Gazpromneft-Aero, operator of Gazprom Neft’s aviation refuelling business, has organised the first ever international competition for aviation refuelling specialists — the Aviation Fuelling Challenge, held with the support of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Tolmachevo International Airport, the venue for the practical heats.
Eight teams took part in the competition: CNAF (China), Petrolimex Aviation (Vietnam), NIS (Serbia), Manas (Kyrgyzstan), Aerofuels (Russia), Sovex (Russia), Domodedovo Fuel Services (Russia) and Gazpromneft-Aero (Russia). Awards were made across three individual nominations to aviation fuel-tanker drivers, shift supervisors, and deputy production heads, with the main award being made to the best-performing team.
Competition tasks were designed around international quality standards in aviation refuelling, with participants having to pass theoretical tests in electronic format as well as undertaking two practical tasks, while the team competitions saw individual teams completing a single practical challenge against the clock. The competition jury comprised IATA representatives together with specialists from the Federal State Research Institute of Civil Aviation.
The team competition in the Aviation Fuelling Challenge was won by the Sovex team (Russia), with Gazpromneft-Aero (Russia) in second place and Manas (Kyrgyzstan) third.
Prizes in the individual nominations went to members of five teams, with the best tanker drivers being Azimkhan Alimzhanov (Manas), Igor Sukhodolsky (Gazpromneft-Aero), and Wenqiang Huang (CNAF). Prizes for best shift leader went to Denis Grebenyukov (Gazpomneft-Aero), Maxim Vorobyev (Sovex) and Evgeny Galushko (Manas).
All teams were captained by Deputy Heads of Production, all of whom were also competing on the basis of their professional skills, with the three prize winners being Igor Koronev (Sovex), Alexei Karpuk (Gazpromneft-Aero) and Pham Ngoc Thu (Petrolimex Aviation).
«The world of aviation has no borders — people all over the world are flying every day, and our collective responsibility is to ensure the comfort and safety of these passengers. This is possible thanks exclusively to a single and inclusive approach to managing aviation refuelling, and to the international standards and technologies that members of the industry are implementing in their respective countries» stressed Gazpromneft Aero CEO, Vladimir Egorov. «The international Aviation Fuelling Challenge competition isn’t just a contest for production specialists, but a working forum on which industry representatives from various countries can share best practices, and work on addressing the challenges and tasks arising from standardising aviation refuelling practices worldwide. We are grateful to our partners for their support, and for taking part in the first international aviation refuelling competition, and hope that it will become a permanent forum on which industry experts will be able to collaborate.»
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Gazpromneft-Aero is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft. The company has been providing aircraft refuelling services and selling aviation fuel at airports since 1 January, 2008. Since December 2008, Gazpromneft Aero has been a strategic partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in the field of aviation fuel supply.