The first prototype of the Marenco Swisshelicopter SKYe SH09 would be assembled “over the next weeks,” the company predicted early last month. CEO Martin Stucki said testing of gearboxes and rotors was confirming expectations and simulations. The program’s schedule has the prototype flying four to six weeks after the completion of final assembly.
Marenco Swisshelicopter expects to complete final assembly of its first SKYe SH09 prototype “over the coming weeks,” the company told AIN. CEO Martin Stucki said testing of the helicopter’s gearboxes and rotors is confirming expectations and simulations. According to the program’s schedule, the prototype of the light single will fly four to six weeks after the start of ground tests.
Zurich, Switzerland-based Marenco Swisshelicopter has established a design office in Munich, Germany. There, it has hired some engineers who were employed at Eurocopter’s Ottobrunn site, now closing.. Marenco plans to have its SH-09 SKYe single flying by year-end.
Startup manufacturer Marenco Swisshelicopter said it booked orders for 23 SKYe SH09 helicopters at Heli-Expo 2012, which was held earlier this month in Dallas. This brings the Swiss company’s backlog to 34 helicopters. The first SH09 prototype is currently being assembled near Zurich, Switzerland, and the company aims to fly it by year-end. Certification is slated for 2014, with deliveries of the eight-place, $3 million SH09 slated to start in 2015.
After making its debut at Heli-Expo last year, Swiss startup helicopter manufacturer Marenco is back with its SKYe SH09 light single mockup at this year’s show. The company has made several improvements to the design since then, so we stopped by its booth on the eve of Heli-Expo to get an update on the budding project from Marenco commercial director Mathias Sénès.
Marenco Swisshelicopter, which announced its helicopter project last year at Heli-Expo, has unveiled the “high-visibility cockpit” of the SKYe SH09 light single, which features a wide windshield, thin uprights, large windows (including chin windows) a
Marenco Swiss Helicopter holds letters of intent for just a dozen copies of its SKYe SH09 light single helicopter but has already outlined plans to build 80 to 100 aircraft per year. The company, based in Niederurnen near Zurich, claims it has enough funding for development through certification, pegged for 2014. The first customer delivery is anticipated to follow the next year.
Marenco Swiss Helicopter holds just a dozen letters of intent for its SKYe SH09 light single helicopter, but it has already outlined plans to produce 80 to 100 aircraft per year. The company, based in Niederurnen near Zurich, sees 10 SH09s being manufactured and delivered in 2015, with that number increasing to 30 the following year.
A new would-be helicopter manufacturer, Marenco Swisshelicopter, will introduce its SKYe SH09 light single next week in Orlando, Fla., at Heli-Expo next week. Powered by a Fadec-controlled Honeywell HTS900 turboshaft, the newcomer will be shown as a full-size mockup at the show. The first prototype is being built near Zurich, Switzerland, and first flight is planned for next year.