Average passenger transport helicopter Mi-38 flight test reached an altitude of 8,500 meters, said chief test pilot of the Moscow Mil Helicopter Plant named after Hero of Russia Alexander Klimov.
"High-altitude flight took place at the aerodrome Chkalovsky. The air temperature near the ground was plus 15 degrees Celsius, and at height — minus 37, "- said Alexander Klimov, carrying out in-flight duties of co-pilot.
According to him, at a lower take-off weight than it was in the test flight, the helicopter is able to overcome the bar to 9,000 meters. "Reaching a height of 9 km on the Mi-38 is not in doubt for some relief helicopter," — said Alexander Klimov.
He noted that in the present flight crew did not stand in front of goal to set a record high. "It is important not to put the record and experience the helicopter," — said Alexander Klimov. He said that the high-altitude flight was made on the second prototype of Mi-38, equipped with Pratt & Whitney (Canada). But domestic engines TV7-117V, which is planned to be installed on the serial Mi-38, more powerful foreign, which will allow the Mi-38 is easy to carry out such a high altitude flights.
"In the world there are no helicopters in its class with great altitude performance, as the Mi-38", — said the test pilot.
Average freight and passenger Mi-38 Mil developed the Mil within the holding company "Helicopters of Russia". It belongs to a new generation of helicopters. According to experts, the Mi-38 provides the highest standards of safety and comfort in its class.