Am not interesting to make debate with hmmm heli from penzanse but I am sorry that in UK you don't have deisgn engineers who are also qualified to fly. Very sad! My flight training was over two years (part time) and which Mil consider investment to help technical division understand all aspects of helicopter operation. I am not only engineer with pilot qualifications.
Graviman, I was not involved in the original design of the Mi26 but in the upgrade for Mi17 and Mi24 to Mi35. For past two years I am working on Mi38 project.
In end of 2004 we begin major overhaul of Mi26 flight deck to reduce crew and integrate our BREO flight management system. This we call Mi26T and it is T model which will be used as basis for new project with china.
Actually in the UK they do something I wish they would here in the states. Have the design engineers (not maintenance folks) work on the production line and in the service center BEFORE they are ever allowed to put a pencil to paper.
Russian Helicopters is preparing to launch a joint venture in China that will become the group's maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre for aircraft operating in the country.
A statement by Russian Helicopters on 15 November said the Sino-Russian Helicopter Service Company Ltd, which was formally set up earlier this year but has yet to commence operations, will be based in Qingdao on the east coast of China and will provide support and maintenance services to a wide range of Russian rotorcraft.
While primarily focused on civilian platforms the JV is also expected to provide similar services to military helicopters in service with the Chinese armed forces.
The announcement came as Russian Helicopters announced on 15 November that its subsidiary Rostvertol has delivered an Mi-26TC to China to carry out fire-fighting duties, thus fulfilling a contract placed in March 2010. It is the third MI-26TC purchased by China.
On the subject of the JV, Russian Helicopters said it represents an "important step in the change of strategy from selling just the helicopter itself to selling the entire lifecycle of a helicopter, including after-sale service and modern training means".
This new technical facilty will become largest for all Russian-made helicopters in China and is just one of some very largest new project we have coming in next 7-8 months!
Heli, I have a picture of a Mil 26 tail rotor disintegrating and whoever took it snapped the photo just at the right moment, with the helicopter tipping back on itself at Moro airfield in PNG about 1994. Unfortunately its at home in Indonesia right now, but will make a note to scan it and put it on PPRuNe.
Two Russian politicians who survived a helicopter crash in the country’s remote Altai Republic are to face charges of illegal hunting, investigators said on Monday. A Mi-17 Hip helicopter carrying government officials crashed near the Altai’s Chernaya mountain in January 2009, killing seven people, including the Russian president's envoy to the State Duma, Alexander Kosopkin.
The Managing Director of Ulan-Ude aviation plant, Leonid White, has issued a statement this week that the plant will have produced a total of 85 Mi-171s by the end of 2010, an increase of 25% over the previous year.
The Mi-171 can transport a maximum of 37 passengers, although frequently a mixed passenger/cargo configuration is used. Currently, countries from Central and South-East Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, Latin America the CIS and China operate more than 600 Mi-171 helicopters in various versions and variants.
More Mi variants (Mi-8/17) have been produced than the total civil helicopter population of the United States.
Please for patient as we still work for this. For 2010 extremly busy year for Mil. I tell before we have so many big project and I tell last month of teknical facilities in China and still more news for you next year (big) for Mil.
We are still worink on Mi34 and it will be the Russian colibri but better and you will enjoy.
It was Mi-34C (not Mi-34C1) which was manufactured in 2000-2002. Since that time we worked with owners of Mi-34C and customers of other light helicopters.
The feedback allowed us to design a new helicopter - Mi-34C1. So now it is with electro-starter, new rotor hub, space luggage place, new interiors (designed by AeroTaxi company experienced in works in Russia and abroad for even countries' leaders) and many other improvements.
I fly both R-44 and Mi-34C and can insure that Mi-34C1 will be a new helicopter on the market. And in CIS Mi-34C1 will be sufficiently cheaper than R-44, the closer competitor.
Since we launch a new helicopter it is reasonable to analyze order backlog after the official presentation with demonstration flights. It will take place at MAKS (Moscow, Aug 2011). Serial manufacturing starts in 2012. We are organizing an impressive event at MAKS and the quantity of orders will be announced officially there. Now I can only say that surprising to me personally we have orders not only from Russia and CIS but from Europe also. And 2012 is fully booked. As for distributors, we will use "Russian Helicopters" already established worldwide network and add private companies working with piston helicopters. We'd like our partners to distribute/maintenance and do all aftermarket works at one company. The task is to cover the world with distributor/maintenance centers not less convenient than Robinson do for it's customers. I will be glad to answer additional questions. In December I'll try to provide some technical details and some parts of commercial offer to be more precise.
Turbine version is called Mi-34C2. It will be the next step in our market expansion. Frankly, we have several scenarios of further activity and will come back to consideration on obtaining feedback from launching Mi-34C1.
What are the main parameters for you while you chose the 4-seater helicopter to buy?
Please, share your minds and ask questions about Mi-34C1. Mi-34C1 is to be used for pilot schools, corporate and private transportation, all types of monitoring and sport.....