Innovation Award 2017: overall winner
New development, production and testing of a complete helicopter drive system
Zoerkler was commissioned by the Russian helicopter manufacturer JSC "Russian Helicopters" to develop a completely new drive train for the civil helicopter Ka-62. This is a helicopter in the 6.5-tonne class, which has room for 17 people and is used for off-shore activities. Using Europe's most modern production technology and experimental tools, which were specially developed by Zoerkler, weight-optimised prototypes were manufactured and subjected to long-term tests in order to continuously optimise prototypes. The successful maiden flight of the Ka-62, equipped with Zoerkler's drive system, took place in May 2017. This new development by Zoerkler represents the first propulsion system for a manned helicopter developed and manufactured entirely in Austria and is therefore part of Austrian aviation history.