The first of five Russian Helicopters training centers has passed certification under the new Federal Agency for Air Transport (Rosaviatsiya) Federal Aviation Regulation 289, Russian Helicopters said. The regulation, effective last July, allows the center to train pilots, technicians, and engineers, among other allowances.
The newly certificated center is located at Kazan Helicopters. Russian Helicopters aims to achieve certification for the other four before the end of the year. They are located at Rostvertol, Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant (NARP), Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAP) and Kamov.
“Certificate of compliance with the new federal aviation regulations … means that the organization can provide educational services according to the list of allowed programs, training of aviation personnel, including training in the field of ‘helicopter and the engine’ and ‘aircraft and avionics,’ as well as on the program maintenance of civil Ansat, Mi-8 MTV and their modifications,” the company said.
The training center at Kazan has already trained pilots, technicians and engineers for the Kenyan Ministry of Internal Affairs. Russian Helicopters said the program included 244 hours of simulator training on an Mi-8 MTV platform. Kenyan pilots also performed tasks in environments with reduced visibility and snow.