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.
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