Russian Helicopters, July 04, 2013 - Ulan-Ude, Russia - Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, has delivered a Mi-171А1 helicopter built by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant to Brazilian operator Atlas Taxi Aereo.
The delivery marks a continuation of the successful development of partnership relations between Russian Helicopters and the Brazilian helicopter operator. Atlas Taxi Aereo highly rates the unique operating potential of the previously delivered Mi-171A1, and is building up its fleet with Russian-made helicopters.
The Мi-171А1 received certification fr om Brazil’s Aircraft Register in 2005. In the same year the first Mi-171A1 was delivered to Brazil, with another two following in 2011. Used in harsh weather conditions to support the drilling work carried out by oil company Petrobras in Brazil’s rainforests, the Mi-171A1 helicopters stand out from their counterparts due to their highly reliable operating efficiency. For example, during a year of intense operations one helicopter flew over 1,000 hours (on average 120 hours a month), carrying approximately 600 tonnes of cargo, primarily drilling equipment, on an external sling.
Atlas Taxi Aereo appreciates the advantages of the Мi-171А1, including excellent flight performance, reliability and easy maintenance, and also the profitable price-quality ratio, and plans to add to its fleet in future.
Following an order from the Brazilian operator for the new Mi-171A1, the T-HUMS system, an onboard health and monitoring system, was installed for the first time. The system automatically monitors a wide range of units and components in real time and increases flight safety significantly.
This system also allows maintenance to be performed as and when necessary, reducing operators’ financial costs significantly and increasing the efficiency of Atlas Taxi Aereo’s helicopter business – including for oil giant Petrobras. The client’s focus on flight safety is attributable to the use of the helicopter in parts of the country that are virtually inaccessible. There are also plans to install the T-HUMS systems on a couple of previously delivered Мi-171А1s.
Atlas Taxi Aereo is a reliable regional partner of Russian Helicopters. In addition to deliveries of Mi-171A1s, the Brazilian company was Russian Helicopters’ first client for the company’s latest model, the Ka-62. A contract for seven helicopters was signed during the visit by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to Russia in December 2012.
In addition to the Mi-171А1, another Russian helicopter is operational in Brazil – the Ka-32A11BC, which was delivered to Helipark Taxi Aereo in March 2012. These deliveries open up new opportunities for Russian Helicopters on Brazil’s commercial helicopter market, and across South America, wh ere demand for new medium-range multirole helicopters is increasing. This has become one of the key regions for Russian Helicopters for doing business, and Russian Helicopters is ready to meet the growing requirements of the Latin American market for state-of-the-art helicopters.
The Мi-171А1 helicopter is part of the legendary Mi-8/17 series. It can transport up to 26 passengers and 4,000 kg of cargo. It has been developed from the Mi-171 helicopter in accordance with AP-29 aviation rules and the requirements of Brazil’s aviation regulators. The Mi-171A1 is manufactured by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, a Russian Helicopters company.
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 CorporationRostec. 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. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. Over 8000 helicopters of Soviet/Russian make are operated in 110 countries worldwide. Traditionally the demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia, and CIS countries. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2012 its IFRS revenues increased 21% to RUB 125,7billion. Deliveries reached 290 helicopters.