The Civil Aviation Administration of China has issued a type certificate for the Avicopter AC311, a key product in the development of China’s rotorcraft industry. Certification came at least six months later than the manufacturer expected. No reason for the delay was given. In conjunction with the certification, Avicopter announced orders for 62 of the single-engine, 2.2-ton aircraft from state enterprises, some linked with the manufacturer. The order figure is remarkably large for ...

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