Press release from Patrick Gilligan
In January 2019, AeroVolga aircraft, the manufacturer of the Borey Amphibious Aircraft, received Transport Canada’s letter of acceptance for the Borey model A, as an Advanced Ultra-Light Aeroplane (AULA).
This is the first amphibious flying boat AULA accpeted in Canada in 2019 and will certainly provide an advantage to flight schools. Students will be able to acquire their Ultra-Light Pilot Permit on land and get checked out as a seaplane pilot, too.
AeroVolga’s team of engineers worked long and hard to optimize weight and simplicity while maximizing strength and serviceability for the Canadian AULA market.
AeroVolga Scientific Production Association (SPA) is a Russian Limited Liability Company founded in 2002. The first aircraft manufactured, the LA-8 twin engine eight-seat amphibious aircraft, made its inaugural flight in 2004. The company received the Quality System Certificate ISO 9001: 2008 (GOST ISO 9001-2011) for the design, production, operation of aircraft, helicopters and other aircraft.
The Aero Volga’s complex has a total area of 550,000 m2, including – “an aerodrome with two runways (concrete and grass)”, industrial, manufacturing facility and auxiliary buildings of 2,500 m2. Currently with a staff of approximately 100 skilled professionals throughout several divisions: design office, production work-shops, maintenance and continuing airworthiness. The company works in close international cooperation with foreign partners, in particular with the Swiss company, Aéronautique Design & Service Bureau.
Leveraging Aero Volga’s extensive experience and manufacturing capability, the design of a two-seat amphibious aircraft was initiated and in 2016 the Borey’s first flight was celebrated. Sales efforts took place in 2017 and the first deliveries to customers in Summer 2018. To date a total of eight aircraft have been manufactured, with five delivered to customers, including three for Germany. The first Borey to be delivered to Canada will be in early spring of 2019.
In October 2016, representatives of AeroVolga met with Transport Canada in Ottawa to discuss the AULA -TP10141 design standards and the requirements to qualify as an eligible Advanced Ultra-Light Aeroplane.
In summer of 2018, three AeroVolga aircraft, one Borey two seater accompanied by two LA-8s, performed a flight around the world along the Arctic Circle, over the territories of nine countries: Russia, USA, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The trip took 43 days, the aircraft flew more than 20,000 km over land, seas and oceans without failure or incident.