Soviet Updates A mega episode this month with a lot of new construction numbers and accidents becoming known.
Rossiya Airlines stop using its Tu-154s from November 16th 2009 due to a combination of the aircraft's noise levels, poor fuel efficiency and age. Airline spokesperson Dmitry Lobach, adds that the availability of the Tu-154 fleet had also contributed to the carrier's decision to withdraw the aircraft, given that the aircraft were only available for 300 hours a month compared with 400 hours for a modern foreign made aircraft.
Another Russian carrier Tatarstan Airlines, has announced the withdrawal of the Tu-134 from service following earlier withdrawals over the last 18 months by other country's major carriers, with UTair recently announcing its plans to replace its fleet of 34 Tu-134s with 15 Western regional jets.
Business aviation operator AeroRent has had its operating license, which it has held since 2001, suspended by the Russian civil aviation agency the FAAT on October 8th.
Reports are suggesting that the seizure of aircraft by bailiffs against non payment of outstanding debts in late summer, are behind the suspension of the small, Moscow based carrier Centre Avia on September 21st. The FAAT officially suspending the airline's license due to its inability to provide reserve aircraft in a move that is generally expected to bring about the airline's bankruptcy given its already established financial problems.
The UAE is preparing a blacklist of unsafe airlines that will be forbidden from flying in its airspace. Saif al-Suwaidi, director-general of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said that it is an attempt to start "cleaning up the market from those who are misusing the open-skies policy" after it was revealed that six airlines banned from flying within the EU are still allowed to fly in the UAE. The GCCA says it is also in response of the UAE's growing importance as a regional hub. While similar to the EU's blacklist, al-Suwaidi said the UAE's approach would be different by being based on "different tools of measurement" but with the same aim of ensuring "the highest standards of safety and to protect our country". He did not give a deadline for the list's completion but he did say that it would require considerable resources. Some of those airlines banned in EU airspace but not in the UAE are Ariana Afghan Airlines (Afghanistan), Cargo Airways (Ukraine), Click Airways (Kyrgyzstan) and East Wing (Kazakhstan).
For the Polish built SW-4s, registration SP-SWV is reserved for PZL Swidnik to make test flights. Many SW-4s reportedly have been sold to China and the factory received marks SP-SWV for each SW-4 they want to sell (only for test flight), they do not register any of these SW-4s.
We are pleased to give a rundown on all batch 36 Yak-18T delivered to the following flying schools;
BLU GA (Buguruslanskoye lyotnoye uchilishche grazhdanskoi aviatsiï - Buguruslan Flying School of Civil Aviation),
KLU GA (Krasnokutskoye lyotnoye uchilishche grazhdanskoi aviatsiï - Krasny-Kut Flying School of Civil Aviation),
SLU GA (Sasovskoye lyotnoye uchilishche grazhdanskoi aviatsiï - Sasovo Flying School of Civil Aviation) and the
UVAU GA (Ulyanovskoye vyssheye aviatsionnoye uchilishche grazhdanskoi aviatsiï - Ulyanovsk Higher Aviation School of Civil Aviation).
The Ulan-Ude Mi-8/171 factory started a new construction number system in 2005. These construction numbers start with the version, followed by 00 and the last two digits of the year of manufacture, three digits (probably a customer code), the batch number, the number in the batch and the letter U for Ulan-Ude (e.g. 171C 00 06 643 1809U). From 2007 deliveries onwards the three digit customer code and the year of manufacture have swapped position (e.g. 171P 00 643 07 3108U). In the updates below you will see examples of both systems.
As usually much additional information on the aircraft and accidents mentioned below can be found at the on line database at http://www.scramble.nl/sovdb.htm
Yak-40 9 74 20 55 ? UP-Y4012 Kazakhmys ALA 01may09 ex UN-87929 ? which had Kazakhmys titles
Yak-40K 9 81 18 56 UP-Y4027 Euro-Asia Air AKX oct09 ex UN-87935
Yak-42D 34520423402116 UP-Y4202 Avia Jaynar ALA 20sep09
Y7 --- 25041 Chinese Air Force 17oct09 at Zhengzhou, type not 100 % certain
Y8 --- 5328 Chinese Air Force photo 2009
KJ200 21 18 03 30173 Chinese Air Force NAY 12nov09 Y8 'Balanced Beam'; c/n checked
KJ200 21 18 04 30174 Chinese Air Force NAY 12nov09 Y8 'Balanced Beam'; c/n checked
KJ200 21 18 05 30175 Chinese Air Force NAY 12nov09 Y8 'Balanced Beam'; c/n checked
Y12-IV --- 6016 Civ Avn Adm China 12oct09 at Hanzhong-Chenggu; survey aircraft
Y12-IV --- 6020 Civ Avn Adm China photo at Hanzhong-Chenggu; survey aircraft
Note 1; Suffered an accident in Chechnya, details unknown; could have been repaired by the Russian military but was illegally written off as destroyed by officers of the unit and sold (the proceedings going to their own pockets); report about that in "Krasnaya Zvezda" newspaper 09aug03. This later most probably became YA-95059.
Note 2; Both Mi-24s was illegally written off as destroyed by officers of the unit, cannibalised and components sold (the proceedings going to their own pockets)
DRC Air Force An-12s
The first aircraft, registered S9-GAW (c/n 5343103), arrived at Kisangani's Bangoka airport from Entebbe, Uganda on 26 September 2008. After arriving in Kisangani, the aircraft then flew to Kisangani's other airport, Simi Simi, and on 27 October 2008 it began operating as 9T-TCH (1) and was photographed as such 15 January 2009.
The second aircraft, S9-PSM (c/n 5343006), arrived at Bangoko on 11 November 2008 from Jomo Kenyatta airport, in Nairobi, Kenya. The aircraft flew from Bangoka to Simi Simi, where it was given a military registration number, 9T-TCI, and was photographed as such 21 April 2009, under which it began operating on 14 November 2008.
The third aircraft, S9-PSK (c/n 8345807), arrived at Simi Simi on 12 February 2009 from Djibouti. The aircraft's civilian registration is still visible, and the aircraft had initially been given a military registration 9T-TCH (2) and was photographed as such 21 April 2009. This is the second use of this registrations and proved in photos being another aircraft than 9T-TCH (1) and being c/n, 8345807.
S9-GAW, S9-PSK and S9-PSM were canx from Sao Tome & Principe register in July 2009. Research conducted, based on the manufacturer serial numbers of the An-12s, all three aircraft have bypassed either their service lives (S9-GAW and S9-PSM) or time between overhauls (S9-PSK).