By Abdul Rahmat Omar
ZHUHAI, China: November 6, 2018 — Specialists at Kazan Helicopters have completed testing of an Ansat helicopter equipped with a ditching system.
The system is designed for emergency water landings and is used to save the lives of crew and passengers. It is currently in the certification phase.
The ditching system includes inflatable buoyancy chambers (ballonets), two life rafts, an emergency life support package, including a radio beacon for rescuers to determine the landing site.
In the event of a ditching, this emergency set keeps the helicopter afloat for 30 minutes. This is enough time to deploy the system’s life-saving equipment, and to safely leave the helicopter.
“Together with high performance, this will make the Ansat even more attractive to fuel and energy companies and rescue services,” said JSC Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky.
He says there is a requirement for 6,000 civilian helicopters across the Asia-Pacific. While Russian-built helicopters account for 20 per cent of the region’s military rotorcraft, the comparative figure for civil models is much lower.
Boginsky believes the low operating costs of the Ansat – quoted as US$900 per hour – will prove attractive to the region’s operators.
The Ansat is a light, multipurpose twin-engine helicopter with a crew of two. It can carry up to seven people or two stretchers and is certified for use at temperatures ranging between -45°С and +50°С.
Kazan Helicopters is owned by JSC Russian Helicopters, which is part of Russia’s Rostec State Corporation.
It is in Zhuhai for the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition 2018 exhibiting the Ansat as well as the Mi-171A2 advanced medium multirole helicopter.