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Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:54

Marenco's SKYe SH09 Helicopter has First Flight

Marenco Swisshelicopters, an Archangel Systems customer, completed the first flight of their revolutionary SKYe SH09 helicopter on October 2nd.  A brand new design with composite body, the SH09 uses Archangel’s AHR75 AHRS for attitude and heading data. The air data computer is from our friends at Aerosonic.

The prototype helicopter spent a total of approximately 5 minutes hovering 2 meters high at Marenco’s Mollis airport site. While the time spent airborne was limited, the tests did provide vital data on the helicopter’s reaction to in-flight structural stresses.  Subsequent test flights are scheduled to take place once the data have been analyzed.

Marenco will use build two additional SH09 prototypes, using all three in their EASA certification efforts. Certification is slated for 2016.  Marenco currently has over 50 units on back-order and predicts that production will eventually reach 80 per year.

To read more about the SKYe SH09 helicopter’s initial test flight, visit

For further information on Archangel’s products, contact Bill Dillard at (334) 826-8008 x14 or via our website at

Archangel Systems, Inc. is a private, closely held Alabama Corporation, headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. Formed in 1992, the company specializes in Inertial Sensing Systems & Solutions for Aerospace, Automotive, & Military applications. Areas of expertise include inertial sensor research, hardware & software development, as well as FAA certification of both hardware & software to any DAL criticality level. For additional information, please visit