In February 2015 the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) issued a type certificate number CT348-175 for EC175 helicopter developed by Airbus Helicopters. The certificate allows putting EC175 helicopters into operation in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, press-service of Airbus Helicopters reports.
«We believe that EC175 can be successful in Russia. This vehicle outmatches its rivals in terms of economics and aircraft performance in the medium twin-engine helicopters segment. The first EC175 (passenger version) are delivered to oil and gas companies and designed to transport employees to offshore drilling platforms. In 2016 deliveries of the helicopter’s VIP version will be started,» Emeric Lhomme, General Manager of Airbus Helicopters Vostok, said.
Initially the helicopter received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification in January 2014. In 2015 Airbus Helicopters will expand the list of optional equipment as well as the vehicle’s flight envelope; these changes will be reflected in new editions of EASA and IAC certificates.