Flight TV - Issue 8

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Flying solo around the world. Private pilot Sergei Ananov's story of survival.


S7 Airlines became the general sponsor of the Russian national team of aerobatic gliders.


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In the 10thepisode of FlightTV in a  story about Moscow's Shevlino airfield, we showed an interview with Sergey Ananov, who planned to fly solo around the world in a light R-22. We scheduled an interview on the show for his return. But Sergey returned without the helicopter- the machinery failed, and the helicopter crashed into the sea between Canada and Greenland. Without exaggeration, half the planet knows about the story of Sergey's rescue from the sea.


Federal TV channels, major print media and online agencies talked about this story for several days. I have asked several times far from aviation friends - "Did you hear? Do you know about this case?» With that Flighttv correspondent Olga Kuznetsova was probably the only journalist who interviewed Sergei at the start of his flight to his helicopter flight to Shevlino. This is understandable - the interest in AON from the media appears only when some really loud event occurs. Here and now — they talked mainly about his rescue, and few paid attention to the fact that it was not a 66m or 44m flight in a Robinson, but the twenty-second.


Sergei Ananov, a private pilot


At that time nobody had flown so far, and to be honest, nobody does today. It is a machine for training pilots in the area of ​​the airport, there is a small route. Well, sheep graze on it, New Zealanders, Americans flew from the east to the west coast. Australians from Perth to Melbourne. When was on the 7000 km trip, it was a record for distance route. So well, then I told myself, I've flown 7,000 km easily, I can just do the same for 40,000km. And that's when I wanted to tour the whole world.


7000 kilometers - was Sergei 's flight from Moscow to Yakutsk, which he made in a 22 Robinson shortly after he received his pilot's license, and he made the world speed record on a specified route in this type of helicopter. Then Sergey set a record for total distance flight without refueling on the R22 — 1,240 kilometers, and three more records. And this circumnavigation flight was to be the sixth — nobody has ever flown one of the one-ton helicopters around the world solo or otherwise. It was decided - done. In preparation for the circumnavigation Sergei used a non-standard solution - He received a European private pilot's license and took a helicopter with a German registration number. And he received a one-time permission from the Federal Air Transport Agency on the flight over Russian territory.


Sergei Ananov, a private pilot


This was in order to be able to fly around the world just in principle. Because I do not intercede in Alaska - you can not do it. Alaska is the United States. In the US, Russian pilots cannot fly VFR, according to the rule of visual flights. Not only Russian, even the North Koreans, even the Chinese, Sudanese, Iranians, and still, Cubans. But with a European tail number I was legal in America. No questions asked. And in Russia there are just questions, because here it is the opposite. There is no prohibition, as in America, but permission must be obtained and it is very difficult. So there are lengthy negotiations with the permitting authorities and such permission is obtained, by way of exception.

The most distinctive feature of this flight is that he was solo. Alone on the road with no one to talk to, to exchange views and experiences.


Sergei Ananov, a private pilot


It was a difficult flight, of course. I am a social animal, too. So I kept the music. my friend Aleksey wrote me some 32GB instrumentals. It was mainly funk. I flew with funk. Music saved me. I sang the song myself.


Hitting the road on June 13 Sergei flew almost 34,000 kilometers in 40 days, surpassing a daily average of 1,000 kilometers. And the conditions in 22 Robinson were not easy — the ergonomics of the helicopter are designed for short flights.


Sergei Ananov, a private pilot


In the air it was very comfortable, I fly, I, thank God, but I had to constantly the experience the cramped conditions. It is s a very hot cabin and a hot seat, everything is very close. Those pilots who have flown in the Robinson-22, will understand me. When you touch some metal parts, they're hot as flames. In the cold - it's the contrary, and so on. Here it is necessary to carefully monitor the weight, so as not to overload the machine. Everything must be balanced. And there are no hydraulics, she shakes - it's a scooter, a scooter in the air.

In Russia Sergei flew for 5.5 days and then to observe the rule for round the world flights, he flew 40,000 kilometers in a zigzag route in the territory of the United States — he looked at attractions, met people, photographing, writing notes - for the return Sergei was planning to write a detailed account of his flight are


Sergei Ananov, a private pilot


I stopped and met people, it was very interesting. And it was hot and cold. So much effort has been expended, means, resources, energy and there was a polar bear under the tail. I traveled 20,000km through America, Canada, and then the north. And after all that it just happened that I had to jump into the great water, as this technical failure happened near Greenland. quite unexpectedly. The flight took place very well, all of a sudden there was blow to the tail, the cabin shakes and shakes, turns to the left, and it doesn't want to pitch normally, I press the pedal and more power is lost. I was trying to find a middle ground, with minimal impact to still maintain level flight, but it was impossible. Either the speed is lost or there would be a forced adjustment in my course. I was going between some fog and the open water, which was clear.


Realizing that his focus and concentration was not enough to keep the helicopter in level flight, Sergei switched to autorotation, falling under the fog, I saw a few floes nearby and chose the course, but missed them by about 50 meters.


Sergei Ananov, a private pilot


No slow motion there, everything happens instantly, quickly, no that's this here, time standing still, nothing like that. Water fills everything. I have time, I have time to detach. At this point, I broke the blade, knocking it to the left. Everything was as I was taught. I stopped all rotation torque. Then I started to deal with them. And it was just, it was heavier than that side and it  went again to the right. I understand that it was now starting to turn over and so I found myself under it, and then in the water. Generally unpleasant. I did it back then. Some time was lost as I was trying to balance. Then I unfastened the straps. I opened the door. Then, of course the water comes in. So it means I was already in the water. I go for the life raft. I know what I need at the last minute- to capture some means of communication, the best option was the satellite phone. It was in my bag. I wrapped it in a plastic bag. So I look but it's not there. It dropped out of the mount somewhere.

One hand was rigidly fixed to the panel tracker InReach, but to take it off or press the SOS, took several seconds that Sergei didn't have. So he left the helicopter with a life raft without carrying any means of communication.


Sergei Ananov, a private pilot


A few hours later the plane came. From the sound I heard it, even its lights, it flew above the clouds, and of course I did not see it at all. Above the fog, he was flying somewhere high. Descent to low level flight was against their rules, apparently. But if he had gone down further, under the fog, he wouldn't be in the water. He'd be at 150 feet. He could fly on the verge of that and see me. But, apparently, because they did not want to do so, they flew on. It was useless, he could not fly at all because the dense fog and everything.


There were no more planes that day. The next day a plane flew again, but the fog was still thick. The search also turned out to be useless. The life raft were 3 torches. Two of them, Sergei spent on the first plane.


Sergei Ananov, a private pilot


On the same plane, which was flying towards me. I was standing with a raised torch. I was ready. I thought, now it seems, he's emerging from the mist. Nothing of the sort, it is far, too high. They had no chance of finding me. I thought that if they just divide into squares, it would take about 100 km2 - the helicopter for 10 days of work. After 10 hours of operation. And it works for one hour. Then it flies. The next day, when I was already on the brink, holding out daily, for a moment, I was on  the ice. He worked for an hour, but he could have another 10 days to work this way.


Based on this experience, on the next flight Sergei plans to bring at least 6 torches. Well, in general he conducted an analysis of what means of salvation and how to get it. For example, you need to take a flare gun. And the color of the powder you spray makes no sense.


Sergei Ananov, a private pilot


There was also a powder that the wind sends wafting, and it is painted in bright, vivid color . I have this whole piece of ice painted with it, but it goes out after 2 hours. It is not permanent. It is very easy to fade. In principle I made one mistake, and I cursed myself 500 times for this mistake. I did not show enough perseverance to all the same in these last seconds of somehow, diving, ducking, but still failing to take a few seconds to secure a means of communication. One of electronic trackers that provide satellite SOS signal, for example.


As it turned out, Sergey very lucky - remaining in the helicopter the tracker InReach at the moment of immersion gave his last position, and this has saved the Sergei's life. After all, since the failure of the helicopter and the autorotation passed 2-3 minutes, and it was additional tens of square kilometers of search, which greatly reduces its chances of success.


Sergei Ananov, a private pilot


There are forces that have enough rescue services to arrive at a precise point and accurately remove a person from there. But if the point is drifting — it is a problem. And if there's fog - trouble, trouble in the square. So my chances of survival dropped from 70%, to almost 1%. And I understand it's all good. if the ice floe was not there I'd have opened the raft. A raft was with me.  I was 200% safe from drowning.  So I prayed and told the guys realize “you have to look, because I I'm still alive.”


As friends of Sergei continuously followed his flight on trackers, a few minutes later Andrei Caplin, Mikhail and Irina Grushina initiated the rescue and gave the coordinates of the tracker to Canadian rescuers. A Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker went to Sergei's position. And in the mean time, the natural owners of the ice floes came to visit- polar bears.


Sergei Ananov, a private pilot


The raft protected me from the wind and was a useful means of frightening bears. Because I was hiding under it and I suddenly jumped out and threw it at the bear. There is nothing else to do. Either he falters, or I falter. There were a lot. That's two days the three bears were relatively close to me and they were able to sense and become interested in me. And then I was trying to scare them as best as I could. I yelled at them "A-A-A-A '. It is not clear at all, whether the polar bear is really a land animal or sea animal. When he's in the water it's the same as if he's on land. They can swim 100 kilometers by sea, and run at a speed of 60 km / h.


Sergey spent a day and a half on the ice just like this. In the cold, soaked survival suit, without sleep, eating protein biscuits.


Sergei Ananov, a private pilot


There were these biscuits. I divided them into 3 parts, because I was not planning to stay there to live for more than 3 days. Little by little I ate them voraciously. There were even packets of water, well, there was just half a liter of water in these bags. Very uncomfortable, by the way, the packages. All of this was for a normal residence, not on the ice. There were no burners. I melted the water in my mouth. I froze the sky itself a little bit. I was dying of thirst.


Private pilots who fly the northern route, be sure to take into account the rescue set that Sergei took with him, there was nothing for northern latitudes. No torches or thermal self-heating napkins. Sergey for the umpteenth time in a row was lucky that the air temperature was just above zero, and he did not get serious frostbite, escaping with only slight frostbite in the first phases. And then came the icebreaker. It took them half a day to go the distance which Sergei flew in 3 hours.


Sergei Ananov, a private pilot


At the end of the second day the fog rose. And I could see the fire in the distance. A bright light. No noise, no - fire. I signaled at last, it was getting dark - it was good, in the dark I could see the third mate, and there were about 20 people on the bridge instead of the usual 3. They spotted me in the last second, took a bearing and sent a helicopter that they had on board. They askedI can fly,- yes I can fly. I could fly several miles in a straight line without fog. I could fly - well done. I jumped on board. They did not expect such a hurry from me. I'm well preserved, thank God.


The rest of the story everyone knows. The news about the lone Russian pilot, who was saved by Canadians, was probably in all the mass media of the USA and Russia.


Yevgeny Maksimov Vladimir Shulman, Marat Mansurov, FlightTV



S7 Airlines became the general sponsor of the Russian national team of aerobatic gliders. At the next World Cup, which is now in the Czech city of Zbraslavitsa, Russian pilots perform with a Swift S-1 glider, painted in the corporate colors of S7. The application of large passenger aircraft livery on the airframe — is the first such experience in the world. Since the mid-90s Russian pilots are regularly champions at flying gliders in the most difficult class "without restrictions." The national team included George Kaminski - triple world champion, Vladimir Ilyinsky - World Champion and Valery Korchagin. Supervising the pilots is the honored coach of Russia, a multiple champion in aerobatic aircraft disciplines - Nikolai Nikitiuk.


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The Russian airline Transaero under the "Flight of Hope" has for several years been flying a special Boeing 747, painted with colored palms. It is placed on the ordinary scheduled flights and on board during the flight, you can make a donation to the charity fund "Lifeline" for operations for children with life-threatening illnesses. Recently, the park company added another 747, the nose of which is in support of the center "Amur tiger" has been painted  with a tiger's head. The goal of the new project is to attract public attention to the conservation of rare and endangered species. We invite you to watch a video on how they painted the plane and think about whether private pilots can do something to support community organizations. I say goodbye to you. If you liked the issue, put your likes in Facebook and subscribe to our Youtube channel. You have been with Alexander Shvydkin, I'll see you!