On October 13, 2020 Pavel Vlasov celebrated his 60th birthday - Hero of Russia, honored test pilot of the Russian Federation, Head of Scientific Research Test Cosmonaut Training Center named after Yu. A. Gagarin.
Pavel Nikolaevich Vlasov was born in the city of Lebedin, Sumy region of the Ukrainian SSR. In 1977 he graduated from high school with a gold medal, in 1981 graduated with honors from the Kharkov Higher Military Aviation School of pilots, in 1989 graduated from the Test Pilot School named after A.V. Fedotov.
From May 1989 he was doing a test pilot job at Design Bureau named after A.I. Mikoyan. In 2002 he was appointed to the position of Deputy General Director - General Designer of RAC “MiG” for flight work, Head of the Flight Test Center named after A.V. Fedotov, Head of the Flight Service, senior test pilot. In 2008 - 2014 he was appointed as a Deputy General Director of JSC RAC “MiG” for test flights, Head of the Flight Test Center named after A.V. Fedotov, test pilot.
In January 2010 he became the Head of the Federal State Unitary enterprise \\\"Flight and Research Institute named after M. M. Gromov\\\" and continued to work in parallel at JSC \\\"RAC \\\"MiG\\\".
In 1990 Pavel Vlasov took part in testing of MiG-29K shipborne fighter performing take-off and landing on the deck of “Admiral Kuznetsov” heavy aircraft carrier. He performed a great amount of work on flight tests of MiG-31, MiG-31M, MiG-31D, MiG-29, MiG-29SMT, MiG-29K, MiG-29M, MiG-29M2, MiG-AT and MiG-35 aircraft at limit flight modes, on tryout of the latest weapons systems, aiming and navigation systems, air refueling systems. Pavel Vlasov worked out the flight profile for setting the world altitude record on MiG-29 aircraft.
By decree of the President of the Russian Federation dated May 31, 1998 for courage and heroism demonstrated during testing of new equipment, 1st class test pilot Pavel Vlasov was awarded with the title of Hero of the Russian Federation. During his flight test work, Pavel Nikolaevich mastered 35 types of aircraft. He performed first sorties on MiG-29M2 aircraft - September 26, 2001, MiG-29OVT - August 17, 2003, MiG-29SMT (9-19) - November 28, 2006, MiG-29KUB - January 20, 2007, MiG-29K (9-41) - June 25, 2007. In 2001 he performed the longest ferrying from Moscow to Bangalore (India) on a single-seat fighter.
Since 1992 Pavel Vlasov has been participating in international exhibitions and performing air show flights on prototype aircraft. Many times he was awarded with foreign prizes for the best piloting of combat aircraft. He is internationally recognized as a virtuoso in piloting of jet fighters. Thus, in 2006, together with Mikhail Belyaev, he made a successful performance on super-maneuverable MiG-29OVT at the Royal International Air Tattoo air show held at the Fairford - British Air Force base which is about a hundred miles westward Farnborough. The main prize of this air show - the memorial sword of King Hussein was awarded to test pilots Pavel Vlasov and Mikhail Belyaev, who demonstrated unsurpassed piloting on MiG-29OVT aircraft. Another main prize - a memorial challenge prize named after Sir Denis Crowley-Milling, Air Marshal for the best solo piloting was presented to Pavel Vlasov personally.
From 2012 to 2017 Pavel Nikolayevich headed JSC \\\"Flight Research Institute named after M. M. Gromov\\\" as General Director. In November 2017 he was appointed as a Head of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “Scientific Research Test Cosmonaut Training Center named after Yu. A. Gagarin”.
He is awarded with the Order of Courage (1996) and medals. Honored Test Pilot of the Russian Federation (2003). Honorary Aviation Worker (2010). Laureate of the \\\"Golden Idea\\\" national award of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation for year 2003 and laureate of the \\\"Golden Chariot\\\" national public award of the Russian transport industry for year 2007.