Develop and overcome difficulties. The Naryan-Mar united air squad turned 77 years old

In honor of the holiday, the company’s employees were presented with letters of gratitude. Also, two employees of the air squad were awarded the “Honored Pilot of the Russian Federation” badge.

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The Naryan-Mar United Aviation Squadron is the only airline in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Without this enterprise, life in the district is impossible. Pilots transport passengers throughout the region – from sand-covered Shoina to coastal Amderma and Ust-Kara, deliver schoolchildren to their places of study, saving lives, and make ambulance flights. This was noted by the Governor of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug Yuri Bezdudny, congratulating the employees of the air squad.

— Aviators are friends of all residents of our district. You carry out regular passenger transportation to the most remote villages of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, carry out sanitary flights to the most remote corners of the region, transport cargo, and deliver children to school. There was even a case when a woman gave birth right on board a helicopter. The whole life of the district rests on the air squadron,” said the head of the region.

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Yuri Bezdudny added that the Nenets Autonomous Okrug inextricably developed together with the Naryan-Mar united air squadron.

— New projects appeared, new fields were developed, new villages were built, and there was a demand for transportation. Then the aircraft changed, new Mi-8s and Annushkas arrived. The squadron grew. This year the park added two new Mi-8 MTV. I would like to say words of gratitude from all residents of the district to you for your work and low regards to the veterans. The enterprise is not only the largest in the region, with a powerful material base, the air squad is a large and close-knit team,” Governor Yuri Bezdudny emphasized.

For merits in the development and operation of aviation equipment, high professional skill, and many years of conscientious work, the honorary title “Honored Pilot of the Russian Federation” was awarded to the commander of the Mi-8 helicopter, Sergei Karmazin, and the head of the flight safety inspection, Mikhail Bondar.

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Sergey Karmazin is from Poltava. After flight school I ended up in Naryan-Mar by assignment. Then a 23-year-old young pilot arrived in the Far North for romance. And for more than 30 years now, the Arctic sky has been giving him that same romance.

— This work doesn’t get boring, every day is like a holiday. The profession obliges you to be a romantic, you need to approach it creatively and beautifully, then you will receive satisfaction from the work done. Our squad is good, the team is changing, but the main core remains, and our flight school is one of the best, if not the best in all of Russia,” said Honored Pilot of the Russian Federation Sergei Mikhailovich.

Mikhail Bondar has been working in the air squadron since August 6, 1982. He was a co-pilot after graduating from the Kremenchug School. He came to the profession in the footsteps of his father, young Misha did not hesitate in his choice, he shared, he always knew that he would be a pilot.

“I remember my first flight—my eyes were big, my arms and legs had forgotten everything. Of course, then I got used to it, and eventually got involved. It’s one thing to start flying at school, but when I arrived in Naryan-Mar, it was a bit difficult. The northern sky feels closer, but it is still the same everywhere. However, the weather conditions here are more difficult, there are few landmarks, everything is covered in winter, so you have to think and think,” Mikhail Vladislavovich talks about the intricacies of the work.

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Mikhail Vladislavovich has been flying over the Nenets tundra for more than forty years; he admits that he fell in love with the northern sky. The honored pilot has 11 thousand 976 hours in the sky.

“Our squad has always been famous for its school, mentors, and veterans. When young guys come here after college, they mostly know only theory, everything else they get in the air squadron. They ask, and we teach and suggest,” explains Mikhail Bondar.

In addition, today at the festive celebration, 17 honored employees of the enterprise were awarded letters of gratitude from the governor of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug for conscientious work, achieved labor successes and high professional skills.

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For high professional skill and active participation in eliminating natural fires on the territory of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, letters of gratitude were presented to the on-board mechanic of the MI-8 helicopter, Dmitry Dityaev, and the acting senior pilot, MI-8 instructor, Sergei Kalininsky.

The co-pilots of the MI-8 helicopter, Valeria Ganina and Elvira Khakimova, as well as the co-pilot of the AN-2 aircraft, Olga Orlova, were awarded for popularizing and promoting the image of the aviation industry.

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The work, high skill and personal contribution to the development of aviation in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug of Vladimir Byakin, Anton Kokin, Igor Laptander, Vladimir Lichutin, Davyd Mukshitsky, Alexey Samsonov, Vladimir Khabarov, Sergey Chuprov were also noted with letters of gratitude.

For active participation in eliminating a natural fire in the area of ​​​​the settlement of Pylemets, the award was presented to the on-board mechanic of the MI-8 helicopter, Mikhail Chuprov.

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At the end of the meeting, Yakov Menshakov, General Director of Naryan-Mar OJSC, took a congratulatory speech.

— 77 years old – a beautiful number. A birthday is always a reason to look back, evaluate what has been done, and make plans for the future. The year has been incredibly difficult for us. But we do not give up, we move forward and focus on the stable development of the airline. And stable development is, first of all, the coordinated and conscientious work of all ground services, aircraft crews, and engineering vessels. I would like to thank all the employees of the company for their competence, skill, and for the fact that in difficult situations you act clearly and professionally. I would also like to say words of gratitude to the leadership of the district and personally to Yuri Vasilyevich Bezdudny for understanding the problems of aviation, cooperation, assistance and support,” said Yakov Menshakov.

In 1946, by order of the Northern Territorial Administration of the Civil Air Fleet in Naryan-Mar, the Naryan-Mar 228th Air Squadron was organized, based at the airport of the district capital.

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