Indonesian aviation authorities to certify SSJ-100 by end of September

The Russian Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee and the Indonesian Transport Ministry have signed a protocol to begin certifying the Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft for Indonesia, which should be complete by the end of September, First Vice President of the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) company Igor Vinogradov told journalists on Thursday.

"We can talk about completing the first phase and beginning work on validating [confirming] the type certificate for the airplane," he said.

Diding Sunardi, the director for Air Worthiness and Aircraft Operations at the Indonesian Transport Ministry, said that the validation process has only just begun and that Indonesian experts will start working on certifying the SSJ-100 next week.

"In September the certification should be complete, that is our task," Sunardi said.

The protocol determines the volume and procedure of a range of work, which will culminate in the issuance of a type certificate for the SSJ-100 by the Indonesian aviation authorities. This will make it possible for Indonesian aviation carriers to operate the aircraft.

Asked about any additional measures for the SSJ-100's certification after the recent catastrophe in Indonesia, Sunardi said that "we still don't have the official results of the investigation, and we don't have anything to repel us from making changes to the certification process."

"If it turns out that the aircraft had some sort of defect or structural failure that led to the catastrophe, then we might abandon its use," Sunardi said.

Two Indonesian airlines - Sky Aviation and Kartika - have ordered a total of 42 SSJ-100. The first deliveries to Sky Aviation are expected to begin this year.

During a demonstration flight on May 9 in Indonesia, an SSJ-100 carrying 45 people crashed, killing all those onboard.

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