Russian airlines have asked the Transportation Ministry to allow them to legally swap components from one aircraft to another to maintain fleet health under sanctions. About it write Izvestia with reference to a letter from the President of the Association of Air Transport Operators (AEVT) Vladimir Tasun.
Now such a rearrangement of aircraft parts is limited by federal aviation regulations. In particular, they do not provide for the possibility of removing a serviceable component and its subsequent installation on another aircraft. According to the author of the letter, this is contrary to global practice and does not make it possible to flexibly manage the health of the aircraft fleet.
The association also proposes to allow the rearrangement of components between aircraft of different airlines.
It is proposed to legalize the removal of components with the help of an amendment to the March government decree No. 353 “On the features of licensing activities in the Russian Federation in 2022” and its aviation part. When removing a part, an expiration date should be issued for it, an analysis of the suitability and condition should be carried out. The component must be re-evaluated and tested after installation on another vessel, follows from the proposed amendment.
The press service of the Ministry of Transport confirmed to Izvestia that the department is developing amendments to regulatory legal acts to maintain the airworthiness of civil aircraft.
After the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the West imposed sanctions, including a ban on the sale of aircraft and parts for them. As a result, hundreds of airliners are deprived of legal service. Due to the lack of spare parts, Russian airlines are forced not to use part of their fleet, dismantling it for spare parts.