Photos by Peter Davison and Michael Yevdokimov Text by Peter Davison Every two years the MAKS airshow draws the crowds to the Zhukovsky Flight Test Centre just southeast of Moscow. Russian industry may have been short on orders these past few years but it sure isn't short of ideas. The displays of models and light aircraft, particularly some of the autogyros, would suggest that personal mobility is on the verge of great progress; only time will tell. The Tu-334 has given way to the Superjet, the only really new airliner on display; Russia still leads the world on heavylift with not only helicopters but also potential solutions to airborne relief being available to the right investor.
Photos by Alexander Beltyukov The first International Air-Transport Forum was conducted in April 22-23, 2011 in Ulyanovsk, Russia. It was destined to become a federal level discussion platform for handling key problems in the shaping of strategies and tactics for development of the air-transport sector, a primary element in the Russian transport sector.
This year's show was blessed with fine weather and featured the public debut of the Airbus A400. It is likely to be the last show on this site and the new terminal for the improved airport is taking shape, though dust clouds from the works sometimes blew across the displays and active runway. General Aviation was well represented, as was the US military.