Site news 27.02.2012
On the premises of the Black River sanatorium nearby Rybinsk the winter convention of the NPO Saturn youth took place. The convention which was held for the twenty third time in a row was inaugurated on February, 23rd exactly on the Russian Military Day. In the course of three days 23 teams competed for the victory in the overall competition and for the Cup founded in memory of Andrey Savin – a person who has done a lot for promoting the development of the company’s youth culture.
The NPO Saturn youth convention has long become an open venue for all the companies in the aerospace industry and NPO Saturn’s key partners. The geography of the convention participants spans Rybinsk, Yaroslavl, Moscow, Lytkarino (a Moscow suburb) and even Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The Rybinsk teams represent different business units of the company as well as its main subsidiaries. Traditionally the youth convention is attended by the teams of the Rybinsk State Aviation Technical University (RSATU) and of the Saturn Gas Turbines company. Among other perennial guests from Moscow are the delegates of the NPO Saturn subsidiaries – A. Lyulka R&D center and Lytkarino machine-building plant, Saturn partner companies such as Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and research and production gas-turbine production center Salut. It is not the first time that VTB Bank, a business partner of NPO Saturn and the convention general sponsor presents its team. And, of course, special attention of the organizers of the event was given to the fact that for the first time a team from Y. Gagarin Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation production association (KnAAPO) was to participate in the convention.
‘We have the fondest impressions of the event, - shared their emotions the newbies of the 23rd NPO Saturn youth convention – the delegates from KnAAPO. – We are absolutely excited that we have made it to the Rybinsk-based company and to the convention venue having covered 8000 kilometers (!). We have put the best of our employees on the team to show our worth in the competition. Among them are some organizers of youth-related events in our company. That’s why one of our objectives is to watch the event unfold, adopt the way it is done here and come home full of new impressions and ideas’.
The chairman of the 23rd NPO Saturn youth convention – NPO Saturn director of human resources Leonid Ivanov noted: ‘The youth convention – is a concentrated expression of corporate spirit. When back in 2001 the Lyulka Saturn company was merging with the Rybinsk Motors company, very many of our colleagues asked themselves the question: ‘How are we going to live as one family now?’ And the day when the teams of participants from our newly acquired Moscow subsidiaries – A. Lyulka R&D center and Lytkarino machine-building plant – came to participate in such an event can be considered as the real merger of all the structural units of NPO Saturn. Nowadays, these teams not only actively participate in the company's youth conventions but really feel like they belong here. The convention culture has a ripple effect energizing and uniting more and more people’.
NPO Saturn director of operations Viktor Polyakov: ‘I was invited here as an honorable guest. But I couldn’t care less about being honorable, I want to be equal to you, I want to be among you, the youth of the aviation community holding the key to the future of our industry. I had given it a lot of thought how to address the delegates of this convention – gentlemen, comrades and still I believe the right term of address for me would be - colleagues. Saturn is a cutting-edge emerging enterprise uniting the think-alikes, the people glued to the aerospace engineering. I wish all you the real drive, fun and further success in your work’.
All the creativity-based contests of the 23rd NPO Saturn youth convention had the same theme – dedication to the Year of Russian history. As always the sporting event program was very intense and diverse. It is not by coincidence that the deputy governor of the VTB Bank Yaroslavl head office Natalya Suvorova said ‘thanks to the effort of the event organizers, these sporting competitions have become well known well outside Yaroslavl Region’.
The head judge of the 23rd NPO Saturn youth convention – head of NPO Saturn social programs department Aleksey Molchanyuk: ‘We try not to repeat ourselves. All the contests are new, they may still have the same name as before but their content is different. All the creativity-related contests are interlined by the same theme. Even during the ‘Introduction’ part which is some sort of a business card for each team, each of them presented well its background. Some competitions do not assume any home-prepared stage performances, which means that the teams discover what to do right there at the competition venue and really have to demonstrate their improvising skills. The sporting program is packed with different activities. The most challenging being the multirace. Every participant of the multirace covers approximately a 20-kilometer distance carrying out various tasks along the way, most of them being intelligence checks.
Besides the grand prix and convention victory, the convention general committee has instituted the Andrey Savin Cup. It is a challenge cup. And today the teams have come to understand that it is this trophy that counts the most. It is awarded for the overall victory in the convention’s three main competitions – ‘The captains contest’, ‘Home-prepared stage performance’ and ‘Multirace’.
Following the results of the 23rd NPO Saturn youth convention, the Andrey Savin Cup for the third time in a row was awarded to the ‘SV-Show’ team (a varsity team of the NPO Saturn main site divisions). The overall victory as well as the cup and convention grand prix went to the ‘Stars and Stakhanovites’ team (representing the NPO Saturn direction of production), the second runner-up in the overall standings was ‘SV-Show’ while the third place went to the team called ‘The Successors’ (representing the Saturn Gas Turbines company).
As on all the previous occasions, an excellent level of event administration and broad participation were ensured by the organizers of this youth convention – NPO Saturn social programs department, the Youth council, the Sport center and the NPO Saturn trade union as well as by the Yaroslavl regional representation of the Union of machine builders of Russia and by the business partner (general sponsor) of the convention – VTB Bank.
Research and production association Saturn OJSC – an engine-building company specialized in design, manufacture and aftermarket support of gas-turbine engines for military and civil aviation, power-generation and gas-pumping installations, the Navy boats and commercial ships. NPO Saturn OJSC is part of United engine corporation – a 100% subsidiary of the united industrial company OBORONPROM OJSC with the objective of engine-building asset management.
United industrial company OBORONPROM OJSC – a multi-field machine-building group of companies founded in 2002. It is part of GK Russian technologies. Its main fields of business: helicopter building (Helicopters of Russia OJSC), engine building (MC ODK) and other assets.