The history of aircraft creation in the MAI (Moscow Aviation Institute) began simultaneously with the foundation of the institute in 1930. The modern design bureau in the MAI was formed in 1965 as a students one. It was engaged in creation of experimental pilot and remote controlled light aircraft, which were developed according to the requirements specifications of various organizations of the Ministry of Aviation Industry (MAP), the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MGA) and the Ministry of Defense (MOP).
In 1982 by the USSR MAP and MinVUZ order of 11.08.82 № 280/914 the Design Bureau was transformed into a branch-wise experimental students aircraft construction design bureau of the MAI, which closely worked with the main institutes of the branch in the MAP interests only on the basis of the plans annually confirmed by the 10-th Senior Management (GU) of the MAP. The work was carried out by engineers working constantly. If necessary the co-workers from among the MAI students and teachers and also from among the workers of the industry were attracted. The model shop was carried out at the MAI aircraft development plant (EOZ) in the experimental development shop (shop № 3) by qualified workers. The OSKBES work on the experimental air engineering constantly received high estimations of the MAP conducting experts and executives. Their technical novelty and utility are confirmed by nine Introduction Certificates and more than twenty Invention Certificates. By the end of the 80-th six experimental aircraft of different types were designed and built: Kvant aircraft, Elf-D UAV, PS-01 low-sized UAV, Elf, Photon, Yunior aircrafts.
With the beginning of the perestroyka processes and conversion in the branch, the OSKBES MAI has engaged in creation of air engineering for repetition work and sale on the internal and external markets. At first it was the experimental association Photon, and later the „Aviatika“ joint-stock company appeared. Being a part of the „Aviatika“ joint-stock company the Design Bureau (DB) of the MAI has received the name of a Low-Sized Aircraft Experimental Design Bureau (OKB MA). Thus the structure, address and the industrial areas occupied by it in the MAI have remained the same. The EOZ MAI (shop № 3) and the MAPO (Moscow aircraft building plant) were used as an industrial base. On July 27, 1992 the application on realization the inspection work in the OKB MA for reception the certificate for the right to develop the civil aircraft engineering was sent to the Aviaregister of the MAK and the Air Industry Department of the Ministry of Industry of Russian Federation. It was made on behalf of the Aviatika joint-stock company. According to the inspection results the Aviaregister of the MAK issued Certificate № R-9 to the Aviatika joint-stock company with the right to develop light civil aircraft. It was on February 17, 1993.
During the OSKBES MAI (OKB MA) working at the Aviatika joint-stock company there were created:
- A single-seater Aviatika-MAI-890 aircraft — passed certification, had a temporary Certificate of a type of 31.03.94 № 52В-890, valid till 01.04.95, is serially produced by the RAC MiG;
- A two-seater Aviatika-MAI-890U aircraft is serially produced by the RAC MiG;
- An agricultural Aviatika-MAI-890SKh aircraft is serially produced by the RAC MiG;
- A single-seater Aviatika-MAI-900 aerobatics (Akrobat)'
- A two-seater Aviatika-MAI-910 with wings, folding on the ground;
- An Aviatika-MAI-920 glider;
- A single-seater Aviatika-MAI-890A autogyro, a pre-production model at the stage of flying test.
The basis for the Aviatika aircraft manufacture at the MAPO plant is the License Agreement concluded by this plant with the Aviatika joint-stock company on 10.04.1995 (contract № 4276).
In connection with the renaming of the Aviatika joint-stock company the Aviaregister MAK has given out the Certificate № Р-9А of April 20, 1994 for the right to develop light aircraft to the Concern Aviatika joint-stock company. Though the OSKBES MAI (OKB MA) structure, the address and the areas ocupied have not changed.
As a part of the Concern Aviatika joint-stock company during the 1994...1995 the OSKBES MAI (OKB MA) developed a technical offer about a light six-seater business Aviatika-950 aircraft. The company carried out work on supporting the manufacture of the " Aviatika-MAI " aircraft at the MAPO and other perspective development.
Since the beginning of 1996 the Concern Aviatika joint-stock company has changed its activity and doesn’t require the assistance of the OSKBES (OKB MA) any more.
The personnel of the OSKBES has continued to work in the field of light civil aircraft together with the MAPO. Thus the OSKBES MAI structure, address and the areas, occupied have not changed.
In 1998 the Concern Aviatika joint-stock company has transferred all rights to the OSKBES MAI (OKB MA) for the activity results within the framework of the Aviatika joint-stock company and later within the framework of the Concern Aviatika joint-stock company (experimental and pre-production models of air engineering, design and operational documentation, inventions patents and industrial samples, acts, reports, conclusions and other scientific and technical documentation) to the Moscow State Aviation Institute (MAI) under the Contract of 19.02.98 № 13/39 and Additional agreement dated 03.04.98 № 1-13/39.
Now OSKBES MAI has transferred the exclusive license for the right to manufacture and sale the Aviatika series aircraft to the MAPO.
In April 27, 1998 the Aviaregister of Interstate Aviation Commitee issued a Design Organization Certificate R-52 of the developer of light civil aircrafts..
29.09.1999 eight members of our design bureau, Moscow Aviation Iinstitute and RAC MIG were rewarded by State Prize of the Russian Federation in science and technology for designing and inculcation of light multipurpose airplanes in a serial production. They are:
- OSKBES MAI Chief Designer K. Zhidovetskiy (posthumously);
- OSKBES MAI Deputy Chief Designer N. Goryunov;
- OSKBES MAI Deputy Chief Designer V. Demin;
- OSKBES MAI Deputy Chief Designer V. Feigenbaum;
- Rector of MAI A. Matveyenko;
- Manager of MAI Experimental Plant P. Ogadzhanov;
- General Manager of RAC MIG plant G. Nemov;
- Deputy Manager of RAC MIG O. Chukantsev.
After the death of the founder of OSKBES MAI Kazimir Zhidovetskiy in June, 1 1999 Nikolay Goryunov was appointed Chief Designer of OSKBES MAI.
Autogyro MAI-205 made the first flight in 2001.
In 2002 OSKBES MAI has started designing a new plane MAI-223. This plane made the first flight in 2004.
In 2003 OSKBES MAI actively starts to work over aeronautic vehicles. We designed and produced gondolas, nacelles, fly-by-wire power plant controls and empennages of NPO RosAeroSystems airships Au-30 and Au-12M.
The program Autogyro MAI-208 was sterted in 2006. Now the first MAI-208 is passing ground test. OSKBES MAI presented MAI-208 at the 2nd International exhibition of the helicopter industry HeliRussia-2009 (21...23rd May, 2009, Moscow). The new autogyro has caused the big interest of visitors and the press.
July 1, 2008 Vadim Demin was appointed Chief Designer of OSKBES MAI. This year our design bureau has started designing of new multi-purpose four-seat twin engine airplane MAI-407.
In 2009 OSKBES MAI has started designing a new training glider MAI-227.
Now OSKBES MAI works over its new projects: Colibris Hybrid Captive Balloons and SkyBoat HELIOS.
Since 2014 OSKBES MAI develops and manufactures structural components of different types of unmanned aerial vehicles in the interests of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defence.