Powered by Makila 1A1 engines, the rotorcraft is outfitted with cutting-edge technology and the latest flight management system, which includes a glass cockpit avionics system and the 4-axis autopilot from Airbus' H225. It's a multi-role aircraft that can perform a variety of tasks and be used in different missions, including law enforcement, firefighting, disaster relief, and passenger transport.
Now, the proven H215 has reached a new milestone. On June 1st, the helicopter spun its blades at the Nagoya Airport in Aichi Prefecture. Fueled by 600 liters (158 gallons) of "SUSTEO 10", the aircraft flew for 30 minutes before returning to the airport. Produced by Euglena, a Japanese biotechnology company, SUSTEO is a renewable jet fuel that has 10% SAF blended with Jet A-1 fuel.
"Today's SAF flight trial is very important for our company as we work on the reduction of the CO2 emitted during flights in an effort to tackle climate change issues. The locally produced SAF is an immediate approach towards reducing carbon emissions for the helicopter market," said Hajime Futagami, President of NNK.
Today's flight marks a significant step towards the company's goal of certifying unblended SAF for commercial use by the end of this decade. Currently, all Airbus helicopters are certified to fly with a blend of 50% SAF mixed with kerosene.
The company is making great efforts to make 100% SAF-powered flights a reality. Last year, an H225 helicopter completed a flight with one of its Makila 2 engines powered entirely by SAF. Because SAF is a far cleaner alternative to conventional jet fuel, flying all helicopters on unblended SAF could cut carbon emissions by up to 80%.
We jointly conducted Japan's first ever helicopter flight with sustainable aviation fuel with Nakanihon Air.— Airbus Helicopters (@AirbusHeli) June 1, 2022
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