Thu, 24 Jan 2019

Rosaviatsiya Approves Ansat Helicopters to Operate at 3,500 Metres

Rosaviatsiya, the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency, has certified the increase in take-off/landing altitude of the Ansat helicopter to 3,500 metres.

Before certification, the Ansat helicopter's take-off and landing altitude was limited to 1,000 m, restricting its use in elevated areas.

 During certification tests, the Ansat successfully completed a series of take-offs and landings at altitudes up to 3,500 m, including simulation of one engine failure and autorotation mode.

Ansat Helicopter performing a demo flight as part of Russian Helicopters' South Asian Heli Tour at the Sepang International F1 Circuit near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Picture taken by Steven Howard of Click to enlarge.

Andrey Boginskiy, Director General of Russian Helicopters, said, “The increased take-off and landing altitude for Ansat helicopters gives us a great opportunity to attract new customers from countries with such complex terrain. For example, during the South Asian Heli Tour conducted in late-2018 we saw interest from potential helicopter operators in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia. We received approximately 30 requests for delivery of Ansat helicopters, and this major improvement in official flight performance will benefit our subsequent customer negotiations."

The Ansat (a replacement for the Mi-2) is a light, multi-purpose helicopter manufactured by Kazan Helicopters and powered by two Canadian Pratt & Whitney PW207K engines. The helicopter is certified for operations within the temperature range from -45 to +50°C and now that it has successfully completed high altitudes tests, it can officially operate in mountainous areas at altitudes of up to 3,500 meters. The helicopter can be quickly transformed into either a cargo or passenger helicopter with capacity for up to 7 people. There is also a special EMS variant.

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