Antonov An-148 Takes Flight

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It was a day the entire team had been waiting for. The Antonov An-148 lifted off from a runway in Russia, and successfully performed the tasks required during its forty-one minute flight. On its maiden flight, the Antonov An-148 climbed to five thousand meters and maintained speeds of just less than five hundred and fifty-five kilometers per hour. This magnificent collaboration between Russia and Ukraine has produced a new aircraft that has already begun to make a massive impression on the aviation industry.

The Antonov An-148 aircraft is a jet aircraft that was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau, which is located in Ukraine. Construction took place at the VASO Aircraft Factory in Russia, combining the efforts of both teams, to be able to see the Antonov An-148 take to the skies. Production on the aircraft soon began and in June 2009, the An-148 began flying domestic flights for Aerosvit Airlines in Ukraine.

Its unique design, allows the Antonov An-148 to fly to airports few other aircraft would be able to. The twin jet turbine engines which are located under the wing of the An-148 drive the high wing monoplane into flight, and this unusual configuration offers protection to both the wing and the engines. The design of the wing along with the auxiliary power unit, also assists the aircraft to land at airports that are not as technologically advanced as those found in the bigger cities. Equipped with the latest navigational systems, fly-by-wire equipment and multifunctional displays creates a very reliable aircraft that is able to fly safely through a variety of weather conditions. Depending on the seat pitch installed in the Antonov An-148, the aircraft is able to accommodate between seventy to eighty passengers and two crew members. It has a cruising speeding of between eight hundred and twenty to eight hundred and seventy kilometers per hour and has a maximum take off distance of one thousand seven hundred and fifty meters. Orders for the new Antonov An-148 aircraft have come in from Cuba, Iran, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, confirming the success of the aircraft and the success of the designers and construction team.

Russia Airports

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Russia has become an increasingly popular travel and business destination. Most people who arrive in the country do so either on an international flight or aboard a private aircraft. Once in Russia, many prefer to travel around the country aboard a train or to make use of some other form of public transport such as a taxi service. There are a number of airports in the country, with the majority being located in the European part of Russia and only a few scattered across the Asian part of the country, with a particular emphasis on the northeastern coast. Those piloting their own aircraft should take care to find only civilian airports since there are also a number of airports which are limited strictly to the use of military aircraft.

Visitors arriving in Moscow will find that there are three main airports, with Domodedovo International Airport being the most popular. However, British Airways and Swiss Air are the only international airlines authorized to land at this airport. If you are unable to book your flight through these two airlines, you will most likely land at Sheremetyevo International Airport which is the country’s main international airport. In St Petersburg the main airports are Pulkovo 1, which caters to domestic flights, and Pulkovo 2, which handles international flights. Other notable airports in Russia include Vladivostok and Belgorod.

You can book your tickets over the Internet or through a reputable travel agency, but should always remember to make travel arrangements to and from the airport since some airports do not have good transport links.

Airports in Russia:

Domodedovo International Airport

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Domodedovo International Airport can be found 35 km south of the center of Moscow, Russia. In total Moscow has seven airports of which Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo International Airport were rated as the main two in Russia in a review carried out in 2006. However, in terms of international and domestic passenger traffic, Domodedovo is clearly ahead of Sheremetyevo with a record turnover of 15.3 million passengers in 2006 alone.

Domodedovo was officially opened in mid 1965 as an airport that would eventually be able to handle all of the USSR’s long-distance domestic traffic as it would be expanded over the years. Eighteen months after the first runway had been put in place a second one was built parallel to the first one. Domodedovo is the first airport in Russia to have two parallel runways operating at the same time. The recently new air traffic control tower has been redeveloped and can now handle as many as 70 take offs and landings every hour.

Beginning in 1996, the East Line Group had given the Domodedovo Airport a 75-year lease while still under state control. The East Line Group has undertaken a number of reconstruction and renovation projects to make the customs area more easily accessible to the passengers, providing visitor facilities, and making it easier to maintain high standards of cleanliness.

Within the airport terminal are five-business departure lounges, each designated to and cared for by individual airlines. Passengers can go to and from Moscow to the Domodedovo International Airport using the Aeroexpress train taking them to the Paveletsky Rail Terminal. The journey lasts approximately 40 minutes and airline passengers have the luxury of being able to check in for their flight at the station.

The EAST LINE’s goal is to establish Domodedovo as one of the major international airports while being able to provide various transportation options for passengers. The airport has benefited immensely from being so close to the Russian capital of Moscow. It also has approximately 13,600ha of land around the actual airport that has been kept for further development and can allow another seven runways to be built for the future.

Sheremetyevo International Airport

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Sheremetyevo International Airport was first opened on 11 August 1959, providing the Moscow region of Russia with a public international airport. The first international flight from the grounds of Sheremetyevo was about six months later to Berlin. Of all the airports found in Russia, Sheremetyevo is rated second in the amount of passenger traffic it experiences, with Domodedovo International Airport at number one. In 2005 Sheremetyevo had approximately 12,174,000 million passengers pass in and out its doors, a number which is sure to increase in coming years.

The official operator and the joint-stock company that operates and possesses the airport is the ‘International Airport Sheremetyevo’. The authorities of Moscow own none of the shares in the airport as the federal government owns them. The airport’s elevation above mean sea level is about 190 meters or 622 feet. The Sheremetyevo airport has two concrete runways, one being 3,550 meters or 11,647 feet long and the other being slightly longer at 3,700 meters or 12,139 feet long.

There are plans to expand the Sheremetyevo International Airport in the nearby future by adding a needed third runway and another international terminal. Work is also being planned on the second runway as well as ideas on increasing the variety of transportation between the airport and the capital. The goal would be to increase the 12 million passengers a year to as much as 30 million passengers a year, which would of course increase the air traffic hence the new runway.

On the third of September 1964 Sheremetyevo-1 was opened specifically for domestic flights whereas Sheremetyevo-2 was only opened two decades later as the entrance for foreign flights for the Moscow Olympics. The second entrance is bigger and is where passengers coming in and out of the country will find the arrival and departure lounges. The Sheremetyevo-1 entrance for domestic flights is almost a separate airport, with its terminal building being some distance from the main terminals, although they use the same two runways.

Airshow China 2008

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China is a big competitor in many different sectors of industry, but few westerners consider it when discussing aircrafts. Contrary to popular belief, however, China has quite a good aerospace industry. Airshow China provides some great insight into just how extensive that industry is.

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Don’t Miss Jet Expo Moscow 2008

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Everybody who is anybody in the Russian aviation industry will likely be making an appearance at the Jet Expo Moscow 2008. Though the Jet Expo is still a relatively new event – having been conceived in 2006 and held annually since then – it continues to set the standard in Russian international business aviation exhibitions.

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SSJ100 Is Russia’s First Paperless Aircraft

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When most of us picture airplanes, we think of gleaming metal or super light carbon-derived materials. Very few of us think of the copious amounts of paper that are usually used up during the design phase of creating an aircraft. For years now, aircraft design has slowly become more and more computerized – so much so that Russia has just announced the creation of their first paperless aircraft.

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Russian Superjet Enjoys Successful Maiden Flight

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The mid-range Sukhoi Superjet 100 took off from Komsomolsk-on-Amur on May 19. This is the first civil aircraft to have been made in the new Russia and as such it has attracted a lot of attention. During the test flight, the SSJ100 managed to reach the launch flight mission height of 1 200 meters and the flight lasted a total of one hour, five minutes. The test flight provided the perfect opportunity for the pilot and test pilot to perform a number of maneuvers, which the Sukhoi passed with flying colors. At the end of the flight the crew was able to confirm various things such as the thrust-to-weight ratio of the aircraft and the fact that the engines and main systems were capable of sustained operation.

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Russia’s New Superjet 100

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The 95-seater “Superjet 100airplane, manufactured by Russian state-owned company Sukhoi Aviation Company, was unveiled at an elaborate ceremony attended by more than 1,000 foreign and Russian officials and executives including the deputy prime minister, Sergei Ivanov. After speeches by Ivanov and other VIPs, a large screen was lifted to reveal the red, white and blue Superjet 100 emerging from swirls of dry-ice clouds, accompanied by stirring music. The Superjet 100 is the first Russian built passenger jet that has been produced since the collapse of the Soviet Union and is seen as a milestone in moving toward reviving an aircraft industry that at one time was among the world’s most productive.

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Origins of the Helicopter

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To understand the development of the present day helicopter we must first look at history to understand how this marvelous engineering feat was created.

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