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07/03/1997

NH90: THE SECOND PROTOTYPE (PT2) FLIGHTS WITH FLIGHT-BY-WIRE CONTROL SYSTEM

The second prototype of the NH90 (PT2) was successfully flown on 2 July 1997 with the Fly-By- Wire Primary Control System (PFCS): the NH90 Programme, which represents a landmark programme for Europe`s aircraft industry, has taken another important step forward.

NH90: THE SECOND PROTOTYPE (PT2) FLIGHTS WITH FLIGHT-BY-WIRE CONTROL SYSTEM

07/03/1997

The second prototype of the NH90 (PT2) was successfully flown on 2 July 1997 with the Fly-By- Wire Primary Control System (PFCS): the NH90 Programme, which represents a landmark programme for Europe`s aircraft industry, has taken another important step forward.

NHIndustries, prime contractor for the quadrinational NH90 helicopter Programme (launched by France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands) is pleased to say that the crew Guy Dabadie (Flight Test Chief Pilot), Philippe Boutry (Flight Test Pilot), Denis Trivier (Flight Test Engineer), Jean Claude Rabany (Flight Test Mechanic) and the engineers present at the flight trial confirmed their overall satisfaction for the first flight of this innovative NH90 prototype dedicated to the qualification of Fly-By-Wire control system.

The trial started at 5.30 p.m. and for the next 20 minutes the NH90 PT2 was flown checking the global functioning of the systems and then the overall helicopter behaviour. During the flight, the helicopter has reached a speed of 90 kts and performed turns with 30° of bank.

The Fly-By-Wire solution allows the optimisation of the handling qualities in the complete flight envelope, reduction in weight and complexity of the control system (control rods, mixing units,...), reduction of vulnerability and augmentation of safety (high redundancy); furthermore it allows the evolution of the control laws enabling to consider future operational needs.

This technological innovation has the precise task to reduce drastically the pilot workload in any operational environment to let him concentrate on the mission he is called to perform.

A preliminary validation campaign for the NH90 Flight-By-Wire system has been already carried out, on a test bench research helicopter, during a twenty month work including definition, simulation and experimentation.

During the NH90 Development phase, a total of 5 prototypes, plus the Ground Test Vehicle (Iron Bird) will be employed to demonstrate design compliance and to validate overall system performance. Qualification is further supported by a number of laboratory and ground tests, simulators and integration facilities.

Presently the first NH90 prototype (PT1) (maiden flight 18 December 95) has logged 150 flight hours while the Ground Test Vehicle has logged 300 hours.

The NH90 Programme represents an obliged and exciting step in the view of pursuing common defence means, common strategies and of reinforcing the European aeronautical co-operation with the aim of sharing costs, workload and technology to produce a competitive helicopter.

03/20/1997

NH90 2nd PROTOTYPE IN FLIGHT

Maiden flight of the second prototype of the NH90 (PT2) took place successfully on 19 March 1997: the NH90 Programme, which represents a landmark programme for Europe’s aircraft industry, has taken another important step forward.

NH90 2nd PROTOTYPE IN FLIGHT

03/20/1997

Maiden flight of the second prototype of the NH90 (PT2) took place successfully on 19 March 1997: the NH90 Programme, which represents a landmark programme for Europe’s aircraft industry, has taken another important step forward.

The trial started at 6.15 p.m., and for the next 30 minutes, the NH90 PT2 was flown by:
- the experimental test pilot Philippe BOUTRY,
- the flight test engineer Denis TRIVIER,
- the flight engineer Jean-Claude RABANY.

The PT2, under the Eurocopter France responsibility, was completed with modules and components received from Agusta, Eurocopter Deutschland and Fokker.

It will be dedicated to the development of the fly by wire control system.

The electrical system of the PT2 is representative of the final configuration. An Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and a Remote Accessory Gear Box are installed, thus allowing an autonomous starting of the engines.

This first flight performed in the mechanical mode allowed the check of the global functioning of the systems, the overall helicopter handling and the telemetry tuning.

NHIndustries prime contractor for the quadrinational NH90 helicopter Programme (launched by France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands), is pleased to say that the crew and the engineers, present at the flight trial, confirmed their overall satisfaction for the NH90 in flight behaviour.

This important step and the flight test results allow the stabilisation of the vehicle design and the consolidation of the achievements in all the NH90 development areas:
The first NH90 prototype PT1, after having opened the whole flight envelope, is continuing the planned experimental trials overtaking the 100 flight hours.

Besides others, trials have been made up to 20.000 feet altitude, at speeds up to 190 kts, at extremes centre of gravity, at a max gross weight of 10.000 kg, 12 deg slope landings and rolling landings at speeds exceeding 50 knots.

We remind that industry flight test crew, together with military pilots and test engineers of the Four Nations, were impressed by the NH90 excellent performance, handling qualities and its general behaviour.

The Ground Test Vehicle (GTV) achieved a total of 300 running test hours, contributing in putting the clearances for the flight trials of PT1 and PT2.

Selection of almost all equipment has been completed and approved by the Customers.

At the same time, important steps forward have been done in the construction of the third prototype (PT3), with assembly about to start, modules of PT4 and PT5 in manufacturing and the collateral activities for the mission systems development and qualification.

For the naval version, we should underline the evaluation of the Tactical Control System using the NH90 NHF Simulator, the cabin lay-out optimisation, the progress in the Helo/Ship interface detailed definition, in the main and tail rotor blades folding system and in the completion of NFH Mission Integration Rig.

06/26/1996

NH90 HELICOPTER RESUMES FLIGHTS TRIALS

The NH90 (maiden flight 18 December 95) after the scheduled inspection and ground test activity is resuming the intensive flight trials. The first prototype of NH90 helicopter (PT1) logged 35 flight hours. Preliminary evaluation flights have been already performed by the Test Pilots and Flight Engineers of the Armed Forces of France, Italy and Germany.

NH90 HELICOPTER RESUMES FLIGHTS TRIALS

06/26/1996

The NH90 (maiden flight 18 December 95) after the scheduled inspection and ground test activity is resuming the intensive flight trials.

The first prototype of NH90 helicopter (PT1) logged 35 flight hours.
Preliminary evaluation flights have been already performed by the Test Pilots and Flight Engineers of the Armed Forces of France, Italy and Germany.

NHIndustries, the prime contractor for the quadrinational NH90 helicopter Programme (launched by France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands) is pleased to say that the comments arised from these “Customer” evaluation are highly positive. They have been favourably impressed by the overall manoeuvrability of the NH90, by its response damping, by its directional stability, by its vibration and noise level, by its overall performances and especially by the low pilot workload requested.

Development activities are carried out by the four European industrial partners, Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH, Eurocopter France S.A., Agusta S.p.A (Italy), and Fokker (The Netherlands) according to the design responsibility defined in the contract signed by NHIndustries and NAHEMA, the NATO Agency representing the Four Participating Nations.

During the NH90 Development phase, a total of 5 prototypes, plus the Ground Test Vehicle (Iron Bird) will be employed to demonstrate design compliance and to validate overall system performance. Qualification is further supported by a number of laboratory and ground tests, simulators and integration facilities.

Needs for replacement of existing fleets, for tactical transport and naval missions, are playing a major role in the NH90 both in the Four Participating Nations and in the Export market. This is leading to an impressive scale helicopter market and has enabled NHIndustries to apply the most suitable policies to be highly competitive worldwide.

The NH90 Programme represents an obliged and exciting step in the view of pursuing common defence means, common strategies and to reinforce the European aeronautical cooperation with the aim of sharing costs, workload and technology to produce a competitive helicopter.

05/13/1996

NH90 HELICOPTER FLIGHTS AT ILA 96

Few months after the maiden flight of 18 December 95, the NH90 is making a new step forward with the participation for the first time to the flying display at ILA Airshow in Berlin.

NH90 HELICOPTER FLIGHTS AT ILA 96

05/13/1996

Few months after the maiden flight of 18 December 95, the NH90 is making a new step forward with the participation for the first time to the flying display at ILA Airshow in Berlin.

The first prototype of NH90 helicopter (PT1) arrived to Schönefeld airport on 13 May transported by a Beluga aircraft and after a very short pre-flight inspection is ready now to fly in the presence of the officials, press and public visiting the Airshow.

NHIndustries, the prime contractor for the quadrinational NH90 helicopter Programme (launched by France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands) is pleased to say that a big expectation for this event has been noticed in Germany.

Germany is a Participating Nation which is strongly supporting the NH90 Programme in the view of pursuing common defence means, common strategies and to reinforce the European aeronautical cooperation with the aim of sharing costs, workload and technology to produce a competitive helicopter.

Development activities are carried out by the four European industrial partners, Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH, Eurocopter France S.A., Agusta S.p.A (Italy), and Fokker (The Netherlands) according to the design responsibility defined in the contract signed by NHIndustries and NAHEMA, the NATO Agency representing the Four Participating Nations.

During the NH90 Development phase, a total of 5 prototypes, plus the Ground Test Vehicle (Iron Bird) will be employed to demonstrate design compliance and to validate overall system performance. Qualification is further supported by a number of laboratory and ground tests, simulators and integration facilities.

Needs for replacement of existing fleets, for tactical transport and naval missions, are playing a major role in the NH90 both in the Four Participating Nations and in the Export market. This is leading to an impressive scale helicopter market and has enabled NHIndustries to apply the most suitable policies to be highly competitive worldwide.

As far as the German Armed Forces is concerned, the NH90 will replace at the beginning of the century the ageing fleet of UH-1D Huey, Lynx and Sea King.

02/15/1996

NH90 HELICOPTER PRESENTED IN FLIGHT

The ceremony for the first official flight of the NH90 took place today in the Eurocopter plant in Marignane. The first prototype of NH90 helicopter flew today in the presence of military and political authorities of France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands (the Nations Participating in the NH90 Programme), military attachés of several western nations, European Industry representatives and world-wide Press. The actual first flight occurred on 18 December, last year, as scheduled

NH90 HELICOPTER PRESENTED IN FLIGHT

02/15/1996

The ceremony for the first official flight of the NH90 took place today in the Eurocopter plant in Marignane. The first prototype of NH90 helicopter flew today in the presence of military and political authorities of France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands (the Nations Participating in the NH90 Programme), military attachés of several western nations, European Industry representatives and world-wide Press.
The actual first flight occurred on 18 December, last year, as scheduled.

NHIndustries, the prime contractor for the quadrinational NH90 helicopter Programme (launched by France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands) is pleased to say that the number and the importance of guests present at the in flight presentation of this innovative helicopter, confirms the strong quadrinational interest into the Programme and the resolute will to pursue common defence means and common strategies.

A multinational Programme is today the only practicable way to develop and qualify a new costeffective helicopter system: this approach is necessary for the investments and the exchange of industry know-how and is the ground for the real rationalisation/ standardisation/interoperability among Armed Forces. The NH90 Programme is the demonstration that, when properly managed, the multinational approach is today less expensive, compared with similar complex programmes, and can be also respectful of timing.

The NH90 Programme represents a big step forward in the rationalization, standardization and interoperability among European Armed Forces.

Presently the foreseen need of the Participating Nations, mainly replacement of the existing fleets, is 726 aircraft, 544 of which in the tactical transport version (TTH) and 182 in the naval version (NFH).

The foreseen NH90 export market share exceeds 600 helicopters.

12/18/1995

FIRST FLIGHT OF THE NH90 HELICOPTER

The NH90 programme has taken another important step forward: three years after the signature of the Design & Development Contract, the first prototype of the NH90 was successfully flown on December 18th, 1995, as scheduled, from the EUROCOPTER plant in Marignane, France.

FIRST FLIGHT OF THE NH90 HELICOPTER

12/18/1995

The NH90 programme has taken another important step forward: three years after the signature of the Design & Development Contract, the first prototype of the NH90 was successfully flown on December 18th, 1995, as scheduled, from the EUROCOPTER plant in Marignane, France.

The trial started at 16 p.m. and for the next 40 minutes the NH90 was flown by Experimental Test Pilots Philippe Boutry and Guy Dabadie with Flight Test Engineer Denis Trivier and Flight Engineer Jean Luc Rabany flew for the first time the NH90.

NHIndustries, prime contractor for the quadrinational NH90 helicopter Programme (launched by France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands) is pleased to say that the crew and the engineers present at the flight trial indicated their satisfaction with this innovative helicopter, which represents a landmark date for Europe`s aircraft industry.

Assembly of the first NH90 prototype (PT1) was completed with the main modules, groups and components received from the plants of the four European companies sharing the development work for NHIndustries: Agusta, Eurocopter Deutschland, Eurocopter France and Fokker.

Installation of the vehicle subsystems and trials are supported by on-site working teams of the four Partner Companies in accordance with their respective system design responsibilities.

During the NH90 Development phase, a total of 5 prototypes, plus the Ground Test Vehicle (Iron Bird) will be employed to demonstrate design compliance and to validate overall system performance. Qualification is further supported by a number of laboratory and ground tests, simulators and integration facilities.

Eurocopter France is to assemble and test the first three prototypes representing the “common helicopter”, Eurocopter Deutschland the No. 4 prototype representing the Tactical Transport version and Agusta (Italy) the Iron Bird and the No. 5 prototype representing the naval version.

This important achievement shows:
- the result of the effort made by the nations and industries involved to reinforce European
aeronautical cooperation with the aim of sharing costs, workload and technology to produce a competitive high performance Weapon System.
- the ability of four European nations to harmonise a common technical-operational definition of the helicopter for their defence needs, which represents a big step forward towards true rationalisation, standardisation and interoperability among European Armed Forces.

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