Ostafyevo airport located within the territory of “new Moscow” will be reconstructed in order to develop business aviation, Interfax reports. It was reported by the head of Moscow department for development of new territories, Vladimir Zhidkon.
"We are discussing the development of Ostafyevo airport with Gazprom. They intend to reconstruct the airport", - he said. This airport is capable of servicing small aircraft and it will provide the citizens with additional transport capabilities. It will also help avoid restrictions in the area of construction as is the case with objects located near large aviation enterprises, Vladimir Zhidkin noted.
The development concept of business aviation is the most favorable for the “new” territory, he believes. The head of the department also noted that the airport’s runway will be stretched and the proper infrastructure will be constructed during reconstruction.
Russian enterprises will be manufacturing different modifications of Tu-214 aircraft until 2025, Voenno-promishlenniy courier reports.
«It is planned to keep on manufacturing different versions of Tu-214 aircraft until 2025, and possibly even after 2025. It is stipulated in the program for development of aircraft industry during a period until 2025», - a source close to the industry said. He noted that Tu-214 is being manufactured by Kazan Aircraft Production Association (KAPO).
«KAPO is focused on production of special-purpose aircraft intended not only for the Ministry of Defense, but also for other ministries and agencies», - the source noted. According to him, the possibilities of using Tu-214 aircraft in different areas, including patrol missions, are being considered. The special-purpose aircraft derived from Tu-214 are equipped with high-tech advanced special equipment.
He explained that the Ministry of Defense needs to replace the fleet of special-purpose aircraft derived from Il-18 with more advanced aircraft. «Some modifications of Tu-214 aircraft have a range of 10 000 km, because they are fitted with additional fuel tanks», - he said.
Volga-Dnepr Gulf representing the Volga-Dnepr Technics Company in the Middle East has put a new hangar facility into operation in Sharjah (UAE). The hangar facility is intended for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, press-service of Volga-Dnepr Group reports.
The company has successfully placed the first An-124-100 into the hangar. «I congratulate everyone with placing the first aircraft into the hangar facility. This is a very important milestone in the history of Volga-Dnepr Gulf», - Managing Director of VD Gulf, Viktor Sherin, said.
We remind you that the official operating authorization for the new hangar facility located in Sharjah airport was obtained by Volga-Dnepr Gulf on April 8th 2013. The document issued by the civil aviation department of Sharjah confirms that VD Gulf has successfully completed all the procedures in the area of hangar’s safety inspection and the company is ready to provide aircraft MRO services.
«Two wide-body aircraft (Boeing 747 or An-124) or six single-aisle aircraft may be placed into the hangar simultaneously. The facility is equipped with all the necessary tools and equipment for performing safe C-check maintenance of different aircraft types. It is also equipped with state-of-the-art conditioning and fire-extinguishing systems», - said in the company’s statement.
A conference dedicated to operation of Su-34 aircraft by Russian air forces was held at Baltimor air base in Voronezh, press-service of Sukhoi Company reports.
Representatives of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Sukhoi Company, 1st Command of the Air Forces and Air Defense Forces, military units operating Su-34 aircraft and top-managers of 11 enterprises (developers and manufacturers of the jet’s components). According to the company, the primary objective of the conference was to take coordinated decisions aimed at maintaining high combat readiness and assimilation of the jet’s tactical employment.
«The problems related to flight operation of Su-34 aircraft, maintenance and maintainability, quality of the jet, warranty and post-warranty service, reliability and condition of the operated jets were discussed during the conference», - Sukhoi Company reported.
The jet has been operated by Russian air forces since 2012. About 50% of the jets have a flying time of 200-250 hours. Representatives of flying and technical engineer personnel of the air forces expressed a high opinion of the aircraft. It was confirmed during the conference that the major indicator of the jet’s reliability (time between failures) meets the claimed indicators. At that, it was noted that some new approaches to a problem of maintaining the combat readiness of Su-34 fleet specified by the command of the air forces are required during the surge period, said in the statement.
Following the results of the conference a protocol was signed. The protocol assumes taking steps in order to improve the jet’s performance, ergonomics and operating characteristics, its condition, reliability and service life.
Chelyabinsk International Airport has been certified for servicing Boeing 747-400 aircraft and its modifications, the airport’s press-service reports.
The corresponding instruction was signed by the head of Federal Air Transport Agency, Alexander Neradko, on April 10th 2013.
“One flight performed by Boeing 747-400 aircraft may replace several flights performed by smaller aircraft. That is why there are some special requirements for the ground services. In addition, this aircraft type requires the highest quality of service, durable airfield pavement and special facilities for maintenance and ground servicing of the aircraft”, - the airport noted.
The runway of Chelyabinsk International Airport was put into operation in 2000. The runway was designed for servicing large aircraft such as Boeing 747-400 all along. However, the airport had to carry out technical re-equipment in order to receive the certificate, said in the statement.
Over 21 billion rubles were allocated for increasing authorized capital of the enterprises of aircraft industry from the federal budget in 2012. It was stated by Dmitry Medvedev during his speech at the State Duma related to the results of the government’s activities in 2012, press-service of Russian government reports.
«State support and demand are very important for a number of top-priority industries, - the prime-minister underlined. - Over 21 billion rubles were allocated for increasing authorized capital of the enterprises of aircraft industry from the federal budget in 2012. The enterprises of aircraft industry have been provided with the subsidies intended for technical re-equipping, innovative and investment project».
In addition, over 18,5 billion rubles were invested in the fixed assets of the aircraft industry in the network of different target programs, Dmitry Medvedev said. «As a result the output of the aircraft industry increased by 12% in 2012. This is not a breakout, but it is a step forward as compared to last year», - he noted.
The premier also brought up a topic of regional aviation. «The passenger traffic of air transport increased by 17% last year, partly because of subsidizing a number of routes. 500 thousand passengers have purchased the discount tickets», - Dmitry Medvedev said adding that “this is the important milestone taking into account the isolated location of Far East, Kaliningrad and north regions».
S7 Airlines starts selling discount tickets on flights from Kaliningrad to Moscow and from Moscow to Kaliningrad, the carrier’s press-service reports.
The discount tickets are sold in the network of a state program for increasing affordability of flights from Kaliningrad to the European part of Russia and back, S7 Airlines noted.
In the network of this program the passengers may purchase tickets on flights performed during a period from May 15th to October 15th 2013.
According to the airline, previously the discount tickets were available only for residents of Kaliningrad Region. However, now any citizen of Russia may purchase the discount ticket regardless of his age or place of residence.
The Anik-G1 satellite has been successfully placed into orbit and then placed under the customer’s control, press-service of the Federal Space Agency reports.
«In accordance with the flight sequence Anik-G1 satellite separated from Breeze M upper stage at 07:49 Moscow time on April 16th 2013. The satellite was placed under the customer’s control», - said in the statement.
We remind you that the Proton-M launch vehicle with Breeze M upper stage and Anik-G1 satellite was launched on April 15th22:36 Moscow time from the launch site of Baikonur cosmodrome.
The Anik-G1 satellite was developed by Space Systems Loral (Canada) for Telesat Canada satellite operator. It is intended for providing services in the area of live television broadcast.
The pilots of Moskovia Airlines have passed the necessary training for piloting Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft, the carrier’s press-service reports.
The training was being carried out at the training center of SuperJet International (SJI) – joint venture between Alenia Aeronautica (part of Finmeccanica) and Sukhoi Holding Company. Four crews (8 pilots) have passed the training. The training program included classroom training using CBT computer training systems and FPTD procedure trainer, along with flight training using FTD LV static flight simulator located at the training center in Zhukovsky. The training flights performed on SSJ 100 aircraft concluded the training program, said in the carrier’s statement.
«This special offer refers to 20 most popular holiday destinations of the S7 Airlines’ route network. The discounts apply to flights from Moscow to Russian and foreign resorts – Sochi, Anapa, Odessa, Batumi, Zadar, etc. The passengers may also visit unique natural zones – Lake Baikal, Altai, Caucasian Spas, and the oldest cities of CIS Region – Yerevan, Kiev, Tbilisi, Baku», - Marketing Director of S7 Group, Tatyana Fileva, noted.
Tulpar Technic was appointed as the Line Maintenance Facility for Challenger 300 and Challenger 850 aircraft, operated in Tatarstan and Privolzhsky Federal District, Business-Online reports.
For these purposes Tulpar Technic has constructed two hangars with a total value of $17 million. As reported by the representatives of Bombardier Aerospace, there will be no other service centers in Russia in the near future – the company will be expanding the line of aircraft serviced by Tulpar Technic. According to Bombardier, about 1550 business jets and 2240 commercial aircraft will be delivered to Europe, Russia and CIS Region over the next 20 years.
In future Tulpar Technic should be able to service up to 50 aircraft per month. «As for business jets, the enterprise will be servicing Challenger 300, Challenger 850 and Challenger 600 aircraft. At present we are already servicing three Challenger 300s and two Challenger 850s, - chairman of the board of directors of Tulpar, Azat Khakin, said. – After the authorization the number of serviced vehicles will be increasing at an exponential rate».
The authorities of Moscow Region are considering the possibility of transporting tourists by helicopters due to serious traffic jams, Interfax reports with reference to the Culture Ministry of Moscow Region.
«At present the air transport is barely used for transporting tourists in the Region, because it is located close to Moscow, the distance between major sights and hotels is not long and the air transport is in poor condition», - the ministry explained adding that thepossibility of transporting tourists by helicopters will be considered.
«In view of increasing tourist traffic and low capacity of the roads, we will consider the possibility of transporting tourists by helicopters to the major sights of the region as well as using Bykovo airport for transporting tourists from other regions», - the press-service noted.
At present most tourists are arriving in the Region from Moscow using their own cars or buses provided by tour operators.
The first MiG-21 fighter was delivered to the Indian Ministry of Defense 50 years ago paving the way for a long-standing partnership between the countries in the area of military-technical cooperation, press-service of RAC MiG reports.
«In view of the anniversary, CEO of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RAC MiG), Sergey Korotkov, presented scaled models of MiG-29K and MiG-29UPG fighters to the Indian ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Russia, Mr. Ajai Malhotra», - the corporation noted.
Air Attache of the Indian embassy, Air Commodore Vikram Singh; Navy Attache of the Indian embassy, Commodore Bhave Ajai Vinay; and Deputy Director General of RAC MiG, Mrketing, Mikhail Globenko, have taken part in the meeting held at Indian embassy in Moscow and dedicated to the 50th anniversary of cooperation between the countries.
During the meeting Ajai Malhotra noted that the long-standing partnership with RAC MiG is a good example of efficient military-technical cooperation between Russia and India based on friendly relations between the countries.
Sergey Korotkov noted that Indian air forces always were among the first customers to acquire the most advanced MiG aircraft.
The distinctive feature of the key projects connected with MiG fighters was the consistent development of technology transfer and scientific and industrial cooperation. In particular, MiG-21 and MiG-27 jets have been manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) under a license, said in a statement.
As noted by the CEO of RAC MiG, the Indian organizations are full participants of the latest projects of the corporation at all stages (for example, MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29UPG).
«RAC MiG is interested in further expansion of cooperation with Indian governmental, military, scientific and industrial organizations», – Sergey Korotkov stated.
Russia and Cuba are considering the possibility of constructing an international airport near Havana, Izvestiya reports. The agreement on cooperation in this area was reached during the visit of Dmitry Medvedev to Cuba in February.
The parties have already chosen the airport’s location – it is the air force base located in San Antonio de los Banos. The military airfield is located 30 km away from Havana and 10 km away from the operating international airport – Jose Marti International Airport — Cuba’s main international and domestic gateway. The air base has three runways built in cooperation with USSR in 1970-1980s.
The Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, said last November that a program for cooperation with Cuba for the period until 2020 assumes creation of an aviation transport hub and a Russian-Cuban airline, which will be performing flights from Havana to Latin America (domestic routes) and, possibly, to North America. These moves should cause the increase of tourist traffic from Russia to the region.
In addition, Cuba intends to purchase three An-158 aircraft and three Il-96 jets in the near future. The total value of this contract is assessed at $650 million.
The representative of the state commission of the Ministry of Defense (MoD), Vladislav Bruskov, announced the completion of state testing of SV-27 propfan intended for D-27 engine. An-70 aircraft are powered by D-27 engines.
He also noted that the basic specifications and operating characteristics of SV-27 propfan meet the requirements of the performance specification.
The propfan and its components together with D-27 engine and propfan control system provide the reliable operation of the powerplant over a period of 300 hours (specified by the state testing program). In future the engine’s overhaul period will be increased to 20 thousand hours.
In addition, the representative of the MoD noted that the propfan is ready for serial production and operation.
Vladislav Bruskov also noted that the SV-27 propfan is ready for flight testing onboard the An-70 aircraft.