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Quest Helicopters is launched at Dubai

Quest Helicopters is launched at Dubai

Quest Helicopters has launched at the Dubai Air Show. The privately-owned company, headquartered in Dubai, UAE, is announcing plans to fund, develop, define and refine new technology for a family of innovative new light twin engine and twin rotor system helicopters.

» Technology | Monday, November 14, 2011 • Air News Times
Originally Dubbed "Project Q," the QUEST AVQ series will be the first civil helicopters to be assembled and manufactured in Umm Al Quwain in the UAE. Quest will build an assembly and production facility in the UAE, it aims to start production in 2014.

The UAE principals and investors in Quest Helicopters, a subsidiary of Quest Investments, have pledged an initial investment of up to $50 million in the initial programme. Quest's investment lends support to further develop the expertise of design bureau chief, Vlodomyr Udovenko, overseen by the Ukraine's Academy of science and technology. Collaboration on the project has been further bolstered by a proposed bilateral agreement between EASA and the Ukraine's Civil Aviation Authority enabling the new helicopters to be built with joint cooperation and a parallel certification programme. The helicopters will be powered by new engines from Progress DB/ Motor sich Ukraine, 2 x AI-450 M turbines with FADEC, delivering up to 465 shaft horse power (shp) per engine.

Additionally, Quest Investments has recently signed an MOU between Ukraine's Academy of Science and Abu Dhabi's Higher College of Technology and Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training, to invest and develop specialist research into health, climate and other technological advancements.

The initial four-seat model, which is highly competitively priced at $2.95 million will have a range of 435 nm (700 kms), a maximum speed of 185 mph (295 kph), and a maximum endurance of 3.6 hours.  The helicopter is expected to have a maximum take-off weight of 4,960lbs (2,250 kgs) and empty weight will be 1,300 kgs.

Quest has a pavilion and has a full size mock-up of the Quest AVQ with a VIP interior on display. The interior is designed by British company "Design Q", together with an actual prototype production capsule cabin.

Chief designer Volodomyr Udvenko said "I am delighted to have the opportunity to realise my dream with the Quest AVQ series of helicopters which will be utilising and incorporating unique technology in primary control and safety systems. Our initial prototype helicopter will be defining the technology as a test airframe and we expect the final production models to reflect many refinements in look and systems. If it were not for the vision of Quest's Chairman Mahmood Al Ansari and his board of directors we would not have the funding to develop this new technology.."

Commercial and deputy project director Mike Creed says "With this new family of helicopters we are pursuing a niche market with a design that combines the technological advances of the east, with many innovative refinements from the west as well as adding some exciting commercial enhancements. The result is "Quest's AVQ" series of light twin engine Helicopters which offer a low acquisition cost, robust airframe with "cutting edge" new technology, low maintenance together with low operational costs."

The goal is to produce 20 aircraft in the first year of production, rising to 40 in the third year, working toward a five-year initial plan to certification and production.
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