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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Vertical de Aviacion Purchases 10 as Turbomeca Widens Partnership With Russian Helicopters During MAKS

The Kamov Ka-62 made its initial
public debut at MAKS 2013 in
Zhukovsky, Russia.
On the opening day of the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS 2013), Russian Helicopters advanced its relationship with engine manufacturer Turbomeca and took an order for five Kamov Ka-62s and five Mil Mi-171A1s. The event ran from August 27 through September 1 near Moscow, featuring more than 850 participating companies.

Turbomeca has inked a memorandum of understanding with Russian Helicopters to establish an engine maintenance center for the Ka-226T and Ka-62, which receive power from the 700 to 800-shp-class Arrius 2G1 and 1,750 to 2,000-shp-class Ardiden 3G, respectively. The agreement allows Russian Helicopters to supply Level 1 and Level 2 maintenance for Ka-62 and Ka-226T operators in Russia. According to the companies, the maintenance center is one element of a “global common support strategy.” Turbomeca has also appointed Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UWCA) to serve as a repair and overhaul facility for the engines.

Vertical de Aviacion of Colombia placed the order for 10 from Russian Helicopters. The five Mi-171A1s are intended for cargo and passenger flights in Mexico, while the five Ka-62s are marked for service in the Colombia’s oil and gas industry. Russian Helicopters plans to initiate deliveries of the Mi-171s in 2015, with handover of the Ka-62 projected for 2016.

Turbomeca will support the
Ka-226T and Ka-62.
The operator also plans to team on Mi-171A certification in Mexico and Ka-62 regulatory approval in Colombia. Bogota-based Vertical de Aviacion, which operates 30 Mi-17s, was involved in the 2012 effort to certify the Mi-171A in Colombia.

 

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