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GKN Aerospace supplies emergency flotation for Avicopter AC313 helicopter

System protects to Sea State 5 using new non-explosive inflation technology

GKN Aerospace has been awarded a contract by the Jiangxi Changhe Aviation Industry Co. Ltd to supply the emergency flotation system (EFS) for the Avicopter AC313, which is the largest civilian helicopter ever developed in China.

The new EFS will give the AC313 helicopter increased survivability in the water as the system will provide flotation up to sea state 5 – ie rough seas with waves from 2.5 – 4 meters high. This will expand the mission potential of the helicopter, increasing its applicability for use in over-water missions such as search and rescue, maritime surveillance and oil and gas industry transportation. The EFS will incorporate GKN Aerospace’s new non-explosive emergency inflation technology which will lower system weight, reduce life cycle costs and increase performance reliability.