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100 best young Ukrainian aviators visited prestigious Farnborough International Airshow in London

100 All-Ukrainian AVIATOR project winners visited famous Farnborough International Airshow 2016 in London. The trip was organised by Borys Kolesnikov Foundation. This is the fifth AVIATOR competition realised by the Foundation.



Borys Kolesnikov, the Foundation President, traditionally joined the group of students. He greeted the best representatives of Ukrainian technical aviation higher educational institutions. Out of 3.000 participants of AVIATOR-2016 project, they won their right to visit Farnborough and get acquainted with the latest aerospace achievements.


The Foundation President notices that the competition and annual trips for its winners to specialised shows in Great Britain and France are a good investment in the young generation, development of science and education of Ukraine. “The Foundation’s task is to make Ukrainian youth quit being shy. They are the best. It will be a great honour, if they’ll be working at Antonov. We will have something to be proud of, if they’ll be working in other corporations. But the biggest work is done by teachers who train them. This is just an excursion for the aviators to get acquainted with the world aviation face-to-face,” Borys Kolesnikov said.


It is known, that Farnborough International Airshow in London and Le Bourget in Paris are the only aviation events which provide their visitors and participants with so many opportunities. This year, Farnborough greets representatives from 22 countries of the world; about 100 delegations claimed about their intention to visit the airshow. At Farnborough International Airshow 2016 AVIATOR-2016 project winners met representatives of leading world and national aviaconstruction companies.


In particular, the students visited Airbus stand where the company representatives introduce them main airplane models, i.e. new А350 XWB, А320 neo and А330 neo. Young aviators could see and estimate all the perks of the new cabin Airspace by Airbus, but the most amazing for them was an excursion on the world biggest passenger airplane Airbus A380 which can house up to 850 passengers.

Boeing company celebrated at Farnborough-2016 forum its 100th anniversary. Representatives of this aviagiant met with Ukrainian students and introduced their interactive exhibition of the past technologies and future prospects of Boeing. The winners watched the first flight of the airplane of new Boeing family 737 MAX.

Future aviators visited also stands of Ukrainian companies – Progresstech Ukraine and Antonov which presented this time its An-178 and let the AVIATOR-2016 winners look at the airplane from the inside.


As a rule, Borys Kolesnikov Foundation arranges visiting by aviator students specialised exhibitions during so called business days and career days when major players of the world aviation market settle bargains and look for potential business partners. This is time for young Ukrainian specialists to show themselves, share experience with foreign colleagues and use it in their native country in the future.


According to one of the AVIATOR-2016 winners, a Kirovohrad Pilot Academy student Andrii Kasiian, a visit to Farnborough brought him unforgettable memories. “I’m stunned! Thanks to their knowledge and persistence, usual Ukrainian students saw flying vehicles of all kinds, satellites, old exhibits, latest space designs. Borys Kolesnikov Foundation and its educational projects make the world closer and more accessible,” he said.


Ukrainian students visited not only Farnborough airshow, but get acquainted with famous sights of the capital of Great Britain – Big Ben, Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge. They spent good time in Thorpe Park too.

AVIATOR is one of the major projects of the charitable Borys Kiloesnikow Foundation. This is the only great-scale competition for students of technical aviation specialities in Ukraine. Its aim is to support future designers and engineers, pilots and air traffic managers; to motivate and prise the talented youth with annual trips to International Farnborough (Great Britain) and Le Bourget (France) Airshows.

Annually the project widens geography and covers new higher education institutions uniting the future aviation elite of Ukraine.


This year the project saw aviators from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhia, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Slaviansk and Kremenchuk. Within the project, they passed tests in exact sciences, English and aviation history, showed their knowledge of aviation and solved business cases from the industry specialists. 200 students reached the final – they defended their motivational presentations in front of the jury. Eventually, 100 best young aviators became winners, and a trip to Farnborough International Airshow 2016 in London was their reward.


According to Sophia Mudryk, Director of Borys Kolesnikov Foundation, organisation will go on contributing to preparing the young Ukrainian aviator generation in the future.