‘First’ Ballistic Parachute System for Helicopters

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Italy’s Zefhir, a division of Curti Aerospace, successfully tested a ballistic parachute system on a Zefhir helicopter at the Oristano-Fenosu airport on Sardinia, Zefhir said recently.

The test, which occurred June 22, “has validated the use of ballistic parachute systems in helicopters for the first time,” Zefhir said, adding that it “is the only helicopter with a ballistic parachute in the world.”

“Installed above the main rotor, the parachute is designed as a backup for conditions where autorotation cannot be performed,” the company said.

During the test, the engine was turned off to simulate failure after the helicopter reached forward flight at 30 knots above 300 meters of altitude.

source rotorandwing.com

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