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Ardiden 3C/WZ16 engine EASA certified

25th April 2018 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Safran Helicopter Engines’ Ardiden 3C engine, which powers the Avicopter AC352, has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification, the company announced on 20 April.

The engine has been jointly developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines and Dongan and HAPRI of the Aero Engine Corporation of China consortium.

In China the engine is known as the WZ16, and is expected to be certified by the Civil Aviation Administration of China in September 2019.

The Ardiden 3C/WZ16 is a new-generation turboshaft in the 1,700 to 2,000shp power class, featuring a compact modular architecture, a high power-to-weight ratio and low fuel consumption.

The engine's range maturation and certification campaign has accumulated more than 10,000 hours of trials to date.

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