ICAO has entered the fray questioning the lawfulness and the safety of Putin’s civil aircraft fleet.
Russian Ministry approved deleting original foreign Country of Registration and adding the Federation ICAO Code
Action “stole” aircraft under lease and raised RED FLAGs as to SAFETY
ICAO to investigate
The Ministry of Transport’s plan to take over the airworthiness certificates of foreign aircraft may have been too clever by half. By attempting to transfer (a/k/a “steal”)about 500 planes carrying the registration of Bermuda, Ireland, the Isle of Man and other jurisdictions, Putin’s minions drew a new Iron Curtain around its boundaries—keeping them to domestic flights only. Then, its announcement that the poorly regarded Russian aerospace companies were being granted authority to make replacement parts– without any OEM licences, the requisite data and perhaps the manufacturing equipment—made every aircraft into a doubtful airworthiness status.
The Russian self-inflicted seclusion may be exacerbated. The ICAO “Council called on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its infractions of the Chicago Convention, with a view to preserving the safety and security of civil aviation, and to urgently remedy these violations.”
ICAO rarely embarrasses any of its nations, but this declaration, based on a careful review of obligations under the Chicago Convention and other related treaties PLUS a report on the situation, the Secretariat was instructed to make all Member States aware of THIS significant safety concern.
Finally, Russia will be compelled to explain its transgressions at the September-October triennial Assembly, the international discipline equivalent of having to sit in the corner of an elementary school room.
Some may recall that ICAO lightning was seen striking near to the Belarus grounding of a Ryanair flight to take a political dissidents off the plane in 2021. ICAO sternly declared that it was going to INVESTIGATE this transgression of international laws. As of March of 2022, no action had been issued by the international aviation safety body. The recently resigned US Ambassador to ICAO twice expressed his dismay at the inaction.
ICAO under normal situations is slow to reach consensus and make decisions.
ICAO is extremely reluctant to chastise, much less punish, one of its Member States.
A hope that this pattern does not repeat–this Fall’s Assembly convocation may serve as a forcing event that leads to some action on the Federation’s clear violations.