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Russian Helicopters completes delivery of 31 EMS helicopters

Russian Helicopters, part of Rostec State Corporation, under a contract with the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK), has completed the delivery of 31 helicopters in emergency medical services (EMS) configuration. The customer was supplied with 12 Ansat and six Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters manufactured by the Kazan Helicopter Plant, as well as 13 Mi-8AMT helicopters launched at the Ulan-Ude Aviat...

Severstal takes delivery of its first Superjet 100

Russian regional carrier Severstal Airlines, which is owned by steel and mining giant Severstal, has taken delivery of its first Superjet 100 and entry into service for its initial Russian regional jet is planned for early 2019. The aircraft, with registration number RA-89117, was delivered to the airline on December 26 and is currently at its Cherepovets home base airport. It features a conver...

Sakhalin Energy signs AW189 contract for modern long range helicopter transport

Leonardo and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (“Sakhalin Energy”) signed a contract for the supply of three AW189 super medium twin engine commercial helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform transport operations from Sakhalin Island in Russia supporting the Oil&Gas industry, with deliveries expected to start in the 1Q2020. The contract was signed...

Irkut Corporation completed construction of the third MC-21-300 flight test aircraft

Irkut Corporation (a UAC member) completed construction of the third MC-21-300, intended for flight tests. On December 25, the aircraft was transferred from the final assembly shop to the flight test unit of Irkutsk aviation plant - a branch of Irkut Corporation. Testing results of the first MC-21-300 aircraft passing certification tests were taken into account in the production of the new airc...

Four Gazprom Avia SSJ100s customized by S7 Technics

S7 Technics (S7T), an independent Russian provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is now completing heavy maintenance checks and modifications on four Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft under contract from their operator Gazprom Avia. The maintenance service company, which has been active in the Superjet 100 MRO market for the last two years, is continuing to build its...

New aircraft assembly shop for L-410 and Daimond DA 42T was launched within the territory of the Uktus Airport

  On December 19, 2018, the ceremonial opening of a new assembly shop for L-410 regional aviation aircraft and Diamond DA 42T training aircraft of the Ural Works of Civil Aviation took place within the territory of the second phase of the Special Economic Zone “Titanium Valley” (Uktus Airport). Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce of the Russian Federation Oleg Bocharov,...

Sukhoi Civil triples maintenance centre throughput at Zhukovsky

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co (SCAC), producer of Russia’s Superjet 100 regional jets has, in the space of a year, tripled the capacity of its maintenance operations at its Zhukovsky Centre (Moscow region). Since the beginning of this year, the facility has completed C-checks, service bulletins and customer requests on more than 20 of the aircraft, reveals Pavel Dyachenko, SCAC’s deput...

The fuselage of MC-21-300 aircraft delivered to Zhukovsky

The fuselage of the MC-21-300 aircraft, designed for endurance tests, was delivered to the Ramenskoye airfield (the city of Zhukovsky) from the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, a branch of Irkut Corporation (part of the UAC). Specialists of the Corporation together with employees of enterprises participating in cooperation and TsAGI staff will assemble the MC-21-300 airframe and install the...

MC-21 certification postponed again

Certification of the MC-21, Russia’s advanced narrow-body aircraft project, has been postponed again, with the debut of the first variant of the airliner, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1400G engines, now scheduled for 2020, says Alexander Rubtsov, president of manufacturer Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company (SCAC), in an interview published by Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the Russian government’s...

The Next Evolution: Unique Method to Reduce Aircraft Weight Developed at NUST MISIS

The use of bionic design and additive technologies can reduce aircraft weight by almost a ton Russian scientists and engineers from NUST MISIS have managed to find a way to reduce the weight of aircraft engine parts by 20%. According to experts, this weight reduction is fundamental for the aircraft, becoming a ton lighter. This weight reduction was made possible with the introduction...

First Ilyushin IL-96-400M assembly kicks off

Assembly of the first four-engine Ilyushin IL-96-400M wide-body passenger aircraft has begun at the Voronezh Aviation Plant (VASO) in southwest Russia.  Earlier in November, the factory reported it was taking delivery of some structural components and was starting subassembly of the new version’s wing and fuselage. The design documentation for the complete aircraft is currently also...

Russia considers developing a 40-seat turboprop based on the Let L-610 design

In the small 30 to 60-seat turboprop market – and in direct competition with local project the modernised Ilyushin IL-114 – Russia is considering the development of a 40-seat regional turboprop aircraft based on the 30-year old Let L-610, a prototype aircraft originally developed by the Czech civil aircraft manufacturer Let Kunovice. The state is considering replacing the obsolete S...