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According to Airbus Helicopters a simpler, more robust five-bladed main rotor will give the Airbus H145 increased useful load, improved ride comfort and reduced maintenance considerations. Debuting at Heli-Expo in Atlanta this week, the H145 gains a main rotor blade that in turn allows for a smaller rotor diameter while also providing a 331-pound increase in useful load. With the new bearing-less main rotor, the H145 now has a useful load equal to its empty weight. ASA certification is planned for early 2020, according to Airbus, with deliveries later that year. Airbus will also be offering the new main-rotor as an upgrade to existing H145s. The new H145 gains Airbus’ Airborne Communication System (wACS), which allows ‘seamless and secure transmission of data generated by the helicopter in real-time, including in-flight.’ wACS is a wireless air-to-ground network using Wi-Fi and Satcom to capture and report operational data to reduce maintenance costs and downtime.