Russia and Turkey have signed a working agreement on aircraft worthiness that would help facilitate the procedures for the mutual recognition of aircraft certification documents.
The agreement was signed by Alexander Neradko, the head of Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA), and Can Erel, the Deputy Director General of Turkey’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Russia and Turkey would now initiate what is being called a “favorable environment” for bilateral aircraft exports and imports, with documents given by one of the two countries being acknowledged by the other.
The pact’s signing was made possible through the request of Turkish carrier, Kaan Air, which currently has three Russian-made Kamov Ka-32A11BC multirole helicopters on order. The first aircraft would be delivered this spring.
The mutual audits started in 2017, and resulted in both countries concluding that their airworthiness and flight safety assessment systems were similar and compliant with ICAO standards, Neradko stated.
An identical agreement between FATA and Chinese aviation authorities is at the moment being worked on, leading to the certification of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jetliner in China.
An agreement on aircraft certificates was inked by FATA and EASA in late last month.
It makes way for simplified certification and validation procedures between the partners.
After the transfer in Russia of certification functions from the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAAC) to FATA, EASA audited the new certification body’s capabilities and experience. The agreement is designed to back international exports of Russian-made aircraft.