Airbus Helicopters landed its new H145 on top of Mount Aconcagua, in the Andes mountain range, beating a new altitude record.
The helicopter departed on September 26 from the city of Mendoza, Argentina, on a 30-minute flight to the mountain range, where a 15-minute ascent began, withstanding extreme winds and temperatures of -20 ºC.
At 13:45 local time, the H145 managed to land on the summit of Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere, at a height of 6,962 meters (22,841 ft) above sea level.
t is the first time that a twin-engine helicopter reaches that altitude. Before, Airbus Helicopters landed an H125 on top of Everest, but that aircraft had a unique engine.
On board the H145 helicopter that landed on Aconcagua were the test pilot Alexander Neuhaus and the flight test engineer Antoine van Gent. Both had the support of the Argentine Air Force, the High Mountain Rescue Patrol of the Mendoza Police, Aconcagua Provincial Park and Helicopters AR, a local company that operates flights in Aconcagua Park with its Airbus H125 helicopter.
The Airbus H145 helicopter will receive the EASA and FAA certifications in the year 2020 and then the first deliveries will be made.
This aircraft was presented at the 2019 Atlanta Expo. Its five-blade rotor allows to improve its performance, raising the maximum takeoff weight to 3,800 kilograms, increasing its payload capacity.