Russian helicopter manufacturer Kamov announced on October 7 that the Ka-32A11BC utility helicopter has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
“Russian made helicopters are a regular sight in the united European skies, but the European air legislation limits their operation. This is a barrier to our sales in the EU,” said Andrei Shibitov, CEO of Russian Helicopters, which manages the marketing of Kamov, Mil and Kazan helicopters. “Certification of the Ka-32A11BC by EASA offers new prospects to this multirole helicopter that has already proven its high efficiency in many EU countries. We at Russian Helicopters sincerely welcome EASA’s move and hope that other Russian made helicopters will be similarly appraised.”
The twin-rotor Ka-32 is a general utility helicopter which is used for a number of tasks, including high-rise construction, patrolling, and search and rescue operations. Modified versions of the aircraft are already in service in Spain, Portugal and Switzerland, as well as a number of other countries around the world.