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The PZL Kania (Polish Kitty Hawk) is a follow-up to the Mil Mi-2.
Design and development
The Kania is a helicopter featuring many changes. It has a redesigned hull, new engines (Rolls-Royce Allison 250-C20B turboshaft engines) each rated at 426hp (313 kW), new composite rotors blades, and new western avionics. Work on the version was started in 1969 and the first prototype was flown on 3 June 1979. Tests conducted during the early 1980s led to certification according to FAR-29, in February 1986. The helicopter is produced in small numbers (also as an upgrade to the original Mi-2) in Poland, in the PZL Świdnik factory.
- Passenger Standard
- Seats for pilot and 9 passengers, individual vents and lighting.
- Passenger Executive
- Seats for pilot and 5 passengers, luxury finishing, silenced cockpit, individual vents, lighting and audio system.
- Ability to carry external loads as a flying crane or to carry up to 1200 kg of load in the cabin.
- Medevac / Air ambulance
- Equipment and space for up to 4 stretchers or less with paramedic crew onboard.
- Ability to carry up to 1000 kg of chemicals or agro loads (grains, seeds etc.) and ability to carry on one of following aerial application methods: LV spraying, ULV spraying, dustring and spreading.
- Spitfire Taurus
- American version of the PZL Kania built under licence in the USA.
- Crew: One
- Capacity: 9 passengers or 700 kg (1,540 lb) internal, 1000 kg (2205 lb) external cargo
- Length: 12.03 m (39 ft 6 in)
- Rotor diameter: 14.50 m (47 ft 7 in)
- Height: 2.70 m (8 ft 10 in)
- Disc area: 167 m² (1,797 ft²)
- Empty weight: 2,000 kg (4,410 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 3,550 kg (7,826 lb)
- Powerplant: 2× Allison 250C20B turboshafts, 315 kW (720 shp) each
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Published - July 2009