Aircraft Overview

Ka-32 (NATO designation: Helix) is a multipurpose helicopter designed to conduct air surveillance, search and rescue operations over land and sea, transport people and cargo. The co-axial rotors allow very controlled, stable and precise flight, allowing the helicopter to carry loads with minimum deviation from the designated location, for example in narrow canyons and to allow precise placement of heavy loads for construction. The first flight of the civilian version of the aircraft took place in 1990. In 2009, the helicopter received certification of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); it has also been certified in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, and South Korea.

  • 28,660 lbs MTOW
  • 140 knots Speed
  • 11,025 lbs Cargo
  • 16,405 ft Ceiling
  • 350 nmi Range
  • 2/16 PAX

Technical Capabilities

The helicopter has internal useful load of 4,000 kg (approx. 8,820 lbs) and can carry 5,000 (approx. 11,025 lbs) on external sling. It has service ceiling of 5,000 m (approx. 16,405 ft) and range of 850 km (approx. 459 nmi). Its maximum passenger capacity is 16.

28,660 lbs
140 knots
11,025 lbs
16,405 ft
350 nmi

Mission Profile

The helicopter is an excellent choice for operations involving external sling, including firefighting, construction, and logging. It operates well above land and sea.

Models & Modifications

Civil transport version certificated to FAR-29/33 with 16 passenger seats and provision for lifting underslung loads
Modification for firefighting operations
Modification for police operations
Built in accordance with requirements of Transport Canada. Full clearance under FAR Pt 29 achieved in 1999
Approved by Aviation Register of Switzerland 
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