Avic rotorcraft specialist Avicopter completed the first flight of its AC311A light helicopter, an upgrade of the aircraft offered for the key 2-ton market. The flight of the aircraft, which introduces the Turbomeca Arriel 2B1A engine to the AC311 series, lasted 10 minutes and took place at Jingdezhen, the home of Changhe Aircraft, a long-established Chinese helicopter maker now part of Avicopter. Development of the AC311A did not formally begin until August 2013, Avic says, announcing the ...

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