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China’s AC313 helicopter receives type certificate

By Hu Xiaojun (Guangming Daily)

14:30, March 28, 2012

File photo of China’s AC313 helicopter (People's Daily Online/ Hu Guolin)

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

China’s AC313 large civilian helicopter recently received a type certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

It becomes the world’s first civilian helicopter with an A-category airworthiness certificate to fly in high-altitude regions of over 4,500 meters above the sea level.

AC313 helicopter is developed by the Helicopter Research and Development Institute under Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and manufactured by the AVIC’s Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation.

The AC313, Asia’s largest helicopter, will enter the market in August. The successful development and production of the AC313 marks rapid progress in China’s civilian helicopter technology.

There are more than 23,000 civilian helicopters worldwide, with as few as about 200 ones in China.

In order to improve the situation, the AVIC’s Helicopter Research and Development Institute and Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation have made great efforts to master core technologies for civilian helicopters, and independently developed and manufactured the unique AC-series civilian helicopters.

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