Ansat gets emergency floatation system
Russian Helicopters has completed tests of the Ansat helicopter equipped with an emergency floatation system.
The floatation system has been designed to increase survivability during emergency water landings. It is currently in the certification phase and Federal Air Transport Agency approval is expected.
The 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.
Ansat is a light, multipurpose twin-engine helicopter. According to the helicopter certificate, its design allows it to be converted into a cargo version or a passenger rotorcraft that can carry up to seven people.
Andrey Boginsky, CEO, Russian Helicopters, said: ‘We are continuing our work to improve the air safety of Ansat, as it is actively used in the transportation of passengers and patients who require emergency medical assistance.
‘Additionally, helicopters equipped with a ditching system will be able to conduct flights to oil companies' facilities located at a considerable distance from the coast, and participate in search and rescue operations above the water. Together with high performance, this will make Ansat even more attractive to fuel and energy companies and rescue services.’
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