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Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) subsidiary Changhe Aircraft Industries Group Co. Ltd. has successfully completed all airworthiness tests for its AC313, local news outlets have reported. The helicopter reportedly completed takeoff and flight trials in heavy rain.
The AC313 is China’s first civil heavy-lift helicopter. It is a 13-ton class powered by three Pratt & Whitney PT6B-67A engines. It was designed in accordance with airworthiness requirement CCAR_29R1, with intent to develop basic versions of both cargo and passenger transport. It would also be VFR- and IFR-certified for day and night operations. The AC313 is to be a multirole rotorcraft, used for various missions from sightseeing to firefighting.