|Aviaimpex "Yanhol" (Angel)|
Aviation division of TVT Corporation formed to introduce helicopter design and production to Ukraine. Initial liaison with Aerokopter Ltd of Poltava (formed 14 December 1999); however, on 3 May 2000 Aerokopter design bureau divided and both elements became autonomous.
Future plans include an eight-seat, turbine-powered helicopter.
English name: Angel
TYPE: Three-seat helicopter.
PROGRAMME: Presented to the media on 31 August 2001, when prototype structurally complete. First flight planned for June 2002 (no confirmation received), followed by deliveries in 2003. By May 2002, Aviaimpex had revealed plans for gunship and UAV versions.
CUSTOMERS: Options placed on 400 (mostly in two-seat configuration) by early 2002, including Ukrainian Defence Ministry (reportedly 100 for pilot training), Internal Affairs Ministry (patrol), Georgian government and several city administrations, including Moscow Mayor's Office.
DESIGN FEATURES: Pod-and-boom configuration, with T-tail and landing skids. Three-blade main and two-blade tail rotors.
COSTS: US$120.000 in Ukraine; US$150.000 export (2002), Operating cost US$70 per hour (2002).
POWER PLANT: Two Rotax 912 ULS flat-four piston engines, each 73.5kW.
Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 2004-2005