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Post Release: 3rd International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2010

HeliRussia 2010 – third time in Russia

3rd International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HELIRUSSIA 2010
May 20 – 22, 2010, Moscow, International Exhibition Center “Crocus Expo”
Pavilion No. 1, Hall No. 4

According to the decree of the Government of the Russian FederationNo. 1275-rof September 2, 2009, the3rd International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HELIRUSSIA 2010 took placeon May 20 – 22, 2010 on the Crocus Expo IEC groundsThe Exhibition was organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation on the initiative of the Helicopter Industry Association. The planner was Russian Helicopter Systems JSC. The exhibition organizing committee was headed by Denis Manturov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade. The title sponsor of HELIRUSSIA 2010 was OPK OBORONPROM JSC, the official sponsor was Eurocopter Vostok.

156 companies from 14 countries (Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, the USA, Great Britain, France, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Poland, Libya, Slovakia, Belgium, and Israel) took part in the Exhibition this year. The first Exhibition hosted 129 companies from 10 countries to present their expositions, including 22 foreign companies; the second Exhibition involved 144 companies from 16 countries, including 32 foreign ones. This year 40 overseas companies took part in the Exhibition.

HELIRUSSIA 2010 brought together developers and manufacturers of helicopters, simulators and spare parts, cockpits and special equipment for helicopters. It also attracted  companies engaged in ground support and radar control, equipment of helipads, maintenance centers and fuelling complexes,transport, leasing and insurance companies as well as helicopter equipment dealers.For the first time the Gyros 1, Gyros 2, Inspector and MAI-208 gyrocopters were on display.

15 helicopters were demonstrated at the Exhibition: МI-28 NE (Night Hunter), Ansat, MI-34S1, MI-2, EC175, AW139, AW109, Bell 407, MD520, HummingBird 260L (Vertical Aviation Technologies), A600 Talon (Rotor Way), АK1-3 (Aerocopter Design Bureau), R44 (3 pieces). Among them Eurocopter’s EC175 and AgustaWestland’s AW139 were for the first time presented to the Russian public. Helicopters HummingBird 260L of Vertical Aviation Technologies, A600 Talon of Rotor Way, АK1-3 of Aerocopter Design Bureau were novelties among full-scale exhibits of the HELIRUSSIA.

Cables and letters of congratulation addressed to participants, organizers and visitors to the Exhibition were received from Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation, and Sergey Ivanov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Vladislav Putilin, First Deputy Chairman of the Military-Industrial Commission at the Government of the Russian Federation, and Sergey Prikhod’ko, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation.

The following officials took part in the opening ceremony of the Exhibition which took place on May 20, 2010 at 12:00 in pavilion No. 1 of Crocus Expo IEC.

  • Leonid Reiman, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation,
  • Denis Manturov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation,
  • Valery Okulov, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation
  • Andrey Reus, Director General of OPK OBORONPROM JSC
  • Michael Kazachkov, Chairman of the Board of the Helicopter Industry Association,
  • and others.

Leonid Reiman read the address of Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation, to visitors and participants of the Exhibition. The message said, in particular, that “Having earned the attention of major helicopter manufacturing companies from Russia and other countries, HELIRUSSIA 2010 has become one of the most prestigious international events in this high-tech industry”. “Today, based on the strong connection between science and production, based on the development of innovations, we need to step up our efforts to modernize industry’s enterprises and encourage mutually beneficial cooperation with our foreign partners”.

Denis Manturov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, read the greeting address of Sergey Ivanov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, which highlighted the achievements of domestic helicopter manufacturers: “Capability of the domestic helicopter equipment manufacturers to design and create competitive products constitutes a prerequisite for successful work within the frameworks of priority and innovative development of the country”. The greeting says, that “…the Exhibition will contribute to demonstration of high potential of the Russian companies and presentation of the significant investment projects focused on meeting ambitious challenges of the contemporary world”.

Andrey Reus, Director General of OPK OBORONPROM stated that HELIRUSSIA 2010 is expanding from year to year demonstrating the growing interest of manufacturers and helicopter operators.

“The helicopter market is one of the most fast-growing markets in the world, and I hope this tendency proceeds”, A. Reus said.

He placed great emphasis on the development of cooperation with the global helicopter manufacturers and welcomed the key helicopter players participating in the event :AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Safran, as well as enterprises of Ukraine. “I think that there will be enough space in this market for all of us, and we will jointly succeed in new equipment manufacturing”, A. Reus said.

116 national companies (both subsidiaries of Russian Helicopters, JSC and independent manufacturers and operators from regions) covered a significant number of expositions at the Exhibition. The exhibited military-purpose products most completely displayed national achievements in this sphere. Russian combat helicopter MI-28NE (Night Hunter) displayed in front of pavilion No. 1 of Crocus Expo IEC was the most impressive exhibit representing military-purpose products.

The Russian exposition representing 18 companies was based on the OPK OBORONPROM joint stand which comprised the Russian Helicopters Holding and the United EngineBuildingCorporation.

The second day of the Exhibition, May 21, was announced as the “Russian Helicopters” day when the Holding presented a model range of Russian-made helicopters and options of their application in the regional air transportation. The capability of  Russian Helicopters, JSC to produce, deliver and service helicopters and related equipment as well as prospective outlook of the Russian helicopters were on the agenda of the Russian Helicopters for Regional Aviation Conference that aimed to establish  closer cooperation with state and commercial operators within the framework of regional aviation development and to outline plans for next-generation helicopters.

On the first exhibition day OPK OBORONPROM and Italian AgustaWestland signed a specification for building the Italian AW139 helicopter assembly shop in Russia. Andrey Reus, Director General of OPK OBORONPROM, and Juseppe Orsi, CEO of AgustaWestland, affixed their signatures to the document. It was this particular model that was displayed at AgustaWestland’s stand.

40 foreign helicopter industry companies took part in HELIRUSSIA 2010, including leaders of the global market like Eurocopter, AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, MD Helicopters, Motor Sich, Ivchenko-Progress State Enterprise, Turbomeca, Zodiac Data Systems, Becker Avionics, Pall Corporation, Red Box International, Breeze-Eastern, Simplex Manufacturing and others.

At HELIRUSSIA 2010 Eurocopter presented the EC175 helicopter which was designed in cooperation with UTair experts and is equipped with the avionics produced by the Russian Tranzas from St. Petersburg. At the Russian Heli-Expo the helicopter was exhibited in an offshore configuration for 16 passengers.

At HELIRUSSIA 2010 Bell Helicopter announced opening of a network of service centers in July, 2010 in Moscow and St. Petersburg to support its growing fleet. Today 25 Bell helicopters are operated in Russia, this year 6 more helicopters will be delivered and contracts for 3 vehicles are under examination, representatives of the company at the Exhibition informed.

Motor Sich showcased the TV3-117VMA-SBM1V helicopter engine designed by the Ukrainian engine-builders. It allows helicopters to reach record rate of climb and flight altitude. The experts of this company worked for ten years on creation of the engine capable to operate in take-off mode for 30 minutes. During the Exhibition the MI-8 helicopter equipped with new engines set a world record in rate of climb and altitude, having risen vertically to the altitude of 8,100 meters in 13 minutes.

This year, for the first time the French joint stand comprising 13 companies was formed. The exhibitors from France totally numbered 16 companies and outnumbered other foreign countries. That is how the year of France in Russia was marked at the Exhibition.

It has become a tradition for the Helicopter Association International (HAI) to participate in HELIRUSSIA. Its delegation not only represented the Association but also participated in the international conference on Helicopter Market: Reality and Prospects, seminar on Flight Safety: Russian and American Experience and in the Helicopter Industry Association Prize Award Ceremony.

Ambassadors and military attaches of France, Brazil, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Egypt, Republic of Korea, China, Thailand, Peru, Libya, India, Indonesia, Spain, Venezuela, Israel and other countries showed their interest in the Exhibition.

The Exhibition had a vast business program. The SecondInternational Conference on Helicopter Market: Reality and Prospectsbecame one of its key eventsIt was organized bytheHelicopter Industry Association and AviaPort agency. The conference considered parameters of the Russian helicopter market from the position of helicopter equipment consumers and manufacturers. Forecasts on the global, American and Russian helicopter markets were presented by Honeywell Aerospace (Charles Park, Director for Marketing Analysis and Planning), HAI (President Matt Zuccaro) and the Helicopter Industry Association (Mikhail Kazachkov, Chairman of the Board) respectively. The conference took place on the first day of the Exhibition and had a wide response among participants of the Russian helicopter market.

The Round Table on Issues of Aviation Condensed Fuel Use in MI-8 helicopter family (Organizers – Zhukovsky Central Institute of Aerohydrodynamics, State R&D Institute of Civil Aviation, InterAviaGaz JSC, ERA Science and Production Association) was devoted to alternative fuel. Realization of the offered technical solution will provide air transport of the remote regions of Russia with cheap fuel and will promote association of industrial and resource regions of the country.

The 3rd International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HELIRUSSIA 2010 was traditionally marked by the Helicopter Industry Association Annual Prize Award in nominations “Pilot of the Year”, “Designer of the Year”, “Engineer of the Year”. The Award Ceremony took place on May 21 at 16:00 on the exhibition hall stage. The Presidium of the Helicopter Industry Association decided on the following winners:  “Engineer of Year”- Valery Evtikhov, Chief of technical bureau of hull and parts treatment complex of the Reduktor-PM JSC“Pilot of Year” – Sergey Ignatov, a Mi-8 pilot, international flight group, UTair air transport company“Designer of the Year”– Shamil Bayazitov, leading engineer-designer of the Kazan Helicopter Factory.

HELIRUSSIA 2010 saw the XXI Century Helicopters Contest Prize Award Ceremony (Organizers – OPK Oboronprom, Russian Helicopters), as well as The Beauty of the Rotary-Wing Aircraft Photo Contest Award Ceremony.

During the exhibition the ShowObserver HeliRussia 2010 newspaper was published.

During three exhibition days the exposition was attended by more than 7 thousand people including high-ranking officials of the Russian Federation and other countries, representatives of foreign military departments, as well as businessmen and fans of helicopter sport. Quite a number of visitors were Moscow citizens with their children who enjoyed exploring cockpits and cabins of various helicopters.

The next, already the fourth International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HELIRUSSIA 2011, will be arranged at the same venue, “Crocus Expo”, from May 19 to May 21, 2011.

We are sure it will be even more fascinating and diverse.

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