Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) has delivered a first Ansat helicopter to the Ministry of Interior of the Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina - the first of three helicopters under the delivery contract.
The Ansat comes with a medical module equipped with a stretcher and a medical shelf. The cabin has space for transporting one patient, plus two seats for accompanying doctors. Equipment includes a ventilator, tele-ECG for real-time cardiac activity monitoring and additional equipment to aid in the evacuation of patients with varying severity. When not being used in medical situations, the delivery set includes five seats enabling the helicopter to carry seven passengers in the cabin.
"This delivery testifies that Ansat is competitive on the European market, and we see potential for new orders," said Andrey Boginsky, Director General of Russian Helicopters. "I am confident that European operators will appreciate the favorable cost of operating the helicopter, its versatility and reliability. Two more Ansats will be handed over to the law enforcement agencies of Republika Srpska in 2021 and 2022. They will be additionally equipped with searchlights, fast-rope deployment system, a winch and an external sling."
The contract with the Republic of Srpska included the training of three technicians and two pilots at the Kazan Helicopters Aviation Training Center. The technician's program included airframe design and maintenance, together with power plant and systems, whilst pilots undertook theoretical training and classes on the new Ansat simulator.
The Aviation Training Center will provide further multi-stage training of flight and technical personnel as more helicopters are delivered. During the next 2 years, 4 more pilots and 6 technicians will go through training.
Ansat is a light multipurpose twin-engine helicopter. Its serial production is deployed at Kazan Helicopters. Its design allows converting it into a cargo version or into a passenger rotorcraft that can lift up to seven people. Ansat is certified for use in the temperatures ranging between -45°С and +50°С, and in high mountains.
In 2019, the Federal Air Transport Agency certified an increase in the airworthiness of Ansat's fuselage to 16,000 flying hours. In 2020, the Russian aviation authorities certified Ansat for installation of an emergency floatation system and isolation units for transporting patients with coronavirus disease, it also received a more advanced and ergonomic medical module. Several main components of the helicopter received approval for the increase of their airworthiness restrictions.
BlueSky Business Aviation News | 26 th November 2020 | Issue #583