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Russian Helicopters assists Mi-8 overhaul in Cuba

Russian Helicopters assists Mi-8 overhaul in Cuba

Russian Helicopters and Cuba’s Tecnoimport signed an agreement on the provision of documentation for the overhaul of Mi-8MT and Mi-8MT-1 helicopters.  The work will be performed by Yuri Gagarin Aircraft Repair Plant in Cuba. “Our contract with Technoimport is the first step for the Cuban side towards an authorization of the repair facility. We believe… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Sep-16

Russian Helicopters to unveil Mi-8MTV-5 with advanced features

Russian Helicopters to unveil Mi-8MTV-5 with advanced features

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will present the first prototype of the Mi-8MTV-5 helicopter equipped with the GSOS systems, which was built by Kazan Helicopters.  The helicopter is shown at the International Military and Technical Forum Army-2016 in Kubinka, Moscow región, September 6 – 11 2016. Gyro-stabilized opto-electronic systems (GSOS) are designed for… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 08-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopters to demonstrate new Arctic Mi-8

Russian Helicopters to demonstrate new Arctic Mi-8

Compared with the basic version of the Mi-8AMTSh, the new Arctic Mi-8AMTSh-VA has a number of design solutions related to its use in northern latitudes. Among its main design features is a unique technology of heating the oil system and transmission units. The system allows for a quick engine launch with autonomous and non-hangar helicopter… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 07-Sep-16

Bird Aerosystems to demo Airborne Missile Protection System at Farnborough

Bird Aerosystems to demo Airborne Missile Protection System at Farnborough

BIRD Aerosystems would like to invite you to visit our Airborne Missile Protection System (AMPS-MV) static demo at Farnborough 2016. During the show, BIRD will be presenting an installation of AMPS-MV on MI-8 Helicopter. The AMPS-MV is the most advanced AMPS configuration, including the MACS confirmation sensor, that enables practical zero False Alarm Rate and… Read more »

Source: Bird Aerosystems, 30-Jun-16

Russian Helicopters to repair Czech military Mi-8s

Russian Helicopters to repair Czech military Mi-8s

Russian Helicopters and Czech state company Lom Praha signed a contract on the repair of units for Mi-8 helicopters owned by the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic. According to the document, the Russian holding shall perform the repair of components for Mi-8Ts of the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic until the… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 26-May-16

Serial Production of the MI-171A2 Will Begin in 2017

Serial Production of the MI-171A2 Will Begin in 2017

The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAZ) being a part of Russian Helicopters Holding, will begin serial production of its newest helicopter, the MI-171A2, in the first quarter of next year. As reported by Leonid Belykh, managing director of the plant, the machine is now undergoing final testing. “Our challenge in the first quarter of 2017 is… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 29-Apr-16

Hungary decides against buying 30 Russian helicopters

Hungary decides against buying 30 Russian helicopters

The Hungarian side has changed its mind and will not buy 30 Mi-8/Mi-17 multi-mission helicopters from Russia, according to a source close to the talks. See Full Story

Source: UKRAINE TODAY, 25-Feb-16

Russian Helicopters helps re-equip overhaul base in Egypt

Russian Helicopters helps re-equip overhaul base in Egypt

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) is preparing to provide after-sales service and maintenance for Russian-made helicopters operated in Egypt. The repair base in Heluane (Egypt) will be retooled in order to provide technical support for repairs to Mi-8T and Mi-17-1V helicopters operated by the Egyptian Air Force. Under an agreement reached, Russian Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 09-Dec-15

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Indian MROs not ready for the wave of Russian helicopters

Indian MROs not ready for the wave of Russian helicopters

Asia-Pacific has long been appraised as the leader of the growing aviation industry and India is one of the brightest stars in region. It is without a doubt that the country loves helicopters as the Indian rotorcraft fleet is one of the largest in the world with more than 2000 machines utilized in the military… Read more »

Source: Helisota, 19-Aug-15

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Russian Helicopters to showcase new maintenance equipment at NAIS&CA 2015

Russian Helicopters to showcase new maintenance equipment at NAIS&CA 2015

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) will showcase the latest equipment for aircraft maintenance bases and service centres at the 2nd National Airport Infrastructure Show and Civil Aviation, to be held in Moscow at Crocus Expo from 10 to 12 February. Russian Helicopters currently offers its clients a modern after-sale support service, built on… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Feb-15

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Banker’s Widow Sues StormHarbour Over Andes Helicopter Crash

Banker’s Widow Sues StormHarbour Over Andes Helicopter Crash

The widow of an investment banker sued his employer StormHarbour Securities LLP for allowing him to board a helicopter that crashed into a Peruvian mountainside in 2012, killing 14 on board.  See Full Story

Source: Bloomberg, 05-Dec-14

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Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant produces milestone 850th Mi-171-series helicopter

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant produces milestone 850th Mi-171-series helicopter

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, is pleased to announce that Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP) has produced its 850th Mi-171-series helicopter. The landmark aircraft was a Mi-171A1 built for Brazilian commercial operator Atlas Taxi Aereo. The Mi-171A1 is one of the latest commercial models of the world-famous Mi-8/17 series. UUAP… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 07-Aug-14

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Mi-8/17s demonstrate unique capabilities in operation in Russia’s Far North

Mi-8/17s demonstrate unique capabilities in operation in Russia’s Far North

Russian-built Mi-8/17 helicopters received plaudits from experts during a round table on local and regional aviation in the Russian Far North in early July. The event was attended by the head of the Nenets Autonomous Region, Igor Koshin, as well as national aviation experts and representatives of equipment producers, operators and clients for aviation equipment…. Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 15-Jul-14

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Mexico upgrading 21 Mi-8 and Mi-17s

Mexico upgrading 21 Mi-8 and Mi-17s

The Russian website Lenta.RU is reporting that Mexico is gradually shipping the older examples of Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters to Russian Helicopters for unspecified upgrades.  It is assumed that the 19 Mi-17s come from the batches delivered in 1996 and 1998, when they took a total of 24 examples.  Around the same time Mexico acquired… Read more »

Source: Helihub.com, 14-Jul-14

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Pakistan Army completes first in-house Mi-8 overhaul

Pakistan Army completes first in-house Mi-8 overhaul

Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif visited the newly set up premier helicopter overhauling facility at Aviation Base Workshop on 25th June and witnessed the first batch of overhauled helicopters. Addressing on the occasion, Chief of Army staff, congratulated engineers and technicians of Aviation Base Workshop for having developed the first ever inland helicopter… Read more »

Source: Pakistan Army, 01-Jul-14

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Ukraine – New military leaders try repossessing 26 leased Mi-8s

Ukraine – New military leaders try repossessing 26 leased Mi-8s

The following is an electronic translation of Ukrainian Helicopters response to an assertion by the new military leadership in Ukraine that the 26 Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters leased from the military should be returned, claiming breach of contract per this story  Airline “Ukrainian Helicopters” for more than ten years of experience in the international air transport market,… Read more »

Source: Ukrainian Helicopters, 16-Jun-14

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Kazan Helicopters produces 7,500th Mi-8/17 series helicopter

Kazan Helicopters produces 7,500th Mi-8/17 series helicopter

Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec), has produced the 7,500th Mi-8/17 series helicopter. The military transport Mi-8MTV-5 helicopter will be handed over under contract to the Russian Air Force. Mi-8/17 series helicopters are the Russian helicopter industry’s bestsellers thanks to their wide-ranging applications and high flight… Read more »

Source: Kazan Helicopters, 26-May-14

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Russian Helicopters to supply Mi-171E for Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry

Russian Helicopters to supply Mi-171E for Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has signed an agreement with the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry for a Mi-171E helicopter, with delivery planned for 2015. The Mi-171E is a modification of the Mi-8/17 series. These helicopters are recognized as among the best in their class for search and rescue operations, and… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 23-May-14

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Papal helicopter put on display in museum

Papal helicopter put on display in museum

The Mi-8 helicopter used by His Holiness John Paul II during his pilgrimage to Poland in 1979 has been put on display in the Polish Aviation Museum at Krakow. Carrying military serial 620, the Mi-8 is shown in the colours of the VIP flight – 36 Specjalny Pułk Lotnictwa Transportowego, or 36th Special Regiment of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-May-14

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UN Mission Leadership recognizes UTair for Air Transport Operations in Sudan

UN Mission Leadership recognizes UTair for Air Transport Operations in Sudan

Meeting with UTair Aviation representatives serving the UN Mission in Sudan Brigadier General Iyoma Nvokondo Iyoma, commanding the southern sector of the African Union/United Nations hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) expressed his gratitude to the entire airline staff and presented UTair representatives with a special award, the Scroll of Honor. UTair has provided air transport services… Read more »

Source: UTair, 01-Apr-14

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UTair commissions 37th Mi-8AMT

UTair commissions 37th Mi-8AMT

UTair Aviation launched operations with its newest Mi-8AMT helicopter, the 37th to join the fleet. The helicopter was delivered as part of the contract between UTair and the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, now part of Russian Helicopters, signed in 2011. The new passenger helicopter is equipped with modern pilot instrumentation and navigational devices extending its operating potential. The… Read more »

Source: UTair, 13-Mar-14

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Croatian military MI-8s overhauled in Ukraine by Ukrspecexport

Croatian military MI-8s overhauled in Ukraine by Ukrspecexport

Croatian company Aviation and Technical Center ‘ZTC’ with the assistance of Ukrspecexport State Company and Sevastopol Aircraft Plant, being incorporated with Ukroboronprom State Concern, has transferred two Mi-8 Helicopters repaired after the major overhaul to the Air Forces of Croatia. The third helicopter for the needs of Croatian Air Forces is under the preparation to flyoff. The repair of Mi-8 Helicopters for… Read more »

Source: Ukroboronprom, 13-Mar-14

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Russian Helicopters deliver Mi-8AMT to UTair

Russian Helicopters deliver Mi-8AMT to UTair

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has delivered a Mi-8AMT helicopter (also known as the Mi-171 for the foreign markets) to the Russian company UTair Aviation. The delivery took place under a contract signed in 2011 between Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, a Russian Helicopters company, and UTair Aviation. “UTair Aviation is a longstanding partner… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 05-Mar-14

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Odd couple at centre of Russian helicopter inquiry

Odd couple at centre of Russian helicopter inquiry

The ties between a former US Army colonel and a Russian entrepreneur are at the heart of a criminal investigation into a program that supplies American allies with Russian helicopters.  See full story  The AviaBaltika company forms part of this investigation

Source: TheNews.com.pk, 05-Mar-14

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Russian Helicopters role in XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi

Russian Helicopters role in XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi

Helicopters manufactured by Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will play an active role in providing security at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, which run from 7-23 February, and at the 2014 XI Paralympic Winter Games from 7-16 March. Helicopters will be used by the Russian Interior Ministry,… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 07-Feb-14

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Ukrainian helicopter pilots celebrate 10th Anniversary

Ukrainian helicopter pilots celebrate 10th Anniversary

The personnel of the 56th DHU have celebrated its 10 Anniversary of peacekeeping activities in this country. At the official ceremony Col. Olexander Venher, Commander of Helicopter Unit, greeted the servicemen and awarded them the certificates. “In January 2004, the commander of the first rotation of the Ukrainian Contingent Col. Igor Shendrihin, completed the first flight in Robertsfield and the whole Mi-8crew accomplished its first flight task… Read more »

Source: Ukraine military, 20-Jan-14

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Russia – Regional government of Sakhalin Oblast buy two Mi-8MTV-1

Russia – Regional government of Sakhalin Oblast buy two Mi-8MTV-1

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will deliver two medium multirole Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters to the regional government of Sakhalin Oblast in the first quarter of 2015. The Mi-8MTV-1 will expand flight coverage of the region, and significantly increases the range of air ambulances in Sakhalin. The helicopters will operate regional… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Jan-14

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Russia to Modify Mi-8 for Arctic warfare

Russia to Modify Mi-8 for Arctic warfare

Russia’s Ulan-Ude aircraft manufacturing plant has announced that it is developing a variant of the famed Mi-8 transport helicopter for use by the military in harsh Arctic climate.  See full story

Source: RIA Novosti, 02-Jan-14

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Sandel HeliTAWS units chosen for UN helicopters

Sandel HeliTAWS units chosen for UN helicopters

More than 30 Sandel Avionics HeliTAWS units will be installed in United Nations helicopters under an agreement announced at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention and exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev. Aviation Partners Group (APG) of Punta Gorda, Fla. placed the purchase order for the ST3400H helicopter terrain awareness and warning systems (HTAWS), which… Read more »

Source: Sandel Avionics, 28-Oct-13

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Russia offers Peru helicopter maintenance center

Russia offers Peru helicopter maintenance center

Russia has proposed establishing a servicing and maintenance center in Peru for its Russian- and Soviet-made helicopters, a senior government official said Wednesday.  See full story

Source: RIA Novosti, 17-Oct-13

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Russian Helicopters delivers Mi-171E to Kazakhstan

Russian Helicopters delivers Mi-171E to Kazakhstan

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, has delivered a Mi-171E built at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant to the Kazakhstan Ministry of Internal Affairs. The Ministry uses Mi-8/17s for routine patrolling and search-and-rescue missions, and for transporting personnel and cargo. The Mi-171E has a number of features that give it an edge in Kazakhstan’s extremes… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 17-Oct-13

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Mil Mi-8MSB certified in Belarus

Mil Mi-8MSB certified in Belarus

Belarus has this week certified the higher-powered Mil8 MSB model, according to Interfax. In FAA terms, this model is an STC upgrade of a standard Mi-8, and has been put forward by Ukraine’s Orsha Aircraft Repair Plant.  There is some disquiet about the model in Russia, where some detractors are referring to it as “the Ukrainian… Read more »

Source: Helihub.com, 06-Oct-13

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Almaty Rescue Service signs for one Mi-8AMT

Almaty Rescue Service signs for one Mi-8AMT

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, and Almaty Rescue Service have signed a contract for the supply of an Mi-8AMT helicopter, to be delivered in 2014. The Mi-8AMT is planned to be used for rescue and medevac missions in urban areas… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 03-Sep-13

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Mi-8MSB sets new altitude record

Mi-8MSB sets new altitude record

In Crimea, set a world record for the rise of the helicopter in the maximum altitude. Upgraded Mi-8MSB with TV3-117VMA SBM1V-4E series rose to a height of 9150 meters, thereby breaking its own record high last year (8250 meters).  helicopter flight to achieve maximum height of the crew performed a joint enterprise of JSC “Motor Sich”… Read more »

Source: Motor Sich, 28-Aug-13

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Russia sells 38 Helicopters to Sudan, says report

Russia sells 38 Helicopters to Sudan, says report

Sudan and Russia sealed two agreements since 2011 for the sale of two dozen Mi-24 attack helicopters and 14 MI-8 transport helicopters, a Russian newspaper reported  see full story

Source: Sudan Tribune, 20-Aug-13

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HeliRussia – Russia-Peru certification agreement opens up opportunties for Helisur

HeliRussia – Russia-Peru certification agreement opens up opportunties for Helisur

[electronic translation] Signed May 16, 2013 agreement on “mutual recognition of airworthiness documents” between the General Administration of Civil Aviation of the Republic of Peru and the Interstate Aviation Committee enables the company Helicopteros del Sur (Helisur), a member of the group, “UTair”, to begin commercial operation 20 Russian helicopters of “Mil “based in Peru…. Read more »

Source: UTair, 17-May-13

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UTair South Africa becomes official supplier to UN

UTair South Africa becomes official supplier to UN

[electronic translation] Airline UTair South Africa (South Africa), part of the air group, “UTair”, registered as an official supplier of aviation services to the United Nations. Registered preceded by the successful completion of the airline technical audit for compliance with ICAO aviation and UN standards. Since 2004, UTair South Africa performs a series of air services… Read more »

Source: UTair, 14-May-13

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LOM Praha awarded with $1.3M contract for Mi-17 pilot training

LOM Praha awarded with $1.3M contract for Mi-17 pilot training

LOM PRAHA, Czech Republic, has been awarded with a contract valued at (maximum) $ 1,3M for Mi-17 flight training of Polish Air Force pilots from 33rd Air Transportation Base in Powidz. The agreement focuses mainly on mastering of advanced operations including flying under IFR conditions at night. This contract is a result of the successful cooperation… Read more »

Source: LOM Praha, 29-Apr-13

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Russian Helicopters launches South Africa service centre with Denel Aviation

Russian Helicopters launches South Africa service centre with Denel Aviation

Russian Helicopters, part of state defence holding Oboronprom and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, and Denel Aviation of South Africa have opened a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre in South Africa for Russian-built helicopters, strengthening Russian Helicopters’ position in the African market. The MRO centre was launched on 26 March 2013… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 03-Apr-13

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UTair wins multi-type contract with oil producer Bashneft

UTair wins multi-type contract with oil producer Bashneft

UTair Ufa, part of the UTair Group, has won a tender for the performance of complex of air transport operations for passengers and cargo for Bashneft. UTair Ufa will be the general contractor and organizer of air operations conducted by UTair Group companies: UTair-Helicopter Operations, UTair-Passenger Operations, UTair Express and UTair-Cargo. Transport operations for Bashneft… Read more »

18-Feb-13

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Colombia’s Vertical de Aviacion adds three Mi-171s

Colombia’s Vertical de Aviacion adds three Mi-171s

Vertical de Aviacion has added three Mi-8s to its fleet, believed to be part of its ongoing support flights in Afghanistan. In the last three years, US Dept of Defense has contracted the company to the value of $498 Million – see details. The three Mi-8s have been acquired pre-owned, one from South Africa and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jan-13

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Rwanda provides six helicopters for UN efforts in Sudan

Rwanda provides six helicopters for UN efforts in Sudan

Boosting the mission’s ability to airlift personnel and supplies in South Sudan, 120 Rwandan aviation troops arrived today to join UNMISS (United Naitons Mission in Southern Sudan) in the capital Juba. The contingent brings with it six helicopters. Three arrived yesterday with 18 personnel, while the remaining helicopters are expected in coming days. Rwanda has… Read more »

Source: UNMISS, 01-Jan-13

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Kazakhstan asks French satellite experts to help find missing Mi-8

Kazakhstan asks French satellite experts to help find missing Mi-8

Kazakhstan has applied to French experts asking them to help in the search for the missing helicopter with 8 crew members on board – which was patrolling an oil pipeline (see full story) HeliHub.com has a safety data page at 24-Nov-12 Mil Mi-8 Kazakhstan where we will add other details as they emerge

Source: TengriNews, 28-Nov-12

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UTair staff and helicopters flee Congo conflict zone

UTair staff and helicopters flee Congo conflict zone

Staff and helicopters of “Airline” UTair »(UTair Aviation) were evacuated from the airport of Goma (DRC) due to a conflict in the region. Within a few hours after taking off from Goma Mi-8AMT “UTair” and Mi-8 MTV of “Nefteyugansk United Air” (part of “UTair”), the city was seized by armed rebels. Helicopters and crew made a stopover… Read more »

Source: UTair, 25-Nov-12

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BASF Basotect reduces noise in VIP Mi-8

BASF Basotect reduces noise in VIP Mi-8

Hearing protection is no longer needed thanks to Basotect®, the open-celled melamine foam from BASF: Passengers can leave hearing protection behind when boarding a luxurious version of the Russian Mi 8 helicopter. The helicopter, which is over 25 meters long and is used for passenger transport, has been equipped with an improved sound insulation system… Read more »

Source: BASF, 30-Oct-12

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Aviakon to repair five Mi-8s for Ukrainian Army

Aviakon to repair five Mi-8s for Ukrainian Army

The Aviakon Aircraft Repair Plant (Konotop, Sumy region) will conduct major overhaul of five Mi-8 multi-purpose helicopters for the Armed Forces of Ukraine (see full story)

Source: Interfax, 15-Oct-12

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Motor Sich hopes for Russian certification of Mi-8MSB by year end

Motor Sich hopes for Russian certification of Mi-8MSB by year end

Engine manufacturer Motor Sich has already achieved certification of a re-engined Mi-8 in the Ukraine and is now targetting Russian certification by the end of December 2012 – the company announced at the recent Aviasvit XXI-2012 International Aerospace Show in Kiev. He said that the Ukrainian certificate could be validated by the Russian certificate body… Read more »

Source: Helihub.com, 08-Oct-12

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Russian Helicopters to showcase in-demand models at ILA 2012

Russian Helicopters to showcase in-demand models at ILA 2012

Russian Helicopters, part of state defence holding Oboronprom and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, announces its participation in the ILA Berlin Air Show 2012, which runs from 11-16 September in Berlin. The Company’s display will be located at Booth 1305 in Hall 1. Russian Helicopters will showcase its current line-up of helicopters… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 12-Sep-12

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Russian Mi-8AMT helicopter wins Mil Cup helicopter race

Russian Mi-8AMT helicopter wins Mil Cup helicopter race

A Russian-made Mi-8AMT helicopter belonging to the Vertical-T air company and representing Russian Helicopters has won the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant Cup race from Moscow to Gelendzhik in southern Russia. The competition was held on 4-5 September as part of the opening of the ninth international Gidroaviasalon exhibition. Seven teams took part, flying machines made… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 12-Sep-12

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UTair Engineering renews Peruvian MRO certificates

UTair Engineering renews Peruvian MRO certificates

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) of the Republic of Peru issued a “UTair-Engineering” certificate of approval for the next four years. The inspection team of aviation authorities of the Republic of Peru has inspected repair production company to meet its requirements of aviation regulations Peru RAP-145NE. As a result of a positive opinion issued a… Read more »

Source: UTair, 29-Aug-12

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UTair Engineering renews Russian MRO certificates

UTair Engineering renews Russian MRO certificates

According to the results of inspections of the Federal Air Transport Agency of the Russian Federation and the Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee confirmed certification of “UTair-Engineering” to meet its repair production requirements of the legislation of the Russian Federation for Civil Aviation and Aviation Rules AP-145, respectively. Extended for another two-year term compliance… Read more »

Source: UTair, 29-Aug-12

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New helicopter maintenance base in Kyrgyzstan

New helicopter maintenance base in Kyrgyzstan

A helicopter service centre has been opened in Bishkek, the Kyrgyzstan capital. The base will both maintain and upgrade Mil helicopters and provide warranty services. The new centre has been set up by Novosibirsky Aviaremontnyi Zavod, part of the Russian Helicopterscongolmerate. Local operations of Mil helicopters are centred on Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry for Emergency Situations, the… Read more »

Source: Helihub.com, 28-Jun-12

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Sierra Leone to compensate families of Togolese accident victims

Sierra Leone to compensate families of Togolese accident victims

Sierra Leone’s transport minister said Friday that relatives of 19 Togolese football fans who died in a helicopter crash in 2007, including Togo’s sports minister, would receive compensation (see full story)

28-May-12

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Russian Helicopters increases stake in Ulan-Ude Aviation to 100%

Russian Helicopters increases stake in Ulan-Ude Aviation to 100%

Russian Helicopters, JSC (hereinafter the Company), one of the global leaders in helicopter production, announced today its intent to increase its stake in Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, JSC (hereinafter UUAP) to 100% through a squeeze-out procedure. By sending the squeeze-out demand notice to the remaining UUAP minority shareholders, the Company has exercised its right under the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 20-Mar-12

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Polish Air Force disbands 36SPLT VIP unit

Polish Air Force disbands 36SPLT VIP unit

In a ceremony on Tuesday at Warsaw’s Okecie Airport, the Polish Air Force VIP squadron 36SPLT (Specjalnego PuÅ‚ku Lotnictwa Transportowego = Special Air Transport Regiment) was disbanded. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Defence Czeslaw Mroczek, Chief of General Staff of the Polish Army General Mieczyslaw Cieniuch, Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. pil…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-12

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EC funds two Mi-8s for UN World Food Program

EC funds two Mi-8s for UN World Food Program

Quick and safe access to humanitarian crises is at times difficult and often altogether impossible when infrastructure such as roads and bridges are destroyed or conflict makes them too dangerous to use. This means that assistance cannot reach people in need fast enough and such a delay may lead to loss of lives. The European… Read more »

Source: ECHO Nairobi, 08-Dec-11

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Flight safety body denies Mi-8 grounding order

Flight safety body denies Mi-8 grounding order

Russian flight safety authority Rosaviatsia denies it has any plans to temporarily ground the nation’s fleet of Mil Mi-8T helicopters, the watchdog said on Wednesday following media reports that a ban was being considered. (see full story)

Source: RIA Novosti, 28-Oct-11

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Ulan-Ude sells 40 Mi-171s and 39 Mi-8s

Ulan-Ude sells 40 Mi-171s and 39 Mi-8s

At MAKS-2011 International Aviation and Space Salon Russian Helicopters holding company signed two macrocontracts for delivery of Mi-171 helicopters produced by JSC Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (JSC U-UAP). According to the agreements achieved, 40 helicopters of Mi-171 type are planned to be delivered to JSC UTair Aviation, 39 helicopters of Mi-8 type – Gaspromavia Aviation Company… Read more »

Source: Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, 25-Aug-11

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Finland gives two Mi-8s to Hungary

Finland gives two Mi-8s to Hungary

Finland is donating their last two Mi-8s to Hungary for use in crisis management duties, after the introduction of the NH90 has now made them surplus to requirements.  The last pair, serialled HS-11 and HS-13, have been maintained airworthy at Utti Air Base with about two hours flown on each one every month.  Both have… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Aug-11

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Ulan-Ude delivers batch of Mi-8AMTSh to Russian military

Ulan-Ude delivers batch of Mi-8AMTSh to Russian military

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, JSC (UUAP), a part of Russian Helicopters holding, made a scheduled delivery of a batch of Mi-8AMTSh helicopters to the Russian Ministry of Defence. As announced previously, the Plant delivered the first batch to the military department in December 2010. The new delivery falls under the Government Defence Order (GDO) 2011. All… Read more »

Source: Ulan-Ude, 15-Jun-11

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Russia, NATO to set up trust fund for Mil helicopter maintenance

Russia, NATO to set up trust fund for Mil helicopter maintenance

Russia and NATO will sign an agreement on setting up a trust fund for maintenance of Mil helicopters in Europe by the end of 2011, according to a deputy director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation

Source: RIA Novosti, 06-Jun-11

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SkyBooks now supports Mi-8s and Mi-17s

SkyBooks now supports Mi-8s and Mi-17s

SkyBOOKS, Inc., a Textron, Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and affiliate of Bell Helicopter, announced the expansion of its electronic maintenance tracking capability for Russian Mi helicopters. SkyBOOKS now provides maintenance tracking coverage for the MI-8 and MI-17 series helicopters to meet the ever expanding needs of its global customer base. “SkyBOOKS allows customers to spend… Read more »

Source: SkyBooks, 20-Apr-11

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Finland to donate two Mi-8s to international crisis management

Finland to donate two Mi-8s to international crisis management

Finland is donating its last two Soviet-built Mi-8s to international crisis management activities, and discussed options with several other countries. The likely recipient is Hungary, which is expected to deploy the helicopters in Afghanistan. The Finnish donation would be part of the Multinational Helicopter Initiative (MHI), which was set up three years ago by the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Feb-11

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Operator Vertical-T meets Russian and Afghan business communities

Operator Vertical-T meets Russian and Afghan business communities

Air Company VERTICAL-T has taken part in negotiations between Russian and Afghanistan business communities’ representatives of the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry, involving the Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. During negotiations, the main point was the cooperation development in trade and economy between Russia and Afghanistan. The following branches of the Afghanistan economy were… Read more »

Source: Vertical-T, 11-Feb-11

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CSTS Dinamika completes two Mi-8MTV-5 simulators for Russian military

CSTS Dinamika completes two Mi-8MTV-5 simulators for Russian military

CSTS Dinamika completed assembly of two full flight simulators crew multipurpose transport helicopter Mi-8MTV-5

Source: AEX, 22-Dec-10

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US GAO denies Sikorsky protest over Afghan Mi-17s

US GAO denies Sikorsky protest over Afghan Mi-17s

The US Government Accountability Office has denied a protest by Sikorsky that the US Navy unfairly excluded it from competing for a multi-billion dollar helicopter contract

11-Nov-10

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Poland offers its own upgrades to Mi-8 and Mi-24

Poland offers its own upgrades to Mi-8 and Mi-24

Warsaw Institute of Technology Air Force has developed its own version of the upgrade cockpit in multi-purpose Mi-8 and Mi-17 as well as the Mi-24

Source: AVE, 19-Oct-10

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Abandoned Mi-8 wreck found on mountain top

Abandoned Mi-8 wreck found on mountain top

Mountaineers have very recently found the wreck of a Russian military Mil Mi-8 at the peak of Mount Elbrus, nearly 16,000ft tall. This strikes the HeliHub.com team as being similar to the story of thousands of empty oxygen tanks at various points up Everest. Does the human race really care that little about our environment… Read more »

Source: Gizmodo, 07-Oct-10

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Mi-8 from Chukotka across Bering Strait to Alaska targets new tourism options

Mi-8 from Chukotka across Bering Strait to Alaska targets new tourism options

For the first time in the history of aviation representatives of the Russian airline “Vertical-T” on the MI-8P flew from Chukotka to Alaska.

Source: AVE, 29-Jul-10

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Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant awarded “Best Exporter to the CIS Countries”

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant awarded “Best Exporter to the CIS Countries”

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, part of the Russian Helicopter Industry holding, three consecutive years was recognized by the Russian Federation Ministry for Industry and Trade Russia’s Best Exporter. This time UUAP won the contest as Russia’s Best Exporter to CIS in the aircraft industry. Over the past three years, plant won an exporters contest in all… Read more »

Source: Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, 23-Jun-10

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Russian Helicopters define the technical profile of the updated Mi-171M

Russian Helicopters define the technical profile of the updated Mi-171M

The project for the development and initiation of serial production of the Mi-171M was launched in 2009. It is planned that all test and design, flight testing and certification activities will be over by the end of 2012 and serial production will start at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, a part of Russian Helicopters industry holding, in… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 08-Jun-10

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Russia plans 400 new military helicopters in next 5 years

Russia plans 400 new military helicopters in next 5 years

The Air Force will buy Mi-28, Ka-52 and significantly upgraded Mi-8

Source: IVA, 25-May-10

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Re-engined Mi-8MTV claims new time-to-climb record

Re-engined Mi-8MTV claims new time-to-climb record

Ukraine company Aviakon has recently been conducting some flight tests of a the Mi-8MTV fitted with the new TV3-117VMA-SBM1V engine model, in association with engine manufacturer Motor Sich.  The TVZ-117VMA-SBM1V is based on turboprop engine TVZ-117VMA-SBM1 used by the Antonov AN-140 regional aircraft, and adapted for helicopter use – the “V” suffix relates to the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-May-10

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Finland may hand old Mi-8s over to humanitarian aid use

Finland may hand old Mi-8s over to humanitarian aid use

Other alternatives include donation to museums, or scrapping – the disposal being brought about by the acquisition of NH90 helicopters.

Source: Helsingin Sanomat, 14-Apr-10

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UK’s Helicopter Museum takes delivery of Mi-8 from Poland

UK’s Helicopter Museum takes delivery of Mi-8 from Poland

The Helicopter Museum (THM) at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has secured another rotary-wing coup with the acquisition of the first Russian Mil Mi-8 transport helicopter to go on display in the country.  The 18m (60ft) long aircraft, previously in service with the Polish Air Force, arrived at the museum by road on 5th February. THM Chairman… Read more »

07-Feb-10

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