Aviation Training Hangar
National Aviation University’s Aviation Training Hangar was built and put into operation in 1982. The facility with the in-house model of a real airfield was built by a special, individual project and designed to train highly qualified aviation professionals.
The building has a unique roof structure with a stretched membrane of trusses (similar to the Olympic Sports Complex in Moscow), which allowed providing a significant usable area for housing real aircraft. The total area is 7200 sqare meters (120m×60m) and the height is 22.5m.
About 250,000 aviation professionals from Ukraine, former Soviet states, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America have trained and improved their professional level at the Training Hangar over the years of its operation.
The hangar houses aircraft built by a wide range of structural schemes, as well as of different periods of development and operation. These are: An-24, Tu-154, Yak-42, L-410, and An-2 planes; Mi-8, Mi-2 (two units), Mi-4, and Ka-26 helicopters. Gas turbine aircraft engines D-20P, NK-12MV, and NK-8-2u are also showcased.
Particular attention is paid to the history of aircraft design development, which is a necessary component of the educational process training aviation professionals. In particular, the hangar hosts a unique, one of the world’s first all-metal aircraft designed by A. Tupolev in 1929, the ANT-7 (the only copy). Also, students have access to a unique collection of aircraft engines produced at the beginning of 20th century: “RON” (1913), M-11 (1927), and M-17 (1936).
Besides aircraft, the Aviation Training Hangar houses training samples of aircraft ground handling equipment. This is a special ground equipment complex UPG-400 (hydraulic pump station), PARM (mobile aircraft repair shops), and a special currents unit room.
Aircraft that are now kept in the hangar once used to roam the skies, while some units, with minor repairs, are still capable of flying. All aircraft are dissected (with cutouts throughout), which allows students to more effectively learn aircraft design. The hangar has specialized classrooms equipped with aircraft parts, stands for studying the main functional aircraft systems, mounted from real structural elements of such systems.
Aircraft and helicopters are adapted to the educational process and have ground technological equipment available that provides access to any zone of the aircraft to practice repair and maintenance works for training, scientific and industrial purposes.