelicopter already holds over 50 orders and agreements on the aircraft.”

With a maximum take-off weight of 2.65 t, a fast cruise speed of 260 km/h and a range of operation of 800 km, Gurit says that the SKYe offers a flexible engine performance, a low-noise signature and a modular, multipurpose cabin. Its flat floor and high ceiling concept offer various seating arrangements for up to eight people and/or a lot of flexible payload. It says the SKYe SH09 features a full composite airframe as well as an all-composite main rotor and tail rotor blades; it is equipped with glass cockpit avionics systems and the powerful HTS-900-2 engine by Honeywell.

Photo courtesy of Gurit.