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FAdeA flies first licence-built Z-11

1st November 2012 - 14:40 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London

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Argentine aircraft manufacturer Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) has flown its first locally-assembled Z-11 helicopter, it has emerged.

The first flight took place on 10 October at the company's plant in Cordoba in readiness for FAdeA’s 85th anniversary celebrations later in the month. The first helicopter, registered LV-X497, was assembled from a kit sent from China and is believed to be part of a first batch of 30 aircraft for the Argentine armed services and other agencies. Mass production of the aircraft is due to begin in 2013.

The first flight was unannounced by the company, but reports from Argentina

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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