Photo report of the production of amphibians in the NGO AeroVolga

 

chronograph: Do not stop to wonder how much we have in the Samara region of interest of industrial plants and facilities. One of them is the NPO "AeroVolga" where let amphibians. This company was founded in 2002 by a group of enthusiasts, aircraft builders, headed by Sergei Alafinovym, who is now the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NGO "AeroVolga." It's only been 10 years since its foundation, and on account of the enterprise already has its own production of amphibians LA-8 proprietary in six versions. The world market of amphibious aircraft of this class is not very big, and from NGOs in Russia "AeroVolga" there are no competitors. Currently the company produces 12 aircraft per year and has already come to that, to expand production.

  • NGO "AeroVolga" is in the village of Krasny Yar (40 km from Samara), which is also in itself a unique phenomenon, as aircraft plants are usually built in cities.
  • NGO "AeroVolga" is in the village of Krasny Yar (40 km from Samara), which is also in itself a unique phenomenon, as aircraft plants are usually built in cities.
  • Field of application aircraft capable of taking off and land on both land and water were large passenger and cargo transportation, the provision of emergency medical care in remote areas, border patrols, operations in emergencies, forest conservation activities, including  firefighting, recreation and tourism.
  • Field of application aircraft capable of taking off and land on both land and water were large passenger and cargo transportation, the provision of emergency medical care in remote areas, border patrols, operations in emergencies, forest conservation activities, including firefighting, recreation and tourism.
  • On the territory of the company is also flying club, where pilots often come from Samara.
  • On the territory of the company is also flying club, where pilots often come from Samara.
  • Director of NGO "AeroVolga" Vyacheslav Mugs for many years in the aviation industry, as they say, knows every screw on the plane.
  • Director of NGO "AeroVolga" Vyacheslav Mugs for many years in the aviation industry, as they say, knows every screw on the plane.
  • Aircraft production is two hangars, divided into sections.
  • Aircraft production is two hangars, divided into sections.
  • Flight LA-8 is not so much metal parts, some of them are made here (including chassis), and some are purchased ready (engines, appliances, etc.)
  • Flight LA-8 is not so much metal parts, some of them are made here (including chassis), and some are purchased ready (engines, appliances, etc.)
  • As it does not sound strange, but the basic material from which made the amphibious plane is foam.  The truth is not one in which packed televisions and other consumer electronics, and specialty brands, with high density.
  • As it does not sound strange, but the basic material from which made the amphibious plane is foam. The truth is not one in which packed televisions and other consumer electronics, and specialty brands, with high density.
  • On this site just made of foam core of the aircraft wings, tail, cockpit, bottom, etc.
  • On this site just made of foam core of the aircraft wings, tail, cockpit, bottom, etc.
  • This is where the two halves of the rear of the aircraft, which are then glued together.
  • This is where the two halves of the rear of the aircraft, which are then glued together.
  • This wing.
  • This wing.
  • Installed inside the wing fuel tanks of 400 liters.
  • Installed inside the wing fuel tanks of 400 liters.
  • The foam pasted over with a special fabric on both sides and is solid as a board and at the same time easy.  Aircraft Parts exposed to heavy loads (eg the bottom, or as they say here-boat) are made of highly durable foam with several layers.
  • The foam pasted over with a special fabric on both sides and is solid as a board and at the same time easy. Aircraft Parts exposed to heavy loads (eg the bottom, or as they say here-boat) are made of highly durable foam with several layers.
  • Here are cut and polished little details.
  • Here are cut and polished little details.
  • The two halves of the bottom of the aircraft.
  • The two halves of the bottom of the aircraft.
  • According to the finished metal form are laid out and taped together many pieces of the foam.  For better gluing foam pierced with needles.  The process still quite time consuming and requires great accuracy in exactlywhat gluing.
  • According to the finished metal form are laid out and taped together many pieces of the foam. For better gluing foam pierced with needles. The process still quite time consuming and requires great accuracy in exactlywhat gluing.
  • Now the company has an ambitious plan to make a round-the-world flight by private plane.
  • Now the company has an ambitious plan to make a round-the-world flight by private plane.
  • Preparations are already underway for its construction, so, in particular layout of the future of the wing.  The aircraft will be a big and powerful, with a supply of fuel for 4000 km (LA-8 fuel for 1200 km)
  • Preparations are already underway for its construction, so, in particular layout of the future of the wing. The aircraft will be a big and powerful, with a supply of fuel for 4000 km (LA-8 fuel for 1200 km)
  • The workers were cut and gluing parts of the foam.
  • The workers were cut and gluing parts of the foam.
  • The base of the seat foam too, then they are trimmed from customers.
  • The base of the seat foam too, then they are trimmed from customers.
  • The average salary in the production of 28-thousand, free meals, the company also pays gasoline and amortization those who travel by car from Samara.
  • The average salary in the production of 28-thousand, free meals, the company also pays gasoline and amortization those who travel by car from Samara.
  • The chassis of own manufacture are tested for strength before installation.
  • The chassis of own manufacture are tested for strength before installation.
  • Assembly shop.  At the moment, there is going to three aircraft LA-8
  • Assembly shop. At the moment, there is going to three aircraft LA-8
  • Aircraft equipped with two engines, Czech, or American-made, fuel-air or gasoline.  The main problem-motors are very long, you have to wait for 6-8 months.
  • Aircraft equipped with two engines, Czech, or American-made, fuel-air or gasoline. The main problem-motors are very long, you have to wait for 6-8 months.
  • Plane without wings a bit like a boat.
  • Plane without wings a bit like a boat.
  • Under the "hood" is still empty :)
  • Under the "hood" is still empty 🙂
  • The cost of the aircraft - 30 million rubles.  The company plans to reduce the cost up to 25 million, as production expands.
  • The cost of the aircraft — 30 million rubles. The company plans to reduce the cost up to 25 million, as production expands.
  • NGOs have "AeroVolga" has its own design office in a separate building, the roof of which the tower.
  • NGOs have "AeroVolga" has its own design office in a separate building, the roof of which the tower.
  • Inside KB
  • Inside KB
  • In general, the atmosphere here, I thought, a pretty family, even though the company and employs about 60 people.  Employees and members of the flying club sometimes arrange holidays and fried skewers in a specially built shed.
  • In general, the atmosphere here, I thought, a pretty family, even though the company and employs about 60 people. Employees and members of the flying club sometimes arrange holidays and fried skewers in a specially built shed.
  • Vyacheslav shows the runway.  Sometimes, when no flights, engaged in rural equestrian club.
  • Vyacheslav shows the runway. Sometimes, when no flights, engaged in rural equestrian club.
  • And this plane is not only the function of the monument, but it and check ho
w transfers airframe heat, cold and rain.
  • And this plane is not only the function of the monument, but it and check how transfers airframe heat, cold and rain.
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