Moscow Aviation Institute / MAI

 

The history of aircraft creation in the MAI (Moscow Aviation Institute) began simultaneously with the foundation of the institute in 1930. The modern design bureau in the MAI was formed in 1965 as a student’s one. It was engaged in creation of experimental pilot and remote controlled light aircraft, which were developed according to the requirements specifications of various organizations of the Ministry of Aviation Industry (MAP), the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MGA) and the Ministry of Defense (MOP).
 
In 1982 by the order of Ministry of Aircraft Industry the Design Bureau was transformed into a branch-wise experimental students aircraft construction design bureau of the MAI. The work was carried out by professional engineers. If necessary the co-workers from among the MAI students and teachers and also from among the workers of the industry were invited. The production facility of the MAI aircraft development plant (EOZ) in the experimental development shop (shop № 3) are manned by qualified technicians. The OSKBES work on the experimental aircraft engineering constantly received high estimations of the industry. Their technical novelty and utility are confirmed by nine Introduction Certificates and more than twenty Invention Certificates. By the end of 1980s six experimental aircraft of different types were designed and built: Kvant, Elf-D UAV, PS-01 small-sized UAV, Elf, Photon and Yunior aircraft.
 
The basic structure, address and the industrial areas occupied by it in the OSKBES MAI have remained the same. The EOZ MAI (shop № 3) and the MAPO (Moscow aircraft building plant) were used as an industrial base. On July 27, 1992 the application on realization the inspection work in the OKB MA for reception the certificate for the right to develop the civil aircraft engineering was sent to the Aviaregister of the MAK and the Air Industry Department of the Ministry of Industry of Russian Federation. It was made on behalf of the "Aviatika" joint-stock company. According to the inspection results the Aviaregister of the MAK issued Certificate № R-9 to the "Aviatika" joint-stock company with the right to develop light civil aircraft. It was on February 17, 1993.
 
Aircraft designed and developed at OSKBES include:
A single-seater Aviatika-MAI-890 aircraft — passed certification, had a temporary Certificate of a type of 31 March 1994 № 52В-890, valid till 1 April 1995, is series produced by the RAC "MiG"; A two-seater Aviatika-MAI-890U aircraft is serially produced by the RAC "MiG"; An agricultural Aviatika-MAI-890SKh aircraft is serially produced by the RAC "MiG"; A single-seater Aviatika-MAI-900 aerobatics ("Akrobat")' A two-seater Aviatika-MAI-910 with wings, folding on the ground; An Aviatika-MAI-920 glider; A single-seater Aviatika-MAI-890A autogyro, a pre-production model at the stage of flying test. The basis for the "Aviatika" aircraft manufacture at the MAPO plant is the License Agreement concluded by this plant with the "Aviatika" joint-stock company on 10 April 1995 (contract № 4276).
 
The personnel of the OSKBES have continued to work in the field of light civil aircraft together with the MAPO MIG.
In April 27, 1998 the Aviaregister of Interstate Aviation Committee issued a Design Organization Certificate R-52 of the developer of light civil aircraft.
 
29 September 1999 eight members of our design bureau, Moscow Aviation Institute and RAC "MIG" were rewarded by "State Prize of the Russian Federation in science and technology" for designing and development of light multipurpose airplanes in a serial production. They are:
OSKBES MAI Chief Designer K. Zhidovetskiy (posthumously); OSKBES MAI Deputy Chief Designer (after the death of K. Zhidovetskiy — Chief Designer) N. Goryunov; OSKBES MAI Deputy Chief Designer V. Demin; OSKBES MAI Deputy Chief Designer V. Feigenbaum; Rector of MAI A. Matveyenko; Manager of MAI Experimental Plant P. Ogadzhanov; General Manager of RAC "MIG" plant G. Nemov; Deputy Manager of RAC "MIG" O. Chukantsev.
Autogyro MAI-205 made the first flight in 2001, chief designer Andrey Zorin.
In 2002 OSKBES MAI has started designing a new plane MAI-223. This plane made the first flight in 2004.
In 2003 OSKBES MAI started to work on different aircraft, airships and autogyros. It designed and produced gondolas, nacelles, fly-by-wire power plant controls and empennages of NPO "RosAeroSystems" airships Au-30 and Au-12M.
The design and development of Autogyro MAI-208 was started in 2006. The first MAI-208 is undergoing testing. OSKBES MAI presented MAI-208 at the 2nd International exhibition of the helicopter industry "HeliRussia-2009" (21...23 May 2009, Moscow). The new autogyro has caused the big interest of visitors and the press.
 
July 1, 2008 Vadim Demin was appointed Chief Designer of OSKBES MAI. The same year the design office has started working on a new multi-purpose four-seat twin engine aircraft MAI-407.
 
In 2009 OSKBES MAI started designing a new training glider MAI-227.


In 1997 Aviatika withdrew from the Design Bureau of Moscow Aviation Institute (Aviatikas) program, after which the manufacturer of Aviatika lightplanes became known as KB MAI.


Aircraft include Aviatika-MAI-890 single-seat very-light multipurpose pusher monoplane (first flown in 1990 as MAI-89 prototype), also available in autogyro and training glider forms, Aviatika-MAI-900 Acrobat single-seat aerobatic competition monoplane (first flown 1993), and Aviatika-MAI 910 two-seat recreational and utility cabin Iightplane (first flown 1995), with 960 development having a thicker tailboom.