Company «Quest Helicopters» (UAE, Dubai) at an air show «Dubai Air Show 2011» held in Dubai was presented a multi-purpose civilian helicopter «AVQ» developed together with Ukrainian aircraft designers.
Helicopter «AVQ» is representative of a new family of Innovative rotary-wing aircraft. This unit created within the project «Project Q», which was the result of cooperation of designers Bureau «Aero Vortex» (Kharkov, Ukraine), under the baton of Vladimir Udovenko and «Quest Helicopters». At the air show was presented the model of a helicopter cockpit layout and the passenger cabin.
Mike Creed Commercial Director of «Project Q» willingly knows about Ukrainian-UAE «brainchild», which was delivered on the show «straight from the factory.» Model «AVQ» is a light twin helicopter having screws that turn in the opposite direction. The highest rate of «AVQ» can reach 295 km / h, range is 700 km, and the fuel is calculated in store 3.6 hours. Featured on the show experienced a standard «AVQ» is a four-seater model with a total capacity of 2250 kg (curb weight 1.3 tons). But M.Krid says that there is room for maneuver. If desired, may be made by 5 -, 10 -, 15-seat cabin — a system of «dual screw — double engine» can do it.
Safety of the airplane was the main point while working on «AVQ» said M.Krid. in this regard, the main innovation of the model has a unique detachable gyrostabilized cabin. When an alarm occurs, cabin with the pilots and passengers being in it becomes an ejection capsule that «shoots» forward, then smoothly descends by parachute. The second part of the helicopter touches down on a separate parachute. Model «AVQ» also will be the first civilian helicopter which will develop a quad-wire control system. Also, it will have modern electric aviation system and the telemetry link «board-to-Earth.»
Assembly and flight testing «AVQ» will be held in 2013 in Ukraine. Watch for them to be experts at Kharkov. In general, according to Mr. Creed for 75% of helicopter equipment will be Ukrainian. For example, engines Progress DB / Motor Sich Ukraine A1-450M will deliver the Ukrainian «Motor Sich». Certification of the future helicopter will be held on Emirati and Ukrainian standards, and standards of EASA.