At the annual helicopter Fair HeliExpo-2013 was held the traditional "Russian Hour", which included presentations of Russian achievements in the development, production and sale of helicopters. Presentation attracted the attention of a large number of journalists and industry analysts. "Russian Hour" was organized by the holding company "Helicopters of Russia" and the Helicopter Industry Association. Opened the event chairman of the Helicopter Industry Association Michael Kazatchkov, then the participants were greeted by the Helicopter Association International President Matt Zuccari.
The key points of the "Russian Hour" became the first public presentation abroad helicopters Ka-62 and Mi-171A2, each of which contained a large amount of important information about the status of implementation of relevant programs and competitive advantages of new helicopters compared to modern cars of the same class.
Presentation of the Mi-171A2
Helicopter Mi-171A2, to present during "Russian Hour" representative "Helicopters of Russia" Dmitry Zhukov — the latest version of the machine Mi-8 family, designed to meet current and future requirements in terms of safety and comfort. Thanks to the significantly increased payload and range, and a greater long service life and TBO, the helicopter will deliver increased operational efficiency and adaptability. The machine is equipped with a promising turboshaft engines VK-2500, a new main rotor hub and new blades, X-shaped tail rotor, "glass cockpit" and the dust filters the air intake of the new generation, developed by the British company Pall Corporation specifically for the Mi-171A2. The new version of the helicopter can be used for different purposes: for the transportation of passengers and cargo, search and rescue, patrol, medical evacuations, as well as VIP-transport. The helicopter can be equipped with a wide range of optional equipment to meet the various needs of customers.
With substantial upgrading new car retains the main advantages of the Mi-8: roomy cabin (the largest in its class helicopters, exceeding the size of cabin direct competitors — EC225 and S-92) and a large seating capacity (24 seats). The new machine Mi-8 is capable of carrying 4 tons of cargo in the cabin and 5 tons on the external load. It is equipped with an automatic weighing system, surveillance camera to monitor the cargo transported on the external load, and roller conveyor for loading and unloading of the cabin. Cruising speed of the new model is increased by 13% in comparison with the original Mi-171, and the maximum weight of the external load — 25%.
A prototype of the Mi-171A2 already passed flight tests, certification of helicopter planned for the IV quarter. 2014 Deliveries to customers begin in the I quarter. 2015
During the presentation of "Helicopters of Russia" also introduced a fundamentally new system of after-sales support, designed to significantly improve the utilization rate of the helicopter fleet. By using this system, for example, limiting the service life of the blades of the main rotor can be increased to 4.5 times, and the tail rotor blades — 3-fold compared to the original model Mi-171. By increasing the degree of automation equipment onboard the helicopter crew number is reduced to two people (pilot and co-pilot).
During the presentation it was emphasized that the ultimate goal of the development team of Mi-171A2 was to create a car with the best possible transport efficiency, proven safety in flight and high operational reliability. The Mi-171A2 to become a worthy competitor to cars made by companies Eurocopter and Sikorsky. His appearance on the market will significantly strengthen the position of "Helicopters of Russia" among the world's leading helicopter.
Presentation of the Ka-62
Presentation of the helicopter Ka-62 also was a welcome event for professionals and members of the press, since the first flight of the new car in the class 6,5 t, created with the latest technology and safety characterized by low operating costs, should take place in 2013 Ka- 62, presented by the chief designer of "Kamov" Alexander Vagin — Helicopter standard design with a five-blade main rotor and tail rotor multiblade in the annular channel vertical tail. The Ka-62 has a high cruising speed, low vibration and a large effective volume fuselage that can accommodate 12 passengers in normal layout and 15 passengers when linking with dense placement of chairs. In the words of the range / load Ka-62 will be the best car in its class. The first helicopter flight is scheduled for August 2013, it should take place at the factory airfield in Arsenyev in the Far East. Certification of the Ka-62 is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014, operation of the machine due to start in 2015
Some of the competitive advantages of the helicopter Ka-62 before already exploited and new cars in the segment of 6-7 t include improved aircraft performance data, much comfort and lower direct operating costs due to increased operating and maintenance manufacturability, reliability and serviceability. The helicopter turboshaft engine features a new Ardiden 3G, manufactured by French company Turbomeca, providing 10% fuel savings compared with the machines available on the market today, and is characterized by low operational costs and high performance.
The success of the helicopter Ka-32
This year, the "Russian Hour" celebrated the success of the helicopter Ka-32 Canada's VIH Helicopters. Its president Ken Nori, a member of the Helicopter Association International, was awarded the prize for his contribution to the development and deployment of operating Ka-32. Cooperation Norii with "Kamov" continues from the beginning of the 1990s. His business experience has played a major role in the introduction of Ka-32 on the western Canadian market and getting the certificate, which then resulted in the successful operation of the machine in Canada and abroad — mainly in fire-fighting and transport of external load. Today, helicopter Ka-32A11BC — model, proven and sold around the world. VIH Helicopters Company is known as the most successful operator with the largest fleet in the world Ka-32. For more than 15 years, the Ka-32, operated by the Canadian company, flew about 17,200 hours. This is the helicopter service life which was extended to 32,000, on display at Heli-Expo. The machine is in perfect condition and looks like new. The greatest merit of Ken Nori that in collaboration with the "Kamov" he unequivocally proved that the helicopters produced in Russia can be operated in the West is quite profitable, and at the same time meet the requirements of the Western airworthiness. This fact is now one of the main arguments on which to base an active marketing policy of "Russian Helicopters", promoting new models of cars produced in Russia to new markets previously unavailable — for many reasons — the Russian producers.
Presentation Atlas Taxi Aero
Extremely impressive and emotional presentation turned Atlas Taxi Aero, summarizing the experience gained by the company for the year of the helicopter Mi-171A. Used for drilling operations, a leading company Petrobrass in the rain forests of Brazil, in extremely harsh natural conditions, Mi-171A demonstrated the wonders of reliability and efficiency. In one year of intensive use, he flew more than 1,000 hours (an average of 120 hours per month), carried about 600 tons of cargo (mainly drilling equipment on the external load). The record was in August 2012 — the helicopter had flown 155 hours.
Availability of the machine to fly (the percentage of time when the helicopter is suitable for the assignment) in the first year of operation, Mi-171A was 98%. Brazilian customer satisfaction was so great that they are without doubt the first ordered the helicopter Ka-62 and hope in three years to carry out oil exploration in Brazil using only Russian helicopters.
The Brazilian side believes that the project's success Mi-171A obliged to three factors — first, the knowledge of the market and the performance of Atlas (which is also able to start the procedure of the type certification of the helicopter in Brazil), and secondly, the full support of "Russian Helicopters" and their willingness to ensure the effective operation of their machines in the interest of Brazilian customers, and third, technical resources and services provided by the Colombian Vertical de Aviacion to support the operation of Mi-171A.