Andrei Martirosov, CEO UTair Aviation, and Vladimir Demkin, director of Personnel Training Center (PTC) received from Derek Sharples, Eurocopter Executive Vice President for Support and Services, a certificate of conformity to Eurocopter training standards. Thus Eurocopter officially finalized the audit process of UTair training facility in Tyumen, Russia, and granted to the world’s biggest helicopter operator rights for pilots and mechanics training in Russian language under Eurocopter training programs. Therefore, PTC becomes the 20th training center in Eurocopter training network and the 1st one without Eurocopter shareholding participation.
The center is approved for type rating training of pilots and mechanics on AS350 and AS355 helicopters, which are the best selling and most demanded Eurocopter light helicopter with nearly 5,000 helicopters delivered. This challenging project was launched by both partners three years ago with the signature of the frame contract at Heli Russia 2010. Now the center is fully operational and the first training course is scheduled for June 2011.
“Our companies have long partner relations. Start of pilot and engineer training at UTair training center is a new very important stage of successful cooperation. We are proud that our training center is the first one in Russia to be endorsed by Eurocopter: this confirms high level of our specialists’, said Andrei Martirosov, CEO UTair Aviation.
“We are very proud to welcome UTair’s PTC into the Eurocopter family. It becomes the 20th Training Center in the global Eurocopter network and is the 1st external training center ever certified by Eurocopter Group. This demonstrates UTair’s PTC high level of professionalism and training standards, the latter being fully compliant with international regulations”, stated Derek Sharples, Eurocopter Executive Vice President for Support and Services.
“We believe that the customization of Eurocopter’s global offer through joint projects between Eurocopter Vostok and our Russian partners is a key for the effective follow-up of the Eurocopter fleet in a fast growing market. We are proud to work out this project with UTair, a well-recognized leader on the Russian and global market’, said Laurence Rigolini, CEO of Eurocopter Vostok.
As part of the Eurocopter training network, UTair’s Personnel Training Center will benefit from all kind of assistance like program updates, audits and Eurocopter’s best training practices, thus significantly contributing to the expansion of UTair’s services portfolio.