Perm engine builders take part in celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Air Force and Air Force Day

Perm/22.08.2012 In August, employees of Perm Engine Company took part in celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Air Force and Air Force Day.

On August 12, specialists and retirees from Perm aviation industry companies as well as service personnel from the Sokol airbase and graduates from the Perm military aviation academy — altogether about 1,000 people — were guests at a large celebratory concert marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Air Force. Worthy representatives from the Perm engine building team were honored with awards.

The deputy managing director for production at the Perm Engine Company, Ilya Fomin, was mentioned in a letter of thanks from the Perm region head of federal inspection office. Memorial medals for a contribution to the development of Russian engine building were awarded to seven engine builders who played a decisive role in establishing production at the Perm Engine Company — factory directors Mikhail Subbotin and Boris Isgagin, chief designer Pavel Solovev, and head engineer Aleksandr Dicheskul.

About one thousand engine builders gathered again on August 18 to mark Air Force Day with a traditional summer festival organized by the primary trade union of Perm Engines, the youth council, and the PMZ HR team. Twenty-eight teams from various Perm Engine Company departments and workshops gathered at the Dinamo sports complex to take part in sports and creative competitions.

In welcoming festival participants, Perm Engine Company managing director Aleksey Mikhailyov wished them all good luck and to have a nice time: “I am very happy to see so many of you at this holiday. The festival in honor of Air Force Day is a grand old tradition in our company, and we are interested in developing it further with packed programs to attract even more new participants.”

The festival’s sports program included 10 types of competitions, the most exciting of which — both in terms of the intensity of competition and in terms of spectators’ emotions — was the tug of war. The competitors from the assembly and testing workshop came out on top as the most powerful ‘tuggers’; their strong hands are the ones responsible for creating the company’s end product — the most modern complex gas turbine engines.

The brightest moment in the creative program was the ‘Miss Festival’ beauty pageant. And whereas only men competed in the tug of war, only girls took part in this one. A beautiful catwalk, quick and intelligent answers to questions, and a brilliant and memorable talent are what allowed Viktoria Pitinova, controller on machine assembly line 31, to be crowned Miss Festival!

Summing up the results of the summer festival, Perm Engine Company youth council chairperson Stella Emir-Veli said:

“The festival becomes more popular every year — last year 24 teams took part and this year it was 28. This year the overall winner of the festival was the team from machine assembly line 33, which performed wonderfully in the ‘welcome’ creative competition. Second place went to the team from the welding department, and third went to the production management team. The engine builders took part in all types of competitions. And this just proves that striving for the highest results is how they work — not just at work, but in their personal lives as well — and that makes us happy!”

Perm Engine Company (PMZ) mass produces aviation engines for civil and military applications, as well as industrial gas turbine units for power stations and gas transportation.

PMZ is a part of the United Engine Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM specializing in engine-building assets.

OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group of companies, founded in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary activities are helicopter building (Russian Helicopters) and engine-building (UEC).