Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements,re. Aircraft From Russia and the CIS - New Policy for (imported) “Public Use” aircraft could save American lives and property this year. - Connecting the elements toward certification. (Post – presentation note: These agreements speak to “import” rather than certification of foreign aircraft. Processes are outlined at faa.gov.)
In the war against wildfire, California now has a brother in arms, Texas. Problems? Contract structures among agencies, political will, funding … 8 – 10 Large Air Tankers remaining, while people and animals die, property burns… As losses mount into the $ billions annually. But then you know that part already. Offshore options are available. Policy and trends inhibit use today. Texas burning in 2011. 2012 potentially drier.
FAA Advisory Circular AC 21-23B Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements Per - Country Listing Russia – United States Agreement – limitations currently allow import of… “All metal airplanes up to 9 passengers with a maximum certificated take off weight of 12,500 lbs. with FAA- certificated engines, propellers, and avionics; cargo transport category airplanes with FAA certificated engines, propellers, and avionics; and approved metallic materials”. Useful links Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement - Executive Agreement. Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness. Revised Export Documentation Requirement For Engines And Propellers.
To save lives and property in the United States this year, - 2012 The FAA could be directed by Executive order to amend the bilateral agreement with Russia, adding the following subparagraph: …“all Russian made, Russian certificated manned aircraft as - equipped, for aerial firefighting and emergency operations under Public Use contracts with federal, state and local agencies”.
Beriev Be-200 ES jet amphibian • Certified in the CIS and E.U. • FIRE FIGHTING • Water tanks maximum capacity, m3 • 12 Chemical retardant tanks capacity, m3 / 12,000 Lbs. • Scoops 12,000 gallons in approx. 18 seconds. • Able to mix retardant in flight. • Operates as land-based LAT or Scooper • Further details: • www.beriev.com Available to save American lives and property, right now.
KAMOV KA32a11BC Russian Federation Certified in the CIS, Canada, and now Brazil . . . “The helicopter is produced serially and is operated in Spain, Switzerland, Canada, South Korea, Indonesia, China, Japan and other countries”. - Kumertau Aircraft Production Enterprise
“The Beriev Be-200 has been inspected, and is in compliance with FAR-25 for design, construction and operational standards”. - Randall F. Stephens AP, RII. RA215211 At Beriev’s test base. Gelendzhik, Russia 2002 RA215212
Summary In the past 20 years… The U.S. and Russia established a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement in 1998. Certifications by U.S. to date, the following aircraft have achieved FAR certification: FAR 25 - IL-96T heavy cargo jet aircraft with PW 2037 engines, Collins avionics.) FAR 23 - Be-103 light amphibian (Continental IO360 engines, MTU propellers) - IL-103 light trainer Bilateral Failure: Political will has been lacking on both sides, while lives in balance and various opportunities are missed.
The FAA should be directed by Executive order to amend the bilateral agreement with Russia, adding the following subparagraph: …“all Russian made, Russian certificated manned aircraft as - equipped, for aerial firefighting and emergency operations under Public Use contracts with federal, state and local agencies”. Please share this presentation, and contact your Federal, State and Local representatives!
Resource Links To contact Randall Stephens call (512) 796-5339 or Email via email@example.com The fireplanes blog has a resource link page, and presentations such as this one may be downloaded via www.fireplanes.org. Much thanks to “Tangent Link” http://www.tangentlink.com ! U.S. FAA: www.faa.gov See also: Bilateral Agreement Listing. FAA International Certification Offices in Washington, Brussels and Beijing. Download the AC21-23B Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement The CIS aviation industry is well represented via www.airshow.ru or www.MAKS.ru for the “MAKS” Intl. Aviation and Space Salon. To see Russia’s fire fighting aircraft in action this year, visit the “Gidroaviasalon” in September 2012 and every even year. The International Aviation Committee – “MAK” has detailed information on aircraft recognized and certified within the CIS; see www.mak.ru.