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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Russian Helicopters Receives IAC AR Certification for Ansat Passenger Variant

Russian Helicopters' new light multirole commercial Ansat with hydro-mechanical controls has received an additional certification from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR), authorizing it for commercial passenger transport operations. Commercial deliveries are due to start in 2015.

 

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This confirms that the Ansat meets aviation regulations and certifies the changes made to the type model. In particular, the passenger variant boasts an upgraded stability augmentation system, a takeoff weight increased to 3,600 kg, and equipment to carry passengers. These changes have allowed for possible improvements to the helicopter’s flight capabilities, and made it more attractive and competitive in the international helicopter construction market.

The Ansat received its previous IAC AR certificate, unrelated to passenger transport, in 2013, authorizing it for commercial operations.

 

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Kazan Helicopters, the Russian Helicopters company that designed and produces the Ansat, began work on certification of the commercial hydro-mechanical version of the helicopter in 2011. Previously, Kazan Helicopters produced a fly-by-wire version of the Ansat; however, no commercial fly-by-wire helicopter had obtained certification anywhere in the world, and there were no established requirements for such a helicopter. To bring the helicopter to market more quickly, it was decided to adjust the Ansat program accordingly by switching to a traditional hydro-mechanical system. This has not led to any increase in takeoff weight or changes to its technical parameters.

Russian Helicopters has already demonstrated the new Ansat in key markets including the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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