Russian Helicopters, July 04, 2019 - Specialists at Russian Helicopters’ Moscow helicopter plant, part of Rostec State Corporation, have conducted a series of Mi-38 flights according to instrument flight rules (IFR), as well as in conditions of extremely high temperatures and in high mountains.
The test results were transferred to Rosaviatsiyu to make additions to the helicopter type certificate.
In particular, the helicopter made more than 50 flights in Astrakhan, successfully confirming the possibility of operation at ambient temperatures of up to 45 C (113 F).
Tests at high altitudes took place on Elbrus. According to their results, the Mi-38 proved its ability to fly at altitudes up to 3,000 meters (9,842 feet) above sea level. In addition, the helicopter made a series of 50 flights, during which the possibility of piloting and navigation was evaluated in the absence of visual visibility of landmarks and the horizon.
“Given the high interest in the helicopter from the Russian and foreign customers, we are trying to maximize the disclosure and documentation of its capabilities. In particular, testing of the new review system and certification of new hardened rotor blades, which will also be used by Mi-Heli helicopter, are planned in the near future,” said Andrei Boginsky, director general of Russian Helicopters.
The Mi-38 is equipped with new domestic high-performance TV7-117V engines, an integrated digital flight-navigation system with data display on five LCD displays, and an explosion-proof protected fuel system. Also, the helicopter was equipped with additional supports on the landing gear for landing on soft ground and snow. The installed integrated on-board equipment complex IBKO-38 provides the crew with high-quality information that ensures a high level of flight safety. In the cabin of the helicopter are easily removable seats, removable sanitary equipment and roller table equipment for loading, unloading and transporting cargo.
The scope of the Mi-38 helicopter is the transportation of goods and passengers, search-and-rescue operations, and VIP transportation, which can all be performed in a wide range of climatic conditions, including maritime, tropical and cold climates.