The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the Ka-32A11BC helicopter for operation in EU countries.

The all-weather Ka-32A11BC, designed by Kamov, a Russian Helicopters company, has coaxial rotors and is used for transportation of people and loads, high-rise construction, patrolling, and search and rescue operations.

The EASA type certificate will allow the Russian helicopter to be flown by any EU operator commercially.

Russian Helicopters CEO Andrei Shibitov said that Russian-made helicopters are a regular sight in the united European skies, but European air legislation limits their operation. This is a barrier to the company’s sales in the EU.

“We at Russian Helicopters sincerely welcome EASA’s move and hope that other Russian-made helicopters will be similarly appraised,” he said.