Ka-32A11BC fire-fighting helicopter presented with Australian certificate of airworthiness
Russian Helicopters, part of state defence holding Oboronprom and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, announces that the Ka-32A11BC firefighting helicopter was officially awarded its certificate of airworthiness by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) at a ceremony during the Avalon 2013 airshow.
of the Russian Helicopters delegation in Australia.
The certificate means that Australian helicopter operators can now deploy the Ka-32A11BC as a search-and-rescue and fire-fighting helicopter, as well as using it to carry loads on an external sling and for construction work.
The Ka-32A11BC completed certification procedures in Australia at the end of 2012.
Australia is a country that suffers damage from wildfires every year, and therefore has a need for specialised fire-fighting equipment able to combat the threat. As a fire-fighting helicopter, the Ka-32A11BC can be equipped with Bambi Buckets and water cannon, which combined with the helicopter’s unique coaxial main rotor system makes the Ka-32A11BC one of the best fire-fighting helicopters in the world.
In 2013 the Ka-32A11BC was chosen as the mainstay and symbol of the Global Helicopter Firefighting Initiative (GHFI).
Source: Geelong, Australia (russianhelicopters.aero) News – 1 March 2013
Photo: The Australian Ka-32A11BC fire-fighting helicopter presented with Australian certificate of airworthiness (Photo by russianhelicopters.aero)