Russian Helicopters presents new equipment options for Ansat at HeliRussia-2020
Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant carried out modernization of production equipment for stamping and machining
Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant launches a certified process simulation facility
LOT Waives Charges for Changes in Ticket Booking on All Flights
Russian Helicopters deliver Mi-171 to China
KebNi Special Advisor to Spearhead Move Into $5 US Billion Leo Satellite Market
Mi-171A2 certified in South Korea
Russian Helicopters sign a contract for the development of modern shipborne helicopter
Rostec to deliver first Mi-26T2 to the Ministry of Emergency Situations
Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Ministry of Defense
Euramec and GeoSim team up with Vulcan, the unique Aerial Firefighting Simulation solution for Europe
Euramec, the European flight simulation solution providers team up with Australia’s GeoSim to deliver Vulcan, a unique aerial firefighting simulation solution. “Development of the GeoSim Vulcan Firefighting Simulation solution was already well under way before these devastating wildfires in Australia in 2019,” Charles Du Plessis, MD GeoSim explained. “Our country is a on the frontline of this annual battleground as you could see on the horrific images portrayed in the press in 2019. We believe that our Aerial Firefighting Simulation Center will assist in further preparing our brave and skilled aerial aviators as they enter into the 2020/21 fire season and Vulcan could well prove to be a real lifesaver in this annual battle.” The aim of the Vulcan Simulation Center is to prepare our Aviators for the unexpected emergencies that can and do occur when flying into areas at low altitudes in adverse climatic conditions. Vulcan is designed to also support joint training exercises so that fire and rescue professionals are well practiced in mission preparation, communication, situational awareness and terrain familiarisation before they start to work as an effective team. The new GeoSim firefighting sim solution is aimed at two important market segments: Search and Rescue (SAR) and Aerial Firefighting (AFF) Both involve exposure to unusual risk - especially in adverse conditions such as fighting wildfires. GeoSim is teaming up with EURAMEC to market and promote Vulcan as the turnkey aircrew training solution of choice for specialist SAR and AFF professionals. “With its global sales and support network, and a proven track record of close personal attention to customer relationships around the world, EURAMEC is a preferred international flight simulation partner.” EURAMEC is partnering with GeoSim Technologies to ensure that the simulators used in the Vulcan Center fully comply with EASA FNPT-II standards. "Government agencies and private operators now have a powerful tool at their disposal with the Vulcan aerial firefighting sim solution. We look forward to serving the Aerial Firefighting communities around the world and protecting our natural resources and communities.” Bert Buyle, CEO EURAMEC said.
Rostec launches serial production of upgraded Mi-35P
Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has launched serial production of the upgraded Mi-35P attack helicopter at the Rostvertol plant. The first serial model completed its type-specific flight tests, receiving confirmation of the declared performance characteristics and implemented changes in its design. During the tests, taking place on the premises of Rostvertol and the National Helicopter Center Мil&Kamov, Mi-35P performed a number of flights using new weapons and onboard equipment. The tests resulted into finalization of the helicopter's design documentation, confirming the model's readiness for mass production. "Mi-35P was created in cooperation with Rostec's enterprises and combines the best qualities of the legendary Mi-24 family, hardened in air combat around the world, and the latest Russian achievements in the field of avionics. Last year we demonstrated the aircraft to a number of potential customers, and today we can confidently say that the helicopter is in demand, we have launched serial production of Mi-35P under the first contract with a foreign customer”, said the Director General of Russian Helicopters Andrey Boginsky. The upgraded Mi-35P is equipped with an upgraded target sight system with 3rd generation long-wave matrix thermal imaging, a high-resolution color TV camera and a laser rangefinder. The helicopter also comes with modern 3+ generation night vision goggles and a set of external and internal lighting equipment adapted for the use with them. New digital flight control system improves the controllability and stability of the helicopter and provides automation of piloting processes to support the pilot. In addition, a modernized targeting and computing system will increase the accuracy of target engagement. Mi-35P is armed with a mobile 23 mm twin-barreled cannon and S-8 rockets, and can be refitted with suspended containers with 23 mm cannons, S-13 rockets, Ataka ATGM's with a twin-channel control system, with Vikhr-1 or Vikhr-1M guided missiles. Improved performance in combination with the improved flight and navigation systems allow Mi-35P to fly at any time of the day in simple or moderately difficult weather conditions, both under visual and instrument flying rules, in diverse geographical conditions,including over non-landmark terrain. At the same time, the helicopter retains its capability of using both guided and unguided weapons under all conditions. Mi-35P design provides the helicopter with improved combat survivability and reduces maintenance burden. Upgraded Mi-35P will be demonstrated at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2020.
Russian Helicopters to present upgraded Mi-171Sh at ARMY-2020 for the first time
The Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec) will for the first time present upgraded Mi-171SH "Storm" military transport helicopter at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2020. The helicopter, featuring enhanced protection and unique strike capabilities, was manufactured at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The first flying prototype of the helicopter will be demonstrated at the forum. The presentation will also include the IBKV-17VP "glass cockpit" avionics suite and model of the new target sight system. "Upgraded Mi-171Sh provides superior level of protection for both the crew and transported troops, thanks to titanium and kevlar armor protection, and the vehicle's strike capabilities have been expanded to include guided missile weapons, noted the Director General of the Russian Helicopters, Andrey Boginsky.Mi-171SH is prepared for the most demanding combat and climatic conditions, which is why we named it "Storm" for our foreign customers. The name symbolizes its readiness to fight the elements, and on the other hand speaks of the helicopter's flexible assault capabilities." Mi-171Sh "Storm" is equipped with upgraded engines, new rotor system with an improved profile composite main rotor and X-shaped tail rotor, as well as latest version of the President-S on-board aircraft defense system. The armoring effectively protects the crew and the most parts of the helicopter, as well as the troop compartment. Two sliding doors on the sides and a ramp enable ultra-fast troop deployment. In addition, the helicopter comes with improved armament, including 12.7 mm caliber machine guns and mdoern guided missile weapons with the OPS-24N-1L target sight system, which allows to engage against various ground and air targets.
Russian Helicopters presents new high-speed rotor blades for combat helicopters at ARMY-2020
The Russian Helicopters holding company (part of RostecState Corporation), presented new fully composite rotor blades designed to increase the maximum speed of Mi-28 and Mi-35 combat helicopters at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2020. The blade possesses modern aerodynamic characteristics and elastic composition; it is manufactured using the technology of one-stage compression molding. It was tested as part of the flying laboratory of a new high-speed helicopter concept. "During the testing, the flying laboratory based on Mi-24 helicopter equipped with a set of new blades, reached a speed of more than 400 km/h without the needto change the base helicopter design. At the same time, we managed to maintain low vibration and load levels, which speaks of the high potential of this design", noted the Director General of Russian Helicopters, Andrey Boginsky. The new rotor blades are currently undergoing factory flight tests on a Mi-28N helicopter.
Russian Helicopters holding company to present its products at the International Military-Technical Forum "Army-2020"
Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) will demonstrate a wide range of military helicopters at the International Military-Technical Forum "Army-2020" that will take place in the Moscow Region from August 23 through August 29. The holding company's static exposition in the Patriotic Park of Recreation and Leisure “Patriot” will include upgraded transport and military helicopters Mi-35P and Mi-35M, Ka-226T light multipurpose helicopter, Mi-171Sh military and transport helicopter with increased attack capabilities and improved protection, and a mobile service center for overhaul and maintenance of Mi-8/17-type helicopters at customers' air bases. At the Kubinka airfield, guests and participants of the forum will see Mi-28NE "Night Hunter" attack helicopter, the ship-based Ka-52K "Alligator" helicopter, Mi-17V-5 military and transport helicopter, the modernized Mi-26T2V heavy transport helicopter, and the most modern Mi-38T transport helicopter. The holding company will present its civilian products: Mi-38 passenger helicopter with a highly comfortable cabin, and a medical version of Ansat helicopter. Besides, in the demonstration center of Rostec State Corporation, Russian Helicopters' exposition will include the most modern blade with a sword-like edge, which improves a helicopter's performance, and a mobile service center unit, which is a 20-feet container with equipment for maintenance and repair of Mi-8/17 helicopters. "The International Military-Technical Forum "Army" is the largest event in the Russian defense industry, at which we can show our latest designs and developments to potential Russian and foreign customers. We are constantly improving our rotorcraft, and in 2020, we are presenting a number of state-of-the-art models, which include advanced design solutions in terms of safety and increased attack capabilities of helicopters," said Director General of Russian Helicopters holding company Andrey Boginsky.
Ansat flights start in Mexico
Flights of Ansat light multipurpose helicopter owned by the Mexican company Craft Avia Center started in Guadalajara. The video shows the helicopter landing on a helipad of a high-rise building in the city center. Ansat helicopter has been supplied by Russian Helicopter Systems company for Craft Avia Center, a Mexican dealer of Russian Helicopters holding company. Ansat helicopters are expected to be used in Mexico for VIP transportation, firefighting and other needs. Their cockpit design allows converting a rotorcraft into a cargo, passenger of medical version, capable of transporting up to seven people, within an hour. Craft Avia Center had previously reported that at the first stage it was planned to supply 13 helicopters of that type for the company and its customers, and 27 rotorcraft for the national air medical services project. Certification of Ansat model in Mexico should be completed in 2020.
Airbus to provide communication service for German troops worldwide
Airbus has been awarded a contract by the Bundeswehr for the provision of welfare media services for the next 2 years, with the option of another 2 year extension. With this contract, several thousands of soldiers and sailors will get access to connectivity services for their private use on a global scale whether they are on land or at sea. Through the "Connect-D" service, the Bundeswehr provides its personnel with a range of welfare service, free of charge, with no time limit or limitation on the data volume for private use while abroad. The connection to family and friends as well as to the personal social environment can be maintained even while they are in remote area. For the first time, media services are an integral part of Connect-D, including corporate TV and radio - notably Radio Andernach and Bundeswehr TV - video on demand (VoD) and ePaper. Airbus has been providing welfare communication services to the Bundeswehr since 2011. The Connect-D Service is currently deployed in 15 locations within 3 continents, e.g. Afghanistan, Mali and Lithuania. With the new contract, Airbus ensures that Connect-D will be available at existing and future missions and exercises and with state-of-the-art communication technology. Airbus has been providing global connectivity for over four decades and is a world leader in satellite communications and ground infrastructure networks. The company has delivered governments, militaries and International Agencies with mission-critical voice and high-speed data communications on land, at sea and in the air.
VSR700 prototype performs first autonomous free flight
The prototype of Airbus Helicopters’ VSR700 unmanned aerial system (UAS) has performed its first free flight. The VSR700 performed a ten minute flight at a drone test centre near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. This is a significant step in the programme following the first flight in November 2019 when the prototype was tethered to comply with regulatory requirements. To enable this free flight, Airbus Helicopters implemented geofencing, a virtual perimeter, which enabled and justified a flight clearance from airworthiness authorities for free flight. The flight test programme will now evolve to progressively open the flight envelope. “The free flight achieved by the VSR700 is a major step leading up to the sea trials that will be performed at the end of 2021 as part of the de-risking studies for the French Navy’s future drone,” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “Thanks to the French PlanAero, the programme will make full use of two demonstrators and an optionally piloted vehicle to develop and mature the technical and operational aspects for successful UAS operations in a naval environment.” The VSR700, derived from Hélicoptères Guimbal’s Cabri G2, is an unmanned aerial system in the 500-1000 kg maximum take-off weight range. It offers the best balance of payload capability, endurance and operational cost. It is capable of carrying multiple full-size naval sensors for extended periods and can operate from existing ships, alongside a helicopter, with a low logistical footprint. This VSR700 prototype has evolved over the last nine months since its maiden flight. The programme implemented the geofencing function, as well as a Flight Termination System allowing the mission to be ended if necessary. Modifications have equally been performed to the air vehicle, alongside autopilot software evolutions and updates, as well as structural modifications and reinforcements.
LOT POLISH AIRLINES WILL TAKE OFF FROM WARSAW TO DUBLIN
Commencing from August 23, the Poland’s flag carrier will start scheduled flights on the Warsaw-Dublin route. Connections from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Dublin will be operated four times a week by comfortable Boeing 737-800 NG LOT. Tickets for the new flights are already available on sale. The capital of the Republic of Ireland - Dublin is joining, today, the group of new directions in the gradually developed, scheduled LOT flight network. Ireland is a hugely popular destination among tourists from all over the world as it has lots to offer with its famous Irish folklore and cliff coasts. The new Warsaw-Dublin connection is also borne with great business potential. In the so-called European Silicon Valley, such well-known technology companies as Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, eBay, and Paypal, as well as pharmaceutical companies have their offices. Flights from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Dublin will be operated from August 23 this year four times a week, in line with the following schedule: LO 299 WAW-DUB 2:35pm-4:35pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday LO 300 DUB-WAW 5:50pm-9:50pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday The return of the connection to Dublin reinforced through the #LOTdoDomu operation bringing Poles home. The demand for connections from the capital of Ireland was of such a high rate, that within three weeks the Poland’s flag carrier operated as many as 25 flights for passengers from Dublin to Warsaw. Currently, over 50,000 people of Polish origin live in Dublin alone. According to data for 2019, the number of travellers from/to Poland and Dublin reached even 850,000. - A direct flight connection with Dublin was an important factor when it comes to the development of the West European LOT flight network. Due to the considerable number of Poles living in Ireland, our presence in this very country was just a matter of time. Today we can offer our compatriots the most convenient way to travel to Dublin directly from the main airport in Warsaw. As part of the gradual restoration of regular routes and the revitalization of air traffic, we are convinced that over time the option of direct flights to the island situated on the Atlantic will also be taken by passengers from other countries of Central and Eastern Europe - says Rafał Milczarski, LOT's CEO. LOT is gradually restoring regular European destinations to its flight network. Since 15/07, passengers are able to travel again to London, Berlin, Prague, Kyiv, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Milan, Geneva, Istanbul, Belgrade, or Tallinn. Cumulatively, in the ongoing summer season, along with the new connection to Ireland, LOT's offer already includes as many as over 130 connections and over 70 destinations. The travel directions incorporated in the #LOTnaWakacje offer are very popular among passengers, within the framework of which over 200,000 tickets have already been sold for flights to over 30 popular resorts in over a dozen European countries, including those in Spain, Croatia, Greece, or Bulgaria. Direct connections marked with the LO 8XXX prefix are offered from ten domestic airports, namely Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, Wrocław, Kraków, Gdańsk, Szczecin, Poznań, Katowice, and Rzeszów. Ticket prices start from 99 PLN for a single ticket. For the purpose serving to provide passengers with the possibility of more flexible booking management, LOT has also introduced new Flex Plus tariffs, encompassing, among others, free-of-charge change of departure date (up to 48 hours before departure), as well as the option of returning tickets within 24 hours of purchase. At the same time, the carrier kindly asks passengers to check the restrictions imposed by the country where they intend to travel. Regulations are being changed dynamically, while those who fail to adhere to the required procedures will not be allowed on board. All passengers are informed about the necessity to monitor the epidemic situation in advance via e-mail. Tickets for flights on the Warsaw-Dublin route are already available in the booking systems and on LOT.
Kazan Helicopters has certified the Ansat simulator according to international standards
Kazan Helicopters of the Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has received positive qualification of Ansat helicopter training simulator's compatibility to international standards. The evaluation was carried out by the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after N.E. Zhukovsky (TsAGI). The comprehensive Ansat simulator was tested for its compliancewith the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Evaluated characteristics included the layout and design of the cockpit, simulation of flight and engine dynamics, controlling on ground, helicopter systems, acoustic, visual and vibration effects and navigation. The assessment result was positive. "We consider the certification of the Ansat helicopter simulator according to ICAO standards as one of the important achievements of our company. Our Aviation Training Center is now waiting for the first intake of students to pass the simulator training in August 2020. The training will be organized to foreign customers: pilot training is included in the price of the helicopter in all export orders", pointed out Managing Director of Kazan Helicopters, Yuri Pustovgarov. The simulator model was developed on the basis of helicopter flight test data provided by the design bureau of the Kazan Helicopters. The cockpit and interior of the simulator are completely authentic. Instrumentation is replaced with simulator devices, but their appearance and functionality fully correspond to the originals. The Ansat simulator is equipped with a visualization system that provides full visibility from the pilot's seat. It can be used to reproduce two distinct areas: the city of Kazan along with the Kazan Helicopters flight test center, as well as the city of Sochi. A vibrating platform and audio system help to simulate the vibrational and acoustic effects of flight. Using the simulator,trained pilots will be able to maneuver the helicopter model in various conditions, including in dangerous and emergency situations. The comprehensive Ansat simulator was designed and produced as part of the investment project "Development Concept for for the Aviation Training Center of the Kazan Helicopter Plant of Russian Helicopters Holding Company". The KHP Aviation Training Center also has a comprehensive simulator for Mi-8MTV helicopter. The cabin of the simulator has been adapted to simulate training of pilots at night with night vision goggles. Besides, the simulator has a vibroacoustic unit whichimitates vibration and sounds of a helicopter depending on the flight mode and conditions. The Aviation Training Center of Kazan Helicopters was established in 1995. In more than 20 years it has trained almost 9,000 specialists. The center provides courses on retraining andprofessional development for pilots, engineers and technical specialists. Teachers constantly improve their skills and undergo practical training in the leading training centers in Russia and abroad, and have registered certificates of aircraft manufacturers. The KHP Aviation Training Center provides training for helicopters of Mi-8/17 and Ansat types. In the future it is planned to create a similar training program for Mi-38 helicopter.
LOT POLISH AIRLINES RESUMES FLIGHTS TO NORTH AMERICA AND ASIA
The first day of July was a special date for travel lovers. LOT resumed its first international flights since the suspension of passenger flights in mid-March. Our carrier is also expanding its range of destinations by adapting the schedule to current administrative regulations. As of the July date, LOT's flight route network will include the first long-haul flights to Canada, South Korea and Japan, as well as flights to the UK, Albania, Montenegro and Ukraine. The first passengers flew on board LOT planes to Berlin, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Prague, Budapest, Vilnius, Kiev, Dubrovnik and Split yesterday. As of today, they will be joined by travellers flying to Vienna and Oslo. From July 3rd, the summer campaign #LOTnaWakacje begins and passengers can start planning their trips outside Europe as well. In accordance with the current administrative regulations, LOT's passenger flight schedules will be extended to the new destinations as of July. Our flight carrier will take passengers to three cities in North America and Asia: • Toronto – from three to seven times a week from July 1st; • Seoul – from two to five times a week from July 3rd; • Tokyo (Narita airport) – from two to three times a week from July 3rd. All long-haul flights will be operated from Warsaw’s Chopin Airport. In addition, LOT will also launch a Budapest-Seoul connection, offered once a week, from July 20th. Tickets for long- haul flights are now available in the booking systems and on lot.com. “Despite the pandemic restrictions in effect, we are expanding our flight network route from week to week, complementing the resumed domestic and international flights with popular holiday destinations and now also with long-haul flight connections. The first sales’ figures show that Poles want to go on vacation and will be happy to spend their time abroad. Within a week from the start of the #LOTnaWakacje campaign, the biggest summer campaign in the history of LOT Polish Airlines, we sold over 130,000 seats to individual passengers and tour operators. Many flight connections have already been sold out, and we plan to increase the frequency on selected routes. At the same time, there is great interest in new connections, which we have not offered so far from Warsaw,” says Michał Fijoł, LOT Polish Airlines Board Member, Chief Commercial Officer. With the new long-haul flights, LOT's international flight schedule for July and August will cover more than 70 popular destinations, with more than 30 offered as part of the #LOTnaWakacje campaign. A full network of about 250 flights per week is available from Warsaw’s Chopin Airport. Passengers can conveniently reach the capital city using about 30 LOT domestic flight connections available every day. Flights offered as part of the #LOTnaWakacje summer campaign also include regional airports - passengers travelling from Cracow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Szczecin, Rzeszow, Bydgoszcz, Katowice and Lublin will benefit from direct flight connections to selected holiday destinations. This is not the end of the new flight routes in the LOT network. Four short-haul flights will also return to the schedule in July: • to London (London-Heathrow airport) – once a day from July 15th to the end of July, twice a day beginning in August; • to Tirana – twice a week from Warsaw from July 4th, once a week from Gdansk and Katowice from July 5th; • to Montenegro – four times a week from Warsaw to Podgorica from July 4th, twice a week from Warsaw to Tivat from July 4th, once a week from Poznan to Podgorica from July 9th; • to Ukraine – twice a day from Warsaw to Kiev-Boryspol from July 1st and from Warsaw to Odessa from July 15th. “The current situation forces us to adapt to the new reality such as national administrative regulations, international restrictions and security procedures. After several months of suspension of air connections, we at LOT are working intensively on restoring full operational capacity. Currently, passengers can already use the offer of about 250 flights per week and this number is still growing. Just a few weeks after the resumption of passenger flights within Poland, we have restored almost 70% of the destinations planned for 2020, including several dozen international flights and the first long-haul flights. We want our passengers to be able to fly more, farther and more comfortably. This is now the main objective of our operational activities,” said Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines in conclusion. In planning a trip - check the restrictions of the destination country At the same time, LOT Polish Airlines points out that due to the current unstable epidemic situation, passengers should check the restrictions in force in the country they intend to go before buying a ticket. These regulations are ever-changing and the carrier cannot take on board passengers who have not fulfilled the required formalities. Currently, entry restrictions apply to, among others, Cyprus, where a negative coronavirus test result is required, taken up to 72 hours before departure. The registration at www.travel.gov.gr and a special declaration must be completed at least 48 hours before departure to Greece. Information on current safety procedures and restrictions in each country can be found on the websites of the International Air Transport Association [IATA], the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the embassies, consulates and Ministries of Health of the countries considered as destinations.
36 Holiday Destinations on LOT Route Network - Starting fron 99 PLN
LOT Polish Airlines has announced a summer route network under the slogan #SummerwithLOT. In July and August, passengers will be able to fly to 36 of Europe's most popular resorts, offered from ten airports in Poland. Tickets for LOT holiday flights are available at very attractive prices - starting from 99 PLN. Croatia, Spain, Italy, Malta, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Georgia, Macedonia, Cyprus, Albania, the islands of Santorini, Kos, Corfu and Crete are just a few of the destinations available from July 3rd in LOT's summer travel offer. As every year, the Polish carrier meets the holiday plans of Poles and launches 130 new routes to 36 of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. All flights are direct and available from airports throughout Poland. LOT's holiday network under the slogan #SummerwithLOT extends the existing schedule of domestic flights and medium and long-haul international flights. A full offer of holiday flights, starting from LO 8XXX number, will be available from June 24th in all booking systems, including our LOT.com website. #SummerwithLOT is not only a flexible way to plan your holidays in your favourite resorts, but also a convenience for passengers. LOT's direct holiday flights will be offered both from airports servicing the previously resumed international flights, i.e. from Warsaw, Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, Szczecin, Rzeszów and from three new airports - Bydgoszcz, Katowice and Lublin. The full route network of #SummerwithLOT flights is available from Warsaw. Passengers can fly to Santorin, Palma de Mallorca, Kalamata, Kawala, Ohrid, Rome-Fiumicino, Alicante, Malaga, Athens, Barcelona, Burgas, Chania, Catania, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Larnaca, Nice, Rijeki, Rimini, Thessaloniki, Skopije, Split, Tbilisi, Podgorica, Tirana, Tivat, Varna, Venice, Zadar, Malta, Sardinia and the islands of Corfu, Skiathos, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos. The regional airports will serve selected flights: · from Bydgoszcz to Zadar and Zakynthos Island; · from Gdańsk to Barcelona, Thessaloniki, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Burgas, Chania, Tirana, Rome-Fiumicino, Kawala and the islands of Rhodes and Corfu; · from Katowice-Pyrzowice to Thessaloniki, Chania, Heraklion, Burgas, Split, Tirana, Palma de Mallorca and the islands of Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos; · from Krakow to Rome-Fiumicino, Kalamata, Barcelona, Zadar, Chania, Dubrovnik, Thessaloniki and the islands of Santorini, Corfu, Zakynthos; · from Lublin to Split and the island of Corfu; · from Poznan to Rome-Fiumicino, Kawala, Barcelona, Burgas, Spilitu, Palma de Mallorca, Podgorica, Dubrovnik, Heraklion and the islands of Zakynthos and Corfu; · from Rzeszów to Barcelona, Zadar, Thessaloniki and Burgas; · from Szczecin to Zadar; · from Wrocław to Burgas, Rome-Fiumicino, Palma de Mallorca, Kawala, Thessaloniki, Barcelona, Chania, Heraklion, Dubrovnik and the islands of Kos, Rhodes, Corfu and Santorini. "LOT's summer offer includes around 130 European flights to the most popular holiday destinations, including Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, as well as Croatia, which has been very attractive in recent years. Georgia, Macedonia or Albania are also being discovered, attracting especially travellers who like to combine holiday relaxation with tourism. Under the #SummerwithLOT campaign, the Polish carrier will fly to the places with a stable epidemic situation and at the same time open to tourists coming from abroad. Apart from Montenegro and Cyprus, where entry is conditioned by a negative coronavirus test, other countries have lifted restrictions related to traveller tests or quarantine. However, these rules may change. Therefore, before travelling we encourage you to follow the current epidemic regulations in force in the country where we plan to spend our holiday", said Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines.
Rostec made the first civilian Mi-8AMT Arctic helicopter
Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) started serial production of Mi-8AMT Arctic helicopters for civilian customers. Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant made the first rotorcraft which is ready to start operation. Mi-8AMT helicopter in its Arctic version completed the flight-test program and the procedure of acceptance by an independent commission of the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya). The rotorcraft's main features include a unique system for heating transmission parts, designed by JSC «National helicopter center Мil&Kamov». The system provides for quick start of engines in extremely low temperatures, even if the helicopter is deployed without a hangar for a long time. The system for heating transmission parts is complemented by an improved system for thermal protection of the cargo cabin and special thermal insulation shutters in sliding doors and cockpit doors. Special cover protects the helicopter from low temperatures, high humidity and strong wind, if it is deployed without a hangar for a long time. The helicopter systems have teflon hose, which is resistant to freezing temperatures, instead of rubber hose. "New Mi-8AMT helicopter will be sought after by many Russian companies and government agencies implementing projects and tasks in the Arctic. The first rotorcraft is ready to start operation, and negotiations with several potential Russian customers are underway," stated Director General of Russian Helicopters Andrey Boginsky. "The holding company is making every effort to provide operators with reliable and modern helicopters, which is irreplaceable when many important tasks related to work in the region are carried out." The helicopter is equipped with two additional fuel tanks, which allow it to fly long distances. This in very important for northern districts with low population density. The Arctic version of Mi-8AMT can fly up to 1,400 km. An emergency floatation system can also be installed on the helicopter to fly over a vast area of waters in the Arctic. "This helicopter is necessary for air medical services, maintenance of facilities of the fuel and energy complex, and for meeting the needs of polar expeditions. It may also help organize transportation in northern regions," emphasized Managing Director of Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant Leonid Belykh. When the helicopter was designed, great attention was given to ensuring that it is capable of flying over the Arctic terrain with few features, in the conditions of polar night, harsh weather, and when satellite and radio signals are lost. For that purpose the rotorcraft is equipped with a special navigation complex. The complex includes several navigation systems for locating the helicopter, a radar with horizontal and vertical sweep of information on the weather, a digital autopilot, and radio stations with a wide range of frequencies. The helicopter is capable of automated hovering, flying a planned hovering route, and landing. The navigation system considerably reduces the load on the crew, and ensures greater safety of the flight.
New Fares Encourage to International Travels by LOT
LOT Polish Airlines will expand its route network with international flights from July 1. Passengers will be able to fly to selected Schengen countries, including Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Norway, as well as plan their holidays in Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria or Spain. The resumption of international flights is accompanied by the launch of new FLEX PLUS fares, offering even more flexible conditions for managing reservations. This year's July 1st will be a special date for travel lovers and those planning a foreign holiday. On this day, LOT will resume its first regular international passenger flights since their suspension on March 13. The flight schedule for the first two weeks of July includes primarily flights to the Schengen countries and popular holiday destinations. The route network of 20 European cities includes: ◆ seven flights a week to Prague, Duesseldorf, Vilnius and Budapest; ◆ six flights a week to Berlin; ◆ five flights a week to Vienna, Brussels and Kiev (Boryspil Airport); ◆ four flights a week to Amsterdam and Bucharest; ◆ three flights a week to Barcelona, Tbilisi and Oslo; ◆ two flights a week to Split and Dubrovnik; ◆ at least one flight per week to Zadar, Podgorica, Corfu, Chania and Varna. All international flights will be operated from Chopin Airport in Warsaw until July 14. In addition, two connections from Budapest will return to the resumed LOT network - to Varna and Dubrovnik, operated once a week during the weekend. LOT will also maintain its existing schedule of over 30 domestic flights a day. Passengers will be able to conveniently transfer to any of the international flights in Warsaw. “For the first two weeks of July, the network of LOT's international flights has been planned with passenger safety in mind, which is always a priority for us, and to ensure comfort during travel. Most of the proposed routes are to Schengen countries, which have a stable epidemic situation and at the same time have abolished the quarantine obligation and other restrictions for travellers coming from other countries. Our passengers can therefore plan their holidays, short recreational trips or business trips with confidence, knowing that they will be able to fully enjoy their journey abroad. At the same time, we strive to resume new directions and increase the frequency of flights. We are analysing the possibility of launching scheduled passenger flights to the United States, which we are currently carrying out as part of cargo transport", said Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines. The safety rules are also maintained - all domestic and international flights of LOT will continue to be operated according to the #FlySafeFlyLOT procedure. To ensure the protection of travellers and onboard crews in the era of COVID-19, safety rules have been accompanying LOT passengers since June 1st . The key restrictions applicable both at the airport and on board each aircraft include maintaining the requisite socially distancing during check-in, and during the flight, the obligation to wear masks throughout the entire journey. There are also modifications in onboard flight service in accordance with the principle of limited contact between passengers and staff. The Recommendations for travellers tab containing necessary information to help passengers prepare for their flights has been created at the lot.com website. A detailed description of the epidemic procedures introduced as part of the resumed LOT's passenger flights is located in the #FlySafeFlyLOT tab. New fares for more freedom of travel Caring for the comfort of travel planning in the era of the pandemic, LOT also introduces additional facilities for its passengers. The existing offer has been extended by new FLEX PLUS fares, available on domestic, medium and long-haul flights in all booking classes except Premium on short-haul flights. FLEX PLUS fares are intended for direct flights available in LOT's offer and will not apply in the case of international transit. LOT's response to the increased need for passenger reservation management is the first such flexible offer on the European market. If it is necessary to change plans, tickets purchased in FLEX PLUS fares can be exchanged, returned and also transferred to another person on preferential terms. The offer is available and going on sale beginning June 17th. “FLEX PLUS fares bring a new quality of travel in a pandemic. We understand the uncertainty and fears of our passengers, related to planning this year's trips. That's why we want to convince them that flying with LOT is both comfortable and safe. By offering more and more travel opportunities, we will also support their decisions in case of any change of plans. For this purpose, a new offer of FLEX PLUS fares was created. For the first time, we allow for such extensive changes in the booking - cancellation of a trip within 24 hours from the purchase of the ticket, change of passenger data and free choice of a new date of flight (subject to availability of seats), as well as reimbursement of the ticket on preferential terms”, said Rafał Milczarski. The new FLEX PLUS fares offer an opportunity to: ◆ change your travel date free of charge; ◆ change the data on the ticket up to 48 hours before departure for a fee (250 PLN or 60 EUR for flights operated by LOT); ◆ cancel the purchased ticket at a preferential price before the beginning of the journey (short-haul flights: 30 EUR/Economy FLEX PLUS and 65 EUR/Business FLEX PLUS, long-haul flights: 60 EUR/Economy FLEX PLUS and 100 EUR/Premium FLEX PLUS and Business FLEX PLUS); ◆ cancel a ticket at a preferential price of 100 EUR also for passengers who do not show up on a flight; ◆ choose your seat on the aircraft free of charge for all FLEX PLUS passengers, except Economy on long-haul flights. Additionally, there is also the possibility of a free cancellation of a trip within 24 hours from the purchase of the ticket. For tickets purchased less than 24 hours prior to departure, cancellation is available free of charge, up to 6 (six) hours before the flight. The offer is valid for domestic and international flights within all of LOT's fare classes and sales channels (tickets purchased at the lot.com website, at ticket offices, through the LOT Contact Centre and by travel agencies).
Ansat helicopters to transport patients with COVID-19 in isolation modules
Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) obtained approval from the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) for installing isolation units in Ansat multipurpose helicopters to transport patients with COVID-19. The modules will be installed on helicopters in their medical version. "Currently, about 30 Ansat helicopters have been supplied to regions for air medical services. To improve their performance during the pandemic, we have launched certification process, and obtained permission for installing isolation units for transporting patients. This does not require modification of an aircraft. Such equipment will provide more opportunities to use an aircraft for medical purposes," said Executive Director of Rostec Oleg Yevtushenko. Ansat helicopters save people, being used for air medical services, and regularly making flights for medical evacuation day and night. The helicopters are used in the Moscow Region, the Nizhny Novgorod Region, the Kirov Region, the Kostroma Region, the Tver Region, the Chelyabinsk Region, the Belgorod Region, the Volgograd Region, the Astrakhan Region, in the Republic of Tatarstan, etc. "All work necessary for obtaining approval from Russian aviation authorities has been carried out within a short period of time. Ansat helicopter was primarily equipped with a cabin for patients with infectious diseases to facilitate operation of the existing aircraft already used for air medical services – it will be possible to use those aircraft for combating COVID-19, and transport patients who could have highly dangerous infections and viruses," stated Director General of Russian Helicopters holding company Andrey Boginsky. Ansat is a light multipurpose twin-engine helicopter, serial production of which is deployed at Kazan Helicopters. According to the helicopter certificate, its design allows converting it into a cargo version, or into a passenger rotorcraft that can lift up to seven people. In May 2015, a supplement to a type certificate for the modification of the helicopter with a medical module was obtained. Ansat is certified for use in the temperatures ranging between -45°С and +50°С, and in high mountains.
Rostec hands the first Ansat helicopter over to EMERCOM of Russia
Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) supplied the first Ansat helicopter for EMERCOM of Russia. The rotorcraft was handed over to the Fund supporting the development of state authorities in civil defense, emergencies and elimination of consequences of natural disasters (the Fund). The helicopter has already been handed over to the North-Western Aviation and Rescue Center of EMERCOM of Russia, and is located on Kasimovo Airfield. Kazan Helicopters and the Fund signed the contract for supply in March 2019. Ansat was handed over to the customer in a universal version; the cabin has places for installing a medical module, and there are seven passenger seats. In the North-Western Aviation and Rescue Center of EMERCOM of Russia, Ansat will be used for transporting staff, cargo and equipment in the cabin or on an external sling, and to tackle special tasks. Currently, the helicopter is in pilot operation in the Center. During drills, pilots train to perform landing in various ways, piloting at low and extremely low altitudes, and master a new flying technique in various flight modes. "Ansat is supplied to EMERCOM of Russia for the first time, and we are convinced that the agency specialists will appreciate it. The use of Ansat helicopters for air medical services has shown that their light weight, maneuverability, and agility, as well as a high degree of readiness for take-off, allow addressing a wide variety of tasks, including those in an urban environment. Due to cooperation of Rostec holding companies, the rotorcraft is constantly being improved, and new capabilities are being added: certificates for the emergency floatation system, and for installation of a complex for transporting newborn babies have recently been received, and other modules for Ansat have been designed," said Yuri Pustovgarov, Managing Director of Kazan Helicopters. As part of a program to develop air medical services, about 30 helicopters have been supplied to customers, and they are being used for transporting patients from hard-to-reach areas to medical facilities. Ansat helicopters save people in the Moscow Region, the Volgograd Region, the Kurgan Region, the Kirov Region, the Kostroma Region, the Tver Region, the Pskov Region, the Nizhny Novgorod Region, the Chelyabinsk Region, the Astrakhan Region, in the Republic of Tatarstan, etc. The number of regions where the helicopters are being used is constantly increasing. In late 2019, two Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters made by Kazan Helicopters were also handed over to EMERCOM of Russia. Under the contract with the Fund, one of the helicopters is equipped with an external sling, which allows transporting large cargo weighing up to four tonnes. The second Mi-8MTV-1 helicopter is to be handed over to the Zhukovsky Aviation and Rescue Center. Multipurpose Mi-8MTV-1 helicopter can be used for rescue operations, medical evacuation, search for people who have suffered disasters, firefighting, reconnaissance and monitoring of terrain, and air transportation.
Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company continues full-scale fulfillment of the state defense order
Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company, part of Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation), continues the fulfillment of the state defense order; the works are being carried out on schedule and at full scale. At present, the effort involves over 4,000 company employees. Throughout the last week, basing on the accord with the regional administration, Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company was gradually increasing the number of employees involved. As they continue their work, the plant team observes all requirements and sanitary and epidemiological standards imposed by the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor). At the entrance check-point, the employees sanitize their hands with disinfectant agents and receive personal protective equipment. In addition, thermographic cameras are being installed at the entrance check-point for fast and non-contact measurement of the employees' body temperature. During the day, the employees sanitize their hands with antiseptic and keep the recommended 1.5 meter distance at their workplaces. Premises are treated with disinfecting solutions. The plant's radio regularly broadcasts reminders of the necessity to strictly observe the preventive measures. During the self-isolation period, the company's sewing facility produced 9,000 protective reusable masks. In addition to that, the employees also received disposable masks and gloves. The works on the fulfillment of the state defense order are carried out on schedule and at full scale. Therefore, no annual output forecast or financial target is being revised, neither is it considered to defer any payments under the company's credit liabilities. Production-related issues are constantly monitored by the Managing Director. According to the local office for prevention of the coronavirus infection, as of 16 April, no COVID-19 cases are registered in Arsenyev.