Z-9 helicopter is manufactured on the basis of the patent SA356N1 bought from Aerospatiale of France. It is a light and multi-purpose helicopter with 10/14 seats and twin turbo-shaft engines. Z-9 helicopter obtains type certificate (TC0018) from CAAC on April 12 2001. The approved type is instrument flight version (IFR) and visual flight version (VFR) with minimum 1 flight crew.
After installed suitable equipments, Z-9 helicopter can be used for passenger/cargo transportation, offshore support, rescue, fire extinguishing, aerial photography, coast patrol, search and rescue, forest protection, outside suspension, law enforcement, drugs and smuggling suppression.