Russian Helicopters pitches Ka-226T for 2014 Olympics

 - December 13, 2011, 1:40 PM

The in-development Kamov Ka-226T light twin, a Turbomeca-powered version of the Russian coaxial-rotor helicopter, has taken part in research training for the Winter Olympics that are to take place in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. The exercises were conducted under the auspices of Emercom, the Russian Ministry for emergency situations. Tests showed that the Ka-226T could land on a 210-sq-ft area near a highway and from there evacuate an injured person on a stretcher. Russian Helicopters, the company consolidating the country’s helicopter manufacturers, praised the compactness of the coaxial-rotor design, which does not need a tailrotor. The Ka-226T features a service ceiling of 24,000 feet, according to the manufacturer. It seats eight, including the pilot, and has an mtow of 7,900 pounds. It can operate at temperatures ranging from -50 degrees C to +50 degrees C, the manufacturer claims, and land on soft soils. EASA certified the Turbomeca Arrius 2G1, the Ka-226 variant of the Arrius, in November. Certification of the Ka-226T is expected in 2013.