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Tests of large civil helicopter succeed in extreme cold weather

By Ni Yuanjin (People's Daily)

15:09, February 15, 2012

The AC313 conducts its first flight in Jindezheng, east China's Jiangxi Province on March 18, 2010.(people.com.cn/Yang Tiehu)

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The AC313, Asia's largest helicopter and China's first independently-developed large civil helicopter, recently passed a cold weather and high altitude flight test, demonstrating its capability to fly in cold regions in China and even Polar Regions, according to China Aviation Industrial Helicopter Company on Feb. 13.

The AC313 recently passed an engine start test, a risky flight test, and other cold weather and high altitude tests at the Hailaer Airport in Inner Mongolia, when the region experienced temperatures of around minus 46 degrees Celsius.

The AC313 is China's first aircraft in full accordance with latest airworthiness regulations. China Aviation Industrial Helicopter Company, the manufacturer of the helicopter, has received orders for 32 AC313s.

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