Composite Planes

Piotr Butowski details two new Russian aircraft unveiled at the recent MAKS Air Show at Zhukovsky, near Moscow

On display in the Rostec pavilion during MAKS 2017 was the new T-500 PAK SKh agricultural aircraft. Piotr Butowski

The Siberian Aviation Science and Research Institute (SibNIA) based at Novosibirsk started to update the An-2 general-purpose aircraft several years ago. The resulting aircraft, designated TVS-2-DTS, arrived at Zhukovsky just a few days after its maiden flight on July 10 with Vladimir Barsuk and Igor Mosyeykin at the controls. To achieve its debut appearance, the aircraft flew nearly 3,000km (1,846 miles) from Novosibirsk to Zhukovsky without landing.

The awkward-to-pronounce designation stands for Turbovintovoy Samolyot, Demonstrator Tekhnologiy Seriynyi (Turboprop Aircraft, Serial Technology Demonstrator).

Air transport roots

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