By Staff Writer | March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland has announced that Tuncang Investment Co.,Ltd. has been appointed an official, non-exclusive distributor for the SW-4 light single engine helicopter in China. The distributorship agreement includes a commitment for ten SW-4s which will be manufactured by PZL-Ã Å¡widnik in Poland. In the future Tuncang could also be appointed an Authorized Service Centre for the SW-4 in China.
The appointment of an official distributor for the SW-4 in China, marks a further significant achievement for AgustaWestland and PZL-Ã Å¡widnik in this important market.
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This latest order brings to approximately 130 the number of helicopters of various types sold in China so far for commercial and parapublic roles comprising the AW109 Power, AW119 series, Grand/GrandNew, AW139, AW169 and AW189. AgustaWestland is committed to the continued expansion of the range of local support solutions it provides to its growing customer base in China.
The SW-4 light single engine multi-purpose helicopter is designed to carry up to 5 people, including pilot(s), has low operating costs and is easy to fly, which make it an excellent entry point to the light turbine helicopter segment. The cabin can be easily converted between cargo and passenger configurations, has a flat floor with access via two hinged cockpit doors and two sliding cabin doors. A large capacity baggage bay is located behind the cabin with easy access from the port side. The SW-4’s fuselage and the structural components have been designed with state-of-the-art materials making extensive use of composites.
The SW-4 can be fitted with a wide range of optional equipment including removable co-pilot controls, external cargo sling, wire strike protection, FLIR / TV system, searchlight and emergency flotation gear system. Examples of the SW-4’s class leading capabilities include an endurance of 5 hours 30 minutes or a range of 459 nm (850 km). With a pilot onboard the SW-4 has a useful payload of nearly 600 kg and a maximum take-off weight of 1800 kg. Over 40 SW-4 helicopters have been sold to various customers worldwide so far.
Tuncang Investment Ltd is founded by Mr. Qian, Guorong, a renowned Chinese entrepreneur from Zhejiang Province. Tuncang is committed to the integration of natural resources and assets management. After years development, Tuncang Investment business scope has covered natural resources, manufacturing, general aviation and equity investments, industry throughout Inner Mongolia, Ningxia , Hubei , Jiangsu ,Zhejiang , Hainan and other provinces. In the current economic transition period, Tuncang Investment adhering to the “gathering resources, innovation , cooperation and development” management philosophy, and actively promote the integration of eastern coastal financial resources, industrial technology and middle west industrial basis, the natural resources, promote the transformation and upgrading of industry with innovative business model to realize enterprise sustainable development.