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Winter fly-in. The Russian Federation of Aviation lovers held its festival at Urevskoe Airfield.
The first swallow. A Russian private pilot decided to go for flight in a business jet.
Welcome rookie! In the Chechen Republic local aviation enthusiasts have developed and assembled their first home-built airplane.
One more killed in action. How and why Russian government is shutting down the oldest national pilot school.

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You’re watching FlightTV – the very first release of a totally new public show made for people who are really into flying. The Russian winter is fading. Pilots start thinking of their airfields again. Now we’re back with our show. The sponsor of this release is the Aerovolga Company, which continues the mass production of La-8 amphibious flying boats and the development of the 2-seater Boreas airplane! Alexander Shvidkin is in the studio with you again. Hi everybody!
Winter fly-in. The Russian Federation of Aviation lovers held its festival at Urevskoe Airfield.
The first swallow. A Russian private pilot decided to go for flight in a business jet.
Welcome rookie! In the Chechen Republic local aviation enthusiasts have developed and assembled their first home-built airplane.
One more killed in action. How and why Russian government is shutting down the oldest national pilot school.
Aviation news:
1) Zvezda Research Company in Moscow successfully tested an ejection seat fit for sport and hobby airplanes with glass canopies. The chronic problem of prohibitive weight of an ejection seat structure is finally solved. The new system evacuates the pilot and the passenger … without seats. In a rare event of an emergency a 6-foot telescopic rod driven by compressed air breaks the glass and thrusts the pilot and his paraсhute out of the cockpit. The belt is automatically released. Once having accelerated and released the pilot the system pulls out the ripcord handle of his parachute. The cost and availability of the system have yet to be announced.
2) Radioelectronic Technologies Concern has handed over to the Russian Airforce several units of theradio-electronic warfare system Richag-AV (which in Russian means “lever”). Built on board the Mi-8 helicopter this system is able to protect groups of aircraft, ground material and ships from aerial and air defense strikes at the distance of several hundred miles. The system incorporates only Russian-made components, has no rival in the whole world and it is fit to be installed on all types of aircraft, ships and ground vehicles. In 2015 the Russian Armed Forces will purchase 18 Richag Systems worth 200 million dollars.
3) The international Rotary-Wing Beauty Picture Contest is going on. This is the 8th Contest organized by the Russian Helicopter Industry Assiciation. The competition is open to all. Just choose one of four categories, make a high resolution photo on the chosen topic and invent a title. Last year the Contest attracted 585 pictures made by 97 photographers from 7 countries. The voting is carried out by the public at the www.helicopter.su . The pictures will be accepted until the 21st of April. Voting stops on the 27th of April. The final winner will be elected by the internet voting. The award ceremony will be held on May 23rd, 2015 at the HeliRussia-2015 international helicopter show.
The Federation of Aviation Lovers now and again attracts the attention of the Russian private pilots’ community with festivals and celebrations. Last weekend they organized a Winter Aerofest dedicated to the 70th anniversary the Victory in WW2. Valery Chusov has more about this.
The skies of the Tver region were ripped to pieces by a WWII dog fight. «Yak-52» with red stars on the wings shot down the enemy aircraft. This air duel was the part of the WW2 reenactment and the Aerofest held at Voljanka airfield and was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of our victory. Aerofest is a very rare thing during the Russian winter. So we render due honor to the Russian Federation of Aviation Lovers for being the first who undertook such a venture.
SUBTITLE: Nikolay Mazurin. The President of the Federation of Aviation Lovers of Russia.
The festival was a success. We are the first in the history of the FAL who dared to hold such an event in the middle of winter. There were quite a few difficulties with the aircraft and weather. But our guests described the event as being fun and a success. Bad weather forced us to make changes in our flight program and organization. But even what we finally managed to show was received with great pleasure.
The flight program was composed of flights of several airplanes belonging to different air clubs. The real hit was the Yak-32 single seat jet trainer. There were only three units built by the Soviet aviation industry in the middle of 1960’s. Now you can see one of them at Voljanka airfield. The plane was piloted by Maxim Mironov who personally restored it to airworthy condition. The audience was impressed although the low cloud cover on that day did not allow Max to show all wonderful features of his flying machine.
Pilots of piston planes had a bit less trouble – their speeds are lower. Alexander Anoshko from Severka airfield did a Yak-52 aerobatic show at extremely low altitude. A Yak-18T was flown by Andrey Volkov – the pilot who made more than hundred landings at the North Pole. The Federation of Sport Glinding was also there with PZL-104 Vilga towed-airplane piloted by Ilya Ershov.
There was another exquisite airplane – a Romanian-made IAR-823 flown by Dmitry Sukharev from KVS Air club. In the WW2 dog fight reconstruction this IAR-832 played the role of a Luftwaffe fighting aircraft struggling against Yak-52 acting as Soviet fighter.
Despite of rough weather and the long way to the airfield by a winter road the festival became a real event for hundreds of people from Tver, Moscow and the outskirts.
SUBTITLE: Olga Olekhnik, vice-president of FAL of Russia.
Today we ventured for a trial – a winter air fest. There were more than two thousand visitors who came to watch the show. There were eight airplanes; some got stuck in the snowstorm.
The local government provided full support to the Air fest.
SBTITLE: Vitold Zavadsky, the Head of the Kalinin District of the Tver Region.
We support this event that was organized on the threshold of the Great Victory Day. The Suvorov сadet school is here. We stand for General Aviation. At this airfield we are going to have more popular events. We are going to make another WW2 combat reenactment on the 7th of May – just on the eve of Victory Day. Our Great Victory was born here in 1941.
This Air Festival opens the list of FAL events for 2015. The Federation will rise whatever happens.
SUBTITLE: Nikolay Mazurin, The President of the Federation of Aviation Lovers of Russia.
FAL is aimed to have regional air fests in those regions where our branches exist. The Airfield network is growing. Airfields get more and more convenient. This won’s stop. We want to make our activities apparent at all these events. We do it for private pilots. The winter festival proved to be a hard task. We’ll learn from it, we’ll see how to do it in other places and what the weather should be.
Congratulations to all Winter Air Fest participants and spectators. It was a great event and we thank you. Even bad weather was no obstacle for you.
Valery Chusov, Alexander Moisseev, FlightTV.
Despite the crisis Russian private aviation still grows. The fleet was recently reinforced with two newcomers: in Moscow Region the first private business jet got Russian registration and in Chechnya the first home-built airplane was developed and assembled.
Now Russia has its first purely private business jet. The owner has bought it for exclusively personal use. Cessna Citation 501 was purchased by a person just for flying it as a private pilot without registering an operator. This is quite unusual: normally people fly business aviation as passengers or commercial pilots. There are a few private pilots in Russia with their own business jets but all of them keep the aircraft abroad and never fly in the motherland. The Cessna’s 7-seat passenger cabin has a small kitchen, coffee machine and lavatory. The actual cruise speed of the aircraft is 360 knots, range is 1560 miles. Practical ceiling is 35,000 feet. By all appearances GA aircraft are going to start flying at high levels in Russia soon.
Design engineer Pahkruddin Musayev graduated from Grozny’s Petroleum Institute as designer of industrial machines. And he always had a dream of developing something different – an automobile or a skimmer craft. Finally, the first thing he made was the aircraft. Parhuddin took a sample design and drawings from General Aviation and Model Plane Builder magazines as well as from some Russian internet forums. The body truss is made of 25 mm SS tubes. The wing is made of wood based on the schematics of the Bro-11 glider. It was a hard task to find aviation plywood in Russia, so the guys used ordinary plywood. The aircraft is powered with a normal Rotax-912 and has a minimal set of instruments. It has no name yet. Pilot Khasanbek Khashaev has made first test runs and straight hops. Now the Chechen’s team is to carry out regular flight tests and get an airworthiness certificate.
The video from Chechnya was provided by Shamkhan Sagaipov. Many thanks, Shamkhan! FlightTV will further try to discover such interesting news of light and private aviation. But Russia is so huge that we need your help in this.
If you happen to know something interesting for aviation lovers or simply filmed something of aviation life just send it to Flight TV. Nowadays a camera can fit in the pocket, as most mobile phones have cameras. We tend to prefer TV from real people and we welcome any aviation news provided by our spectators.
It would be a common situation if a private pilot or air club breaks some rule and his license is withdrawn by the Government administration. Recently it became clear that the Russian Aviation Administration tends to break rules as well.
The certificate of UTC-avia 22 pilot school was suspended in August of last year. With more about that RAA case against UTC-avia and an assessment of the legitimacy of such a suspension – here is our story from Bikovo town in the Moscow region.
The so called Civil Aviation Training detachment No 22 is one of the oldest Russian pilot schools. Established in March, 1956 it was reorganized into a Joint-stock Company in early 1990’s to continue training, retraining and up-grading of pilots, cabin crews and technical staff for civil airplanes and helicopters. Some years ago UTC-avia-22 opened its doors for private pilot of Russian Yak-18 and Italian Tecnam airplanes and the Mi-2, Robinson R-44 and Eurocopter EC-120 helicopters. After that, the RAA suddenly started persistently inspecting the school, all the time.
SUBTITLE: Evgueny Lobachev, General Director UTC-avia-22
Unwarranted inspections started, with no reason. In December, 2013 the RAA resorted to the Prosecutor’s Office. In January – the inspection of Transport Supervisers, in March – a non regular inspection by the RAA again, in June – one more inspection by the RAA.
Four non-regular inspections of a pilot school in just half a year. Who could sustain such an assault? Evgueny Lobachev is not a newcomer in Russian aviation – he held some serious official posts in RAA before but even though he is not sure about how to fight back.
SUBTITLE: Evgueny Lobachev, General Director, Евгений Лобачёв, UTC-avia-22
One more inspection in July. I personally know the inspectors by my previous job, they all were my subordinates before. I say, guys, you break the laws, it is unlawful to make non-regular inspections by RAA, it is prohibited by written law, only Transport supervisor can do this. They say, we know, but Mr. Alexander Neradko – the head of RAA ordered to inspect you and to dig out some difficiencies.
As a result of that fourth non-regular inspection the RAA suspended the license of the school. Evgueny took this case into arbitrary court. But his adversary undertook another unexpected action.
SUBTITLE: Evgueny Lobachev, General Director, Евгений Лобачёв, UTC-avia-22
When we went to the court they filed a criminal case against me personally as the general director of the school. They started searches – in my apartment, in my country house, in the apartments of my deputies, in my office, day and night, all night long – till 3 o’clock in the morning. Every 20 minutes the called somebody on the mobile phone to report what they found. They found nothing, they counted all my money, they took with them computers, they took all our statutory documents, all stamps, they just paralyzed our work.
Evgueny filed a case against unlawful proceedings, but the defendant – the prosecutor who has initiated proceedings against Evgueny – just was not able to present to the judge any formal documents.
SUBTITLE: Evgueny Lobachev, General Director, Евгений Лобачёв, UTC-avia-22
The criminal case against me is unlawful too. They impute unlawful – not licensed – training of aviation staff but this activity is not prohibited by the law, above that, training of aviation staff is not in the list of business activities subject to be licensed.
There is a rumor in Russian pilot community that UTC-avia-22 became one of the numerous victims of the run off intense inspections initiated by RAA after the fatal crash of Boing-737 in Kazan City killing all passengers on board including one sun of a powerful Russian politician. The pretext for the repeated inspections of UTC-avia-22 was another crash – the aborted take-off of Yak-42 business jet that killed whole Locomotive ice hockey team in the city of Yaroslavl in 2011. The pilot crew of that unfortunate Yak was trained in that very UTC pilot school.
SUBTITLE: Evgueny Lobachev, General Director, Евгений Лобачёв, UTC-avia-22
That crash of Yak happened 3 years ago and RAA only now starts proceedings against us, they take all our documents for the last three years, all the financial documents of the Company. It is not a secret that the unfortunate Yak crew was having the first day of the upgrading course in our school when their Yak operator recalled them just for that flight in what they got killed.
SUBTITLE: Evgueny Lobachev, General Director, Евгений Лобачёв, UTC-avia-22
I was in RAA, I spoke with their boss, I asked explanation, I said if I am personally an obstacle I am ready to go, but do not stop training. He said no, this is not the reason, just correct the situation. And inspections continue.
After the detailed analysis of the situation the administration of the school came to a conclusion which might look lik exotic but in fact it is not rare in Russia.
SUBTITLE: Evgueny Lobachev, General Director, UTC-avia-22
Suddenly we realized that the problem is simple. Our Company owns the buildings of the training center, the hotel, the boiler-house and 4.5 acres of land. The land is not yet privatized but belongs to the Company. The official government cost of this land is 1.5 million dollars but if we apply for privatization we have the right to pay only 2.5% of that amount. So now, one can get this land for small money and then sell it to the market which will give them already 5 million bucks as a commercial price. So they just wanted to stop our business, make us go bankrupt and then buy for little money.
If we take Evgueny’s version as warranted this explanes everything. The land in Bikovo – the town very close to Moscow – is in high demand now as a good place for development of private villages.
SUBTITLE: Evgueny Lobachev, General Director, UTC-avia-22.
This problem is a double-edged weapon and we are trying to turn it out either way. But, frankly do not succeed. So far…
In his pilot school Evgueny organized seminars with the purpose to train operators of pilot schools, air clubs and private pilots how to withstand and survive in such situations – how to work with RAA, Transport inspection, Ministry of transport, how to prepare documents, files a case in a court and so on. The UTC pilot school license for educational services is still effective, so the guys are not going to give up. And we are going to insist on the comment of Russian Aviatin Administration to report it to you in one of our following issues.
Evgueny Maksimov, Alexander Moisseyev, FlightTV.
Aerovolga Co. the builder of industrial La-8 amphibious flying boats goes on with its activities. First byuers of Aerovolga’s new two-seats amphibian Borey airplane will get it by the next fall for only 85.500 dollars. The one who byus La-8 will get Borey as a bonus. There is always a place for second aircraft, isn’t it?
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Now as always for dessert our usual No comments column. Technical progress will never stop. In France they made a so called Drone Hunter. Now we bet on a super-drone against this French drone hunter.