MAI takes part in HeliRussia-2021 International Helicopter Industry Exhibition

22 May 2021

HeliRussia-2021, the International Helicopter Industry Exhibition, has been launched in Moscow on 20 May. For three days, 20-22 May, helicopter industry companies demonstrated their latest achievements across the entire range of products and services at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Centre. The Moscow Aviation Institute is taking part in the business and exhibition program of the event.

MAI displays its developments

Traditionally, MAI Department 102 for Helicopter Design demonstrated its developments at the exhibition. Visitors of the MAI stand saw three blown-up models of vertical take-off and landing rotorcraft, designed for studies of their performance in the MAI T-1 wind tunnel. These included a variant model of the Mi-8/Mi-17 family of helicopters with a variety of civil and military load suspension options, a Project ZERO convertible aircraft, manufactured with extensive use of additive manufacturing technology at tMAI resource centres, and a modular Mi-171A3 offshore helicopter, which will be shown at the MAKS-2021 air show for the first time.

The stand also included unmanned aerial vehicles: Korshun-2 cargo hexacopter designed by Andrei Kolpakov, a graduate student of the MAI; Pathfinder vehicle from the MAI Drone School, designed to search for people lost in the forest; and a vertical take-off and landing drone from the MAI Student Design Bureau of Aviation Modelling.

The Research Department of Department 301 for Automated and Intelligent Control Systems, exhibited a flight simulator designed and assembled by students of the MAI under the supervision of Head of the Research and Development Department 301 Vladimir Chemodanov. The simulator allows creating and testing mathematical models of aircraft: from an aeroplane or helicopter to an airship. It is also possible to use the stand to test various algorithms in control systems.

Furthermore, the units of a crashworthy helicopter fuel system, a unique technology of interactive three-dimensional graphics developed by the staff of the Flight Rigs and Pilot Aircraft Research Laboratory were displayed at HeliRussia.

Participation in the business programme

On the first day of HeliRussia-2021, the conference "Historical memory of the Great Patriotic War achievements" and foresight-session "Historical Succession of Generations" were held. The events were organised by the Organising Committee of the International Festival "Ot Vinta!" and the Moscow Aviation Institute. All-Russian historical project "Engineers of the Victory", a unique collection of archival materials, monographs and documentary records of labour exploits of domestic enterprises, institutes, engineers, scientists, inventors during the war were presented. Issues related to methods of working with young people to ensure the historical continuity of generations were discussed at the  =thematic foresight session.

The main programme of the exhibition included the expert session for students and young specialists, involving representatives of industrial enterprises, leaders of the helicopter, aviation industry and unmanned aerial vehicle market. The participants in the event will be from the MAI institute No 3 "Control Systems, Informatics and Electric Power Engineering" and the MAI Centre for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Representatives of the MAI also took part in the "Financial Tools for the Helicopter Industry" round table, the conference on "Additive Technologies in the Aviation Industry", and the seminar with the teachers of English language for aviation.

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