21.03.2013 Mi-38’s World Records Officially Registered by Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI)
On August 26, 2012, during the 14th World Helicopter Championship test pilots from the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant (part of Russian Helicopters) set three world records with the Mi-38 in the E1h class (the FAI category for helicopters weighing 10,000 to 20,000 kg).
The first record was for altitude – flying to an elevation of 8,620 meters without a payload. The second record was for climbing speed – reaching a height of 3,000 meters in 6 minutes. The third record was also for climbing speed – reaching a height of 6,000 meters in 10 minutes and 52 second.
Shortly following this, on September 10, 2012, at the testing center of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant another two world records were set: the altitude record for flying with a 1000 kg payload (7,895 meters) and altitude record for flying with a 2,000 kg payload (7,020 meters).
The world records set on the new multipurpose Mi-38 transport and passenger helicopter demonstrate the superior flight performance characteristics and substantial safety margin and reserve factor of this aircraft. The Mi-38 is a next-generation helicopter. The Mi-38 can be operated day and night and in all weathers, in a variety of climactic conditions and in temperatures from -50°Ñ to +60°Ñ. It comes with a leading-edge avionics suite and meets Russian AP-29, European JAR-29 and American FAR-29 standards. The helicopter’s competitive advantages also include its high levels of reliability and safety and comfort for both crew and passengers, substantial flight resources, advanced technical characteristics and convenient maintenance regime.