10/08/2017 MSH ON TRACK


The program development at Marenco Swiss Helicopters made another step forward with the rollout of the prototype three (P3) on 28th June 2017. Two prototypes will be used for test flights: the prototype 2 and now also the new P3, close to the serial version. Both prototypes will contribute to achieving a quicker progress to the Type Certificate.
P2 flew in total already more than 50 flight hours whereof 30 alone in the last three months. The rotor system is already rotating for more than 100 hours. A fourth helicopter will reinforce the fleet in the first quarter of the next year.   
“Currently there are 12 fixed purchase contracts and more than 100 international purchasing commitments,” said Andreas Löwenstein, MSH CEO.  He added, “In Mollis we had the opportunity to celebrate the construction of the 3800 m2 production hall. With these modern facilities beyond mere production space also administration rooms as well as training and product support infrastructure. A second production hall is located in Näfels. It will serve after a comprehensive modernization and reconstruction as a logistics center as well as for the production of cell structures and our rotor blades. One of the largest autoclaves) in Switzerland is also located in Näfels and will be ready for production in August of this year.  The personnel increased from 136 (30.06.2016) to 213 employees as of 30.06.2017, who are mainly highly specialized and qualified engineers. The continuous personnel development will be continued during the next months, mainly in the production area for preparing to serial production of the SH09 helicopter, which will start in about 20 months in Mollis and Näfels.”