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Results of the 9th International Exhibition and Scientific Conference on Hydroaviation Gidroaviasalon-2012

September 6-9, 2012 the 9th International exhibition and scientific conference on hydroaviation Gidroaviasalon-2012 took place in the city of Gelendzhik at the facility of test and experimental base of Beriev Aircraft Company and at Gelendzhik airport.

The organizer of the exhibition is Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russian Federation. The technical organizer of the exhibition is Beriev Aircraft Corp. and Gidroaviasalon Company. The responsibilities for business program coordination, advertising and information support are allocated to RWS Holding Company.

The general sponsor of Gidroaviasalon-2012 is Vnesheconombank, the sponsor is Novikombank, the general insurer is VSK Insurance Company.

September 6, the exhibition was inaugurated by D. Manturov, the Minister of Industry and Trade of Russian Federation and the Chairman of Organizing Committee of the exhibition. He read out the greeting of D. Medvedev, the Prime Minister, to the exhibition participants.

In the exhibition opening ceremony took part the following people: S. Gavrilov - Chairman of Committee of State Duma for ownership issues, D. Shugaev - First Deputy General Director of Rostechnologies State Corporation, Yu. Slusar - Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, A. Klepach - Deputy Minister of Economic Development, V. Okulov - Deputy Minister of Transport, M. Pogosyan - President of United Aviation Corporation, V. Kobzev - General Director - General Designer of Beriev Aircraft Corp., Deputy Chairman of Organising Committee, B. Alyoshin - General Director of FSUE TsAGI, V.Boguslaev - President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of MotorSich Company (Ukraine), V. Verba - General Director of Vega Group Company, V. Khrestin - Head of Administration of municipal formation of Gelendzhik resort city.

The exhibition was visited by A. Dvorkovich, the Vice Prime Minister of Government of Russia, and A. Tkachev, the Governor of Krasnodarskiy Krai.

More than 190 participants were registered at the exhibition. Besides domestic organizations and companies, companies from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Iran, Italy, France, Ukraine, Czech Republic, China and others participated in Gidroaviasalon-2012.

More than 30 aircraft of various types were demonstrated in air and on ground, including Be-200ES multipurpose amphibian, Be-103 light amphibian, Che-29 seaplane, L-42M amphibian, IL-114 flying simulator, TVS-2MC aircraft (remotorized An-2), Mi-26T, Mi-8MSB, Ka-27PS and AW139 helicopters. Piloting skills were demonstrated by pilots of "Strizhi" ("Sand Martins") and "Russkie Vityazi" ("Russian Knights") aerobatic teams on Mig-29 and Su-27 aircraft.

During Gidroaviasalon-2012 on the 7-th and 8-th of September, Be-200ES (21512) amphibian made 26 world records in C-2 class (seaplanes) and C-3 class (amphibians) - time to climb at 3000, 6000 and 9000 meters with no load and commercial load of 1000, 2000 and 5000 kg (24 records) and maximal level flight altitude (2 records).

On September 8, after the record-setting flight was performed, upon the request of the administrative authorities of Gelendzhik, the amphibian aircraft participated in real forest fire-fighting operations in a location which was hardly to be reached by all the other fire-fighting means.

EK-12 wing-in-ground effect vehicles "Ivolga" and "Aquaglide-5" were demonstrated during the exhibition. A wide exposition of motor boats and yachts was also displayed.

For the first time, such unmanned flying vehicles as "Horizon Air S-100" and "Zala 421-04M" performed flights during Gidroaviasalon-2012. Much attention of the audience was attracted by Jet Flyer JF-250 flying water pack.

The scope of the present Gidroaviasalon-2012 was extended and replenished with the new branches as follows: continental shelf oil and gas production, aquatic biological resources and aquaculture, underwater equipment, ocean science and World Ocean resources, hydrometeorological support of World Ocean human activity, maritime law, water sports and rest.

During the exhibition, press conferences with participation of representatives of JSC Gidroaviasalon, Vega Company, Beriev Aircraft Corp., took place. 30 conferences, roundtable discussions, seminars and presentations dealing with the up-to-date issues related to all the branches of the exhibition Gidroaviasalon-2012, i.e: aviation, hydroaviation and maritime activity, were also conducted.

In the course of the exhibition, the following contracts were awarded: between ROSOBORONEXPORT and Russian Helicopters Company on one side and Poly Technologies, Inc, China, on the other side, for delivery of Mi-171E helicopters to People's Republic of China; between Gaspromavia Company and Kamov Company for delivery of Ka-226 TG helicopters; between Procurement and Logistics Center and Instrument Engineering Bureau, Ramenskoye, for manufacturing and delivery of the wide range of products of the Instrument Engineering Bureau; between EKSAR Company and Beriev Aircraft Company on arrangement of Be-200 amphibian aircraft export insurance.

Besides, contracts in the total amount of more than 3 billion rubles, between Beriev Aircraft Company and vendors, for delivery of the equipment installed in Be-200 amphibian aircraft to be constructed as per the forthcoming contract for eight aircraft for the Ministry of Defense, were awarded.

Within the period from the 7th to the 8th of September, during the exhibition "Gidroaviasalon-2012", the IX-th International Scientific Conference on Hydroaviation took place. The sessions were conducted in Primorye hotel. More than 150 specialists representing more than 30 companies and organizations of Russia took part in the Conference. The representatives of Bahar System Company of Iran, MotorSich and Progress companies of Ukraine participated in the conference. The work was split to six sections and more than 100 scientific reports were presented and discussed.

The reports presented during the conference covered all the stages of the life cycle of the aircraft from design stage to the stage of logistics and maintenance. Based of the results of the conference, the decisions aimed at the enhancement of efficiency of sea planes construction, its further development and improvement, were taken.

The tasks of the President and Government of Russia on the development of stable transport infrastructure in the North and Far East may be solved with the help of hydroaviation, small aircraft and helicopters. Gidroaviasalon-2012 has successfully proved the capability and readiness to solve the stated above tasks.

Press release courtesy of www.beriev.com