Russian Helicopters will this month host pilots from Mongolyn Alt Corporation (MAK) at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant’s Aviation Training Center, under an agreement on training of flight and engineering personnel. The Mongolian company operates two Mi-8/17 series helicopters – a Mi-171 and a Mi-8AMT – both produced at the Ulan-Ude plant and delivered to the customer in 2008 and 2011, respectively.

MAK staff will undergo mandatory further professional training including 54 hours of theoretical classes and nine hours of practical courses on the Training Center’s Mi-171 simulator.

“Our Training Center has first-class pilots on its staff with thousands of flying hours and experience of pilot instruction. Some of them also have military experience,” said Training Center head Gennady Leonov. “The suite of additional professional education that we offer to operators of Russian-built helicopters enables them to optimize spending on their mandatory regular refresher training for staff.”

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant’s Training Center specializes in further professional education and retraining of flight and engineering personnel for Mi-171 and Mi-8AMT helicopters. The Centre provides a complete range of courses including theoretical, simulator and flight-training work, including on helicopters owned by the customer.

The Center began offering its full complement of services for flight and engineering staff training following the commissioning and certification of its Mi-171 flight simulator in September 2013. It helps flight crew to master piloting and navigation skills in various flight modes and all weather conditions, as well as actions to be taken in the event of pilot error, technical failure and other emergency situations. The simulator closely recreates real flight conditions.

Previously Chinese operators of Russian-built helicopters had undergone training using the Mi-171 simulator at the Ulan-Ude Training Center. They praised the work of the center, and noted the high level of expertise of the center’s staff, the convenience of training using the simulator and its close approximation of a real helicopter.

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant is a Russian Helicopters production facility. The plant has extensive and advanced manufacturing and technical capabilities that enable it to quickly launch production of new aircraft types and also to build prototypes and mass-produce helicopters. The plant has built more than 8,000 machines in its 70-year history. Today it specializes in the production of the Mi-171 (Mi-8AMT) and Mi-171Sh helicopters.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of State Corporation Rostec. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters is headquartered in Moscow. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2013 its IFRS revenues increased 10% to RUB 138.3 billion. Deliveries reached 275 helicopters.