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Helitech 2018: European customer sought for VRT500

23rd October 2018 - 08:51 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in Amsterdam

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The in-development VRT500 light single-engine helicopter, manufactured by Russian Helicopters, may find its launch customer in Europe, if the OEM is successful in its goal.

Russian Helicopters is also aiming to obtain future EASA certification for the platform. Company officials present

at Helitech International said that discussions have already taken place with EASA as the OEM looks to demonstrate demand within the region.

The prototype aircraft has undergone ground testing this year ahead of a targeted first flight in 2019. Production, which could run to an eventual 60 aircraft a year, is scheduled for 2022.

Development of the VRT500 began in 2016. The VRT500 (pictured) was unveiled on 24 May at Heli-Russia 2018.

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