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Work has begun on certifying the PD-14 engine

At the end of October 2013 at Aviadvigatel, as a part of the certification of the PD-14 engine there was a stage of the mock-up of perspective Russian aviation engine for 21st century trunk aviation.

In the spring of 2013 Aviadvigatel — the lead developer of the PD-14 engine for the MS-21 aircraft — made an application to the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (AR IAC) to obtain certification for the PD-14 engine. Its development is taking place under the federal targeted program Developing the Aviation Industry in 2013-2025.

In accordance with the existing rules on certifying aviation technology the next stage of the work is the Stage mock-up. The work is being carried out by a mock-up committee confirmed by AR IAC.

The goal of the work of the mock-up committee is to evaluate the fullness of the declared certification basis, the document containing the list of requirements for flight readiness and environmental protection imposed to this model by the Aviation Rules, a preliminary evaluation of compliance of the construction of the engine with the requirements for the certification basis, evaluation of the proposed types of checks and tests, which will be the main body of evidence of safe flight.

The work of the mock-up committee took place at Aviadvigatel from October 28 to November 1, 2013. The mock-up committee was headed up by the head of the AR IAC department of engines and propellers Aleksandr Bozhkov. The mock-up committee included leading specialists from AR IAC, ACC SRICA, Kachestvo, and Aviadvigatel. In the role of independent inspection there was 209th Quality Control Agency of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.

The work of the mock-up committee included two areas: ‘General requirements, construction, systems, and testing’ and ‘Durability, strength, and endurance testing, materials, and manufacturing technology’. In addition, the members of the committee got acquainted with the company’s stand base used for stand testing of the engine.

The mock-up committee examined the electronic model of the PD-14 engine, nodes and parts of the real engine. The experts evaluated the sufficiency and fulfilment of requirements for the engine as envisaged in the certification basis developed by Aviadvigatel and approved by AR IAC, the project plans for certification work and testing, and other documentation.

Summing up the results of their work, members of the mock-up committee said that the development of the PD-14 engine is progressing taking into account all flight-readiness requirements from the Aviation Rules AP-33, AP-34, and following as closely as possible the standards in leading aviation countries — USA — FAR-33 and Europe — CS-E. The materials presented as well as the list of certification work and testing will allow the developer to prove the compliance of the PD-14 with the requirements for flight readiness and for environmental protection.

The successful completion of the work of the mock-up committee gives the Perm design firm the right to begin preparing for the next stage — certification testing of the PD-14 engine, which will take place at stands at Aviadvigatel, NPO Saturn, Baranov, and at flight laboratories at the Gromov facility.

The protocol of the mock-up committee was approved by the general director of AR IAC Aleksandr Donchenko on November 8, 2013.

Aviadvigatel is a leading Russian design firm developing gas turbine engines for aviation and industrial applications. It is a part of the United Engine Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM specialising in engine-building assets.

United Industrial Corporation OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group founded in 2002. It is a part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary areas of business are helicopters (Russian Helicopters) and engine-building (UEC).

Rostech is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to facilitate the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military applications. Altogether, Russian Technologies encompasses 663 organizations. The corporation includes 8 holdings in the military-industrial complex and five in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituents of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. Its 2012 turnover was 931 billion rubles, with net profit of 38.5 billion rubles. It paid a total of 109 billion rubles in taxes at all budget levels