Samara has many industrial companies and objects. One of them is “AeroVolga” where amphibian aircrafts are made. This company was founded in 2002 by enthusiasts. They produce amphibians in six modifications. In Russia this company has no competitors. They make twelve planes a year and are going to make more.
“AeroVolga” is located 40 km from Samara.
The plane capable to take off and land either on the ground or on water can perform many functions: they carry passengers and cargos, provide emergency medical care in remote areas, patrol borders, help in emergency situations, protect forests, extinguish fires, work in the spheres of recreation and tourism.
There is an aero-club on the territory.
The planes are made in two hangars.
LA-8 doesn’t have so many metal details. Some of them are produced right here, others are bought from other places (engines, gears etc.).
Some parts turned out to be so expensive so it became reasonable to launch their own production.
It might sound strange but the main material an amphibian is made of is high density foam plastic.
Here they make main parts of airplanes – wings, tails, cockpit bottoms.
Two parts of the tail will be connected.
This is the wing.
Fuel tanks for 400 litres are inside the wing.
Special material covers the foam plastic to make it rigid but light. Some layers of special durable foam plastic are used for making those parts which are subject to heavy loads, such as a bottom.
Here they cut and polish various details.
These are two halves of the bottom.
Many pieces of foam plastic are connected together and pierced with needles. The process is pretty complicated and demands high accuracy.
Now the company has an ambitious plan to make a round-the-world flight on its own plane.
They have already started to make the plane. It’s gonna be more powerful and bigger. It will be fuelled for 4000 km (while LA-8 is fuelled for 1200 km).
The workers are making details from foam plastic.
Seats are made from foam plastic too.
The salary of workers is about 1 000 USD.
The chassis is to be tested first.
Three units of LA-8 are being assembled at the moment.
The planes are equipped with engines made in Czech Republic or America.
A few words about the main characteristics of the aircraft LA-8C: eight seats, including the pilot’s one, payload 950 kg, taking off speed 90 km / h, cruising speed of 250 km / h, fuel consumption is 70 l / h, flight range 1300 km. One plane costs 30 million rubles (1 million dollars). The company plans to reduce the cost up to 25 million, as the production expands.
They also have a design department in the separate building.
This plane belongs to one of the workers.
This is the old mobile control point.
They are going to build one more hangar for winter storage of planes.
It’s not only the monument, this plane is here to test how its body survives heat, frosts and rains.
They hope that regional aviation will further develop in the country which is so important for such a big country as Russia.