'The Company managed to increase its main operational indicators despite the complex situation at the UN market. The number of passengers and the volume of transported goods increased by 18350 people and 1294 tons respectively. Total flight time increased by 2589 hours. The amount of flight hours per employee makes 31,1 hours against 29,6 hours in 2011' – said V. Tkachenko.
Comparative chart of performance indicators
|Aggregate logged flying time||13 490 h||16 131 h|
|The average monthly logged flight time per aircraft||40 h||47 h|
|Passengers||108 158 people||126 508 people|
|Cargos||2062 tons||3356 tons|
Presentation of the Chairman of the Board – Director General Vladimir Tkachenko
|In 2012 there were twenty four Company helicopters operating as part of the UN peacekeeping missions in the Republic of the Sudan (UNAMID), the Republic of the Southern Sudan (UNMIS), the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire (ONUCI) and the Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). In addition, Company aircrafts were involved in UN WFP humanitarian mission in the Republic of the Southern Sudan and two Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters carried over 360 tons humanitarian cargo to remote areas and evacuated almost 500 local residents -victims of natural disasters.|
Director General also noted that salaries and wages budget allocations increased by 6,6% in 2012 compared with 2011. 'This is a result of increase in the number of Company's employees and due to the salary increase of some groups of employees. The salary of the employees involved in the UN operations went up by 2,1%' – stresses V.Tkachenko.
The number of Company's staff increased by 9%, from 467 people in 2011 to 513 people in 2012. 'This is a good sign of Company's development', - said Vladimir Tkachenko, - 'Last year Ukrainian Helicopters employed 119 people, with 47 specialists working in one of the key branches, to include 12 aircraft commanders, 10 co-pilots, 10 flight engineers and 8 flight attendants'.
Maintenance department and Commercial departments employed 27 and 9 people respectively. Currently there are 335 specialists with higher education diplomas working in the Company. The number of employees with university degrees increased almost by 9%.
Comparative chart of the Company's hiring policy in 2011 and 2012
ГDirector General emphasized that the Company management pays serious attention to age factor of the employees and does every effort to hire young professionals. At present there are 359 people under 50 working at Ukrainian Helicopters, with major share of the staff aged 45 - 50 and 30 to 40 years old. 'We are focused on employing young people for them to potentially get on job training as well as attracting highly qualified middle-age specialists. Nevertheless, the UH will take only the best professionals and won't keep those who are not complying with the Company's requirements. For instance, in 2012 UH dismissed 36 people with did not meet ours criteria' – said V.Tkachenko.
Comparative chart of the staff dismissal in 2011 and 2012
The Deputy Director General Alexander Bosov focused his attention on the discipline
Personnel training and development In 2012
Flight Department trained six aircraft commanders to perform solo flights (Gavrin, Miroshkin, Gorbachev, Sizon, Bregnev and Gura). Three pilots continue their training as aircraft commanders (Kitko, Ephimenko and Polinchuk).
Ten co-pilots were trained to perform solo flights, five co-pilots/flight attendants were promoted to co-pilot positions (Shapovalov, Ananin, Eonov, Kovalenko, Bondarenko). In addition, seven flight engineers and six flight attendants were trained to perform UN tasks.
During 2012 the training flights were carried out at Bolshaja Kahnovka airfield (Kremenchug city) for the pilots to acquire necessary skills. Crews performed 30 flight hours to improve their flight methodology in difficult weather conditions, practice night flights, operations using external cargo slim system and water buckets.
Twenty aircraft commanders were prepared to perform operations using external cargo slim system and conducting emergency and rescue missions.
In 2012 experienced Company trainers in cooperation with the Kremenhcug Flight College of the National Aviation University also provided training service to the pilots of other countries.
Aviation Training Centre
In 2012 the Aviation Training Centre (the ATC) organized the employee training under twenty curricula approved by the CAA of Ukraine, compared with 11 curricula in 2011, having had 1068 sessions in 120 groups. For comparison, in 2011 there were conducted 603 sessions in 91 training groups.
The Head of the ATC Victor Krylov said that the main purpose of the Aviation Training Centre last year was enhancing profession level and improving English proficiency level of Ukrainian Helicopters staff. '222 crew members , i.e. 39 groups, completed their refresher training courses for Mi-8MTV helicopter, i.e. by 54 persons more than in 2011. The number of employees who completed the English Language Proficiency Course and the ATC terminology course also increased by 61 person to 136 pilots' – stressed V. Klylov.
Training under the CAA of Ukraine programs
The training was also held under in-house Aviation Training Centre programs for 767 people in 145 groups (in 2011 there were 429 people in 75 groups).
Training under the in-house Company programs
|Thanks to modernization of facilities and equipment of the Aviation Training Centre, all the auditoriums are equipped with 61 computers, there are eight overhead projectors and seven screens at its disposal. The Center is fully provided with manuals, text-books and necessary training materials on all subjects. There are six full-time instructors working in the Center and additionally 22 part-time instructors are attracted to cover the Center's teaching needs.|
Leased helicopters require complete servicing
In 2012, the Company increased its fleet by four aircrafts. Currently there are four additional Mi-8 helicopters being fixed at the Sevastopol Aircraft Repair Enterprise at the Company's expense.
In 2012, the Company's helicopters performed two intercontinental flights from Ukraine to the Republic of the South Sudan and back to Ukraine with total length of more than eleven thousand kilometers.
The main results of the Maintenance Department performance in 2012 are the following:
1. Acquiring the certification of four operational points in the DRC and in the South Sudan to conduct regular aircraft maintenance up to 300 hours.
2. Performing the auditing of operational points in the DRC by the CCA of Ukraine.
3. installing and formalizing Global navigation system GNS-530 at all Company helicopters.
During the overhaul helicopters are upgraded by installing contemporary equipment and avionics
4. installing warning approach systems CAS-67A was at five Company aircrafts.
5. installing Ground proximity warning system TAWS at seven helicopters.
6. installing PCAS-RXR warning systems at HLA-helicopter.
The average mean time between failures of maintenance made 44 hours, while in the same period in 2011 it was 47 hours. According to the Acting Heard of the Maintenance Department Taras Ferley, this indicator proves that the Company maintains high level of aircrafts reliability, despite the aircraft aging and increasing logged flight hours.
First Deputy Director General Gregory Krivoshyja analyzed the flight safety level in 2012 and in the first quarter of 2013.
According to Krivoshuja, the Company did every effort to improve its flight safety. 'Last year Ukrainian Helicopters started to use the system of flight data collection and its decoding that allowed to better identify and analyze the deviations and mistakes in the flight technique as well as failures on the ground and in the air' – said G. Krivoshuja.
|For the first time in many years there were identified the flight safety performance indicators. 'We have the highest risk index in South Sudan, and the lowest in Côte d'Ivoire. These regions are called 'yellow zones' of risk. This means that Company can perform the assigned tasks with due regard of the level of risk. For example, in South Sudan Company helicopters suspend flights or increase the height of flight thus reducing the risk level'- said G. Krivoshuja.|
At the same time, first Deputy Director General stressed that the system of mandatory and voluntary reporting, currently being implemented in the Company, remains one of the issues. 'Unfortunately, the crew members working in the UN missions have not been pro-active yet, but we are working on it' - said G.Krivoshuja.
|When analyzing the Company's flights carried out last year and Company's maintenance activity, special attention was paid to the mistakes and deficiencies. Gregory Krivoshuja stressed that the main goal is preventing potential mistakes. 'Every problematic situation should be identified timely to be prevented' – stressed G.Krivoshuja.|
At the end of 2012 the position of a Company senior doctor was established to organize the work of Flight Department doctors and provide for the healthcare of the Head office staff. Additionally, the check-up of the personnel working in operational points in Africa has also been provided for.
"These steps are aimed at safeguarding on-going monitoring and providing medical assistance to our employees in the countries of the Company's operation in Sudan, South Sudan, the DRC and Côte d'Ivoire. Prior to their business trips all employees are well informed and receive the necessary recommendations to prevent diseases while being stationed in Africa '- said a senior doctor Aleksander Bandura.
The Company initiated post- business trip medical examination in addition to the mandatory medical check-up before the departure on the UN missions. "These steps and preventive measures mean additional costs for the Company, but they are well justified, since they enable us to take better care of our employees,' - assured Bandura.
In conclusion, the Company's main goals for 2013 have been set, with the main focus bringing Company's performance in line with the international standards, maintaining high quality of work and enhancing flight safety.