The annual HeliRussia trade fair, which is held under the auspices of Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, took place at the Crocus Expo exhibition centre in Moscow on 19th-21st May 2022 for the 15th time – a minor jubilee. In better days the event, which is traditionally held at this venue, was billed as Europe’s largest helicopter industry exhibition; however, HeliRussia-2022 was held on an unusually modest scale, occupying just one hall instead of the normal two. While the COVID-2019 pandemic is on the retreat, due to political developments all major foreign participants chose to stay away. Of the 108 participants only seven were non-Russian, and none of these were helicopter manufacturers.
The third biennial International Engine Building Forum (IEBF-2018, or MFD-2018 in Russian) took place at Moscow’s VDNKh fairground on 4th-6th April. The IEBF is billed as the world’s largest specialised event in the field of aero, marine and industrial engine design.
The 7th International Exhibition of Helicopter Industry, HeliRussia-2014, was held in Moscow between the 22nd and 24th May. Once again the Crocus Expo Centre opened its doors to exhibitors and guests from different countries of the world. This time HeliRussia became a meeting place for 212 companies from 20 countries engaged in the design, manufacture and operation of helicopters and associated equipment.
In keeping with a well-established tradition, the military parade in Moscow on occasion of the Victory Day celebrations included a flypast by 69 military aircraft, the number reflecting the fact that it is the 69th anniversary of V-Day.
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.
From May 19 to 21, 2011, 4-th International Exhibition of Helicopter Industry HeliRussia 2011 was held in compliance with the order of the Russian Federation government No. 1275-p issued on September 2, 2009, on the territory of "Crocus Expo". The exhibition was organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation on the initiative of Helicopter Industry Association. WAD "Russian Helicopter Systems" was a sponsor. The organizing committee of the exhibition was headed by Denis Manturov, the deputy minister of industry and trade. The title sponsor of HeliRussia 2011 was JSC "MIC "Oboronprom", the general sponsor – company "Eurocopter Vostok".