- Passenger and Cargo Transportation
- Aerial Visual Operations and Monitoring of Gas and Oil Pipelines
- Forest Aviation/Forest Patrol Operations
- Search and Rescue and Emergency Operations
- Urgent Medical Evacuation of Patients from Hard-to-reach Areas
- Construction and Assembly and Handling Operations
UTair Aviation is widely known due to the huge volume of passenger and cargo transportations both within Russia, and worldwide; it fulfils orders of state and private organizations from several tens of countries, as well as of a large number of major commercial and non-commercial undertakings.
In the North of Russia UTair provides for passenger and cargo delivery to hard-to-reach areas, in particular by order of local administrations of southern districts of the Tyumen region, Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Areas; it takes part in transportation and collection of local children to the place of study or rest.
By orders of its customers, UTair Aviation constantly performs aerial photography and video recording of various objects and terrains for mapping purposes and other industry needs using universal multipurpose helicopters: light AS-350B3, AS-355N and Robinson R-44, as well as Mi-8T.
Light helicopters noted for their mobility and high fuel efficiency have been deservedly valued by customers of the airline.
All helicopters are efficiently used for monitoring of gas and oil pipelines integrity, which monitoring is performed under contracts with various gas and oil producing and refining enterprises. Mi-8T due to the cabin dimensions and availability of folding seats along inner sides of the cabin can also simultaneously carry a customer’s personnel team and the equipment required for containment of gas or oil leakages; it can also transport large-size cargo on the external load.
UTair Aviation has rendered forest fire fighting aviation services to organizations engaged in forest protection for many years. So over past three years it has strengthened partnership relations with organizations operating in the Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Areas and a number of other Russian and foreign regions.
Forest protection operations have been several times favored by letters of appreciation from heads of the organizations who have used UTair services. The airline has established a long-term cooperation with many of them in the area of forest fire extinguishing.
Crews of the airline have wide experience in performing forest aviation operations in various geographical regions with diverse climatic characteristics. For example, it performed long-term fire fighting operations with the help of Mi-8MTV helicopters in the Republic of South Africa during the 1993-1999 period.
Other examples include fire fighting operations with the help of Mi-8MTV helicopters in the Republic of South Africa or with the help of Mi-171 in Turkey, as well as fire fighting and deer pasture guard operations on Yamal.
UTair Aviation has been engaged in round-the-clock technical maintenance of aircraft in the Roshchino airport (Tyumen) and in the Tyumen region for search and rescue operations for a long time. The company’s crew has all necessary permits and experience of special visual flight rules in the event of extreme weather conditions and instrument flight rules.
Recent training flights were performed for a search of a group of people and the following landing of rescuers, and these flights met all the requirements for such operations.
UTair works closely with regional administrations of the south of the Tyumen region, Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Areas, carrying out flights to render medical assistance to the population of the Tobolskiy, Vagaiskiy, Berezovskiy, Beloyarskiy, Oktyabrskiy, Khanty-Mansi, Surgutskiy, Tzovskiy, Yamalskiy districts.
Pilots of the airline have permits for performance of flights in adverse weather conditions, in highlands, at night and according to instrument flight rules.
UTair Aviation is proud of its exclusive experience of performing various construction and assembly and handling operations with the help of Mi-6, Mi-10K, Mi-26, Mi-8MTV, Mi-171 helicopters. Some projects due to their unique nature have attracted close attention of various mass media. One can see company’s helicopters used in such operations in various films and popular editions.
Within the last few years alone, the company has implemented several tens of unique projects. One of them is the flight by Mi-26 helicopter in September 1999 to the North Pole with an exploration company of 50 persons, including representatives of world mass media.
During the same period the company implemented the project that received wide publicity in world mass media on lifting and transportation of the mammoth that had been found in the north of Russia encased in an ice block and weighing about 18 tons.
UTair regularly fulfils orders for assembly of rigs, towers, columns and various large constructions employing both the rough laying method using a trapping system, and the accurate laying and rotating methods. There were hundreds of such operations performed in the Sverdlovsk, Perm and Tyumen regions, as well as in various Russian, CIS and foreign areas.
Commonly performed operations include laying of pipelines and fixing cement blocks, installation and replacement of large-size conditioners, as well as of various framings for fixing billboards and all sorts of equipment on roofs of skyscrapers, replacement of filtration systems at chemical industry enterprises, of relay-type and mobile communication towers in the territory of Russia and abroad.
As an example of such operations we can name the successful installation of the rotating metal emblem on the roof of the tall administrative building of the VAZ automobile plant in Tolyatti that was carried out by way of consecutive lifting of eight various parts of the rotating emblem.
Another example is the successful installation of a special lift in the upper part of the pipe that is more than 100 meters high at the Norilks Nickel-Cadmium Works, inner coating of the pipe crumbling. The lift was required to perform works on repair of the inner coating of the pipe, as execution of such works with access from beneath could have caused injures to the operating team, should the coating material have fallen. The airline’s helicopter managed to solve the task requiring particular accuracy just within minutes.
Load can be attached on any open sites that do not require on-ground infrastructure, all organization and preparation works being executed by the airline’s personnel.
Handling operations are carried out by specially trained riggers and strappers of the customer under control of the company’s specialists. In case of long term cooperation, customer’s personnel can receive training at the UTair Aviation Personnel Training Center in Tyumen to perform handling operations by themselves. UTair applies such scheme in cooperation with OJSC “Surgutneftegas”, a major consumer of transportation services by Mi-26 helicopter in Russia and worldwide. First of all, it is due to the unique technology developed by Surgutneftegas in the area of the geology-prospecting equipment transportation. The main point of this technology is that transportation of drilling personnel and machinery is carried out by Mi-26 helicopters, while the traditional method provides for cargo transportation overland and requires laying of high-cost tracks and winter roads. For this technology to be implemented, they had to lighten indivisible modules of drill rigs (first of all, diesel-electric power units) to 18-19 tons.
At present drilling personnel together with a drill rig can be delivered to any point at the distance of up to 100 km in 36 hours, which allows the customer to reduce costs for maintenance of a large number of drill rigs. Such mode of transportation makes it possible to significantly minimize expenses for exploration works and reduce the term of putting drill rigs into operation.
Moreover, usage of such high-rise helicopters as Mi-26 makes it possible to carry out quick and efficient move of drill rigs by air, unlike usage of tow cars for move of drill rigs overland when the upper ground lay is damaged seriously.
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