TsAGI studies conditions for the Arctic transport
11 March 2019
Single-rotor perspective high-speed helicopter with jet system
One of the State’s key priorities today is the development of the Arctic Region. This is not only the development of the richest raw-materials base, but also the creation of social and economic guarantees for the population, improving the system of the emergency medical aid, equipping it with the advanced features. Specialists of the Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center “Zhukovsky Institute”) are directly involved in the task solution.
The Institute developed a series of conceptual projects of a promising high-speed helicopter for the medical and rescue missions, and to provide service for the remote from the coastline oil platforms or passing along the Northern Sea Route ships. TsAGI specialists study the whole complex of conditions to reasonably define the requirements for speed, range and payload of the aircraft and finally determine its conceptual design. It also includes the peculiarities of usage of the air medical service in our country and abroad, the natural and infrastructural specificity of the Far North, as well as regulations and standards for the emergency medical response.
“The emergency medical response should be delivered as per standards and guarantee a good chance for the patient’s recovery,” said Andrey Smirnov, the Deputy Head Division, Head of the TsAGI’s Department of the air transport system study. “20 minutes is given to the emergency ambulance’s arrival by the standard. It should not take more than 2 hours to bring the patient to the hospital in case of his life threatening. When we speak about the Arctic area with a very low population density or remote off shore oil and gas producing areas, it is necessary to take into account the helicopter’s maximum flying distance. It can be over 1000 km. It all suggests that the air medical service cannot do without high-speed rotary-wing aircraft.”