Cubana de Aviacion management rates Perm Engine Company highly

Perm/October 25, 2012. From October 16-18, 2012, the fourth flight-technical conference on supporting airworthiness of the Il-96 and Tu-204 aircraft currently in use at the Cuban national airline Cubana de Aviacion, was held in Havana (Cuba). Conference organizers included the United Engine Corporation, the Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) leasing company, the Republic of Cuba Institute of Civil Aviation, and Cubana de Aviacion.

The conference was attended by 97 representatives of leading Russian aviation industry companies: Tupolev, Il, VASO, Gorbunov KAPO, Aviastar-SP, as well as a number of manufacturers and suppliers of components and equipment for Il-96 and Tu-204 aircraft. Engine-builders were represented by Perm Engine Company Managing Director Alexei Mikhalev and Deputy Head of PMZs customer relations department Mikhail Kedalo. The Cuban side was represented by the President of the Republic of Cuba Institute of Civil Aviation Ramon Martines Echavarria, the Vice-president Ricardo Santillian Miranda, and managers and technical specialists from Cubana de Aviacion.

On the first day of the conference, participants were broken into three groups Il-96 airplanes, Tu-204 airplanes, and PS-90A engines and discussed current problems with operating Russian-made aviation technology in Cuba, and plans for long-term improvement. The second day was devoted to practical work in the hangars, at repair facilities, and on the airfield. Conference delegates shared experiences of operations and suggested solutions to problems, demonstrating them on working examples. In particular, the Deputy Head of Customer Relations at PMZ, Mikhail Kedalo, presented special equipment and a new method of checking the work of the engine accessory gear box on PS-90A. These engines working in Cuba were confirmed to be free of faults.

The results of the conference were discussed in the third and final day. Participants drew up a record that included about 100 points, nine of which related to matters of engine operation. The implementation of this record will be an example of joint work between Cuban operators and Russian developers and manufacturers of aviation technology in the coming year.

Alexei Mikhalev, Managing Director of Perm Engine Company:

The work we did at this conference was productive for Perm Engine Company and would enable us to develop based on these agreements. Among the main outcomes its worth noting the writing of the record between Cubana de Aviacion and Perm Engine Company. The subject was modernizing PS-90A engines currently in operation to the more modern, reliable PS-90A3u version. In addition, we agreed and confirmed deadlines for the Cuban side to make payments on the existing contract with PMZ through to the end of 2012, and extended the contract to 2013.

Vice-president of the Republic of Cuba Institute of Civil Aviation and head of the Cubana de Aviacion airline Ricardo Santillian Miranda gave high scores to Perm Engine Companys work to improve the operational characteristics of PS-90A, improving efficiency of technical servicing. We have seen the repair facilities at the Cuban airline and have reached an agreement that in November it will be fully prepared to overhaul PS-90A engines in operation by replacing separate modules. On the whole, the positive experience of establishing technical servicing of Russian-made aviation technology working in Cuba is one of the main factors influencing the long-term development of delivering Russian planes to Latin American countries.

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 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 a part of the Russian Technologies Group of Companies. Its primary activities include helicopter building (Russian Helicopters), and engine-building (UEC).