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Connova signs multi-million contract with Marenco Swisshelicopter

News International-French

30 May 2016

The company has signed a long term multi-million contract with Marenco Swisshelicopter to supply composite parts, sub-assemblies and respective tooling for its full carbon fiber Helicopter.

Connova is a European engineering and manufacturing Company for high-tech Composite Solutions and has production sites in Switzerland and Eastern Germany. The company is headquartered in Villmergen, Switzerland, is a supplier for lightweight composite solutions within the aerospace, automotive, industrial and medical segment.

The company has assisted Marenco Swisshelicopter over the last 4 years with testing, tooling and the three helicopter prototypes. As a full-service composites provider, Connova offers high-quality manufacturing, quality assurance and comprehensive engineering services. The company has expanded its manufacturing capacities by setting up a brand new manufacturing plant in Dresden Germany and acquired in 2015 the Composite Business Unit ll from the Huber + Suhner Group, which added sales of approx. CHF 4 Million.

Marenco Swisshelicopter aims to deliver its first helicopters in 2017 to well positioned operators like Air Zermatt (Switzerland). The company is the result of combining the vision of their investors, the engineering expertise of Martin Stucki and a team of highly qualified helicopter specialists, pilots and aviation experts.

Marenco Swisshelicopter was founded in 2007 for the direct purpose of developing, building and commercializing new concepts of light turbine helicopters. With this concept, Marenco Swisshelicopter developed a new generation of helicopter built with a design that concentrates on the key notion of competitive superiority, modularity, advanced ergonomics and with the integration of the best choice of materials.

With a take-off Weight of 2,650 kg (5,842 lbs) the SKYe SH09 helicopter offers high performance, a low noise signature thanks to the newly developed dynamic assemblies and shrouded tail-rotor. The modularity of the cabin makes the most of the flat floor and the unique high ceiling concept, offering multiple seating arrangements of 1 Pilot and up to 7 passengers. The rear access to the cabin is facilitated by the large clamshell doors; addressing the passenger transport and emergency evacuation roles of the helicopter. With a fast cruise speed of 260 km/h (140 knots) it offers very long range in excess of 800km (430 nautical miles). SKYe SH09 is of particular interest to operators who wish to avail of a remarkably versatile machine with additional power, greater payload capacity, and an augmented sling load capability of 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs).

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