{:en}Helicopter pilots looking for lift force


Declining in recent years, operating flying commercial helicopters by the end of 2018 finally went into a small plus. The main driver of growth were the flights in the interests of the aircraft while the oil and gas market is still in a stable hang. However, in the case of monopolization of a segment of the medical transport operators have to find new points for the development — and this with rising maintenance costs and personnel shortages.

The Russian market of helicopter services is experiencing not the best times. From 2013 to 2017 operational flight helicopters of civil aviation of the Russian Federation, registered in the commercial certificates of operators fell by 14%, to 388 thousand h — this was a new record in the current decade. Previously the lowest rate of plaque in the industry were recorded in 2009 403,8 thousand h

At the end of last year, the industry has shown positive trend: operating flying helicopters a little older — 4% to 402 thousand h. However, does this mean that this positive trend will continue, is unclear.

A mirror of the economy

It is worth noting that both the past reduce the number of flying hours of the helicopter happened amid the financial and economic crises of 2008 and 2014-2015, Which is quite natural, as civil aviation is, in fact, mirrors what is happening with the economy. The unstable economic situation and the sanctions have led to some reduction in demand for helicopter services from the oil and gas companies, geological services — main paying customers of aviation services. Industrialists, to provide access to remote fields, began to develop the transport network: to build bridges, roads and rail ways, airports. In addition, the oil giants somehow develop a private helicopter operators “Gazprom Avia” (“Gazprom”) and “Art Avia” (“Rosneft”).