The first group of third-year students at the Syzran campus of the Zhukovsky and Gagarin Air Force Academy’s Military Training Centre have completed training on new Kazan Ansat-U helicopters. The Ansat-U is the successor of the Mil Mi-2.
Training on the Ansat-U was completed by 29 students, who next year will receive training on the Mi-8/17 series and Mi-24 helicopters.
The students made their debut flights at various heights and speeds and completed hovering exercises on an Ansat-U on 19 May under the guidance of experienced flight instructors who had mastered the aircraft during testing operations. Each student had to complete a minimum of 45 hours of training on the helicopter; on average the students made 130 flights each, and racked up 47 hours of flight time. In total, the group completed 1,390 hours of flying time.
The Russian Air Force flight academy will get an additional six Ansat-Us in November 2014. By 2016 the goal is to yearly train 300 cadets.
The Ansat-U is fly-by-wire light utility and training helicopter, according to experts much ahead of other chopper manufacturers, designed as a commercial helicopter at first. The helicopter has a hingeless fibreglass rotor head with elastic springs, torsion bars and a quadruple redundancy digital fly-by-wire control system. Especially for the training role it has been fitted with a wheeled undercarriage.
The helicopter has been in serial production since 2009. In future it will completely replace the Mi-2, which is currently used for most pilot training in Russia and many other countries.
Source: Russian Helicopters