As part of the CCDO (Customer Centre Design Office) project, Airbus Helicopters Japan has recently set up a team capable of carrying out necessary flight tests, in particular in the development of an STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) and local modifications. Comprising personnel from the Technical Department, this team has been trained in the exacting standards of Airbus Helicopters in this field. The first flight tests by the crew of all Airbus Helicopters Japan personnel were carried out in the second half of 2016, following a few prior ones performed by the parent company and Airbus Helicopters Inc. crew, some of which served as on-the-job training as well. Airbus Helicopters Japan team proved that the installation of a TV camera and downlink antenna to send the images back to a ground station was legally and operationally viable. The two helicopters used (a Dauphin AS365 N3+ and an H155) belong to the police headquarters of Fukuoka and Kagawa. The helicopters could thus be delivered to the customers with Category A operational capabilities, i.e. without or with reasonable operational limit, which both improves the safety of flights and allows the rotorcraft to be used to its full capacity. Furthermore, this new competence will eventually enable the development of reusable STCs around the world, improving competitiveness through safety that is guaranteed by flight tests that meet the most demanding standards.
The setup of this flight test team in Japan is the result of close collaboration between the parent company, Airbus Helicopters Inc., and Airbus Helicopters Japan.
“Our recent visit to Airbus Helicopters Japan as part of the CCDO was a chance to measure the progress made over the last two years. The cooperation is simplified because we now share a common repository of documentation and practices,” says Hervé Jammayrac, Group Chief Test Pilot.