On February 9-10, the 8th National Aviation Infrastructure Forum and Show NAIS 2021 ran in Crocus Expo, Moscow. Representatives of the air transport community met together to discuss the opportunities of crisis management and stabilization of the industry, to share an experience, find business partners and see new technologies and products in the civil aviation infrastructure market.
2,933 industry representatives attended the show and forum this year. Airports, air carriers and related structures, aviation industry enterprises, research institutes, industry regulators, manufacturers and suppliers, educational centres, industry media and associations met at the site.
More than 80 exhibitors presented the latest technologies and equipment for airports, airlines and passengers, including advanced solutions in the field of security, ground support technologies, construction, ATM, terminal equipment, IT and other aspects.
Exposition presented products and technologies for various sectors of the industry.
Aerodrome equipment was presented at the stands of the Euromash plant, Pilot Plant GA No. 31, Mercator, AEBI Schmidt, Cavag, AVTOTEKHINMASH, EuroTek. The show visitors could get acquainted with the characteristics of airfield trucks and brake trolleys. Aerotranstechnika demonstrated a new generation airfield truck "BISON D1000" from a well-known manufacturer Goldhofer (Goldhofer Aktiengesellschaft, Germany).
Innovations in the field of digital technologies were presented at the stands of ADB Safegate, DECK, LANDING-N, and GazIntech. Parking solutions could be found on the stands of ISD, REGULA, Fintech, NITA, VK Electronics.
A variety of security systems complexes were presented by the companies NPO Almaz, Almaz-Antey, Ecoflight, VNIIRA.
In the field of Ground support vehicles, the Belarusian manufacturer MAZ (Minsk Automobile Plant) presented a model of the MAZ 271 apron bus.
AIRFLOT TECHNICS, an integrator of comprehensive equipment for airports and transport infrastructure facilities, presented innovative technical tools: B2secure AntiVirus Box - an innovative disinfection solution to prevent the spread of viral infection during the pandemic, and the Dimark Tilt Tray Sorter, a high-speed sorter of a new generation with a closed loop that sorts luggage of different sizes and shapes with great accuracy. The specialists also presented equipment for express PCR tests for use in airports.
As part of the launch of the new air traffic management scheme, Almaz–Antey presented a set of ATM facilities and systems.
GH-Electrics, a Russian manufacturer of UV recirculator irradiators, demonstrated the operation of an air disinfection unit.
Infrastructure projects for the development of airfields and terminals from flagship and regional airports and airlines – Regional Airports, Northern Airports, Krasnodar, Gelendzhik, Izhevsk and others were also presented.
The exhibitors were satisfied with their participation in the show and shared their opinions.
"NAIS 2021 is very important for the Minsk Automobile Plant. It was valuable for us that the heads of airports and technical services could see our new product. The Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, Mr. Savelyev, visited our stand, and this is very important for us. I would like to thank the organisers of NAIS 2021, we hope that this exhibition will provide an opportunity to receive new contracts," Vladimir Yanushko, Deputy General Director, Marketing Director of Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ), said.
“Aerotranstechnika took part in the NAIS show for the first time. The key moment for us was the opportunity to demonstrate the airfield towing truck for aircraft Goldhofer "BISON D1000". The second important aspect is the participation in the NAIS Forum and the presentation of the innovative Goldhofer "IonMaster" technology, which allowed electric trucks to reach a fundamentally new level of efficiency. The impressions from the show are positive. Certainly, this is not the first event of this level in my practice, and I can note that NAIS is a platform for key communication, especially at the current moment. I think people really missed this offline communication format," Denis Maslennikov, General Director of Aerotranstechnika LLC, said.
"Such events as NAIS are very important for us, since we work in the field of ATM, and there are practically no specialized events in Russia. NAIS is the only one and perhaps the most important event for us. This is a great platform for meetings, especially with our customers, for the development of our business in terms of partnership. For us, of course, at the moment, offline participation is the most effective, since there is nothing more effective than showing and demonstrating equipment, " Evgenia Zykova, PR and advertising specialist at NITA, said.
On February 9, the official tour of the exhibition was attended by: Vitaly Savelyev, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, Igor Chalik, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, Alexander Neradko, Head of the Federal Air Transport Agency, Dmitry Saprykin, General Director of Vnukovo International Airport, Evgeny Chudnovsky, General Director of Airports of Regions, Boris Aleshin, Chairman of the Board of Ramport Aero.
"This year, was not easy, the Ministry of Transport is doing a lot of work together with the Federal Air Transport Agency to ensure that we get new assignments and directions. And our companies were able to return to business and feel normal during this difficult period," Vitaly Savelyev, the Minister of Transport, said at the Forum opening ceremony.
27 airports and airlines were awarded as winners of the Air Gate of Russia Award and Skyway Service Award.
Rich business program ran during two days of the Forum.
On February 9, the plenary session "Prospects for the restoration of air transportation and measures to support the industry" was held.
During the event, the speakers discussed the effectiveness of the government support tools for the aviation industry in 2020, and spoke about the implementation of investment infrastructure projects aimed at developing the Russian airport infrastructure. They also discussed the possibilities of synergy between the tourism and aviation industries, increasing the share of domestic aircrafts in the fleets of the Russian airlines, and issues of the aviation accessibility in the Far Eastern region.
At the plenary session "Prospects for the aviation industry restoration: anti-crisis management: the 2020 experience" revealed the most relevant topics of modern realities, such as anti-crisis strategies for managing operational activities and operational security requirements for passengers and staff. The speakers shared the practices of preserving infrastructure projects, talked about marketing in non-aviation commerce, social responsibility of airlines, and suggested new approaches in the interaction between airports and airlines to increase the profitability of airlines and optimize costs.
Also on the first day, the conference "Digitalization of the aviation industry – Opportunities of the new time" was held.
Nowadays, innovations and digital solutions are more relevant than ever. Within the conference program, experts spoke about the main trends of digital transformation in civil aviation, smart identification technologies for passengers revealed the development of online services and contactless technologies, and management of operational activities and passenger traffic.
The industry conference "Investments and Technologies in the Modernization and Management of Modern Airport Infrastructure" took place for the eighth time. The program focused on the modernization of airport infrastructure, challenges and opportunities for investment, digital technologies in the design of terminal and airfield infrastructure, airport architecture, materials and technologies to improve the operational characteristics of the runway and airfield infrastructure.
On February 10, on the second day Forum day, the VIII industry conference "Current Issues of Transport (Aviation) Security" ran with support of the Transport (Aviation) Security Department of the Federal Air Transport Agency.
The speakers discussed issues related to regulatory and legal acts in ensuring transport (aviation) security, training and certification of the security forces of T(A)B, problems of implementation of legislation in the field of T(A)B and new systems and technologies in providing T(A)B.
Also on February 10, the conference "Current Issues of the Flight Safety Management System (SMS) of the Airfield Operator" ran with support of the Flight Safety Inspection Department of the Federal Air Transport Agency.
The program included discussion of issues of ensuring flight safety at the airfield, possible approaches to the formation of the SMS of the airfield operator.
On the same day, industry professionals could attend the session "Ground handling at Airports-efficiency and safety", where were discussed effective models of interaction between airlines and airports, practices of applying modern ground handling technologies at airports, topics of optimizing the operation of ground services.
For the first time, the conference "Unmanned Aviation – New Opportunities, New Challenges" was held. The experts presented the concept of integrating unmanned aircraft into a single airspace, the possibility of countering unauthorized use of UAVs, data accounting system for unmanned civil aircraft with a maximum take-off weight from 0.25 kilograms to 30 kilograms, as well as the current state and development prospects.
The show also featured the Open Innovation Podium where representatives of companies and industry organizations talked about their own developments and their successful application.
To ensure safety on the site, based on the recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor, the Clean Result program was organized. It included a series of measures aimed at taking care of the health of participants and visitors of the exhibition: mask mode and thermal screening, access to hand antiseptics, regular ventilation of the room, social distancing and control of the number of people in the halls.
Participants and guests could use free app Reed Click which let visitors exchange business cards using contactless technologies and gives other opportunities for a comfortable and fruitful stay at NAIS and even after the show. All visitors could draw up their schedule of events and meetings they want to attend. Besides, they received individual recommendations based on their interests. Unique lists of recommended companies were sent before the show opening. All these tools helped the guests to arrange their attendance and make the right choice.
Participants and visitors will remember the exhibition and Forum for its bright exposition, productive negotiations, important meetings, rich business program, and, of course, its unique atmosphere.
See you at NAIS 2022!