On 17 September 2018 the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) authorized UTair - Helicopter Services for commercial operation of Mi-171A2 helicopters. The right to perform commercial operations resulted from the set of actions implemented together with The Russian Helicopters and aimed at mastering the new type of aircraft. The Company's request to Rosaviatsia to add Mi-171A2 helicopter to its air operator certificate has successfully undergone a comprehensive expertise, which included inspection of the Company's base facilities, analysis of documentation and a test flight of the aircraft.
"We are really proud that we are the first in the world to commence commercial operation of the new generation helicopter. Our Company is going to use Mi-171A2 in support of oil and gas companies. We have agreed with one of our largest Customers to use this aircraft for transportation of personnel to the their production facilities", - commented Andrey Ilmensky, Chief Executive Officer of UTair - Helicopter Services, expressing confidence that Mi-171A2 helicopters will become a good addition to the fleet of UTair Group.
The Mi-171A2 helicopters will be operated by qualified crews who have been trained under specifically developed and approved programs at the base of the aircraft designer. At present six of the Company's instructor pilots are authorized to perform flights on these aircraft. Further training of flight and maintenance personnel will be performed in UTair Personnel Training Center in Tyumen.
"Mi-171A2 is a fundamentally new helicopter. We saw value in the innovations implemented in it: digital complex of aircraft equipment, new more powerful engines, efficient lifting system with composite blades and X-type tail rotor. These and other technical solutions have not only influenced performance of the aircraft in the best possible way, but also reduced the load on the crew", – stressed Dmitriy Streltsov, Vice-President - Flight Director of UTair - Helicopter Services.
Technical support of Mi-171A2 helicopter operation will be provided by personnel of UTair Engineering - a company, which is the world's leader in maintenance of Mil helicopters. This company is the first in Russia to master the full package of maintenance of the brand new Mi-171A2 helicopter type.
Mi-171А2 is the latest modification of helicopters of Mi-8/17 type. The aircraft is equipped with new engines with a digital control system, as well as an effective rotor system with composite blades and an improved aerodynamic profile. As a result of the modernization, the power reserve has increased significantly, the cruising and maximum speed of Mi-171A2 compared to commercially produced Mi-8/17 helicopters have increased by 10%. The helicopter may be efficiently operated in the daytime and at night, at high altitudes, in high and low temperatures, high humidity environment and over water. The use of helicopter digital onboard equipment complex on Mi-171A2 made to the "glass cockpit" principle has reduced the crew to two people. For safety enhancement modern systems for prevention of the collision with terrain, other aircraft and obstacles in the flight path have been installed.
UTair - Helicopter Services is the helicopter operator No. 1 in Russia and the largest helicopter company in the world in terms of fleet size and cargo capacity. It is a part of UTair Group and its main helicopter company operating fleet of more than 330 aircraft of various types - mostly Mil family and Airbus Helicopters. The Company's helicopters are supporting its customers in 4 continents. UTair – Helicopter Services fleet capabilities and personnel expertise enable high quality and safety of aerial works of any complexity in any geographical and climatic regions. The helicopter business segment also includes Turukhan Airlines which operates in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, and Vostok Aviation rendering its services in the Far East. In the international markets UTair Group is represented by its subsidiaries: UTair India (India), UTair Europe (Slovakia), Helicopters del Sur (Peru).