IATA’s Differing from ICAO’s View on the Russian Federation’s Safety Should Merit a Private Sector Initiative by the United States Government

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ARTICLE: IATA CEO says Russia’s flight safety below global average

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It is particularly distressing when IATA, as noted in the above article, finds that a sovereign government’s aviation safety body is deficient. Their judgments include quotes like:

  • A flight accident occurs once in nearly 275,000 flights in Russia and CIS countries while the global average is one per 500,000 flights.
  • According to the IATA official, Russian airlines lack investments and trained pilots. Permission for foreign pilots to operate on Russian companies’ aircraft is just a temporary tool to cover the deficit.
  • He also said that local airports must upgrade their equipment because old equipment is potentially dangerous.

That’s very damning language.

ICAO, the UN agency designated to assure global standards are set and met, is also charged with surveilling Civil Aviation Administrations around the world, i.e. their Member States. Its judgment as to the Russian Federation’s compliance is uniformly above average and as to airports (see the 3rd bullet quote above) they gave a grade of 10 out of 10!

The fact that the ICAO assessment all too often differs from the assessments of IATA, the US FAA and EASA is distressing. As noted in a prior post here, the US government might well consider offering the resources of its private sector to reduce the risk to its citizens traveling within the Russian Federation as well as to the global economy which includes transportation to/from that country.

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