Representatives of the PRC Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) visited a Kazan Helicopter Plant (KVZ) affiliated to the Russian Helicopters Holding. The visit took place under the procedure of Russian Ansat type certificate validation in China. Chinese specialists spent 10 days to acquaint themselves with the helicopters production facility and perform Ansat test flights during.
A plant tour, made it possible for the CAAS representatives to acquaint themselves with the entire Ansat assembly chain. In addition, Kazan Helicopter Plant specialists made presentations on the helicopter design, quality control system, service bulletins and airworthiness directives. The delegation work program also provided for joint test flights, instrumentation performance check-ups and an Ansat helicopter validation flight.
"We have completed a large amount of preparatory work for an Ansat helicopter certification in China. A corresponding application was submitted to the PRC aviation authorities early this year. The report of the inspectors who visited the KVZ is to underlie a decision on the Russian type certificate validation in this country. We received only positive comments from the Chinese counterparts, and, therefore, I hope that the decision will be positive and it will be made before long," said Andrei Boginsky, CEO of Russian Helicopters Holding.
As previously reported, Russian Helicopters together with the Federal Air Transport Agency held the first round of negotiations with CAAC representatives on the validation of the Russian Ansat helicopter type certificate in China this year in February. It is planned to supply the first batch of Ansat helicopters to China this year.
The first serial helicopter Mi-171A2 made a flight as part of a flight test program at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Helicopters of Russia holding company. The first multi-purpose Mi-171A2 will be transferred to the airline "UTair-Helicopter Services" for trial operation for work in the Polar Regions.
"This is not just an upgraded helicopter - it is a fundamentally new rotorcraft with modern digital technologies on board and completely different operating characteristics. I am confident that this development will find wide demand both in Russian and foreign markets. The helicopter is a full-fledged competitor to the world's analogues in the most popular segment of multipurpose rotorcrafts, "said Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostec.
As he noted, the circle of potential helicopter buyers includes, first of all, countries exploiting its predecessors - Mi-8/17. According to the CEO of Rostec, negotiations are currently underway to certify the Mi-171A2 in Latin American countries. The countries of Asia, Africa and Russia's neighboring states are also showing interest.
More than 80 changes were made to the design of the Mi-171A2. The helicopter is equipped with VK-2500PS-03 engines with digital control system. The rotorcraft has a more efficient X-shaped steering screw and a new rotor with composite blades and an improved aerodynamic profile. Due to aerodynamics alone the thrust of the main rotor Mi-171A2 increased by more than 700 kg, which positively influenced the flight performance of the helicopter.
The helicopter can be effectively used day and night, in high mountains, at low and high temperatures, high humidity and above the water surface.
Ansat light multi-purpose helicopter has been certified for operation under extremely high temperatures up to +50 degrees Celsius. The certificate of approval for extension of the vehicle's operational temperature range has been handed over to Andrey Boginsky, CEO director of the Russian Helicopters holding company, by Alexander Neradko, director of the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) during the XI HeliRussia 2018 International Exhibition of Helicopter Industry.
As previously reported, serviceability of Ansat under extremely high temperatures had been tested in Pakistan last autumn. Ground and flight tests confirmed that all systems and units of the helicopter work properly under ambient temperature up to +50 degrees Celsius.
"Today, Ansat attracts interest of a number of foreign partners, including countries of Asia and Middle East, therefore, extension of the temperature mode of operation would enable us to significantly increase the circle of potential customers," – noted Andrey Boginsky, CEO of Russian Helicopters.
It should be recalled that in 2017 Ansat was also certified for operation under extremely low temperature (up to -45 degrees Celsius) following the tests held in Yakutia. As a result, today Ansat helicopter is certified for operation in the temperature range from –45 to +50 degrees Celsius.
Ansat is capable of speeds as high as 275 km/h and has a flying range of above 500 km. In May 2015, a helicopter modification with an ambulance module was certified as per all applicable international standards of ambulance aviation.