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Russian Helicopters awards winners in 21st century helicopters contest 2014

Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec) has awarded the winners of this year’s 21st century helicopter design contest. The ceremony took place at International Exhibition Centre Crocus Expo on Saturday 24 May 2014 as part of the VII International helicopter exhibition HeliRussia-2014. Ten young specialists were awarded prizes in in three categories, and one case study.

The project “Improving aviation unit installation performance using virtual computer modelling” by Samira Chotchaeva, an engineer at the Rostvertol training centre, won in the category “Developing new aviation technologies and materials.” Second place went to Viktoria Chesnova (Tsiolkovsky Russian State Technological University), and third place to Natalya Ryabkova and Tatyana Grishchenko (Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company).

Employees at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant took first place in the “Mathematical Modelling” category, as design engineer at section 91 Sergei Novoselov and team leader at section 930 Denis Pridannikov were recognized for their project “Mathematical modelling of forced and resonance vibration in bevel geared helicopter transmission by applying a finite element analytical approach.” Specialists from Kazan Helicopters Ilfar Gubaidullin and Konstantin Pantyukhin took second and third place, respectively.

Helicopter flight test engineer, second class, at Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant Konstantin Samsonov won first prize in the category “Improving the operating efficiency of helicopter development,” for his project entitled “Carrying out flight tests to evaluate the economic efficiency of modernizing Mi-8/17 helicopters.”

In the “Developing and supporting approaches to ensuring crew members’ upper necks are not injured when helicopters carry out emergency landings” case study, second place went to design engineer (third category) at section 15 at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, Vasily Yakushev.

Students from more than 15 specialist higher educational institutions took part in the 2013-2014 21st century helicopters competition. With entrants from the Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University), the Tupolev Kazan National Research Technical University, Komsomolsk on Amur State Technical University, Southern Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Korolev Samara State Aerospace University, and major Russian aviation sector enterprises, over 60 people took part in the contest.

“It is gratifying to see that creative challenges in the area of design development have, for many years, drawn considerable interest from students in specialist higher educational establishments and young specialists in aviation enterprises,” HR and Development Director at Russian Helicopters Evgeny Kuzmenkov said. “The achievements attained and creative approaches that these young people have applied to these challenges give us every confidence that the sector’s human resource potential is sound, and that it today attracts the finest specialists to pursue careers in the helicopter industry.”

The sixth Russian Helicopters 21st century helicopter design development competition was aimed at fuelling youth interest in pursuing a career in Russia’s helicopter industry, and at building up the sector’s scientific and technical resource base. Entries submitted were evaluated by the competition commission under two criteria: practical tasks currently facing design bureaus and Russian Helicopters plants engaged in series production; and individual category projects. During the first two stages of the competition, finalists had the opportunity to further develop their projects. During the second stage, university tutors and experienced aviation sector specialists met finalists to discuss their projects. Eleven teams went through to the final round of the competition.

All the finalists received prize money. Participants whose entries were deemed promising will have the opportunity to do work experience at the Russian Helicopters research centre and in the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. Competition entries that were singled out for particular praise will be published in the prestigious Moscow Aviation Industry Journal, helping students achieve the volume of academic publications required for their degree courses.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of State Corporation Rostec. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. Over 8000 helicopters of Soviet/Russian make are operated in 110 countries worldwide. Traditionally the demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia, and CIS countries. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2013 its IFRS revenues increased 10% to RUB 138.3 billion. Deliveries reached 275 helicopters.

UIC Oboronprom, JSC is a multi-profile industrial and investment group established in 2002. It is a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. Its main tasks include: helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters, JSC) and engine-building (United Engine Industry Corporation managing company).

Rostekhnologii State Corporation (Rostec) is a Russian corporation established in 2007 in order to facilitate the development, manufacturing and export of high-technology industrial products of military and civil purposes. Today it comprises over 663 companies, which form 8 military-industrial and 5 civil industry holdings. Rostec’s subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of Russia and supply their products to over 70 countries worldwide. In 2012 revenues of the Corporation amounted to RUB 931 billion, net profits were RUB 38.5 billion and total taxation exceeded RUB 109 billion.


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