Russian civil aviation will undergo ICAO inspection in two stages - newspaper

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has agreed to split its next routine inspection of Russia's civil aviation into two stages, the Izvestia newspaper reported on Friday.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has agreed to split its next routine inspection of Russia's civil aviation into two stages, the Izvestia newspaper reported on Friday.

Russia's civil aviation will be checked for its compliance with "the first five guidelines in November this year, and for the remaining three at the end of 2015," the deputy director of the Russian Transport Ministry's department for state policy in the civil aviation sector, Andrey Shnyrev, told Izvestia.

The first phase of the ICAO inspection will center on compliance with general aviation laws, the arrangements of the civil aviation system in the country, the rules for investigating air accidents, and air traffic control services, he said. Inspections will also be conducted at airfields, he added.

The checks set for the end of 2015 will focus in the procedures for issuing licenses to aviation personnel and control over aviation personnel training, as well as the rules for aircraft maintenance and operations.

According to the newspaper, aviation experts believe that these are the most vulnerable areas in Russia's civil aviation.

The Russian Transport Ministry is finishing to prepare all of the required documents and submit them to the ICAO, after which the organization's experts will be able to launch their inspection, Shnyrev said.

Izvestia said that, should this inspection produce negative results, the ICAO may take measures that even include recommendations to ban Russian air carriers from operating international flights.


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