The solemn ceremony dedicated to signing the agreement between Industrial Investors Group, Transas Group, Boeing and Skolkovo Foundation on establishment of the Aviation Training Center was held at Skolkovo Innovation Center. The document was signed in the presence of the Chairman of Russian Government Dmitry Medvedev.
The Aviation Training Center will be providing services in the area of flight and maintenance personnel training aimed at increasing the flight safety. The center will also be elaborating new innovative training technologies and developing Russian-produced trainers. The new facility will open in 2015. The Aviation Training Center will become an essential part of Skolkovo’s ecosystem.
The project will be implemented in two stages. The building will be constructed and fitted with flight simulators (three ones for Boeing 737 and one trainer for Boeing 777) by 2015. The total costs on this stage will be about 1,5 billion rubles. The details related to the second stage of the project have not been unveiled. However, it was reported that the number of flight simulators will be increased.
“I am confident that this agreement will affect Skolkovo's ecosystem. The new Aviation Training Center will be a point of attraction for all the participants: from resident companies, our SkolTech University, to major industrial partners. I am sure that our cooperation will be a fruitful one", - the president of the Skolkovo Foundation, Viktor Vekselberg, said.
The Industrial Investors Group is the project’s anchor investor. According to the president of Industrial Investors Group, Sergey Generalov, "this is a unique example of a partnership between industry leaders aimed at development of innovative research and improvement of flight safety".
Transas will develop and manufacture state-of-the-art simulators based on the original Russian IT technologies. By the opening of the new facility it will be equipped with four full flight simulators. The center’s building will have a design providing additional space for future expansion to accommodate additional training equipment.
President of Transas Group, Nikolay Lebedev, noted: "We are proud to become a technology partner in this important project. The implementation of our technologies in the area of flight simulation in the network of this project testifies to confidence in Transas’ products, which meet the highest international standards".
"We are glad to cooperate with the Russian company Transas and hope that its products will soon range with the best international manufacturers of avionics and simulators", - said Sherry Carbary, vice-president, Boeing Flight Services. "We are contributing the Boeing’s vast teaching experience to the project, along with innovative technologies required for safe operation of advanced aircraft fleet".