Ansat Helicopter has been certified to increase the take-off and landing altitude to 3,500 metres from the previous 1,000 metres, by Rosaviatsiya (Federal Air Transport Agency).
The approval was issued on the basis of trials conducted in summer 2018 at Mount Elbrus in Southern Russia. The document allows Ansat to operate in high-altitude conditions, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
During certification tests 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.
“The approval for increase of take-off and landing altitude of Ansat gives us new opportunities to bring in 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," noted Andrey Boginskiy, Director General of Russian Helicopters Holding Company.
Ansat is a light twin-engine utility helicopter serially produced at Kazan Helicopters. As per the type certificate, the helicopter design makes it possible to carry out quick conversion from cargo to passenger version capable to transport up to seven people. In May 2015 a major change approval was obtained for EMS version of the helicopter. Ansat is certified for operation in ambient air temperatures from minus 45°С to plus 50°С. In July 2018 a major change approval was obtained for extension of service life of Ansat assemblies, the company stated further.
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