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Ansat civil light twin helicopter cleared for passenger operations

Ansat civil light twin helicopter cleared for passenger operations

Russian Helicopters' new civil Kazan Ansat light helicopter has received additional certification that permits the commercial twin-engined type to carry fee-paying passengers. Deliveries are scheduled to begin next year. The commercial Ansat – certificated in 2011 – is powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207K turboshafts and boasts a maximum take-off weight of 3,600kg (7,940lb). “We have decided to offer our customers a comfortable and reliable helicopter in the light segment with a traditional hydro-mechanical control system,” says chief executive Vadim Ligai of Kazan Helicopters, the Russian Helicopters subsidiary that designed and produces the Ansat. “Receiving type certification for the passenger Ansat with hydro-mechanical controls opens up new opportunities to promote this helicopter in the global commercial operation market.” Kazan began work on certification of the commercial hydro-mechanical version of the helicopter in 2011. Previously the company 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 programme accordingly by switching to a traditional hydro-mechanical system," Russian Helicopters says.

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