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29 October, Thursday

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Bashkiria plans to develop ultralight aviation

Economy/Business

In 2014, a land plot was allocated for the construction of a workshop to produce and assembly ultralight aircraft in the territory of the Ermolaevsky rural settlement of the Kuyurgazinsky district. In June 2013, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Government of Bashkortostan, Rotorfly LLC, and the Chinese investment company Utun. In 2015, construction began on a production workshop for the assembly of ultralight aircraft.

During the construction period, the volume of investments amounted to 190 million rubles. Rotorfly was involved in the development, production, and testing of ultralight helicopters. The enterprise has its flight test complex and runway, employed about 45 people. It was planned to further develop a plant for the production of ultralight aircraft in the Kuyurgazinsky region. But due to the fact that the ideological inspirer of the Chinese company Utun has passed away, today, the company's activities have been suspended.

At present, Rotorfly LLC is declared bankrupt, and bankruptcy proceedings have been opened against it. There have already been several attempts to revive the production, but they all were unsuccessful.

The Head of the Republic examined the samples of aircraft, developed by the team of the experimental design bureau (OKB) "Rotor". These are the R34 ultralight helicopter and the R20M aircraft. The initiator of the project, the founder of the design bureau Viktor Khribkov said that over the 25 years of the enterprise's existence, a team of 45 people had developed more than 20 different models of aircraft. Aviators also taught teenagers the basics of creating and managing aircraft.

The Head of Bashkortostan, at a meeting on the prospects for ultralight aviation development, noted that there was an idea to build an industrial park near the Ufa airport, a kind of competence center for the development of ultralight aviation.

Radiy Khabirov instructed the first vice-premier of the government, Andrey Nazarov, to work out options for resolving property and legal issues of the enterprise, as well as to present measures to promote its further development with the support of the Regional Fund.

"Ultralight aviation, for example, can be successfully used in healthcare, and I hope that our light helicopters and airplanes will be able to compete with the well-known Robinson company," said Radiy Khabirov.

Azat Gizzatullin /translated by Tatiana Aksyutina
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