The Avicopter AC352 rotorcraft equipped with WZ16 engine has completed first flight today in Harbin.
Developed by Avicopter and Airbus Helicopters jointly, the AC352 is a new seven-ton, twin-engine, multi-purpose rotorcraft.
The WZ16 met all the performance targets set for this maiden flight. Known in the west as the Ardiden 3C, the engine has been jointly developed by Safran Helicopter Engines, CAPI and Dongan, parts of the new Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) consortium, in a partnership for both development and production.
The WZ16 is a new-generation turboshaft in the 1,500 to 2,000 shp power class. It also offers 10 per cent lower fuel consumption.
“Such milestone achieved is the result of closer cooperation between both sides. Building on this, in the future, we will continue our cooperation toward the goal of engine certification at an early date” said Mr Qin Yuchun, President of AECC Dongan.”
Safran Helicopter Engines EVP Programs, Cyrille Poetsch said, “This flight both secures the AC352 development schedule and marks a major milestone in our partnership with China’s aerospace industry.
WZ16 will be the first helicopter engine to be certified in parallel, both in China by CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) and in Europe under Ardiden 3C designation, by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) under the Ardiden 3C designation.
The EASA certification for the Ardiden 3C is expected by end of 2017, and the CAAC certification for the WZ16 in 2018.
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