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Newsletter #356     | News

AVIC AC312E helicopter takes to the skies


Based on the AC312A / Z-9, is a twin engine aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 4,250 kgs / 9,369 lbs


  • Based on the AC312A / Z-9, is a twin engine aircraft with a  maximum takeoff weight of 4,250 kgs / 9,369 lbs

    AVIC AC312E first flight July 27, 2016

  • AVIC AC312E helicopter takes to the skies


AVIC, August 17, 2016 - On July 27, 2016, the AC312E, a helicopter developed by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), successfully completed its maiden flight in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province.

Based on the techniques from the civilian helicopter AC312A, as well as both domestic and foreign market demands, AVIC HAIG’s AC312E is a light twin-engine helicopter.

Its high-power, yet fuel efficient engine, and advanced comprehensive avionic system, are optimized for “hot and high” conditions, as well as plains, guaranteeing a higher level of security, dependability, and comfort, as well as lower maintenance and operation costs.

The maximum takeoff weight is 4,250 kilograms (9,369 pounds), plus nine passengers or 600 kilograms (1,322 pounds) in cargo, which gives the AC312E significant advantages in its class in delivering ergonomic performance and minimizing operation costs.

It can be modified according to customers’ specific needs and used in various operations, such as medical assistance, general transportation, research and rescue, police operation, passenger transportation, and VIP services.

AVIC will strive for the challenging goal of 10 billion RMB (approximately $1.5 billion) in revenue, at which time it will deliver approximately 20% of new GA products worldwide and 40% in the domestic market, as well as provide 20% of GA operations and services in China.

As for product expansion, AVIC will accelerate the modification and improvement of those aircraft with certificates such as the Y-12 family, the AC helicopter family and the LE 500.

The company will try to win the type certifications and orders for aircraft in development like the AG300, the light business aircraft SF50 and the AC352 helicopter as soon as possible.


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