AC313, China's first helicopter for civilian purpose. (Photo: Chinanews)
NANCHANG, April 14 - China's heavy-lift helicopter for civilian purposes, the AC313, has passed the performance authentication of aviation experts, according to the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics on Saturday.
The authentication committee led by two Chinese academicians believed the AC313's technology as well as its performance on the plateau has reached an advanced international level.
The helicopter was developed and manufactured by the Aviation Industry Corp. of China in Jingdezhen City, east China's Jiangxi Province.
The AC313 had its maiden flight in Jingdezhen in March 2010. It completed two trial flights on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in 2010 and 2011. Mass production of the aircraft began in 2012.
The aircraft is suitable for emergency rescue operations, forest fire response, transportation, offshore operations, medical aid, sightseeing and business trips.