SKT Helicopters is a company backed by many years of aeronautical experience. The founders of SKT have worked for many years in the fields of helicopter design, engineering, manufacturing, operations and support. With SKT they are utilizing their expertise to realize the most innovative rotary wing business concept today.
The concept and product
By leveraging many decades of aeronautical experience, SKT’s team has developed a multi-role rotary wing platform which is unique in its operations capability, manufacturing philosophy and affordability. SKT have combined new and innovative electronic and mechanical technologies with tried and tested aeronautical engineering methods to evolve a truly exceptional light helicopter.
The SKT Skyrider
The SKT Skyrider light helicopter is a design not only for standard aerial work, but a platform for optionally piloted and remotely piloted aviation operations. Designed from the outset as a pilot's helicopter, the Skyrider offers outstanding levels of safety, stable and predictable handling, and performance options to meet any operator requirements. A development programme is already under way to install a revolutionary hybrid power system for yet higher levels of safety, carbon reduction and lower costs.
The Skyrider is designed to fly, so inherent in the architecture is a minimal maintenance airframe and systems. Combined with state-of-the art manufacturing techniques, using best-in-class materials and build options, the Skyrider's affordability is measured at about a 30% lower purchase price and a cost per flight hour of about 50% of the current market leader.
SKT is head-quartered in Ambri Aerodrome, in the South of Switzerland. Over 500 hours of flight and ground testing has been conducted at Ambrì Airport, Ticino, Switzerland and Como, Italy.
The production facility is located Ambri Aerodrome, Switzerland. Excepting the power plant, all parts, mechanical, electrical and electronic are made by SKT and a select set of strategic partners. Final assembly and testing is made at Ambri controlled by an in-house quality system. After sales support and maintenance is provided through an international resource network.
The basic power plant is an Italian design from MW. The engine incorporates the latest modern aviation propulsion system technology and its digital control is produced based on the electronic management functions and specific performance requirements set by SKT. The engine has been developed and tested by MW working closely with SKT designers, technicians and pilots. Developments and studies are underway for turbo, diesel and hybrid power solutions.