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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Flight Simulation, Training Find Oasis at Russia’s UTair

UTair Training Center, located in Tyumen—one of the most important industrial and economic centers east of the Urals and a vast oil-rich region stretching from the Kazakh border to the Arctic—is recognized throughout the industry for its high level of professionalism and commitment to safety and excellence. Rotor & Wing went to the heart of the facility to learn more about the company’s training programs.

By Elena Malova

The UTair Training Center in Tyumen dates back to 1967, when it was a training facility unit for the Tyumen Civil Aviation Department. Later it developed into a Personnel Training Center (PTC) and was registered as a non-commercial partnership that soon grew into one of the largest civil aviation training centers in Russia. UTair Aviation and its subsidiaries, UTair Engineering and Center of Transport and Services, established the center. The facility contains training infrastructure for engineers and pilots, and has trained pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and technicians for more than 50 years. Currently, 18,000 students from Russia, Colombia, Turkey, China, Sudan, Nepal, Africa and Peru attend UTair’s training classes every year.

Vladimir Demkin, UTair training center director, is a rotary and fixed-wing pilot and has flown Mil Mi-26s, Mi-8s and Tu-154s. He also holds the position of deputy flight director at UTair Aviation.

In 2011, Eurocopter certified the UTair training facility, meaning that pilots and mechanics were authorized to train in Russia to Eurocopter standards. Therefore, PTC became the 20th training center in the global Eurocopter training network and the first without Eurocopter shareholding participation. The center is approved for AS350 and AS355 type ratings.

The successful operation of the center shows the high professional degree of UTair and the company’s commitment to complying with international requirements. It enjoys the full support of helicopter manufacturers and has secured communication on best practices and the latest training materials.

UTair Training Center provides a “complete and dedicated training environment,” where students are able to “achieve their objectives in the most efficient manner. PTC consists of an administration center, a flight simulator training facility, lecture halls, instructor briefing offices and a library with Mil and Eurocopter manuals and references,” explains Demkin.

UTair Mi-26T simulator. Photo by Marianna Efremova

“Our success lies in our sophisticated pilot training programs, along with effective management systems and qualified instructors,” says Demkin. “Very experienced pilots come from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Defense and other governmental structures around the world. They all go through what we call here ‘an adaptation program’ and after certain procedures start working with us.”

PTC’s philosophy “is to teach pilots to do their job well,” he adds. “Certainly it includes effective and adaptable procedures, an applied operational knowledge, good and confident managing skills. All these are taught and then put into practice via roleplaying immediately. We have identified specific objectives and designed real-life situations to achieve them. Theory and practical training are integrated strategically for maximum productivity.”
See the full story, including a breakdown of the UTair Training Center's fleet and personnel, in the Training section of the October 2012 issue.
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