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Employees of Vnukovo Airport Receive State Awards

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Employees of the transport industry received state and departmental awards in the Heraldic Hall of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. The awardees included staff members of Vnukovo International Airport, JSC. Opening the award ceremony, the Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev said: "We have successfully completed all the tasks set by the state. The transport complex in Russia has been consistently solving all the arising issues and overcoming new challenges. But it's also important to focus on development. All of it is possible because of people like you – true professionals in their field."

Today, the Minister of Transport presented the Medal of the Order for Merit to the Fatherland, II degree, to Konstantin Kolesnikov.
Konstantin Kolesnikov has been working in civil aviation for more than 30 years. He is a leading engineer and head of the simulator training group that's included in the educational unit of Training Center No. 21 of the HR department. Konstantin Kolesnikov skillfully organizes the activities of the group's employees in terms of operating full flight simulators for Il-62M and Tu-154M. He also personally reworks the electronic components of the IL-62M full flight simulator. During the comprehensive modernization of the Il-62M and Tu-154M flight simulators, Konstantin Kolesnikov ensured a clear and well-coordinated work of personnel who implemented new software and equipment in a very short time. As a result, the full flight simulator for Tu-154M was equipped with a computer system for controlling the quality of takeoff and landing according to the I and II categories of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Largely thanks to the initiative and competent leadership of Konstantin Kolesnikov, the company has established smooth processes for technical operation, fast maintenance and timely modernization of computer classes for testing airport employees studying at Training Center No. 21.

The Minister of Transport also awarded the Medal of the Order for Merit to the Fatherland, II degree, to Galina Mashkina, Head of Pass Office for the Aviation Security Service of the Department for Transport and Aviation Security of Vnukovo International Airport, JSC. Galina Mashkina has been working in the transport industry for 35 years. She skillfully organizes the work of the unit under her management. She also controls registration of all types of passes granting access to free, production and technological areas of the airport, as well as to aircraft. Galina Mashkina coordinates incoming requests for permanent passes to the transport security area with Vnukovo Airport's Border Service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation and Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.  In addition to that, she regularly participates in the development of access levels to the transport security area for airport employees and individuals unaffiliated with the transport complex.

On the same day, Nikolay Garnizonov was awarded the title of Honored Worker of Transport of the Russian Federation.
Nikolay Garnizonov got a job at Vnukovo Airport in April 1980 as an engineer of the full flight simulator for Tu-154B at Training Center No. 21. Since July 2020, he has been a senior operational engineer of the simulator training group which is a part of the educational unit of Training Center No. 21 of the HR department.
During his career, Nikolay Garnizonov mastered maintenance of full flight simulators for IL-18, Il-62P, and Il-86, as well as the Dvina-2 navigation simulator for training flight personnel of Il-62M and Tu-154M. Currently, he skillfully ensures the operation of the Il-62M and Tu-154M full flight simulators, e.g. timely repairs and monitors routine maintenance of full flight simulator control units. During the comprehensive modernization of the Tu-154M full flight simulator, Nikolay Garnizonov installed new computer systems and connected them to the simulator computer. He also introduced innovations that have significantly extended the service life of the simulators. Apart from that, Nikolay Garnizonov regularly tests the simulators to check the equipment before crew training.

Vnukovo International Airport is one of the largest air hubs in Russia. Each year the airport handles about 200,000 flights of Russian and foreign airlines. Its network covers the whole territory of Russia as well as near and far-abroad countries. In 2019, Vnukovo International Airport served over 24 million passengers, breaking its own record. Vnukovo airport terminal with a total area of about 300,000 square meters can handle up to 35 million passengers annually. Vnukovo International Airport is the only airport in Russia to have received Letter of Commendation from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin for its professional achievements and high performance. Moreover, Vnukovo Airport was recognized as the Best International Airport by Air Gateway of Russia award at National Aviation Infrastructure Show (NAIS) for three consecutive years.