Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation), together with the Federal Air Transport Agency of the Russian Federation (Rosaviatsiya), has conducted the first stage of negotiations with representatives of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) regarding validation of the Russian certificate for the Ansat helicopter in China.
Following the results of this meeting, the parties have determined the steps that need to be taken. In the near future, the CAAC delegation is planning to visit Kazan Helicopters to find out more about the manufacturing of Ansats.
The negotiations were conducted by members of the Kazan Helicopters working group, representatives of Rosaviatsiya and CAAC.
In accordance with agreements reached by the parties, the Chinese aviation authorities will start to review the evidentiary documentation submitted to them.
“This year, it is planned to deliver the first Ansat helicopters to China,” said Andrey Boginsky, chief executive officer of Russian Helicopters. “These will be the helicopters with medical modules, but I can note that our Chinese partners are also interested in other modifications. Therefore, both we and our Chinese colleagues are going to work hard upon legitimation of Ansat in the Chinese market.”
Ansat is a light, twin-engine, multipurpose helicopter produced in lots by Kazan Helicopters. The helicopter modification with a medical module was certified in May 2015. It complies with all the international standards of ambulance aviation and allows paramedics to save lives during transportation.
According to the certificate, the helicopter design allows for transformation into a freight or a passenger version suitable for transportation of up to seven people.
The medical Ansat has a number of strong competitive advantages over equivalents in its class. First of all, it is the lower maintenance, training and repair cost. Moreover, the helicopter has the most spacious cabin in its class and can fly at high speed, making it ideal for long-distance flights.
In addition to China, Russian Helicopters is now negotiating the validation of the certificate for this type of helicopter in Brazil, Mexico and Canada.