Asia’s leading aerospace and defence event Singapore Airshow 2020, 11–16 February, will see VR-Technologies, an Urban Air Mobility pioneer, unveiling for the first time in this region the concept of VRT500 Light Single-Engine Helicopter at the Russian Helicopters Holding multimedia exhibit stand.

As estimated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), air traffic volume in the Asia-Pacific region is likely to grow three-fold by 2030. This forecast opens up new prospects for the VRT500 Light Single-Engine Helicopter being developed in light of today’s urban air mobility vision.

Quickly and easily convertible, the helicopter is ready to perform 8 various missions, corporate and business travel, and air taxi services among them. With regard to the air taxi segment, the VRT500 passenger capacity is its major advantage. The helicopter features the most spacious in its class passenger/cargo cabin with up to 5 seats and decreased overall dimensions. This will allow helicopter operations in the limited air space, including over urban areas. The implemented engineering solutions will guarantee helicopter flights with speeds of up to 250 km/h, over distances of maximum 860 km, with up to 730 kg payload capacity.

It should be recalled that an Asia Pacific company — Malaysia’s Ludev Aviation — was the first to purchase five VRT500 helicopters.

Furthermore, in line with the chosen configuration, the helicopter is capable of supporting training missions, patrol flights, medical service operations and cargo transportation.

Leading European companies are engaged in the development of VRT500 core systems in compliance with the international safety standards and requirements. The VRT500 helicopter will feature every conceivable system and unit to ensure a safe flight experience. It is to be equipped with the state-of-the-art avionics suite FlytX by Thales. At Dubai Airshow 2019, VR-Technologies also signed a contract with Pratt&Whitney Canada for fitting the helicopter with a new gas-turbine PW207V engine.