The government approved the draft agreement with Serbia on flight safety

The project provides for the simplification of the recognition of airworthiness certificates and tests of aviation equipment, as well as other approval documents and results of technical supervision of aircraft

The government approved the agreement between Russia and Serbia on improving flight safety, the corresponding order was published on the official Internet -portal of legal information.

“To approve the draft Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Serbia on increased flight safety, submitted by the Ministry of Transport of Russia, agreed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia and previously worked out with the Serbian side,” stated in the document.

In particular, the parties are facilitating the recognition of:

  • approvals of airworthiness and testing of aviation equipment;
  • qualification of flight simulators;
  • approval documents and the results of technical supervision of aircraft.

The government instructed the Federal Air Transport Agency to negotiate with the Serbian side and, upon reaching an agreement, sign an agreement.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Western countries have already introduced several packages of sanctions against Moscow, which also affected air travel. Thus, the airspace of the EU, the USA and a number of other countries was closed for flights by Russian airlines. More than 20 Russian carriers are included in the so-called EU black list. The aviation authorities of Bermuda and Ireland have suspended the airworthiness certificates of aircraft of Russian companies, and the US Federal Aviation Administration has downgraded the safety rating for Russian airlines, considering that Rosaviatsia does not meet the safety standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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In addition, Western lessors have begun to detain foreign aircraft of Russian airlines abroad due to the imposed sanctions. On March 22, the Russian Ministry of Transport reported 78 out of 1367 aircraft lost due to arrests.

In order to preserve civil aviation, the Russian authorities decided to forcibly, without the permission of the owners, re-register foreign aircraft in Russia. As a result, according to the Federal Air Transport Agency, as of June 15, more than 600 aircraft, mainly manufactured by Airbus and Boeing, have been transferred to the Russian registry since the beginning of 2022.

Earlier, RBC, citing a copy of the document, the authenticity of which was confirmed by the organization's official representative Anthony Philbin, said that the ICAO has concerns regarding the double registration of Russian aircraft: because of it, there is a problem with the validity of licenses for their radio equipment and airworthiness certificates in general. The ICAO bulletin states that if the Russian authorities do not resolve this problem by September 14, then information about “substantial concerns” will be lost. will become publicly available, and on the site where the results of flight safety audits are published, a “red flag” will appear opposite Russia & mdash; it is a tool for “collectively informing other countries” who can decide for themselves what to do with this information. Now problems with ensuring flight safety are officially declared in Eritrea and Bhutan.

In response, the Ministry of Transport stated that they did not confirm ICAO's concerns about flight safety in Russia. The ministry noted that the same specialists continue to maintain aircraft using the same tools as before, “Russian aviation authorities confirm the compliance of aircraft transferred to the Russian register with international and Russian airworthiness requirements.”

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