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Rosaviatsia certifies Mi-172A2 helicopter

21st August 2017 - 11:08 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Russian Helicopters has received type certification for its medium utility Mi-171A2 helicopter in convertible configuration from the Federal Air Transport Agency of the Russian Federation (Rosaviatsia), the company announced on 17 August.

This certification clears the way for commercial deliveries to begin. The certificate confirms that the Mi-171A2 can safely transport passengers and cargo day and night in standard and adverse weather conditions, including over water areas as per visual flight rules and instrument flight rules, and along international flight routes.

The Mi-171A2 has been certified category A, which has the most stringent safety requirements imposed on civil helicopters, including the ability to continue one engine inoperative flight with the maximum take-off weight.

A modification of the Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopter, the Mi-171A2 has been developed to reduce helicopter operation costs, improve performance and meet modern civil airworthiness standards. Over 80 changes were made to the Mi-171A2 design as compared to the baseline model. The Mi-171A2 is powered by VK-2500PS-03 engines with FADEC system.

The Mi-171A2 is also equipped with a more efficient X-shape tail rotor and a new main rotor with all-composite blades of improved aerodynamic design.

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