China's first home-made large civil helicopter makes test flight

19:38, March 18, 2010      

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The AC313 helicopter, China's first domestic-made large civil helicopter, makes test flight at Lumeng Airport in Jingdezhen City of east China's Jiangxi Province, March 18, 2010. (Xinhua Photo)


China's first domestic-made large civil helicopter completed its test flight Thursday in east China's Jiangxi Province.

The AC313 helicopter took to the sky at Lumeng Airport in Jingdezhen City at 9:40 a.m. and landed at 10:05 a.m.

The AC313 has a maximum takeoff weight of 13.8 tonnes and can carry 27 passengers or 15 wounded people. It has a maximum range of 900km (559 miles), said Sun Cong, deputy chief engineer of designer and manufacturer Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

It was designed for a variety of uses, including search and rescue, fighting forest fires, and assisting in fighting fires in cities.


The AC313, China's first domestically-made large civil helicopter, flies in its test flight in Jingdezhen City, east China's Jiangxi Province, March 18, 2010. The AC313 helicopter completed its maiden flight on Thursday. (Xinhua Photo)

The AC313, designed in line with airworthiness regulations and was made in less than a year, reaches the standard of third-generation helicopters, Sun said.

AVIC 1 International Leasing Company and China Flying Dragon Special Aviation Company signed contracts to purchase five AC313 copters following the test flight.

Zhang Hongbiao, director of the AVIC's science and technology committee, told Xinhua that the company has set up a team to study the feasibility of developing China's first heavy-duty helicopters.

Zhang called for more government investment to help kick-start the project at an early date.


The AC313, China's first domestically-made large civil helicopter, flies in its test flight in Jingdezhen City, east China's Jiangxi Province, March 18, 2010. The AC313 helicopter completed its maiden flight on Thursday. (Xinhua Photo)

Heavy-duty helicopter refers to one with a takeoff weight of at least 20 tonnes.

Source: Xinhua

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