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VRT-200103 Vertolet N3 2001 magazine
Moscow aviation and space salon (MAKS-2001) took place in Zhukovsky on August 14-19, 2001. 537 companies from 34 countries Hook part in it. It was a record number of exhibitors in comparison with the previous Moscow salons. The article The festival on the MAKS field (by M. Rumiantzeva) presented in the AEROSHOW heading tells about this exhibition, the participants and their achievements in the sphere of design and development of aircraft, rotorcraft and space technologies. The domestic helicopter-building was presented by Kamov Company, Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, Kazan Helicopters, Rostvertol and Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The enterprises from Irkutsk and Lukhovitzi presented their new light autogyros.
Two papers were published in the OPINION section. They continue the discussion started in AEROSHOW heading. The first one - Local MAKS (by U. Ivanov) - tells in particular about helicopter's expositions and presents the specific personal view of the representative of Kazan Helicopter Plant (p. 10-11). The second article -S ome impressions of MAKS exhibition (by I. Fedorov) - informs readers about advertising policy of Russian and foreign exhibitors.
The DESIGNING heading contains three papers. The first one (The mirror for the pilot) written by M. Mubarakshin) acquaints read-llrs with Extern a I mirror for monitoring the loads on external sling which was designed by Kazan Helicopter Plant. The author worked in the design team which developed this mirror (p. 13). The article Let's check our watch! (by N. Kraeva) is devoted to the military exercises that took place in Kazan. The program of those exercises contained the demonstration of helicopters produced by Kazan Helicopters Plant (p. 14-15). The last paper Conquest of Tibet (by U. Kostrov) is a story of demonstration flights of the Mi-17-lV in Tibet. The helicopter demonstrated to Tibetan customers was equipped with the new VK-2500 engine and new SAFIR APU. This allows to operate the helicopter in mountains at altitudes up to 6000m.
A. Artukh, the author of the paper The war is adult's business is a military pilot. His story is about participation of helicopters in Chechnya counter-terror operation. The contribution of helicopter aviation to the struggle against illegal military group can't be overestimated (p. 19-23). The paper is published in OPERATION section.
The ECONOMICS heading contains the article Air strikes written by A. Che-povskoy. It presents the information about Russian and foreign helicopters which have been upgraded during the last 10 years. The author analyzes the modernization programs which were developed both in Russia and abroad in the context of the economical situation.
The 27th European Rotorcraft Forum took place on September, 11-14, 2001. No doubt, it was the highlight of the helicopter community life last autumn . You can read the paper From Russia with love (by A. Khlebnikov) on pages 30-34 under EVENT heading.
The second material could be titled «To whom it may concern)). It informs readers about the preparation for V Forum of Russian Helicopter Society which will take place in February, 2002. The article contains call for papers.
Torzhok, a quiet Russian town, is well-known for the people who deal with aviation. This is the place where the famous military aviation school is situated. It is here where many ace fliers began their carrier and famous Russian Eagles, the pilots of Mi-24 helicopters learned to fly. The Eagles group is the pride of Training Centre for Flight Personnel of Military Aviation. The article. The Eagles from Torzhob was written by major-general, honoured pilot of Russia, E. Ignatov who is the supervisor of Torzhok Centre (p. 36-38). The paper is published in SCHOOL section.
The article The life faces us with new problems (by N. Mil) published in HISTORY section is devoted to the history of Mi-2 helicopter's development. N. Mill's a daughter of the famous Russian designer Michail Mil. She writes about the Mi-2 development using some notes and charts from her father's diary.
The paper When the Mf was young (by A. Khlebnikov) goes under JUBILEE heading. It is also devoted to Mi-2 helicopter. The 22th of September was the day of 40th anniversary of the Mi-2 first flight. The Mi-2 can be called a pioneer in some sense. It was the first light helicopter in the world equipped with two engines, the first rotorcraft in the USSR designed especially for civil operations. Polish helicopter-building started with the developing of Mi-2 serial production. So, the Mi-2 jubilee was a good opportunity to recall the history of this helicopter and to think about the future of Russian helicopter-building.
The GEOGRAPHY heading is one of the favorite in our journal. As usual, the articles set in this section tell about helicopter's operations in different climatic conditions. Then, all papers in this heading contain beautiful pictures. Both articles given in this issue contain all the features mentioned above. The first one was created by our contributor V. Mitin. He tells about present day of Ukhta subbranch of Gazpromavia company The winter has come to Ukhta.
The second paper Let's go upper and upper (by 0. Rogozin) is devoted to the Russian helicopter pilots' work in Nepal. The pictures made by the author and his colleagues are published in photo-gallery of our journal.
50 pages, 90 photos
1. Kamov Ka-32A-1 helicopter
2. Mil Mi-2 helicopter
3. Kamov Ka-226 helicopter
4. Kamov Ka-60 helicopter
5. Mil Mi-8AMTSH helicopter
6. Mil Mi-8MTV-5 helicopter
7. Mil Mi-60 and Mi-26 helicopters
8. Mil Mi-24 helicopter
9. Mil Mi-26 helicopter
10. Mil Mi-24 helicopter