The first events of the business program of the 12th International Exhibition and Scientific Conference on Hydroaviation, Hydroaviasalon-2018, were held on Thursday, September 6, at the grounds of the Test and Experimental Base in Gelendzhik. Participants of plenary sessions, conferences and roundtables discussed the issues of development of amphibious and non-aerodrome vehicles, implementation of the Aeronet roadmap of the National Technology Initiative, main goals and practical steps of digitalization in the aircraft engineering sector, as well as other issues. IntellectPro smart platform was presented to aircraft industry experts. A presentation of unmanned aircrafts was held. T-500A aircraft with flotation landing gear was presented for the first time. Demonstration flights were carried out.
The centerpiece of the business agenda was the twelfth International Scientific Conference on Amphibious and Non-Aerodrome Aviation organized by the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after Professor N.Ye. Zhukovsky. While speaking at the event, Vladimir Sokolyansky, Head of the Moscow Research and Development Complex of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI), presented to the participants of the conference the organization’s key milestone achievements in the field of hydro-airplane building, from the first aircraft models built in the USSR before the Second World War to unique A-40 and Be-200 amphibious aircraft. Speaking about TsAGI’s prospective works in the field of hydroaviation, Mr. Skolyansky emphasized that plans for the next few years include development of the full mathematical model of aircraft’s hydroplaning, the model of emergency ditching of aircrafts, including passenger aircraft, algorithms for controlling unmanned aircraft capable of taking off from water.
Yury Grudinin, Director General and Chief Designer of Taganrog Aviation Scientific and Technical Complex named after G.M. Beriev, told about the key working areas in modernization of manufacturing and development of the amphibious aircraft range. In particular, he stressed that the Be-200 will be the first aircraft in its class offering two types of power units to customers to choose from: on the basis of the Russian-French SaM146 and the Ukrainian D-436. He also noted that implementation of the D-436-148 engine with increased traction and installation of a thrust reverser system is considered in the framework of negotiations with the Ukrainian partners. Besides, according to Mr. Grudinin, the Be-200 will receive updated flight and navigation instruments, a new auxiliary power unit and an air-conditioning system.
The work on the A-42 amphibious aircraft will also continue. The developer has elaborated the project of the wing modernization, modification of the boat lines and installation of PD-14 engines. According to the designers’ estimates, the non-stop flight range of the modernized aircraft will increase up to 11 thousands km.
Mikhail Gordin, Director General of the P. I. Baranov Central Institute of Aviation Motor, presented the major directions of development of the aircraft engine engineering and the institute’s prospective works both in the field of studying prospective power unit diagrams and new assembly demonstrators. He paid special attention to the issue of development of a testing facility having unique stands to conduct test of aircraft engines and their parts.
Presentation of IntellectPro smart platform became one of the key events on September 6. Building effective communications between aircraft holdings and enterprises and the expert community will be one of the key tasks of the platform. It will enable customers to set project engineering tasks for design and calculations, while experts, having the relevant competencies, will be able to offer their services, set up working groups and, upon conclusion of a smart contract, perform the work that will be subsequently paid for through the blockchain technology.
The Aeronet working group and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation organized a panel discussion on updating the Aeronet roadmap of the National Technology Initiative. Leader of the working group Sergey Zhukov noted that the previously prepared roadmap included activities up to the beginning of 2019, so the specialists started updating the document and developing the plan of activities for the next three-year period. He specified that the relevant version of the document will be prepared within the next six months. The major set of the work fields will remain unchanged and will include transportation, Earth remote sensing, search and rescue, agriculture. Innovations will include development of measures related to unmanned aircraft models weighing over 30 kg.
Participants of the panel discussion “Digitalization in the Aircraft Engineering Industry” organized by the United Engine Corporation discussed the issues of digital transformation of the aircraft industry. Participants of the event emphasized the necessity to develop digital twins of products in order to speed up and reduce the costs of development and market launch of new products.
A number of roundtables were held on September 6. The Krylov State Research Center brought up the issue of the rebirth of Russian high-speed fleet for experts’ discussion. The Ministry of Industry and Trade held a roundtable entitled “Experimental Aviation. Rules of Flight Operation.” An event devoted to intellectualization and group implementation of unmanned aviation systems was organized by the Expert Council at the National Center of Technology Development and the Basic Elements of Robotics, the Southern Federal University and the N.Ye. Zhukovsky Institute.
The busy day also included a presentation of the T-500A composite aircraft with flotation landing gear developed by MVEN (Tatarstan) and Tekhnologiya (Obninsk) companies. The flotation landing gear allows for a considerable broadening of the scope and geography of the aircraft application. Operation of the new modification does not require an airstrip: the aircraft may operate from seadromes, marine and river ports. It may be used for patrolling or search and rescue operations in coastal areas, and for delivery of cargo.
Demonstration and Exhibition Program
Also on September 6 the visitors of Hydroaviasalon 2018 enjoyed watching an hour and a half-long flight program. It started with a demonstration of the Be-200ChS and Be-103 amphibious aircraft designed by the Beriev Aircraft Company. The CK-12M Orion hydro-aircraft was also presented. Besides, the audience was very enthusiastic about the demonstration of use of unmanned aircrafts designed by Aerob and Elvis companies. The Alekseyev Central Hydrofoil Design Bureau presented its hydrofoil boats Dolphin and Sagaris.
The first preliminary round of aerobatics tournament MAKS Cup was held as part of Hydroaviasalon 2018 for the first time in history. Aerobatic piston-engined aircrafts Su-31, Yak-54 and Extra-330 rose in the sky over Gelendzhik. Four Russian pilots demonstrated their skills by presenting free routines consisting of 10 elements.
At the close of the day, the water area of the Gelendzhik Bay hosted a training of the participants in the Russian Aquabike Championship.